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Outlander TV Series News

2014-02-14-Jamie-hunkWhat’s going on in the making of the new Outlander TV series? What’s the buzz?

2014 is finally here, the year that the OUTLANDER TV Series on the Starz network will debut! This page has links to the best recent, selected news stories about the series, ordered by release dates (with the most recent listed first).

July, 2014

The Outlander TV series is almost here! The red-carpet premiere of the series will be July 25 at San Diego’s Comic-Con, to be attended by Diana and some of the cast and crew! (The regular broadcast premiere in the U.S.A. will be August 9 on the Starz cable network.) Below are selected news stories from this month:

June, 2014

Claire-stone-cropIt’s an Outlander summer! The eighth major novel in the OUTLANDER saga was released on June 10, and Diana began traveling on an international book tour on the next day. Then it was announced that a special red-carpet premiere of the series with Diana, Executive Producer Ron Moore, and the cast will be held at Comic Con in San Diego! Below are more selected news media stories about Diana and the TV series:

  • A little bit of fun! Outlander co-stars Sam Heughan (Jamie Fraser) and Catriona Balfe (Claire Beauchamp) play a game of “Co-Star Challenge” in a video on People magazine’s website. The actors seem to have fun quizzing each other about their characters and each other. The magazine’s title and blurb for the video is “Co-star Challenge Fail? Outlander’s Sam Heughan & Caitriona Balfe Flunk Our Quiz. However, the Scottish hunk and Irish lass crack us up during their turn at the game!” Posted on June 29, 2014.
  • Outlander TV Adaptation Won’t Shy Away From Spanking, by “Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy,” for Wired magazine (wired.com). Listen to a podcast interview with Diana on Episode 118 of “Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy,” in which Diana discusses the new Outlander TV series, her books, her readers, and other topics. Posted on June 28, 2014.
  • Starz has created an on-line Outlander Community which is “for readers and fans, a social destination which aggregates the latest OUTLANDER content across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and fan blogs,” according to an article by Adam Flomenbaum on Lost Remote (lostremote.com). The site has a feature called the Apothecary Cabinet which allows users to explore plants and herbs used during the 1700s when modern medicine wasn’t available. Is the new Outlander community site popular? Erin Dwyer, Executive Director for Digital Marketing at Starz, reportedly told Flomenbaum by email that “OutlanderCommunity.com visitor numbers are outpacing five of our other Original programming experiences in lifetime visits and we haven’t aired yet!” Posted on June 26, 2014.
  • On June 25, Diana said, “Good news for Australian fans! The OUTLANDER TV series will premiere in Australia on Thursday, August 14, at 8:30 p.m. (AEST), on Foxtel’s SoHo cable network.” Visit Foxtel’s Outlander series page.
  • “OUTLANDER on TV: Author’s ‘Dream Come True,’” by Bob Minzesheimer for USA Today. Diana discusses how excited she is about the TV version of Outlander, and discusses her cameo in the series. Besides the print version of the story, there is also a separate video interview with Diana. Published on June 24, 2014.
  • Praise Diana Gabaldon’s OUTLANDER success— but don’t use the ‘R’ word, by Joy Tipping for the Dallas News (dallasnews.com). An interview in which Diana discusses her Outlander series and how she got started, and how she doesn’t like for her books to be labelled with the ‘R’ word – as in the ‘Romance’ book category. Published on June 20, 2014.
  • Outlander To Have A Red Carpet Premiere During ComicCon 2014! by Jolie Lash, for AccessHollywood.com. Those who are lucky enough to have a ticket for the 2014 San Diego ComicCon will have a chance to witness the premiere of the new Outlander TV series on Friday, July 25, replete with a traditional red carpet, the fabulous stars of the series, Executive Producer Ron Moore, and Diana! A panel discussion will follow the premiere viewing. (The TV series’ U.S. broadcast debut is scheduled for August 9 on the Starz cable network.) Published on June 19, 2014.
  • ‘Written in My Own Heart’s Blood’ author Diana Gabaldon will appear on the Starz ”Outlander’ TV series, by Molly Driscoll for the Christian Science Monitor (csmonitor.com). Article about Diana’s cameo in the Outlander TV series. Published on June 18, 2014.
  • Outlander Wins Critics’ Choice Award. The new Outlander TV series receives its first award, as Most Exciting New Series!
  • Critics’ Choice TV Awards Name Top New Series, Sets Ryan Murphy for Icon Honor, by Nellie Andreeva for Deadline Hollywood (deadline.com). Article discussing Outlander and the other new TV series that received Critics’ Choice awards. Published on Monday, June 9, 2014.
  • “Outlander Author Diana Gabaldon Due in Sacramento,” by Alan Pierleoni, for the Sacramento Bee. Great article with an interview with Diana, and information about her Sacramento book tour visit. When asked about going from being a scientist to a novelist, Diana said, “Art and science are the two faces of the same coin. They both exist on the ability to see underlying patterns in the chaos.” Published on June 9, 2014.
  • Scotland Gets Its Own Game of Thrones, by Brian Ferguson for The Scotsman. The Scots are getting excited about the Outlander TV series! Minor correction: the article says the series “will be” filmed in Scotland, but has been in production in the country since fall of 2013. Published on June 6, 2013.
  • The Showcase cable network in Canada announced that the Outlander series premiere for their subscribers will be August 25! Click to visit the Showcase webpage for the Outlander series. From Diana.

May, 2014

Starz PosterOn May 8, Starz announced that the OUTLANDER TV series will debut in the U.S.A. on Saturday, August 9!

April, 2014

The part of Ian Murray will be played by Steven Cree, the Starz network announced! His credits include Brave (2012), 300: Rise of an Empire (2014), and John Carter (2012). April is launching Spring with yet another hunk in the lineup of male acrtors chosen for the new TV series! Here are this month’s stories:


  • An Outlander: Meet The Cast Gallery containing images from the Starz Outlander TV series was posted by Access Hollywood online. (Note: This page has great images but takes a while to load if you don’t have a good internet connection, and is data-heavy if you have data limits on your phone or internet plan.) Released on April 20, 2014.
  • Scottish Actor Steven Cree Joins Starz’s OUTLANDER, by Natalie Abrams, for TV Guide online. The Starz network announced on April 10 that Scottish actor Steven Cree will play Ian Murray (image of Cree at right) in the OUTLANDER TV series, currently in production. Cree’s credits include The Awakening and Brave. Released on Thursday, April 10, 2014.
  • OUTLANDER: Check out Scottish hunk who’ll play Ian Murray, by Lynette Rice, Entertainment Weekly online. Scottish actor Steven Cree will play Ian Murray, Jamie’s best friend since childhood. Released on Thursday, April 10, 2014.

March, 2014

Outlander 2014Tartans and talk shows are some of the hot topics from March! Want to buy a kilt just like Jamie’s? Or a tartan skirt like Claire’s? The Scottish company supplying the authentic 1700s tartan fabric for the TV series costumes is reportedly discussing future merchandising plans with Starz and Sony. At right is an image from the TV series which shows some of the custom tartan fabric used in costumes. Ron Moore, Executive Producer of the Outlander TV series, appeared on the Carson Daly show to discuss the shows he is working on. Starz released a new trailer, and other news:

  • “Tartan Company in Line for Lucrative TV Merchandise Deals,” by Greig Cameron for the Herald (Herald Scotland). Anthony Haines Textiles has created about 500 meters of custom tartan cloth so far for costumes used in the Outlander TV series, fabric which is carefully woven and dyed to duplicate the look and feel of tartans from the 1700s. This article reports that the Scottish business is in talks with the Starz television network and Sony over potential merchandising tie-ins, which could have a huge effect on the company if the series is a hit, especially since fans of Diana’s books are already sending emails to the company asking if they can buy tartan items! Published on March 20, 2014.
  • Violence, Romance Teased in ‘Outlander’ Trailer, by Alex Stedman of Variety.com. On the weekend of March 15-16, Starz released a new 30-second trailer showcasing the Outlander TV series, currently in production in Scotland. Posted on Sunday, March 16, 2014.
  • “Former River City actor Sam Heughan on becoming heart-throb and filming on his home turf for starring role in Outlander TV series,” by Paul English for the Daily Record. Actor Sam Heughan discusses what it’s like to portray Jamie Fraser in the Outlander TV series, including the adoration of thousands of enthusiastic fans of Diana’s books. “I feel like I’ve stepped on a roller coaster and not got off it yet,” he says. Published on Wednesday, March 12, 2014.
  • On Tuesday, March 11, 2014, Executive Producer Ron Moore was interviewed on Last Call with Carson Daly, a popular late-night talk show in the U.S.A. Moore discussed Helix, which is being broadcast on the SyFy network and the Outlander TV series, currently in production which will debut some time in the summer of 2014 on Starz.

February, 2014

Claire-and-Frank-crop3Lots of Valentine’s treats this month! It’s official… as discussed on her Facebook page, Diana Herself was filmed in Scotland this month for a cameo in the highly anticipated Outlander TV series! The Starz network released the first image of Claire and Frank together from the series (actors Catriona Balfe and Tobias Menzies) (cropped version shown at right). Plus Executive Producer Ron Moore addresses several burning questions about the new series and comparisons of Outlander to The Game of Thrones:

January, 2014

2014-HappyHogmanay The news media is getting more and more excited about the new TV series, especially after Starz released the first trailer on January 11 at the Starz Outlander Fan event in Los Angeles. January 11 is also Diana’s birthday! Image at right: Actor Sam Heughan (“Jamie”). Here are some of this month’s articles, images and videos: