This might seem a tad repetitious, but with the way the television industry operates, with rumors flying around and speculation always building, we often have to take the time to say that something we reported on has been officially confirmed and wasn’t just hearsay, just speculative reporting. That’s what has happened with Ronald D. Moore’s Outlander on Starz. We reported the project had been given the go ahead for a 16-episode first season, but at the time Starz had not officially announced the pick up. Today is a different story; the genie is out of the bottle and Starz is ready back up the rumors circulating the net.
THR reported on Starz official announcement for the large order of 16 episodes for Outlander, based on author Diana Gabaldon’s best-selling series of books. Moore is quite excited to be bringing this series to life as he enjoys the “rich and textured world” Gabaldon has created. Outlander follows Claire Randall, a married combat nurse in 1945, who is mysteriously transported back in time to 1743. She ends up meeting another man, who she doesn’t like at first, but they soon begin an epic love affair and Claire finds herself torn between two men from different time periods. I haven’t read the books – the eighth installment is set to come out this fall – but I’m interested in giving them a shot. The description alone piques my interest.
This is Moore’s second series to be picked up on Starz. Helix was given a 13-episodes order, but it has yet to be given a premiere date. Helix is a thriller about a disease outbreak, a concept that has my attention, if only tentatively. I enjoyed the film Contagion, which was also about a disease outbreak, but if such an idea will work as a TV series is an entirely different matter. Still, I’m hopeful it will be at least mildly engaging.