Starz Splitting the First Season of ‘Outlander’

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As the Television Critic Association (TCA) are is their summer press tour, a lot of television news is hitting us.  Today, as Starz is presenting their TV news to the critics, we have some rather big news that will affect how we watch Outlander.

Starz has chosen to split the first season of Outlander.  The first eight episodes will premiere on August 9, 2014 and end on September 27, 2014, and the last eight episodes will premiere in 2015 though a specific date has not been announced.

Also announced, the first episode, entitled “Sassenach,” will premiere early on multiple platforms on August 2, 2014.  This includes Starz Play, select cable providers, the official Outlander website, Twitter, Youtube, and Facebook.  As I know some of you will ask, this will probably only be available to those in the U.S..

In my opinion, the split season will probably benefit the series in the U.S. and worldwide.  Non-fans will hear through the grapevine (and online buzz) about the series and will be able to catch up with the rest of the fans when the last eight episodes premiere in 2015.  If the online buzz is great, this will no doubt generate even more interest from television channels worldwide, increasing the chance that non-U.S., Australia, and Canada viewers will have the chance to see it in their country.

Source: THR

  • Carolee Luper

    The decision to split the OUTLANDER series into 2 different sessions is stupid and a big error! It will not increase interest, it will only anger the already huge fanbase which is expecting to see the entire first book in a sequence. Fans have already told other people about the upcoming show and generated a following and once the series starts many more people will watch it! I would like to know what author Diana Gabaldon thinks of this idea!

    • Kate Smith

      I agree!

    • JoAnn Pruden

      There are good logistical reasons to split the season. They are just now finishing up shooting, and a break will allow the post production activities to catch up. It would be a shame if quality suffered because they were rushed.

  • Kaylasa

    I became a fan of book 1 thanks to the first 8 episodes of the series, so while the TV series has attracted new fans to the story and that was a good move, I think it was a bad idea to split it into two “small seasons”, first of all because myself and many others got REALLY mad, and second, because that decision affected the climax of this mini-season. When you cut a story just when it is starting to take off you don’t really get any climax whatsoever and that may affect because there are some who will NOT hear about this news and they will think the series was just kinda boring. Besides, Starz, HBO and 90% of the big TV companies nowadays are NOT GETTING how the new TV audiences work on the Internet era. We prefer to watch the shows at our own pace, our own schedule, and therefore we want to consume finished products, that is, full seasons we can watch and re-watch as we please. The one-episode-a-week model is starting to lose audience and internet piracy is winning over new viewers precisely because of that. So, in the case of this series, we get an incomplete series with very few episodes each, cutting part 1 when the story was just starting to kick off but nothing truly exciting for a finale happens….then it just becomes a mess.

    • I Couldn’t of said it any better, I totally agree!!!

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