• “The smartest historical sci-fi adventure-romance story ever written by a science Ph.D. with a background in scripting 'Scrooge McDuck' comics.”—Salon.com
  • A time-hopping, continent-spanning salmagundi of genres.”
  • “These books have to be word-of-mouth books because they're too weird to describe to anybody.”
    —Jackie Cantor, Diana's first editor

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, “Some time this summer,” says Starz. (Previous reports of the series premiering in August were not correct. The network has not set a release date yet, but officials say it will probably be in the summer of 2014.) And don’t forget that the highly anticipated eighth book in the Outlander novel series, WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART’S BLOOD, will be released in hardcover in June! This page has links to recent, selected news stories about the Outlander TV series project, ordered by release dates (with the most recent listed first):

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 actors chosen for the new TV series! Here are this month’s stories:


  • 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: