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Countdown to “Outlander” on Starz! June 7, 2014

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Sorry I’ve been missing in action for quite some time. The day job gets in the way — or at least has for most of this year. But hope to be back up blogging on books and shows here shortly.

Looking forward to the “Outlander” series on Starz kicking off on Aug. 9. If you haven’t had a chance to visit their Facebook page, you should check it out. Let me know what you think.

Here’s the latest trailer!



Meet the cast of ‘Outlander’ October 26, 2013

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The crew is filming in Scotland. Photo courtesy of  Outlander_Starz

The crew is filming in Scotland. Photo courtesy of Outlander_Starz

It’s been a long time coming but production has finally started on Diana Gabaldon’s OUTLANDER, which is currently filming in Scotland. The 16-part series will run on STARZ next spring. Here’s a look at the cast so far:

Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser. Photo courtesy of Outlander_Starz

Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser. Photo courtesy of Outlander_Starz

Jamie Fraser: Scottish actor Sam Heughan. He’s not been in anything major here in the US but has had lots of roles across the pond in British TV/theater. Here’s what Gabaldon said when she saw his audition tape:

He looks totally different than he did in any of the stills and five seconds later, Sam Heughan’s GONE, and so am I. It’s Jamie Fraser, right there in front of me, moving, talking. One of the biggest thrills ever.
And that’s what actors do. Good ones. They can “be” someone else, totally.

Caitriona Balfe

Caitriona Balfe

Claire Randall: Caitriona Balfe, an Irish supermodel turned actress. Unless you keep up with the fashion world — she’s been on the runway and many fashion magazine covers — we haven’t really seen her in anything here in the US, although she does appear in THE ESCAPE PLAN with Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger that’s in theaters now.

Tobias Menzies. (From his role in "Game of Thrones" on HBO.

Tobias Menzies. (From his role in “Game of Thrones” on HBO.

Frank Randall/Jonathan “Black Jack” Randall:  Tobias Menzies. Fans of GAME OF THRONES know him as Edmure Tully. Jane Austen fans might know him from the 2007 British TV remake of PERSUASION, where he played Mr. Elliot.

  • Dougal MacKenzie: Graham McTavish. Seasoned actor of film/theater. He appeared opposite Sylvester Stallone in 2008’s RAMBO. And he plays Dwalin in the HOBBIT movie series.
  • Colum MacKenzie: Gary Lewis, who played the coal miner dad in BILLY ELLIOT.
  • Geillis Duncan: Lotte Verbeek, who you’ve seen her as Giulia Farnese (mistress to Pope Alexander VI) on Showtime’s THE BORGIAS.
  • Laoghaire MacKenzie: Nell Hudson. OUTLANDER is her first major acting gig.
  • Jenny Fraser Murray: Laura Donnelly will play Jamie’s sister.  Donnelly appeared on the short-lived Ashley Judd TV series MISSING in 2012.

To keep track of the series, follow Outlander_Starz on Twitter. The show also has an Instagram account under Outlander_Starz. And check out the Facebook page, which is titled OUTLANDER.

Diana Gabaldon’s ‘Outlander’ coming to TV! June 3, 2013

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outNow we can speculate for real: Who will play Jamie and Claire?!

Why? Because OUTLANDER, Diana Gabaldon’s time-traveling romantic romp with our favorite Scotsman,  is coming to TV.

Starz has commissioned 16 episodes of the show from writer and producer Ronald D. Moore  (Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek: First Contact).

Gabaldon posted this on her Facebook page:

All I’ve been told is that they do plan 16 episodes (spread over two seasons), they _hope_ to start filming around September, and (_if_ everything goes well with the production), it _might_ air in the spring. Good luck to ’em!

How they’ll ever figure out a cast is beyond me. And how they will tell Gabaldon’s cool story on TV — good question. But look how great Game of Thrones has turned out!

Read more:
Starz orders ‘Battlestar Galactica’ producer’s Sony series ‘Outlander’
Diana Gabaldon’s ‘Outlander’ series is coming to television
STARZ Orders ‘Outlander’ To Series

Diana Gabaldon’s ‘Outlander’ headed for cable TV series! July 17, 2012

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It’s true. We’re gonna get a cable TV series for OUTLANDER! Let the casting calls begin. OK — it’s a little too early for that but here’s what Diana Gabaldon posted on her Facebook page today:

Yes! It _is_ true; while final contracts aren’t yet signed, we do have a deal with Sony Pictures for development of a cable-TV (as in HBO, Netflix, Starz, Showtime, whatever…that kind of thing) series.

Want more deets? Deadline Hollywood reports that Ron Moore   — developer/executive producer of BATTLESTAR GALACTICA will write the series adaptation. Sony Pictures TV bought the rights. The project, according to Deadline Hollywood, will be taken to cable networks this week. The complete story from Deadline Hollywood is HERE.

Here’s what Ron Moore (@RonDMoore) and Diana Gabaldon (@Writer_DG ) are saying on their Twitter feeds about the deal:

What do we hear from Jamie Fraser in Diana Gabaldon’s next book? November 6, 2011

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Probably not a HUGE surprise why I’m posting this but here’s the latest from Diana Gabaldon and her next release — THE SCOTTISH PRISONER, due out Nov. 29. I might get it because she’s been working on it for so long and it sounds interesting. Plus, it includes a preview from the next OUTLANDER novel. (Not this excerpt — the book!) This is from her blog.

Well, alrighty, then! Do you want to know whether THE SCOTTISH PRISONER starts with Jamie or John? Random House has posted the beginning of the book as an excerpt on Scribd. Click the link below to see which way the editors (and I) decided to begin the book–and I hope you enjoy it!


Diana Gabaldon on ‘The Exile’ & who she’d cast as Jamie! October 3, 2010

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Seems like most fans of Diana Gabaldon’s OUTLANDER do not like her graphic novel version of the tale of Jamie and Claire. THE EXILE doesn’t fit their vision of the characters and some who have commented on this blog just hate it. But in a book signing last week in San Diego, Gabaldon explained that the graphic novel wasn’t necessarily aimed at fans of the novels. It might appeal to other segments of readers who are more into graphic novels and who haven’t read the original series, she said.

As for the depiction of the characters in cartoon form? Graphic novels are comic books, Gabaldon said. “It’s an approximation of Jamie and Claire,” she said. Like any comic book character, it’s going to be exaggerated. (I bought a copy and for a comic book treatment — it’s OK. Not really my cup of tea, but when you see that she’s trying to reach another audience besides her loyal readers, it makes sense.)

From Allan Scott-Douglas website

Allan Scott-Douglas

Speaking of how these characters should look …. Gabaldon said if she could cast the role of Jamie for a movie, she’d pick Allan Scott-Douglas, an actor from Edinburgh who is 6 feet 4 inches tall, has red hair, who can act and at age 27, “probably remembers what it’s like to be a virgin,” Gabaldon said. The actor played Jamie in the musical production of OUTLANDER in Scotland a few months back. CLICK HERE to check out that site for more information on the music. (And you can follow Allan Scott-Douglas on Twitter @Actor_Allan.)

And what about the movie? Gabaldon said she recently had lunch in San Francisco with the producer who has the film rights. The option has been renewed again but for a mini-series. She says she would not write the script for a number of reasons, including she’s way too busy writing books.

She’s working on book No. 8 in the OUTLANDER series, and that might be out next year. She hopes to release LORD JOHN AND THE SCOTTISH PRISONER next fall.

When will she end the OUTLANDER series? She’s not sure. Maybe in book No. 8 or if there’s a book No. 9. It’s unclear. However, she did say when she does end the series, readers will understand why Frank Randall saw the ghost (Jamie)  in the first novel. And that ghost dealie has a lot of us still speculating and scratching  our heads!

Diana Gabaldon in San Diego.

Read more about what the author is doing at her website HERE.
She also has a blog she updates a lot HERE.
And you can follow her on Twitter @writer_DG

(If you’ve never heard Gabaldon speak in person, you’re in for a treat. She’s funny, bawdy, and patiently and kindly talks with her readers. Plus, find out why she thinks a man in a kilt is so sexy! So check out her speaker schedule on her website.)

Is this art a little too graphic for Outlander graphic novel? September 11, 2010

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Apparently some of the artwork in Diana Gabaldon’s graphic novel THE EXILE, which is a retelling of the OUTLANDER story, was a little too graphic for some of the editors. I’m not gonna post it  here but you can take a look at it by visiting Diana Gabaldon’s blog if you CLICK HERE. She explains it all. Suffice to say, the artwork is of Jamie and Claire’s wedding night. I plan to buy the graphic novel. Hope  I can download it onto my iPad.

Outlander song? Is a stage production in Diana Gabaldon’s future? July 14, 2010

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OUTLANDER author Diana Gabaldon — who is recuperating after knee surgery — shares this snippet of a song from Mike Gibb, a lyricist and playwright who is a huge OUTLANDER fan. He and his friend, Kevin Walsh, want to do a musical telling of the Jamie and Claire story. On her blog, Diana says “There’s a possibility that this song-cycle might eventually be the bones of a stage production, but for now, it’s just songs.” She notes that the copyright to the song is hers and it’s OK to download and share the song for free. CLICK HERE to play it. Or, go to her blog HERE to play it and leave her a comment! (I’ve also downloaded it below so hopefully one of these links will work!) What do you think?!

Outlander song

The song is called “Blood of my Blood.”  Diana says she likes it.

Will the musical come before a movie? Diana  says she’s extended the option agreement with Essential Entertainment, including a new clause allowing them to explore the possibility of making a mini-series, in addition to or instead of a feature film.

Meanwhile, Gibb says that he’ll launch “Outlander the Musical” in Aberdeen on July 31. He’ll showcase eight songs from the score: “Falling,” “I Am Ready,” “Could I Surrender My Heart?,”  “Is Tu Fuil ‘o Mo Chuislean,” “Such A Fool,” “Farewell,” “Safe,”and “The Right Road.” The songs will be performed by Scottish actor/singers Allan Scott-Douglas (a 6’2” red headed Scot!) and Sue Robertson.

A CD of 14 songs from the score will be released on that same day. For more info on the CD, email him at info@hamepages.com. The CD is available mail order starting Aug. 1, but you can pre-order. (US $15 plus $4 postage).

What’s wrong with Diana Gabaldon’s new book cover for ‘The Exile’? April 17, 2010

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Check out the new book cover for Diana Gabaldon’s THE EXILE, an Outlander graphic novel due out Sept. 21. The story is a retelling of the Jamie/Claire story. See anything wrong with the cover? On her blog, Diana says: “Yes, yes, yes, Claire should indeed be wearing her shoes here [g], and with luck, that will be fixed along with a number of other small things. And the flashes among the rocks are musket-fire.”

Diana’s website says THE EXILE is told mainly from Murtagh’s point of view, but the book blurb on Amazon.com says the story is told from “Jamie Fraser’s point of view, revealing events never seen in the original story and giving readers a whole new insight into the Jamie-Claire relationship.”

In either case, we get a retelling of the OUTLANDER story. Diana wrote the script and the artwork is by Hoang Nguyen. To see initial sketches, go to Diana’s website HERE. Follow the link. Once you are on her site, look for “Excerpts” and then scroll down until you see her links to THE EXILE sketches.

Related posts:

Scotsman.com interview with Diana Gabaldon
Video: Diana Gabaldon on how she started ‘Outlander’ series
What’s your favorite ‘movie’ video of Diana Gabaldon’s ‘Outlander’?
What’s up with Diana Gabaldon’s ‘Outlander’ movie?

Video: Diana Gabaldon on how she started Outlander series, when will it end? January 10, 2010

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Isn’t YouTube a wonderful thing. There’s a great video of Diana Gabaldon — author of the OUTLANDER series, talking about how she got started and about the latest book, AN ECHO TO THE BONE. (Thanks to Orionbooks for publishing it on YouTube.) Also, I’ve listed the novels in the series and order to read them. On her Web site, Diana says she probably has one more book to write and it will end in the 1800s — and will have a happy ending. A prequel, covering the story of Jamie’s parents, is under contract with no publication date set. Diana has said that the prequel will be covered in three short novellas.

Related links:
What’s your favorite ‘movie’ video of Diana Gabaldon’s ‘Outlander’?
What’s up with Diana Gabaldon’s ‘Outlander’ movie?
Paranormal Romance: Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander Tour

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