The pickup means that the show -- based on the ongoing book series of the same name by author Diana Gabaldon -- will be back for seasons three and four, which will adapt the plots of the books "Voyager" and "Drums of Autumn," respectively. "Outlander," which stars Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan, is currently in the midst of its second season, which set ratings records for Starz when it premiered back in April.
"The audience has rewarded 'Outlander' with their praise and loyalty, and we know we will deliver the best seasons yet in the years ahead," said Sony Pictures Television execs Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg in a statement.
Starz CEO Chris Albrecht released his own statement announcing the pickup:
"Outlander" is like nothing seen before on television. From its depiction of a truly powerful female lead character, to the devastating decimation of the Highlander way of life, to what is a rarely seen genuine and timeless love story, it is a show that not only transports the viewer, but inspires the passion and admiration of its fans. On this 25th anniversary of the publication of the first book in the U.S., we are thrilled and honored to be able to continue the story that began with author Diana Gabaldon, and is brought to life by the incredibly talented [producer] Ronald D. Moore. There are no better storytellers for "Outlander" than this team, both in front and behind the camera.
No word yet on when season three of "Outlander" is set to debut. Season two wraps its run this summer.
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