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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.”

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

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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

You can read more at Here from Decider

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!”

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

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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.

Source: ‘Outlander’ Star Sam Heughan Reveals Big Season 3 Difference

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‘Outlander’ EP Ronald D Moore On Seasons 3 & 4, ‘Galactica’ & Comic Con | Deadline

“It’s a big transitional year for this show,” Outlander executive producer Ronald D. Moore says of the upcoming third season of the Starz drama based on Diana Gabaldon’s bestselling books.

Set to debut September 10 on the premium cabler, this 13-episode run of the Caitriona Balfe- and Sam Heughan-led time-travel series has newborns, old lives, heartache and a reunion across the seas and ages — aka, classic Outlander. Already with one Comic-Con panel under his belt this year with the Battlestar Galactica reunion yesterday, today sees Moore back in Ballroom 20 with Balfe, Heughan, co-stars Tobias Menzies, Sophie Skelton and Richard Rankin, and fellow EP Maril Davis.

Before today’s panel, Moore chatted with me about where this far-flung season based on Voyager — Gabaldon’s third book in her eight-book (so far) series — is coming from, where it’s going and where it could all end up. He also discusses whether he would ever be part of another Galatica revival, and how much SDCC has changed since be first started attending the confab.

DEADLINE: With Season 3 set to launch in just under couple of months, what is the theme for you for this run of Outlander?

MOORE: It’s a transitional season. You know, the franchise kind of pivots from this point because, it’s not really a huge spoiler, but essentially, the show will relocate to the American colonies after this season. So they’ll always have a foot in Scotland, because there’s always a piece of the story that will continue to play out in Scotland, but Claire and Jamie and their family really do kind of relocate to North America after this season and establish a place called Fraser’s Ridge, which is up in the mountains of North Carolina — and that’s where the rest of the season in the books takes place.

So this is a really important year because it’s leaving sort of one setting, traveling literally across the Atlantic Ocean. You know, we went down and shot on the Black Sails ships and sets in South Africa to do that section of the story, and then end up in the Caribbean, and then eventually into the American colonies. It’s a big transitional year for this show.

DEADLINE: Another transition of sorts for you guys is that Outlander Season 3 is premiering in mid-September, a shift from Season 1 opening in August 2014 and Season 2 debuting in April 2016. How will moving into a more traditional premiere spot affect the show, especially for production purposes?

MOORE: It doesn’t really change the dynamic of a show. I’m sure Starz could speak more directly to scheduling and how it affects various marketing aspects and that kind of thing, but creatively, it didn’t really affect the show at all. We are trying to put the show on more of a yearly basis, so hopefully we can stick with a fall premiere date going forward. So we’re sort of overlapping production, but that’s because I think the fan base would really like to have an annual date instead of a moving date.

DEADLINE: So the fall premiere is going to become the norm for Outlander?

MOORE: You know, there’s no guarantee, but hopefully we kind of stick with a fall premiere from this point. It’s been difficult for us because it takes us a long time to shoot the show. It’s very complex logistically. It’s a big period piece that travels and goes to different countries and continents and doesn’t really have standing sets, and it takes us a long time to produce it. So we don’t want to skimp on the production value of the show, but we also want the audience to have the benefit of yearly premieres.

DEADLINE: Speaking of behind the camera, will Diana Gabaldon be penning an episode or two of Season 3 like she did for Season 2?

MOORE: She did not do one for us this season. She’s writing another book, and she was a little too caught up in that. Behind the cameras, a lot of the same team came back. We had some changes in the writing staff. We actually expanded the writing staff quite a bit, in large part because we are sort of on an accelerated prep schedule now, and we had to be able to have enough writers to start writing onto Season 4 while we were producing Season 3.

DEADLINE: Mapping out this upcoming season and Season 4, how much further do you see Outlander going?

MOORE: Well, Diana’s still writing the books, so I would assume that we could go as long as she keeps writing a compelling story. The books are still wildly successful. The storyline still engages people, and I could see this going on for a very long time.

DEADLINE: Is that always how you saw it? When you initially put the show together, did you see this as a five-season show, a six-season show…

MOORE: When I approached it, I knew that it was an ongoing book series and an open-ended saga, so I sort of had that in the back of my mind. Really until Diana’s decided what the end of the story is, I can just see the show continuing to move forward. Also, as long as the audience is willing to go along for the ride with us, because it feels like there’s a long, compelling tale that people could lose themselves in for many years.

DEADLINE: On that, last year Outlander skipped Comic-Con, but you were here personally. What was that like?

MOORE: It was odd because I’d done them so many years in a row with Galactica. Then I took a break, and then you get used to just being there, you know, with Outlander, and it’s odd to skip one. I did a couple of smaller panels, but nothing officially for the show. You know, you kind of miss the big rooms, and you miss seeing all the fans, and the cast, and all that, because it has become an event on everyone’s annual calendar.

DEADLINE: On Galactica, you had a reunion panel this year at Comic-Con, similar to the one at ATX earlier this year. Of course, you are busy with Outlander but the fan reaction makes it pretty clear the appetite is there for more Galactica. Would you do more? Say, a limited series?

MOORE: (laughs) I feel like our show has pretty much said what it needed to say, and we’re done. I didn’t really leave the door open for a reunion show. If you did that, if you picked up the story from where we left off after the finale, A, there’s no Battlestar Galactica left, and B, everyone’s on Earth, and there are no spaceships anymore. It would be such a completely different idea, that it really wouldn’t be Battlestar Galacticaanymore.

Now, given the environment that we’re in, sure, they’re going to reboot it at some point. Somebody’s going to and they’ll take another whack at it, just like we rebooted the original. So, you know, I can’t be precious about the idea that no one could ever touch this show, because it was a remake in and of itself.


Continue reading at the Source: ‘Outlander’ EP Ronald D Moore On Seasons 3 & 4, ‘Galactica’ & Comic Con | Deadline

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Outlander at SDCC 2017

I’ve combed the internet to find posts & pictures from the Outlander venue at the San Diego Comic Con this year.

Be sure to check this page regularly as I’m sure there will be new stuff added often.

Thank you in advance to everyone that has shared pictures & post regarding this years event.

It's time, Sassenachs… The Outlander cast is here to talk about Season 3!

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A verra warm hello from #Outlander at #SDCC2017!

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Happy/Sad/Confused. With Caitriona Balfe & Sam Heughan. #outlander #sdcc #caitrionabalfe #samheughan Photo: @sammyheller

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Piped in to @comic_con ! Thank you again girls.x

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One more day at Comiccon with these two lovely people… #jalapinoMargaritas

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Amazing day @comic_con !!! Thank you all for coming and WATCHING ep1!!!! So excited.x

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Sam arriving at San Diego airport for Comic Con

It’s complicated. 😬#Outlander #CatrionaBalfe #SamHeughan #TobiasMenzies #EWComicCon #SDCC #ComicCon

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#outlander #starz #sdcc2017 #herewego! #activationpro

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Watch the SoCal Outlander’s periscope broadcast from the Printshop booth.

Watch the SoCal Outlander’s periscope broadcast from the Cryptozoic booth (Outlander Trading Cards) 

From the SDCC Entertainment Weekly special edition

The Dunbonnet #jamiefraser #fergus #voyager #outlander #s3 #beard #fantastic #hair #omg #omg #omg

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The Printshop at work

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Jenna Dewan Tatum will host Outlander Panel at SDCC & Starz confirms panel videos will be available

As you may have heard Outlander will be represented at Comic Con this year.



Jenna Dewan Tatum will be moderating the Outlander panel this year.

Outlander’s Sam Heughan was very excited about this news.

In a recent tweet today Starz confirmed that they would be making available videos of  the Outlander panels at Comic Con in San Diego.

Comic Con is July 20, 2017 – July 23, 2017 at the San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, CA

Outlander season 3 will air sometime in September. No exact date has been announced

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‘Outlander’ Returns To Comic-Con With Caitriona Balfe & Sam Heughan

Starz is putting all its Comic-Con eggs in one Scottish basket this year as Outlander returns to the San Diego confab.

After an absence last year, the cast and creative of the Ronald D. Moore EP’d sultry time-travel series based on Diana Gabladon’s bestsellers are back and set to take the stage in Ballroom 20 of the San Diego Convention Center on July 21 at 5 PM.

A SDCC fav, the Outlander panel will see leads Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan join Moore and Gabaldon as well as fellow EP Maril Davis on the Con’s second day. Fellow cast members Tobias Menzies, Sophie Skelton and Richard Rankin will be in attendance too. World of Dance judge Jenna Dewan Tatum will host the panel.

 The Golden Globe and Emmy nominated Outlander is set to return for its third season on the premium cabler in September– no specific date has been announced but maybe that will come at SDCC. The third season of the series, from Moore and Sony Pictures TV, will consist of 13 episodes based on Voyager, the third of eight books in Gabaldon’s Outlander series

As well as a panel this year, Outlander will also be holding an autograph session of the SDCC floor on July 22, with the time to be announced later.

Comic-Con 2017 runs from July 20- 23, with the traditional preview night on July 19.

Source: ‘Outlander’ Returns To Comic-Con With Caitriona Balfe & Sam Heughan | Deadline

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Outlander writer Anne Kenney leaving series

Writer Anne Kenney recently let it be know that she will be living the Outlander franchise for new challenges.

Anne wrote several episodes for the Starz production including The Way Out, Lallybroch, The Fox’s LairUseful Occupations and Deceptions & Hail Mary.  But the episode that fans love her for is The Wedding.  Oh sooooo good! Kenney also wrote episode 2 for Outlander season 3 no title has been released yet.


When ask by a fan, Outlander Embassy on Twitter if she would be writing for season 4 Kenney replied with the following tweet.


Many well wishes and sad farewells were tweeted to Ms. Kenney by the Outlander fandom.

When the following tweet came in today.

Anne replied…

So there is still hope that Anne might voyage back to the Outlander shores again some day.

Anne is also know for her writing on L.A. Law, Switched at Birth, Greek, & Beautiful People just to name a few.

We at Outlandish Dram wish Ms. Kenney the best on her new adventures.

Outlander is set to hit our TV screens in September although no exact date has been announced by the Starz network yet.

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