Starz Releases Outlander Episode One

Aug 1, 2014 by

The long wait is over, Sassenachs!!

Starz will release Outlander Episode One on August 2nd at 12 am EST on Starz.com, Starz Play ( their phone app), on your television via On Demand service and on the Starz Youtube channel.

At last, we’ll see author Diana Gabaldon’s  Outlander come to life, complete with Jamie Fraser, Claire Randall and all the glory and beauty of the Scottish Highlands.

  Are ye ready?

Starz Releases Outlander Episode One

Starz releases Outlander Episode One at midnight, August 2.

 

 

Here are the pertinent details to ensure you get to see the first episode of Outlander as soon as it’s released:

This complimentary episode is FREE, FREE, FREE-no subscription needed.

It is the full 1st episode, uncut and commercial free, but it is available to US VIEWERS ONLY, no other countries.

The official premiere is still August 9th for subscribers and the rest of the season will be available to Starz subscribers only. Starz is betting that after you see the first episode, you’ll be hooked and become a subscriber so you can see the entire series. Considering the legions of fans garnered by the Outlander book series, I’d say this is a safe bet on the part of Starz.

For all the details, click HERE to go to the Starz Outlander site.  You’ll find links to download the phone app, a list of cable providers offering the show via On Demand service and what devices you can use to view the episode.

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Starz’ Outlander Debuts In San Diego

Jul 26, 2014 by

Outlander,the new romantic adventure cable series set in 18th century Scotland,  officially made its debut last night, July 25, 2014 at San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) and the clips, peeks, and reviews are starting to pour in.   I’ve gathered a few videos and pictures here to whet your appetite until the first episode debuts on August 9th on Starz cable channel; the episode will be available online beginning August 2nd.

 

 

 

 

The official trailer, just released at Comic Con. I saw it today on the Starz cable channel on my big screen, hi def tv–all I can say is WOW, guess the new tv was worth it, after all.

 

 

Starz has also released the beautiful opening credits sequence for Outlander. The song is the well-known Scottish traditional tune, Skye Boat Song, in an arrangement composed by Bear McCreary featuring the vocals of his singer wife Raya Yarbrough. I’m sure this version will be available on iTunes within 48 hours.

 

 

 

Cinema Blend sent a reporter to the SDCC premiere of Outlander, who snapped a shot of this helpful kilted hottie pointing the way to the screening at the Spreckels theater. Read the full report HERE.

 

 

I like this review by on-the-scene reporters because they talk about Outlander from the perspective of someone who hasn’t read the book series, and/or maybe doesn’t even like historical romance. They gave Outlander a shot because they ARE fans of Ron Moore, who also produced the award-winning sci fi series Battlestar Galactica (2004-2009), ultimately giving positive comments for style and adherence to the books.

I, too, am a long time fan of Ron Moore (who also wrote episodes for Star Trek:TNG) so I’m glad to hear that he has been so meticulous with Outlander. It’s good to know there will be no True Blood (the disastrous, from a book fans view, HBO adaptation of Charlaine Harris’  vampire novels) style mangling of Diana Gabaldon’s books, thanks to Ron Moore.

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New Outlander Sneak Peek From Australia

Jul 2, 2014 by

Fans of the upcoming Starz’ series Outlander got another sneak peek at the show today, courtesy of SohoTV in Australia and fabulous fan page Outlander Italy.


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Starz plans a red carpet debut of the first Outlander episode, entitled Sassenach at the upcoming San Diego Comic Con on July 25, with all the major stars attending, along with author Diana Gabaldon and series creator Ron Moore. Those of us without Comic Con tickets will have to wait until the US television debut on August 9, 2014, at 9pm. In the meantime, I’ll share a a few new pictures of the show, courtesy of PopSugar and Starz:

 

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Starz has a newsletter detailing the who, what and how Outlander's creation.

Starz has a newsletter detailing the who, what and how Outlander’s creation.

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Waiting On Jamie Fraser

Jun 8, 2014 by

It’s been a while since I’ve done an update here on the new Outlander cable series from Starz, so I thought we could all do with another attempt to keep up with the Frasers.

I won’t rehash all the basics, but for those who don’t know yet  (been off the grid  for awhile, aye?), Outlander is based on a series of best-selling novels by author Diana Gabaldon.  It is a time travel/romance/historical fiction story set mostly in 18th century Scotland, and filmed almost entirely in 21st century Scotland.  I’ve done several posts about the upcoming series–click HERE, HERE and HERE to read some of my previous posts about Jamie and Claire Fraser and the world of Outlander.

 

The first episode of Outlander is set to debut at 9PM on August 9, 2014, and the countdown is making more than few fans crazy with excitement. Starz has just released a new trailer (above), perhaps to help keep the shouts of “Are we there YET?!” to a low roar.  There have also been additions to the “How To Speak Outlander” YouTube series, the newest being a Happy Birthday wish in Scots Gàidhlig from Sam Heughan:

In another installment, Dougal (Graham McTavish) and Colum (Gary Lewis) MacKenzie teach us how to shout the Mackenzie war cry, Tulach Àrd. It sounds a bit like “To the Car!”, which is a fitting battle cry  if you’re on the way to attend an Outlander fan gathering, but not so much if you’re a member of an ancient Highland clan about to rout the bloody English army.  Tulach Àrd is Gàidhlig for “High Hill” and refers to a mountain in the McKenzie clan heartland of Kintail, a region of the Northwest Highlands of Scotland.

 

Media coverage has greatly expanded in recent months, as news outlets see that global television executives are taking strongly positive views (i.e., putting their money where their mouths are) of  Starz’s  Outlander series. A recent article from TVWise predicts Outlander could be cable’s next global hit, and outlines five things driving the show’s success.  The crazy-like-a-fox  money analysts at The Motley Fool have also given a nod of approval to Outlander, noting that the show has an early August premier, which follows right on the heels of San Diego’s Comic-Con (a happy scheduling fact sure to give Outlander a tremendous publicity boost) and a large, worldwide fan base, all factors which give the show ” the ingredients to draw AMC or HBO-like numbers for an original series.”

 

 

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EW’s new issue features two pages of Outlander info from Ron Moore; image source:OutlanderItaly.com

 

According to Outlander TV News, always a great site for the latest Outlander news, the June 13th issue of Entertainment Weekly will feature a two page spread showing side-by-side comparisons between the scene from the book and the script for the scene in the TV series. Outlander Italy, another terrific fan page, has some scans (see above) of the article, with new photos of the love triangle at the center of the plot. Wowza!

The newest book in Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series

The newest book in Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series

 

The best way to pass the time til the premiere is by reading Diana Gabaldon’s newest book in the Outlander series, Written In My Own Heart’s Blood, (referred to as MOBY by fans) due out June 10, 2014. You can pre-order the book in any available format HERE on Amazon.   You can also read Diana’s thoughts about seeing–and hearing–the full Outlander Episode One for the first time by clicking HERE.

 

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The bottom line, however, is this—we simply, frustratingly, must wait until the 9th of August.  Like Jamie Fraser himself, Starz and Ron Moore mean to take their time about it, working hard to produce an adaptation of Outlander that is faithful to the spirit of the book, full of swash and buckle, and so visually stunning it will leave us all asking for more.

As a longtime fan of Outlander, I say that’s a verra good thing to wait for, ye ken.

 

 

 

Places To Visit Before Going Through The Stones~ Sites I recommend to learn more or keep updated about Outlander, the book, the series and the fans:

 

DianaGabaldon.com

Starz’s Outlander page

Starz’s Official Outlander  Twitter page

The Outlander Podcast--chatting about all things Outlander, and having fun doing it!

My Outlander Purgatory–believe me, they FEEL your pain!

Outlander Kitchen–historical and character-inspired recipes from Diana’s books

WESCelt’s Outlander Pinterest board

WESCelt’s Outlander Facebook album

 

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Rob Roy Versus Jamie Fraser: Who Wears the Kilt Best?

Jun 8, 2014 by

I thought I’d give my Facebook followers a little fun by positing this simple question: Who wears the look best–Rob Roy in a kilt or Jamie Fraser in a kilt? The comparison was between the two pictures below–Rob (Liam Neeson) first, and Jamie (Sam Heughan) in the second picture.

Well, hoo whee, did that stir up the hens!  Click HERE to read some of the comments.

 

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Liam Neeson as Rob Roy MacGregor

 

Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser

Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser

For those of you who have never heard of Jamie Fraser,  some background is required.  James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser, a  Highland warrior,  is the lead character in Diana Gabaldon’s novel Outlander, an historical romance set in Scotland in 1745 and right after World War II–yes, there is time travel involved, with ancient standing stones (not a blue police booth) as the portal.  Diana added  several subsequent novels to the series, which is extremely well written and chock full of historical facts and allusions.

 

You can buy any or all of Diana’s novels (in all formats) on my Amazon list of  her novels by clicking here.    It will be a good investment of both your time and money because the premium cable channel Starz is premiering  the first season of Outlander, the TV adaptation of the novels ( filmed on location in beautiful Scotland)  at 9PM on August 9, 2014.  Starz has been given approval for a second season  of Outlander, as well.

 

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Think Game of Thrones, with a Scottish setting, and you’ll be close to visualizing the  upcoming series that has fans shivering with antici…pation.   Sam Heughan, a  Scottish actor, has been chosen to play the critical role of Jamie Fraser, earning him thousands of devoted–and I do mean DEVOTED–fans throughout the  social media universe.

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Fans Reaction to Sam Heughan Tweeting the Word “Sassenach”

 

To be fair, Sam Heughan does look a bit more scruffy in his photo, but Starz has been dribbling out official photos of Jamie/Sam, releasing only a few of him in a kilt.  Here’s one that was tweeted by a Starz employee–a cut out of Jamie in a kilt, looking like he just finished a battle:

 

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The fans are VERY clear , however, on what they want from Starz and Ron D. Moore, who’s adapting the series for TV (his wife is a die-hard Outlander fan):

 

 

Liam Neeson, from Northern Ireland, is a well-known actor, and is highly regarded for his portrayal of the famous Scottish figure,  Rob Roy MacGregor.  Liam also has a serious fan base and it’s easy (on the eyes) to see why:

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Liam in the 1995 Film Rob Roy

But, clearly, there’s a new Scot in town, with dashing good looks, red hair and a kilt–in whatever shape– set on winning over more Sassenach wenches to the Fraser clan.

And in this instance, I’m thinking fans don’t want Jamie/Sam to take his time about it, aye?

 

Jamie Fraser; image source

Jamie Fraser; image source ©SRusso

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Happy Valentine’s Day, Sassenach!

Feb 13, 2014 by

I’m sure Sam Heughan is too busy filming the last episodes of Outlander, Season One, to send his legions of fans a Valentine card, so I thought I’d help out.

You are really getting TWO Valentine’s Day gifts with this meme:  a sweet card and yummy Scottish eye candy!

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~Want to hear Sam say Sassenach ? Of course you do!

 


 

~How does Sam say mo nighean donn (Scots Gaelic for “my brown haired lass”)?

 

 

 

~Ye need not be scairt of me,” he said softly. “Nor of anyone here, so long as I’m with ye.” – chapter 4, Outlander :

 

 

 

Still not sure why so many people are in love with a fictional guy named Jamie?   Read this informative and FUNNY blog post from the ladies at That’s Normal:

The Best of Jamie Fraser: the ultimate book boyfriend

 

AND see some of my previous posts on Outlander  HERE and  HERE and  HERE.

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Here’s Looking At You, Sam

Jan 28, 2014 by

 For many Outlander fans, scanning social media for news and photos from the Scottish production set has become a daily event.    After all, it’s winter here in the western hemisphere, cold weather and snow are keeping many of us housebound, and the debut of Jamie and Clare’s onscreen love affair seems too far away to even contemplate.  At the risk of being labeled a “middle-age housewife” breathily caught up in Outlander’s Harlequin Romance-esque plotby Variety (read the reporter’s snarky review HERE), I must say I look forward to these goodies from Starz.  

 

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Of all the fictional fantasies, in all the books, in all the world…

Starz must have heard my middle-aged cries in the wilderness because they just released a new version of the Outlander trailer, with the audio equivalent of a fun-size candy bar at the end.   Even better, there’s a new Scots Gaelic Outlander lesson in pronouncing mo nighean donn , a term of endearment used by Jamie for Claire, meaning “my brown-haired lass.”  Now, THIS is something I can sink my teeth into, like a bar of rich, dark chocolate, the kind that has those little bits of orange zest inside.

Sam Heughan,  this could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

 

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