Starz has renewed Outlander for a second season, TVWise has learned.
The size of the pick up has not been finalised, but Starz said that the show’s second season would consist of at least thirteen episodes, down from the sixteen for the show’s freshman run. The network also confirmed that the second season would be based on Dragonfly In Amber, the second book in Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander novel series.
The season two renewal comes less than a week after Outlander premiered to record ratings on Starz. The network said that, across multiple platforms, the series premiere has been watched by more than 5 million viewers. The time-travel epic was developed for television by Ronald D. Moore and is produced on location in Scotland by Tall Ship Productions, Story Mining and Supply Company and Left Bank Pictures in association with Sony Pictures Television.
“The overwhelming support ‘Outlander’ has received from the fans, viewers and critics made the decision for us to go ahead with the second book a very easy one. Diana Gabaldon has given us years of great drama”, said Starz CEO Chris Albrecht. “With an incredible artist such as Ronald D. Moore at the helm and a cast as spectacular as this, we look forward to continue this spell-binding journey with Claire, Jamie, Frank, Brianna, Roger and everybody over the centuries”.
While Zack Van Amburg, President of Programming for Sony Pictures Television, added: “Fans of the Outlander books have waited a long time to see this incredible story brought to life on screen, and Ron and his team have delivered a show that exceeds expectations. We look forward to our continued partnership with Starz to present the next chapter of this epic tale to longtime fans and viewers who are just discovering the series.”