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Outlander Official Droughtlander Podcast Launches

Maril Davis and Matthew B. Roberts Outlander Showrunner and Executive Producers, bring you the first official podcast of Droughtlander. The first episode answers questions on producing and how guests got into the business. Don’t miss the Carrot cameo! Weekly podcast at Starz YouTube channel. Tune in to help quench the thirst.

The Official Droughtlander Podcast: All Things Producing

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Gabaldon Announces Book 9 in the Outlander Series is Finished

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It is with a great sigh that we have experienced the last episode of Men in Kilts with Sam and Graham ending the series at the Culloden, battle field. I can say with personal experience, that I trekked around the perimeter of the moor in some serious dreich to get a perspective on how bad the conditions must have been for the battle. Now we have a drought again until season 6 airs, or could we possibly get the new book published just before then?

Season 6 will combine books A Breath of Snow and Ashes, and An Echo in The Bone. Plenty of time to re-read them for the third time.

Diana Gabaldon has announced on March 27, 2021, that she has finished Go Tell The Bees That I am Gone, the 9th book in the Outlander Series. It is announced that there is a release date of November 2021. Diana has broken down the publishing process for us on her website, and I suggest you look at it. After years of being asked when is it going to publish, I think she has given us a great break down to the process and once she has handed it over, it’s up to the publishers.

Starz Premiere Event For "Outlander" Season 5

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 13: Diana Gabaldon attends the Starz Premiere event for “Outlander” Season 5 at Hollywood Palladium on February 13, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for STARZ)

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The book may not be published until just before season is ready to air, or if the publisher wants to get that holiday selling going, it might be by the 2021 holiday season. However, since these books sell tremendously well, the publisher could wait until after the new year and more of the Covid delays in manufacturing have caught up. So, we are probably looking at early 2022.

Diana Gabaldon on Accuracy of the Show’s Historical References

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Outlander Casting Season 6: Meet Malva and Allan Christie

Caitriona Balfe Introduces Jessica Reynolds
Alexander Vlahos is Introduced by Sophie Skelton

From Starz

Meet Jessica Reynolds AKA Malva Christie, Tom’s spirited daughter who is captivated by Claire’s work and modern thinking, getting her into trouble with her conservative father.

Meet Alexander Vlahos AKA our Allan Christie. Son to Tom and brother to Malva, Allan is highly protective of his family as they settle into this new environment.

Outlander Casting Season 6: Meet The Christies

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Jessica Reynolds, Mark Lewis Jones , and Alexander Vlahos

Well, it has indeed been too long since the demise of Geillis Duncan and Laoghaire MacKenzie is an ocean away. Therefore, there must be a new besom one to plague Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan). She comes in the dark, pretty package named Malva Christie (Jessica Reynolds). Has Claire met her match this time?

The Christies come to settle on the Ridge, however Tom Christie (Mark Lewis Jones, Chernobyl, The Last Jedi) butts heads with Jamie. There had been some issues at Ardsmuir prison after the Jacobite uprising and Culloden. In the prison, there had been Presbyterian men and Catholics, with religion coming between the prisoners. Jamie sought to unite the men so there would not be strife. Malva and her brother Allan (Alexander Vlahos), who is actually her cousin, come to live on the Fraser’s Ridge with their father.

Stay tuned as we see what book storylines may be melded with the 7th book in the Diana Gabaldon series, An Echo in the Bone.


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Outlander Season 6 Cast

Danger for Claire Fraser

Roles Get Deeper in Season 6, and a New Villain

Mark Lewis Jones is Tom Christie

Meet Tom Christie

It looks like Starz will be giving us some introductions to season 6 characters early as a teaser, and a way to get through the long overdue wait for season 6 due to COVID filming shutdowns. We welcome it.

Well, nothing can be said that if Jamie and Claire didn’t have a challenge, there wouldn’t be a story. One of the most complicated character challenges for Jamie is about to settle on the ridge. Tom Christie was a fellow prisoner at Ardsmuir Prison. He brings his family to Fraser’s Ridge this season. And of course, trouble ensues. It’s not enough that Jamie must contend with the Browns after that season 5 closer.

Meet Mark Lewis Jones, a veteran Welsh actor whose credits include Star Wars The Last Jedi, The Good Liar, Chernobyl, The Crown, and Game of Thrones to name a few.

The season is shaping up to be very interesting indeed. If you’d like to catch up on what Mark Lewis Jones has been doing, you may have seen him in several series you binged during lock down. Checkout his timeline here.

Starz® Announces Season 7 for Outlander

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Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe

March 14, 2021

Starz® has officially announced that season 7 of Outlander is a go! Filming for the long delayed season 6 began this past month in Cumbernald, Scotland. Covid-19 restrictions delayed the season 6 filming based on Diana Gabaldon’s book, A Breath of Snow and Ashes

Season 7 will encompass the 7th book in the series, An Echo in the Bone. Matt B. Roberts will return as showrunner, with Sam Heughn, Caitriona Balfe, Sophie Skelton, and Richard Rankin all on board. Sony Pictures has picked it up as a 12 episode season. But don’t look for it to air before 2023. Season 6 will be possibly airing in early 2022.

Will the television series stay the course and cover all of Diana Gabaldon’s books? Diana is finishing up the latest book, Go Tell The Bees That I am Gone, the 9th book in the popular series, possibly early next year and may be timed for release when season 6 comes out.

Ron D. Moore, Maril Davis (Tall Ships), Toni Graphia, Jim Kohlberg and Andy Harries will be Executive Producing for season 7. It is not clear yet that Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe will produce again.

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Oliver Finnegan as Lord William Ransome

And could we see William Ransome in season 6? Since Stephen Bonnet’s demise was brought in early and in the books, that is where Brianna meets her half brother for the first time, since it the writers are now condensing some story lines, we may get to see young William surface in the season. Outlander has been keeping casting close to the bone this season.

An Echo in the Bone continues with Jamie and Claire Fraser deeply embroiled in the American Revolution. Jamie’s illegitimate son, William Ransome, is an officer in the King’s army with Lord John Grey searching for him. The book has some great plot twists I will not reveal, and as always, the Outlander writers room will possibly combine scenes from the following book, Written in My Own Heart’s Blood, to speed up the story line.

Even though the American Revolution actually spanned 7 plus years. Remember, just because independence was declared, it was fought for for many years. However, television series on this scale can rarely go through 10 seasons. There have been hints that the Outlander series will receive the same treatment as Game of Thrones, shortened to 8 seasons and writers taking the helm completely as Diana Gabaldon is just beginning the final book in the series. If you have been a fan, you know she takes a good 5 years average to finish each book, often times longer.

However, rejoice in knowing you will have at least 2 more seasons, and a possible spin off series to come. 

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César Domboy, John Bell, and Kyle Rees

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Diana Gabaldon’s Go Tell The Bees I am Gone will be Finished Soon

Outlander’s Renewed At Starz For Season 7 Ahead Of Season 6 Premiere

Outlander renewed for season 7! Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan returning

Men in Kilts: How Did They Fit in That RV?

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Well we are in to week two of the new series, Men in Kilts: A Roadtrip With Sam and Graham, with Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish. So far, so good. We see lots of amazing Scottish countryside, that just makes you want to have a tantrum over travel restrictions. Or makes you that much more determined to get back to Scotland.

The first two episodes went from “Food and Drink” to “Scottish Sports”, and a few things in between. The sport episode just shows you how much manly challenging these two do to one another, the jabbing and ribbing, and the gratuitous clips from Outlander. In episode two, Sam challenges Graham to several sports, and surprisingly, or not, Graham is much better at throwing a hammer than Sam. Very competitive these two are. And how two such big personalities could fit in the wee RV is amazing, it must be like a TARDIS on the inside.

Next week it’s “Song and Dance”, time to hit the cultured road of Scotland. Hope you can join us and have some repast from the Outlander Droughtlander.

Men in Kilts: A Roadtrip With Sam and Graham Sundays on Starz®, Amazon and Amazon UK.

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