What’s going on in the making of the new Outlander TV series from Starz? What’s the history of it, as seen through articles in the media?
Here is a (non-comprehensive!) look at the history and happenings of the STARZ OUTLANDER TV series, chosen mostly by my Webmistress, which features interesting highlights that you might have missed…
Exciting news! The Outlander TV series was nominated for a Golden Globe in the "Best Television Series – Drama" category. In addition, Catriona Balfe was nominated for Best "Performance By An Actress In A Television Series – Drama," and Tobias Menzies was nominated for his dual role for "Best Performance By An Actor In A Supporting Role In A Series, Limited Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television."
Plus the "Roger Watch" is over! Starz has cast Scottish actor Richard Rankin (image at right) in the role of Roger Wakefield, Starz announced on Monday, December 14. He will play the grown-up version of Roger, Reverend Wakefield’s adopted son, who appeared early in the novel OUTLANDER, and in season one of the TV series. However, the date for the debut of Season Two is still only referred to as “Spring, 2016.” No specific date has been announced yet by Starz.
The first Season Two trailer from the Outlander TV series was released by Starz, causing lots of buzz in the Hollywood news media! Plus, Diana talks about the search for the right actress to play Brianna, and other tidbits:
- The Golden Globes are awarded on January 10, Sunday!. Read Diana’s blog! Will Outlander win any awards?
- Click to watch the Season Two Trailer on YouTube. This new trailer was released by Starz in the U.S.A. on December 1, 2015. (It may not be available for viewing in some areas around the globe.)
- ‘Outlander’ Season 2 Finds its Roger Wakefield in Scottish Actor Richard Rankin, by Laura Prudom, News Editor, for Variety.com. Posted on Monday, December 14, 2014.
- ‘Outlander’ Casts Roger Wakefield,’ on Access Hollywood.
- "How the Globes Got It Right — and Wrong," by Matt Roush. New faces are honored, but many are still snubbed. Published in the Dec. 21 – Jan. 3 issue.
- On The Set In Scotland: Behind the Scenes of our Trip to ‘Outlander,’ an album of images from TV Guide. Published in the Dec. 21 – Jan. 3 issue.
- "’Outlander’" Season 2 Filming Set in France; Casting Call for Brianna Still Ongoing; Diana Gabaldon Explains Kissing Incident, on Venture Capitol Post online. About the ongoing search for an actress to play Brianna, daughter of Claire and Jamie, Diana said in this article, "They’re [producers and crew] being very careful with the casting as they have been with everyone else, and I’m sure they will find the appropriate character." (Posted on Thursday, December 3, 2015.)
- "’Outlander’ Season 2 Spoilers: 4 Most Exciting Moments From The First Trailer," by Nicole Massabrook for International Business Times online. Read about war, Claire’s baby bump, and other moments from the first trailer! (Posted on Thursday, December 2, 2015.)
- "Outlander’s Season Two Video is Giving Us All. The. Feels," by Kristin Dos Santos for E!Online. What happens after Jamie and Claire sail for France, after the pregnancy reveal in the Season One finale? (Posted on Wednesday, December 1, 2015.)
- The first Season 2 trailer was released by Starz. Note that the video may not be available for viewing in some areas outside of the U.S.A. (The trailer released in the U.S.A. on Wednesday, December 1, 2015.)
Stars of the Outlander TV series are in Prague this month, filming more of Season Two. (See Starz image at right.) And still no official word yet of when season two will air. Bear McCreary’s beautiful music was nominated for an Emmy, the only recognition for the Outlander series by the Emmy awards, which many saw as an unjustified snub. Meanwhile, HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’ sets records for wins and nominations at the awards ceremony in Hollywood. GoT author George R.R. Martin had called out the Emmys in July for ignoring Outlander. Read more:
Congratulations to BEAR MCCREARY, right, whose theme "Sassenach" was nominated for an Emmy for "Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score)". Also nominated for this 2015 Emmy award category were music from ‘Chef’s Table’, ‘Penny Dreadful’, ‘The Paradise’, and ‘Tyrant.’ The winner was Jeff Beal for music from the series ‘House of Cards.’
McCreary’s nomination was the only recognition for the Outlander TV series by the Emmy Awards. However, this was Bear McCreary’s fourth nomination for an Emmy; his music from other series was also nominated for awards in 2010, 2013, and 2014. McCreary won the Emmy for "Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music" for the Starz series, ‘Da Vinci’s Demons’ in 2013. He also created music for ‘Black Sails’ and ‘Battlestar Galactica,’ among other series. More about Bear McCreary. The Emmys were awarded at the televised, star-studded, red-carpet ceremony on September 20, 2015 in Hollywood.
- "Emmy awards 2015: huge night for HBO as Game of Thrones sets record," by Ruth Spencer and Alex Needham for the Guardian.com. HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’ was awarded the Best Dramatic Series award, beating out nine competitors including ‘Mad Men’. In its sixth year on television, GoT also set the record for the most awards given to a series in a single year, with 12 awards and 24 nominations. Peter Dinklage won for Best Supporting Actor, and the series also won for Best Directing and Best Writing, among other categories. Published on Monday, September 21, 2015.
- "’Outlander’ composer Bear McCreary praises show’s ‘wonderful, supportive’ fans (Exclusive Video), by Marcus James Dixon for goldderby.com. McCreary’s beautiful music for Outlander was nominated for an Emmy in the Best Score (Series) category. Posted on September 15, 2015.
- "Outlander season two to premiere in ‘March or April’ 2016," by Scotland Now. Ron Moore hints that Season Two of the Outlander TV series MIGHT start showing in the U.S.A. in March or April, 2016. He also pointed out that no formal (i.e., definite) date has been chosen.Published on September 14, 2015.
- "Outlander’s Sam Heughan thanks fingerless fans as he’s crowned RadioTimes.com TV Champion 2015," by Sarah Doran for Radio Times. From among 518 stars, 8 genres, and more than 120 million votes, Sam Heughan was crownd the RadioTimes.com overall TV Champion for 2015! Posted on August 31, 2015.
- "Outlander’s Sam Heughan is RadioTimes.com Sci-Fi Champion 2015," by Sarah Doran for Radio Times. The Scottish actor beat off stiff competition from The 100′s Eliza Taylor Cotter in the final to claim the prestigious title of champion of the science fiction genre. Posted on Wednesday, August 19, 2015.
- "’Outlander’ Wins Big At ‘Entertainment Weekly’ EWWY Awards After Emmy Snub," by Perry Carpenter for Inquisitr.com. Outlander won big in several categories including Best Drama Series, Best Actor in a drama series (Sam Heughan), Best Actress in a drama series (Caitriona Balfe), and Best Supporting Actor in a drama series (Tobias Menzies). The story also says that season two may be shown uninterrupted, instead of a ‘split season,’ as was done by Starz in the series’ first year. Posted on August 12, 2015.
- "George R.R. Martin calls out Emmys for ‘Outlander’ and ‘Justified’ snubs," by Megan Vick for zap2it.com. The author of the "Game of Thrones" series of books questions why many series were ignored by the Emmy awards, including the Outlander series. Posted on July 18, 2015.
Where and How To Watch
When will the Outlander TV series debut in countries around the world? When will it be available online as streaming video?Is this information listed together anywhere?
Unfortunately, a comprehensive global list of when the OUTLANDER TV series will debut in different countries and areas is difficult, due to the complexities of bringing the series to numerous broadcast areas (which involves complex legal and other issues). For some of this information, check out my Where/How To Watch webpage.
If you have some information to share about the series in your broadcast area or country, such as what cable provider will carry it, you may share it with my Webmistress. Thanks!
Links – Outlander TV Series
- As I receive news and other information about the TV series, I share it here in my official webpages and in my blog.
- I am a very active user of social media. Just about every day, I post on my official facebook page and post on Twitter. (If you don’t use Facebook or Twitter, my Webmistress works to transfer a lot of my social media posts to these webpages, for those who don’t use Facebook or Twitter, but this takes time.)
- The Official Outlander TV series site on the STARZ network’s home pages regularly posts previews, updates, and other information and news.
- If you love social media, follow Starz’s posts about the Outlander TV series on the Starz Outlander FaceBook page.
Top photo: Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire (Catriona Balfe) in a tender scene from the STARZ OUTLANDER TV series. From STARZ.
Lower photo: Executive Producer Ronald D. Moore, left, and Diana at an event on July 28, 2014, promoting the new TV series in New York. Released by Starpix. Photo: Amanda Schwab, AP.
This page is researched and maintained by Diana’s Webmistress with information from Diana, STARZ personnel, and others. The last update was made on Thursday, December 17, 2015 at 3:26 p.m. (Pacific Time).