Coming as no surprise, Starz announced the renewal today of its historical / time travel drama Outlander which is currently airing its second season. The only twist was that the network apparently feels strong enough about the show that they gave it a greenlight all the way to a fourth season. The series, executive produced by Ronald D. Moore, adapts the novels by Diana Gabaldon, and the two upcoming seasons will adapt the third and fourth books from that series. Outlander has pulled modest ratings for a cable show, but its numbers are still pretty good for the smaller pay cable channel that it airs on. This show has received positive reviews, and it likely also plays well to the global audience and could have international financing / syndication deals that help defer the production costs. The renewal, for a third season at least, was expected, but now fans can rest assured that it will be around for a couple more years and possibly more beyond that.
Sundance’s joint venture with ABC in Australia and the BBC in Britain Cleverman just had its debut last night, but a renewal announcement has already come for it, hitting early this morning. That series has six episodes set for its first season and another six will be on the way for its second year (you can read more about it at this link). For those who do not have the Sundance channel and may want to watch it, the first season is available on Amazon Video for as low as $9.99.
There are currently several more Spring cable shows we are waiting to hear word on such as Stitchers, 12 Monkeys, Hunters, and Wynonna Earp. So be sure to keep an eye on this site and the Cancelled Sci Fi Twitter Site for word on those shows and more in the coming weeks.