'Outlander' Renewed For Season 2

There will be a lot more of "Sassenach" Claire in the lives of Starz subscribers. The network and Sony Pictures Television announced on Friday they've teamed up to renew "Outlander" for Season 2.

According to the network, the second season will be "at least 13-episodes," and based on Diana Gabaldon's second book, "Dragonfly in Amber."

"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,” Chris Albrecht, Starz Chief Executive Officer, said in a statement sure to delight fans.

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Creator Ronald D. Moore released a statement noting he is excited to take the journey to the next phase.

“I’m thrilled at the prospect of doing another season of this show for Starz. This project has been a labor of love from the very beginning and it’s incredibly gratifying to see it succeed with viewers and critics alike," he said.

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According to the release, the show's premiere episode, "Sassenach," has been viewed 5 million times in the first week.

“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,” Zack Van Amburg, President of Programming for Sony Pictures Television, said in his statement. “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.”

"Outlander," starring Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies, Graham McTavish, Gary Lewis and, Lotte Verbeek airs Saturdays at 9 PM on Starz. The first season will have 16 episodes.

-- Jolie Lash

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