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Outlander Promo Recap: Parallel Lives – TV Kills Time

The title of this promo is more than a righteous Magic:The Gathering card. It’s also the nickname for Plutarch’s Lives of the Noble Greeks and Romans, a series of biographies of famous men that highlighted their similar virtues and failings, and a fascinating study of morality and choices. It’s an apt lens through which to view this season of Outlander, in which Claire and Jamie struggle to make the most of their choice to separate, consequently exposing the best and worst of themselves (and those closest to them). It’s a reminder that our heroes are no more human than any of us: sometimes disturbingly fallible, others heartrendingly persistent. Plus I hear there’s a lot of sex.

Let’s dig in.

The promo opens on Claire and Bree, presumably on a plane back to Boston after their visit to Scotland. Caitriona Balfe narrates, letting us know that when we last saw the character it was 1968, right after her character discovers Jamie didn’t die at Culloden. Both Randall ladies seem immersed in thought.

Information like that has a way of jump-starting one’s fantasy life, and Claire gazes out of her plane window while Bree reassures her that they “will find him.” Don’t pat yourself on the back, kid. Everyone finds Jamie eventually. He’s pretty noteworthy.

Cut to Bree and Claire researching at what looks like a library with Roger. This promo needs more Roger. If this keeps up I am just going to start Photoshopping his face onto vases and stuff. Here he is, color-coordinating not only with the rich wood paneling but also Bree’s vest. I assume he’s the head researcher because he’s the only one who can read fluent Scottish noises.

It’s worth noting that the group searching for Jamie in the past is also in a prime position to see their relationships most significantly affected in the present. One woman longing to leave the present to return to the past, another firmly anchored to the present but potentially fragile in the face of the loss of another parent, and a man re-evaluating his past identity while harboring new hopes for his future.

Meanwhile, we flash to Jamie gasping in a tortured breath and opening his eyes on Culloden field, a familiar uniformed ponytail visible over his left shoulder.

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EXCLUSIVE: ‘Outlander’ Stars Tease ‘Massive Developments’ for Bree & Roger’s Relationship in Season 3!

Listen up, sassenachs!

Over the past nine months, we at Entertainment Tonight have been surprising fans with exclusive videos with your favorite Outlander stars from our season three set visit in Scotland. (Who else loved Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe’s whisky-filled game of “Never Have I Ever”?)

Now we’re thrilled to say that we’re about to unleash a rainstorm of exclusive season three set tours, interviews and games to pour down on the fandom in these last 25 days of this dreaded Droughtlander!

First up, we sat down with stars Sophie Skelton and Richard Rankin in the Fraser’s Lallybroch living room for an in-depth preview of what’s ahead for Bree and Roger’s relationship in season three.

After their character’s chemistry-charged meeting at the end of Outlander‘s second season, Skelton promised that fans will be seeing “a lot more” of Brianna and Roger’s “relationship development” in this upcoming season.

“Massive developments,” Rankin stressed. “There’s going to be massive developments.” Rankin added that he and Skelton care deeply about their characters and the two actors will often have in-depth conversations about the script’s subtext.

“It’s obviously important that we get on together and that we’re on the same page,” he said. “We spend a lot of time together. We chat a lot about the characters, and we chat a lot about the relationship and the development of the relationship, which I think is really helpful. Nine times out of 10, Sophie doesn’t agree with what I’ve got to say, but she listens.”

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Why The Sex Scenes On “Outlander” Will Be Very Different This Year


Sex has always been a huge part of Outlander. It’s pretty much the reason we all watch the show. You know it, I know it.
So, when I realized Voyager — the book in the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon the upcoming season 3 is based on —  featured a major time jump, I got worried. What would Jamie and Claire sex scenes look like after a 20-year separation?
Luckily, I got to travel to the Outlander set in Scotland to ask Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan that exact question.
But first, since it’s been a while (too long!) since we last spent time with our favorite time-crossed duo, let’s recap what we know. Last season of Outlander saw Claire (Caitriona Balfe) stepping back through the time stones and returning to her 20th century life and first husband Frank (Tobias Menzies) circa 1948, leaving Jamie (Sam Heughan) to die in battle on the Culloden moor.
Fast-forward 20 years to 1968, and Claire, along with her and Jamie’s daughter Brianna, has learned that her dashing Scottish lover/husband survived the battle, which means he would be alive today, if today were 200 years ago.
The thing about Season 3 of Outlander is that dates are important, so if you happened to nap through mid-18th century Scottish history in high school, you might want to pay attention now.
When Claire first goes back in time, it’s 1945 in the present, but 1743 in the past. She stays in 18th century Scotland for three years, leaving on the eve of the bloody Battle of Culloden — which pitted Scottish supporters of Charles Stuart (Bonnie Prince Charlie) against British troops loyal to King George II, and ended in carnage on the Scottish side — in 1746. But because that time also translates to three years in the p resent, it’s 1948 when she gets back. Leaving 1968 to seek Jamie in the past puts us in 1766. (I know, I know — it’s very confusing.)
In the book’s timeline, Claire is 50 in 1968, while Jamie is 45 in 1766. We’ve already seen 50-year-old Claire, who looks pretty fantastic, nary a grey hair in sight. And while we’ve gotten a glimpse at what looks like caveman Jamie in the years following Claire’s departure, we don’t yet know how the years will affect him.
Historical purists (a.k.a. me) could point out that 45 in 1766 would be considered nearing old age, but this is a fictional universe, so I’m fairly certain he’ll still be hunky, something Sam Heughan basically confirmed when we met. “Jamie ages more emotionally than physically,” he said. ” The aging process was more due to the trauma and experiences of his life that he’s gone through. I won’t be walking around with a wooden stick and long white hair.”
But still, sex in your late 40s and early 50s isn’t quite the same as sex in your 20s. At the time of the set visit, Balfe and Heughan hadn’t yet filmed their highly anticipated reunion. But they were definitely aware of the fan expectations, and had some of their own.
“I’m so excited to play that stuff because even though this show is a fantasy what we all try to do every day is ground it in some kind of reality,” Balfe explained. “It’s nice to have the ability to delve into the fantasy of what this relationship would be like. Anyone who’s spent any time away from their partner knows that when you first see each other again in your head, you’ve played all the scenarios of how perfectly it’s all gonna go. Then, somebody says one thing and you’re at each other’s throats. It’s important to allow this relationship to become real, and for them to discover who each other are all over again. They’re both flawed people. They’re not perfect. That’s also what makes it interesting.”
And as for the sex? Check out what they had to say in the video above!

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The Cool Way Outlander Crossed Over With Black Sails

Outlander has been taking viewers back to the 18th century for the past few years. Claire’s accidental journey through time from the 1940s to the 1700s resulted in a love story that has taken her and her husband Jamie all throughout Scotland and France. The upcoming third season will take the lovebirds farther than ever before, and it turns out that the show was able to crossover with Starz’ Black Sails in a pretty unexpected way. Executive producer Ron Moore revealed the way Outlander crossed over with Black Sails at San Diego Comic-Con, saying this:

“We were able to use the Black Sails sets. It’s a fantastic facility with full blown tall ships. We were down there for three months, almost four. We used a lot of the Black Sails crew and technical advisors.”

Yes, the two Starz series will soon have ships and sets in common as well as a network. Traveling on the ocean was obviously a huge deal for Black Sails, and it seems that the Outlander crew was determined to make sure that its scenes at sea will look just as intricate and genuine. Outlander spent months down in South Africa filming on the Black Sails sets, with even the Black Sails crew and techs on hand to help them out. If the scenes on deck are going to look and feel as authentic on Outlander as they did on Black Sails, I think we’ll be able to understand why poor seasick Jamie was so stricken.

Given that Black Sails actually came to an end in April after four seasons, the sea-faring scenes of Outlander might be a fun blast from the past for fans of both series. Ron Moore’s comments are also good news for readers of Diana Gabaldon’s book series, as it sounds like Season 3 will be able to do justice to what amounts to a huge chunk of the third book.

Warning: spoilers ahead for the third book of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlandersaga, called Voyager.

In Voyager, Claire and Jamie end up leaving Scotland behind and setting sail after young Ian Murray is kidnapped and taken to the West Indies to be sold as a slave. The book definitely earns its name, as there are plenty of voyages to be found in Voyager, and the characters go for quite a while without spending much time on solid ground. Diana Gabaldon has already said that Season 3 will be more faithful to her books than Season 2 was, so fans have had reason to expect some fantastic episodes with Jamie and Claire at sea. The Black Sails crew and sets should allow Season 3 to deliver something truly spectacular.

The early footage for Outlander Season 3 (which we broke down in gif form) is focused on reuniting Claire and Jamie after their heartbreakingly long separation. We haven’t gotten a look at the Black Sails ships just yet, and we may have a while still to wait. A lot needs to happen before Claire and Jamie set off on the next leg of adventure together. When last we saw them, they weren’t even in the same century.

Outlander will return to Starz for Season 3 on Sunday, September 10 at 8 p.m. ET. Check out our rundown of what we know so far about Season 3 for a peek ahead, and swing by our fall TV premiere schedule for all the other dates for returning TV series.

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Outlander: Brianna and Roger’s Relationship Is a Slow Burn 

Move over Jamie and Claire, there’s a new couple on Outlander!

The slow-building relationship between the Frasers’ daughter, Brianna (Sophie Skelton), and Roger Wakefield (Richard Rankin) will continue during the upcoming third season of the time-traveling romance drama. TV Guide spoke with the two young stars about how their relationships unfolds, and we have one piece of advice for Outlander fans: be patient.

“With Brianna and Roger, they don’t communicate very well even though they are the only people in the world who understand each other,” Skelton tells TV Guide. “There’s that beautiful infuriation. You just want them to sit down, tell each other how they feel and move the relationship forward that way.”

Outlander‘s Tobias Menzies Teases a “Fitting End” to Black Jack Randall

Despite the frustrating development of the relationship, there’s no doubt that these two lovebirds care very much about each other, and their extremely unique circumstances help foster a one-of-a-kind bond.

“I don’t think they know where they are half the time or what’s going on. It’s just all this searching for Jamie,” Rankin weighs in. “They develop a real need for each other as anything else. It’s going to be exciting to watch their relationship unfold.”

Outlander Season 3 premieres Sept. 10 at 8/7c on Starz.

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‘Outlander’ Season 3: What We Learned From the TCA Panel

Spoilers below for the third season of Outlander.

First thing’s first: Yes, Claire and Jamie will reunite in the third season of Starz’s Outlander, but not before Jamie faces off in a final, epic battle with the evil Black Jack Randall. As series creator Ronald D. Moore and the Outlander cast explained at the Television Critics Association press tour on Friday, fans will have to wait a while until the newlywed Frasers see each other again.

“The great gift of doing a series like this is you get time to really get to know your character and explore different elements,” star Caitriona Balfe, who plays Claire Randall Fraser, said at the TCA panel. “This season in particular, being able to create this woman over a certain period of time is really interesting.”

Balfe says that her character’s fate is particularly interesting given last season’s cliffhanger, which sent Claire back to post–World War II, separating her from Sam Heughan’s Jamie Fraser shortly before the deadly Battle of Culloden. “How does that change how they interact with people in their lives, with everything?” she said. “I loved being able to play that.”

Below, the highlights from the TCA panel about Outlander season three, which premieres on Sunday, September 10.

Black Jack Randall will get a proper send-off.
Tobias Menzies plays both historian Frank Randall and his nefarious ancestor, Jonathan “Black Jack” Randall — or at least he did until the beginning of the third season. “I think it’s a difficult story line to tie up,” Menzies admitted, saying Black Jack and Jamie “meet on the battlefield of Culloden” and that the death is filmed “almost in flashback and it’s Jamie’s hallucination as he remembers fragments of this encounter.” He added, “It’s a fitting end to a quasi love-affair.”

Claire and Jamie won’t immediately be reunited.
The newlyweds will be apart for what Moore calls “the right amount of time.” As he explained at the panel, it’s “enough [time] to build a want, a desire in the audience to get Claire and Jamie back together so they were really pushing for it and getting excited, but it wasn’t dragging along.”

But just how long, exactly? After 20 years apart, Clare and Jamie will reunite in the fifth episode of the new season. “It felt like to do that justice you had to really give it some time and some space,” Moore explained. “You don’t want to brush over it and prepare like nothing really happened.”

Don’t expect any surprise Randalls … yet.
Moore acknowledged that “the Randall family tree is very broad,” but that doesn’t mean we should expect to see other members of the family anytime soon. “There are no plans for that,” Moore said. “Tobias has been part of a key show from the beginning and it’s hard to imagine he won’t be a part of that going forward. Never say never. There could be various flashbacks. We do have a time-travel show […] we don’t have anything on the boards at the moment.”

The show isn’t going to pass the books, à la Game of Thrones.
Moore said it’s unlikely the show will ever catch up with the source material, as novelist Diana Gabaldon is quite prolific. “She will tell us the end of the story,” he explained. (Gabaldon is currently writing the ninth Outlander book, and season three will only cover the events of Voyager, the third in the series.) In other words, fans should expect the show to stick around for a long, long time: Executive producer Maril Davis says they’ll stay on as long as Starz will have them.

Filming on a boat is no fun.
Part of this third season is set in Jamaica, which meant leaving behind the Scotland sets for uncharted waters — specifically, the boats that are used in another Starz series, Black Sails. Heughan and Davis admitted they got a bit queasy, and Balfe said she almost got sick when she smelled the prop vomit that was made for one particular maritime scene.

The newest cast members know that Outlander loves sex scenes.
Sophie Skelton, who will play Jamie and Claire’s daughter, Brianna, said that her character has a “very different type of relationship” with her beau, Roger (Richard Rankin) than what we’ve come to expect from the show. “They’re both kind of geeky and they have this awkward stumble of a relationship, so I wouldn’t say they’re the sexiest … ”

“With Roger and Bree, there’s always a push and pull,” Skelton added. “They’re just as stubborn, but in a very different way. They kind of use each other as punching bags.”

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Catch up on the TCA 2017 Summer Press Tour Outlander panel

The Television Critics Association summer press tour panel was tonight with the Outlander cast & producers and many of entertainment industry were live tweeting during the panel.

The panel included:

  • Ronald D. Moore, Showrunner/Writer
  • Maril Davis, Executive Producer
  • Caitriona Balfe (Claire Randall Fraser)
  • Sam Heughan (Jamie Fraser) *via satellite
  • Tobias Menzies (Frank & Black Jack Randall)
  • Sophie Skelton (Brianna Randall)
  • Richard Rankin (Roger Wakefield)

Starz also released another video, Parallel Lives, with some great clips from season 3.  Thanks to EW you can view it below.

Thank goodness for Entertainment Weekly’s Lynette Rice and her awesome live tweets! If you get a chance send her a big THANK YOU via Twitter @Lynetterice

Via Dicder’s (@decider) Twitter feed

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Coverage of the panel from TV Tango (@TVTango)

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‘Outlander’ Season 3 Preview: Culloden, The Print Shop, and Crows Feet All Got Shout Outs At TCA

Outlander Season Three premieres September 10 on Starz, but critics got a sneak peek at the new season at TCA. Season Three will open with Jamie and Claire separated by centuries. Jamie must face down the legendary Battle of Culloden, while Claire has to raise their daughter with another man in the 20th Century. Stars Caitriona BalfeTobias MenziesSophie Skelton, and Richard Rankin were on hand, along with showrunner Ronald D. Moore and Executive Producer Maril DavisSam Heughan joined the panel later via satellite. (Warning: spoilers for non-book readers!)

Starz unveiled a brand new video hyping Jamie and Claire’s star-crossed romance in Season Three. Showrunner Ronald D. Moore explained that he looked at Jamie’s storyline in the book Voyager to help inform how they laid out the season. Jamie’s journey could be broken down into about five parts, from the Battle of Culloden to the moments leading up to the Print Shop. From there Moore broke down Claire’s life with Frank and Brianna to create a parallel narrative. “You’re traveling through 20 years of their lives,” said Moore. “So you focus on the major moments of drama.”

The Battle of Culloden kicks off the third season and Sam Heughan said the historical event made for a “great start to the season.” Tobias Menzies explained that they took a “strange” approach to it and that it marks the end of the Black Jack/Jamie storyline. “They meet on the battlefield in Culloden. It’s almost in flashback…you get fragments of the encounter,” he said. “I like the way it came out. It’s a strange part fight, part dance, part embrace.”

Spoilers, but season three sees two characters’ approaching the end of their respective storylines – and both are played by Menzies. When asked if Menzies was done with the show for good, Moore teased: “The Randall family tree is very broad.” He added, “You never say never. There could be flashbacks, we are a time travel show, so you never know.”

Maril Davis joked he could come back as a female member of the Randall clan, which Menzies loved. Balfe exclaimed: “Daisy Randall!” So stay tuned.

Photo: Starz

Heughan said, “I think this season in particular feels very strong. Every episode has an individual theme and the characters, they grow up, they change.” Balfe said that when she approached her character’s aging, she wanted to focus on how time changes you, over cosmetic “crows’ feet.” She watched specific actresses at different points in their film careers to track how Claire might change. “People don’t change that much,” she said, “but certain things change about them. How they carry themselves.” At the very end of the panel she joked that they had thought about a “monobrow,” and Heughan added, “I’d like to see that!”

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Why Starz risked fan ire and screened the Outlander premiere at Comic-Con

It was a shocking announcement by Outlander executive producer Ronald D. Moore: After an excruciating, 18-month-long droughtlander, he and Starz decided to screen the season 3 premiere episode Friday at Comic-Con International.

For the 4,000 fans who packed Ballroom 20 — the second largest room at the San Diego Convention Center — it was a tremendous surprise greeted with near-deafening screams. But for the millions of others who can only dream of scoring an impossible-to-get ticket to Comic-Con, it was another let down after waiting more than a year for new episodes. Thousands took out their frustration on Twitter and the Facebook page of Outlander author Diana Gabaldon, who attended the panel and sat with the fans to watch the episode.

“I just wish that we all would have the same opportunity,” wrote fan Deborah J. Devine. “The majority of the rest of us are not as fortunate to attend Comic-Con, and while we enjoy the interviews, and video clips — well, it just makes us out here in the Droughtlander-verse — :(. Sad.” Adds Leisa Marelli, “I’m VERY disappointed that you all chose to do that. Yes, the people paid good money to see the Outlander cast and the print shop set, but that was just a small sampling of Outlander fans. I’m sure I’m not the only one when I say I feel cheated after waiting so patiently for Season 3. Not the best marketing move.”

Believe it or not, it was love for fans that prompted Starz to screen the episode after a brief panel discussion with Moore and the cast that was hosted by Jenna Dewan Tatum. One Starz insider tells EW that Moore “loved” the idea of springing the premiere on Comic-Con goers, especially since the cast couldn’t make an appearance at the convention last year due to production constraints. And because the gap between episodes lasted too long, Moore and the network wanted to make a big splash at the convention. And boy, did they: Besides the panel, trucks carrying Outlander billboards cruised constantly by the convention center, and a roving band of shirtless male highlanders delighted folks on the streets in downtown San Diego. Plus, costar Richard Rankin (Roger Wakefield) appeared at EW’s Brave New Warriors panel and the cast participated in an epic photo session in EW’s photo suite.

Gabaldon certainly favored the decision to screen the episode. “The highlight was….that they chose to show the first episode of Season Three!” she wrote on her Facebook page. “Ron and Maril [Davis] and I all sneaked out and sat in the audience, to see how people reacted, and it was truly wonderful to see how riveted everyone was … and as I remarked to Ron afterward, ‘And they laughed in the right places, too!’”

It’s not exactly unprecedented to screen a full episode at Comic-Con. But those are typically reserved for pilots only — like how ABC screened the first episode of Lost in 2004 and Fox showed the first installment of Fringe in 2008 — not full episodes from a returning show. For mega-genre hits like Game of Thrones or The Walking Dead, the networks only offer up exclusive teasers. Maybe that’s why some marketing executives question whether it was such a great idea for Outlander to totally lift its skirt — or should we say kilt? — at Comic-Con.

“Mixed bag,” says one high-profile marketing exec at a broadcast network. “Good if you build it up and get the fan base there. They are your evangelists. Also fine to show new trailers or scenes or teases. The fans expect that. Not good to sneak it [episode] in … that gets fans upset who really make the effort to see their shows.”

“You do wonder if it’s necessary,” anothers another marketing guru from a major studio. “I’m a big believer of taking care of the fans and giving them something unexpected, i.e. the proverbial surprise and delight, which showing the episode would accomplish,” the exec told EW. “Ideally, that ignites a fervor for the new season and gets everyone who’s not there stoked about the upcoming episodes. However, that carries the risk of alienating fans that aren’t in the ballroom. If I was planning it, I would have shown the S3 premiere in the ballroom at Comic-Con, let the press and fans run with it to stoke the buzz and conversation, and then I would have released the episode as a preview online so everyone who wasn’t there could experience what was seen as well. At the minimum, they could have released an extended scene online.”

For what it’s worth, not every fan who couldn’t attend the convention was bitter or upset. Wrote Pat Kramer on Gabaldon’s Facebook page, “People pay high dollar to go to this event…They deserve the vip treatment…So tacky of others to begrudge them…Any body could have bought a ticket and gone…I can not afford the 2500 mile trip so I am happy for those that got the treat…I think that Ron is very generous and so is the cast and Diane…I have thoroughly enjoyed the pictures, videos, and podcasts…Thank you all for those.”

Adds Derek N. Ali Taylor, “Cannot believe the pity party some of the fans are throwing! I do believe we are grown adults. Get it together, Outlander friends! Special things ARE worth the wait. Great for the folks who got to see Ep 1. Great for the rest of us come September! Before we know it, all of Season 3 will be on DVD and fans everywhere can watch each and every episode over and over into oblivion!”

Have a strong opinion about this? Make sure to tune into a special edition of Outlander Live! at 6 p.m. ET on July 25 on EW Radio, Sirius XM 105. And look out for EW’s next Outlander cover, coming this fall!

Instead, Starz released a new trailer right before Comic-Con. Fans were also treated to more photographs from the new season, like Jamie (Sam Heughan) in the print shop.


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‘Outlander’ Star Sam Heughan Reveals Big Season 3 Difference

Waiting for season 3 of Outlander is almost as unbearable as the fact that Jamie and Claire have to spend 20 years apart before being reunited on the show. Yes, we sometimes think of Jamie and Claire as real people and not TV characters, so don’t judge us!

During San Diego Comic-Con 2017, both Sam Heughan (who plays Jamie) and Caitriona Balfe (who plays Claire) revealed that season 3 was very different to film, and the fact that their characters are separated for 20 years — we know it’s heartbreaking — is definitely a part of the reason why.

“We have been very fortunate to get to know these characters over two seasons. It feels like such a long time ago we got started,” Heughan told reporters and fans during their panel via Hall of Fame.

While the the characters will be separated for a few episodes in the beginning of the season, they will reunite. That said, their lives without one another will have been full of different times, places, and people — all of which make for two very different journeys.

“This season we got to really stretch the character and go somewhere else with them,” the Scottish actor continued. “Who they are after twenty years. It’s more about the experiences than the aging.”

Balfe echoed that sentiment earlier on, explaining that she believes the time jump should focus more on the story and experiences.

“I think there’s a general arc that you want to follow. But within acting, you have to leave room for play,” Balfe teased when talking about her character’s frame of mind after 20 years.

Outlander will return for its third season on September 10, 2017 on Starz.

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