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‘Outlander’ Season 3 To Premiere In September On Starz
Starz said today the third season of its hit time-travel saga Outlander will return in September (no specific date yet). The premium cabler in June announced a two-season pickup for the series that…
By Denise Petski

Starz said today the third season of its hit time-travel saga Outlander will return in September, but no specific date is set.

The premium cabler in June announced a two-season pickup for the series that hails from developer/executive producer Ronald D. Moore and Sony Pictures TV. The third season will consist of 13 episodes based on Voyager, the third of eight books in Diana Gabaldon’s best-selling Outlander series. In March, production and filming on the current season moves from its home base in Scotland to Cape Town, South Africa, to shoot sea voyage scenes on the former sets of Starz’s original series Black Sails. Production on Season 3 began in September 2016 and will wrap in June.

The Season 3 return comes months later than Season 2’s spring 2016 premiere.

“While ‘Droughtlander’ will last just a little longer, we feel it is important to allow the production the time and number of episodes needed to tell the story of the ‘Voyager’ book in its entirety, said Carmi Zlotnik, President of Programming for Starz. “The scale of this book is immense, and we owe the fans the very best show. Returning in September will make that possible.”

The story picks up right after Claire (Caitriona Balfe) travels through the stones to return to her life in 1948. Now pregnant with Jamie’s (Sam Heughan) child, she struggles with the fallout of her sudden reappearance and its effect on her marriage to her first husband, Frank (Tobias Menzies). Meanwhile, in the 18th century, Jamie suffers from the aftermath of his doomed last stand at the historic battle of Culloden, as well as the loss of Claire. As the years pass, Jamie and Claire attempt to make a life apart from one another, each haunted by the memory of their lost love.

Steve Kent, Senior Executive Vice President, Programming, Sony Pictures Television added, “With the scope of the production and all of the intricate details that go into the Emmy-nominated sets and costumes, we had to make sure everything is kept to the high standard of the previous seasons and Diana Gabaldon’s beautiful story. We’re so proud of the incredible work that Ron and the Outlander team have done.”

Moore, Maril Davis, Matthew B. Roberts, Toni Graphia, Anne Kenney and Andy Harries serve as executive producers of Outlander, which is produced by Tall Ship Productions, Story Mining & Supply Company and Left Bank Pictures in association with Sony Pictures Television.

Here’s a fun clip of stars Balfe and Heughan saying farewell to Scotland.

Hello Twihards! I uploaded a new video on my YouTube channel today. This is an actual travel/ trip vlog, not a slideshow, of my second time visiting Forks last summer! It turned out exactly how I wanted it to. Hope you will enjoy watching, like and comment, and subscribe to my channel for new videos! 💚


Trinity Travels: Day 3 Part 2
So the GreenSchool that I went to, is the world’s most Eco-friendly school. Why? Well firstly, the entire compound (actually village too cos that’s where I’m staying) is made out of bamboo that is organically grown in the bamboo forest. The students there have special curriculum that educates them on the importance of conservation from grade 1. The recess food is grown organically by the school teachers and students and all the organic waste goes to the cows to create fertiliser. Not only that, but it is forbidden to own any item made of plastic in the school to promote the reduction of palm oil production. In the facility, there is an avian conservation programme, which houses and rears Indonesia’s extinct/endangered birds to be released into the wild in hopes of repopulation. Furthermore, the entire school is self sufficient. They get their water from filtration systems installed into the river near the school. They also have solar panels and a water turbine which provide for 100% of the electricity. (And more, which is transported to the village and villas like the one I’m in) Literally everything is recycled. Look at that whiteboard; ITS AN OLD CAR HOOD!!!! WHAAAAAAAT? Anyway, it was a really great experience and I wish all the buildings in the world put in the same effort to look after our Earth. If we did, it would be a MUCH better place.
Thought living-consciously would like this. :)

Outlander at Saks

                                             Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan

“They’re here!” squealed the throng outside New York’s Saks Fifth Avenue flagship store.  They had just caught their first glimpse of Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan, who star in the popular television series, “Outlander”, as they arrived on 50th Street.  Loyal fans of the Starz television series, many of them from out of town, had been waiting patiently for hours on this rain soaked Thursday afternoon to see this TV couple that they so adore (as if on cue, the sun started to peak thru the clouds when they arrived).  The occasion was collaboration between Saks Fifth Avenue and Starz to celebrate the “Outlander” Season 2 premiere.  To mark this highly anticipated event, Saks unveiled six window scenes; featuring “Outlander” curated looks, in their 50th Street store windows.

                              Sam Heughan poses with one of his costumed fans

Balfe and Heughan were accompanied at the event by “Outlander” Executive Producer, Ronald D. Moore and his wife, Terry Dresbach, the costume designer for the series; as well as Saks executives Mark Briggs and Tracy Margolies.

One of the “Outlander” windows at Saks Fifth Avenue’s New York City store* 

“Outlander” is based on a series of books by Diana Gabaldon. It’s a time travel saga in which the character that Balfe portrays is transported from post World War II Scotland to the 1700’s. The elaborate period costumes worn by the show’s characters have created such a sensation with viewers, that designer Dresbach has her own following of fans as well.

                     Saks Fifth Avenue Executive Vice President, Mark Briggs

Briggs, Saks Executive Vice President, Creative Center for Excellence, spoke about how the partnership between Saks and Starz came about:

“For many years, Saks has always been known for its experiences.  The idea of actually bringing fashion with experience together, theater, is really what Saks is about. This collaboration came along about a year ago.  It was a perfect fit, especially from the point of view of the fashion fit.  So mixing the traditional values of what you see beautifully recreated here, with the more modern fashions, you can start to see them being seen and the influences of these gowns in today’s fashions.  So that’s a wonderful story to tell.  It worked perfectly for our Magalog.  It worked perfectly for the trends and the designers that we wanted to feature in the Magalog as well and that’s where I think that marriage was a perfect fit.”

         Mark Briggs and Saks Fifth Avenue Chief Merchant, Tracy Margolies 

The publication that Briggs is referring to is Saks Fifth Avenue’s Spring 2016 Magalog which features Balfe and Heughan on its covers.  Tracy Margolies, Chief Merchant at Saks Fifth Avenue, talked about the issue:

Caitriona Balfe in Gucci on the cover of Saks Fifth Avenue’s Spring 2016 Magalog (Courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue)

“We’re so proud of our front cover, here we have Caitriona wearing Gucci, Alessandro Michele’s collection; and on the backside we have Sam wearing Gucci as well.  So this goes to all our stores and all our customers.  We’re really proud of this collaboration; we’re really thrilled that they look fantastic in Gucci.”

As Balfe and Heughan walked the red carpet, they smiled and waved at the predominantly female crowd and even posed for pictures with some of their lucky admirers. Balfe reflected on her role as Claire, in “Outlander” and the positive relationship that she has with her fans:

“You hope as an actor that you get a role with some substance and some complexity and I think Claire is that and more.  As a woman it’s wonderful to play a woman that resonates with people and inspires people and she is inspirational to me. So, I think it’s very important and the more we have strong female characters on TV or in film, you know, the better for everyone.”

Balfe then looked at her costar, Heughan, and said, “Right?” “Absolutely” he replied with a smile. 

Balfe, who was wearing a Dior Dress and Jimmy Choo shoes and carrying a clutch by Dee Ocleppo, also gave hints as to how her character’s wardrobe will evolve from the heavy fabrics of a hard working nurse in Season 1 to the “sumptuous” clothes of the French court of Louis XV in Season 2.  Costume designer, Dresbach gives more details on the costume changes:

                                 “Outlander” Costume Designer Terry Dresbach

“Well they are way more outrageous. The colors, the embroidery, the embellishment, I mean the 18th Century in Paris is the center of fashion for the world.  So we just went for broke in every possible way.  I think the most interesting thing is that for Claire’s costumes, we really wanted to keep her attached to the 1940’s. So I went to what was going on in 1945 and 1946 in Paris, which is Christian Dior and “The New Look” and so we used that as our jumping off point. At the very end, you’ll see our recreation of the most famous garment ever made, which is the Bar Suit. The first time we see Claire, she is wearing that, and that was our inspiration for season 2, so you’ll see tones of Balmain and Balenciaga and all these designers… so she’s a little bit a stranger in a strange land. She never quite feels like she is from the 18th Century.  That’s where we had a lot of fun.  That’s really exciting.”

Season 2 of the Starz Original Series, “Outlander” premieres on April 9th, at 9:00PM (EST). The Saks Fifth Avenue “Outlander” curated windows will be on display at Saks New York and Beverly Hills until April 11, 2016.

-Rhonda Erb

(All photos unless otherwise noted: Rhonda Erb)