Starz has renewed new series "Outlander" for a second season, the cable network announced on Friday (Aug. 15), according to The Chicago Tribune. Season 2 will consist of at least 13 episodes to air in early 2015, and will be based on the second of Diana Gabaldon’s eight "Outlander" novels, "Dragonfly In Amber."
The show's debut episode has surpassed five million total viewers in its first week across all platforms. The first season of the time-travel series from executive producer Ronald D. Moore consists of 16 episodes.
Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan lead the cast of the series, which follows a combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743. The show co-stars Tobias Menzies, Graham McTavish, Gary Lewis, Lotte Verbeek and Duncan Lacroix.
“The overwhelming support 'Outlander' has received from the fans, viewers and critics made the decision for us to go ahead with the second book a very easy one,” said Starz CEO Chris Albrecht. “Diana Gabaldon has given us years of great drama. With an incredible artist such as Ronald D. Moore at the helm and a cast as spectacular as this, we look forward to continue this spell-binding journey with Claire, Jamie, Frank, Brianna, Roger and everybody over the centuries.”
Moore added, "I'm thrilled at the prospect of doing another season of this show for Starz. This project has been a labor of love from the very beginning and it's incredibly gratifying to see it succeed with viewers and critics alike."
According to Deadline, Starz most recently gave early renewals to "Power" and "Da Vinci's Demons," which were both also picked up for Season 2 a week after their premieres, while present and past series such as "Black Sails," "Boss," "Spartacus" and "Magic City" were renewed ahead of their series debuts.
"Outlander" airs Saturdays at 9/8 p.m. CT on Starz. The first season will conclude on Sept. 27.