Starz announced today the network has picked up an additional season of the Golden Globe(R)-nominated STARZ Original series “Outlander” from executive producer Ronald D. Moore and Sony Pictures Television. Matthew B. Roberts will continue as showrunner. Adapted from Diana Gabaldon’s international bestselling book, Starz has committed to this 12-episode order for “Outlander,” assuring the hit time-travel saga will run a seventh season.
Season Seven of the hit series will be based on the seventh of the eight books in the Outlander series, entitled An Echo in the Bone.
“Starz is committed to investing in unapologetic, bold premium storytelling that amplifies diverse voices and shines a spotlight on women in front of and behind the camera through our #TakeTheLead initiative,” said Christina Davis, President of Original Programming for Starz. “The hit series ‘Outlander’ embodies everything about our initiative including a powerful female lead character and an amazing team of storytellers. We look forward to following the adventures of Claire and Jamie in America during the Revolution as well as more time travel during this next season.”
“We are so excited Starz has given us the opportunity to continue the epic ‘Outlander’ journey,” said Roberts. “We can’t wait to get into the writer’s room and start breaking Echo in the Bone and look forward to giving the fans another season of this exhilarating story.”
Ronald D. Moore, Matthew B. Roberts, Maril Davis, Toni Graphia, Andy Harries and Jim Kohlberg will executive produce. Caitriona Balfe (Claire Randall Fraser), Sam Heughan (Jamie Fraser), Sophie Skelton (Brianna Randall) and Richard Rankin (Roger Wakefield), who are currently filming the sixth season of “Outlander” in Scotland, will return for the seventh season.
Heughan (Bloodshot, The Spy Who Dumped Me) can currently be seen in “Men in Kilts: A Roadtrip with Sam and Graham” on Sunday nights at 8:00PM ET/PT on STARZ. The eight-episode docuseries follows Heughan and “Outlander” star Graham McTavish (“Preacher,” The Hobbit Trilogy) on an epic adventure through Scotland, as they explore their heritage while meeting an incredible collection of people who truly showcase what it means to be Scottish.
“Men in Kilts” has given fans desperate for the end of Droughtlander relief by featuring “Outlander” clips within the travel docuseries. The series premiere episode was the second-highest series premiere viewed on the STARZ app1 and the #1 most social premium cable series across all live, new primetime episodes on February 14. “Men in Kilts” was a Top 3 series season premiere on STARZ since the beginning of 20202 with “Outlander” taking the #1 spot for regular premium scripted series among women viewers in 2020.3
The critically-acclaimed fifth season of “Outlander” drew a series high 6.7 million multiplatform viewers per episode, while averaging 5.7 million multiplatform viewers for all five seasons.4 “Outlander” has been a Top 5-rated scripted series on cable with women each of the last four years.5
The “Outlander” television series is inspired by Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series that has sold an estimated 50 million copies worldwide, with all of the books gracing the New York Times best-seller list. The “Outlander” television series has become a worldwide success with audiences, spanning the genres of history, science fiction, romance and adventure in one amazing tale.
“Outlander” is produced by Tall Ship Productions, Left Bank Pictures and Story Mining & Supply Company, in association with Sony Pictures Television.
Starz recently launched its #TakeTheLead initiative, the company’s comprehensive effort to deepen its existing commitment to narratives by, about and for women and underrepresented audiences.
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1 Live +SD App usage
2 Source: Source: Nielsen L7 HH Proj (000s) 1/1/20 – 2/14/21
3Source: Nielsen L7 W18+ Proj (000s), 1/1/20 – 12/31/20, original airings only
4Source: Nielsen and internal estimates
5Source: Nielsen L7 W18+ Coverage Ratings, calendar years, original airings only