Starz has renewed their hit drama series Outlander, based on the time-bending novel series by Diana Gabaldon, for a third and fourth season, TVWise has learned.
The third season will be based on the third novel in the Outlander series, titled Voyager; while season four will be based on the fourth novel, Drums Of Autumn. No formal episode orders have been set for either season three of season four, though they are both expected to consist of at least ten episodes.
The double-renewal, which comes 8 episodes into the series 13 episode sophomore season, had been widely expected. Since its debut in 2014, Outlander has been a huge ratings performer for Starz, with the first season average 5 million viewers across multiple platforms. The second season premiere also doubled the show’s audience compared to the season one premiere figures; setting a new record for a series/season premiere of a Starz original.
“Outlander is like nothing seen before on television. From its depiction of a truly powerful female lead character, to the devastating decimation of the Highlander way of life, to what is a rarely seen genuine and timeless love story, it is a show that not only transports the viewer, but inspires the passion and admiration of its fans”, said Starz;s Chief Executive Officer Chris Albrecht.
“The world of Jamie and Claire is expansive and emotionally complex. The audience has rewarded Outlander with their praise and loyalty, and we know we will deliver the best seasons yet in the years ahead”, added Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg , Presidents, U.S. Programming and Production for Sony Pictures Television. “Starz has been an incredible partner and has truly helped shape this into one of the most iconic premiere series on the air today.”
Based on the novels by Diana Gabaldon, Outlander was developed for television by Ronald D. Moore and stars Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzes, Graham McTavish, Gary Lewis, Duncan Lacroix, Annette Badland, Lotte Verbeek and Stephen Walters. The drama series is produced by Tall Ship Productions, Story Mining & Supply Company and Left Bank Pictures in association with Sony Pictures Television. Battlestar Galactica’s Ronald D. Moore is the executive producer and showrunner.