After pulling in more than 5 million viewers — and just as many men as women — the small-screen adaptation of Diana Gabaldon’s beloved Outlander series has been renewed for a second season less than a week after the airing of the pilot.
To quote Orange is the New Black‘s inimitable Taystee, Outlander is about a "lady [who] travels back in time to Scotland… hooks up with this big, sexy outlaw type, and they be gettin’ it day in and day out. Yo, it’s hot!"
The first half of the debut season will wrap up after eight episodes on September 27, then resume with the final eight episodes in early 2015. The series’ sophomore season, to be based on Gabaldon’s second installment Dragonfly in Amber, will have the standard cable-season order of 13 episodes.
"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. Diana Gabaldon has given us years of great drama," commented Starz CEO Chris Albrecht. "With an incredible artist such as [showrunner] 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.”
You can catch up on Outlander‘s pilot via reruns or on Starz.com. The second episode will air this Saturday at 9 PM.