Not even a week after the premiere episode of Starz’s Outlander debuted, the network has already given the greenlight for Outlander Season 2. The show is based on the bestselling series of Diana Gabaldon novels and tells the story of Claire Randall, a married combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously transported back in time to 1743. The books (there are eight in total) traverse the genres of romance, science fiction, history, and adventure, making them ripe for the visual medium of TV. Battlestar Galactica showrunner Ronald D. Moore is at the helm of the Outlander TV show, spearheading what looks to be a rather successful adaptation (read Allison’s review here).
Starz has ordered “at least 13 episodes” of Outlander Season 2, which will be based on the second book in Gabaldon’s series, Dragonfly in Amber. This first season consists of 16 episodes, so one imagines that could be in the cards for the second season as well. Whereas HBO is focused on a variety of heavy drama series, with Spartacus, Da Vinci’s Demons, and now Outlander, it appears that Starz has carved out a nice little genre-oriented niche for itself in the world of premium cable. Read the full press release after the jump.