Premium cable channel Starz announced today that it will bring back a drama series for a second season. Variety reports that freshman series “Outlander” will have at least 13 episodes in season two.
The show’s second season “will be based on ‘Dragonfly in Amber,’ the second novel in Diana Gabaldon’s sweeping, eight-book historical series,” the report notes, adding: “The freshman drama has aired one episode out of its initial 16-episode order so far, with Saturday’s premiere garnering over 5 million views thanks to a multiplatform rollout.”
In a statement announcing the renewal, Starz CEO Chris Albrecht said: “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. 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.”
The series stars Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies and Graham McTavish, and runs Saturdays at 9 p.m.