Starz’s time-travelling hit series Outlander is being picked up for two more seasons—this answers fans’ prayers for Seasons 3 and 4!
The upcoming seasons are said to cover the third and fourth novels of the Diana Gabaldon-authored series, namely Voyager and Drums of Autumn, The Hollywood Reporter notes.
“Outlander is like nothing seen before on television,” Starz CEO Chris Albrecht says. “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.”
He adds that the continuation of the drama is also a celebration of the 25th anniversary of the US publication of the first part in the book series. He also commends Diana Gabaldon and Outlander screenwriter Ronald Moore, saying “there are no better storytellers for Outlander than this team.”
Outlander Season 2, which is based on Gabaldon’s novel Dragonfly in Amber, is currently on air and is surpassing the success of the pilot season. The first 16-episode run of the show averaged with around five million multiplatform viewers each episode, Deadline reports. The viewing rating for the sophomore outing more than doubled. The first seven episodes of Outlander Season 2 were consistently on the top of rankings among female viewers and among all cable networks.
— Outlander (@Outlander_STARZ) June 1, 2016
Outlander was also an awards-season favorite. Actress Caitriona Balfe won the People’s Choice Awards for Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress and was also nominated for a Golden Globe Award.
Outlander tells the story of World War II combat nurse Claire Beauchamp (Balfe), who is transported to 1743 Scotland where she meets a soldier named Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan). In Season 2, the tale moves to 18th-century France where Claire is now expecting a child with her husband Jamie.
— Outlander (@Outlander_STARZ) May 29, 2016
Outlander Season 2 airs every Saturday night on Starz.