Droughtlander: Yes, it has returned once again & what shall we fill our TV time with? Here’s a few ideas…

Outlander season 3 finale aired on 12/17 and now with the holidays just about over fans will begin to feel the full effect of Droughtlander. Filling this hole in our lives on Sunday nights might be a wee bit difficult but I’m sure together we can figure this thing out and make the time fly swiftly.

The Outlander cast and crew are currently filming season 4 which will consist of 13 episodes just as season 2 and 3. It’s my also understanding that will be Starz and Sony aiming for a September premiere date.

Beginning in January the Starz network will be starting a new series called Counterpart which looks interesting while not a period drama like Outlander it does have a sci fi flavor to it.

In Counterpart J.K. Simmons plays 2 rolls much like Tobias Menzies played both Frank Randall & Black Jack Randall in Outlander. Only in Counterpart one is not the  descendant of the other,  but they are one and the same person, Howard Silk.  Boring Howard discovers the agency he works for is hiding a gateway to a parallel dimension and meets his “counterpart” who looks exactly like him but has a totally different, not so mundane life on the other side. I’m thinking the boring Howard is going to get sucked into the other dimension’s goings on or some such thing. Guess we’ll just have to see how that plays out.

Watch the trailer for Counterpart for more info.

I have to admit though I’ve become partial to period dramas especially 17th & 18th Century ones. I also enjoy the medieval era with knights, vikings, kings, castles and the like.  If you’re into this type of genre you might want to catch the History channel’s new series Knightfall.

Knightfall follows Laundry played by Tom Cullen who is in the  Knights Templar during the 14th century.  The series started on December 6th so there have been 3 episodes to date which you can most likely catch up on by using your TV provider’s on demand services or via the History channel app or website.

Watch the trailer for Knightfall below.

If you have access to Netflix, Amazon or Hulu. There are any number of good series available through them and I was thinking that since Outlander’s next season will be set in American just prior to the Revolutionary War that I might stream Turn: Washington Spies via Netflix. Turn is in its 4th season on AMC so if you’ve never seen it there are plenty of episodes to watch.

Turn stars Jamie Bell as Long Island farmer, Abe Woodhull, who, together with some friends, form The Culper Ring, a group of spies who changed the course of events in America’s fight for freedom from England’s rule. (source)

Here is the trailer for season 1

There is also the BBC series called  The Last Kingdom is set way back in 872 AD and the main character Uhtred (fictional), played by Alexander Dreymon, is a Saxon nobleman’s son, that was captured and raised by the Danes. In his quest to reclaim his birthright Uhtred must weave a path between both sides if he is to regain his home lands.

There are several characters in this series that are based on actual people in history. If you watch History channel’s Vikings you’ll recognize the names Ragnar & Ubba(Ubbe) Lodbrok (Lothbrok). Which is another good series I might add.

The Last Kingdom Trailer

 

In April Starz will be having a mini series of Howards End which recently aired on BBC One in the UK. The series stars Hayley Atwell, Philippa Coulthard, Matthew Macfadyen and Tracey Ullman.

Howards End is set in England in the early 20th century and follows 3 families all of different socioeconomic backgrounds and how their lives intertwine.

Trailer

I will definately be watching this mini series.

 

So there you have it. Just a few of the great TV shows that can help fill in the 9 months it takes to give birth to season 4 of Outlander.

 

Note: Starz & Sony are currently in talks of picking up season 5 of Outlander which if green lighted would follow book #5 in the Diana Gabaldon series titled The Fiery Cross.