“Outlander,” a new television show produced by Chowchilla native Ronald D. Moore, will debut Aug. 9 at 9 p.m. on Starz.
The romance/adventure series, which is adapted from Diana Gabaldon’s worldwise best-selling books, follows the story of Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe), a British WWII combat nurse who is inexplicably transported back in time to 1743 where her life is threatened by British Redcoats. She is rescued by members of the Clan McKenzie, who take her to their home at Castle Leoch. She finds adventure and romance with a gallant and quixotic young Scottish warrior named Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan). A constant adversary is Redcoat officer Frank Randall (Tobias Menzies).
“Outlander” is a combination of several genres with historical fiction, romance, adventure and a little science fiction. Starz has ordered 16 episodes developed by Moore. The Chowchilla Union High School graduate has received numerous honors for writing for the “Star Trek,” “Carnivale” and “Battlestar Galactica” along with two “Star Trek” movies and one “Mission Impossible” movie. He has received an Emmy, a Peabody award, three Victor Hugo awards, four Saturn awards and several others.
Moore’s parents, Ronald and Shirley Moore of Chowchilla, recently visited the “Outlander” set near Glasgow, Scotland. The couple toured the massive 48,000 square foot facility, which has two sound stages, a large construction area for sets, and costume and make-up areas as well as technical, administrative and support units. They also visited with the stars of the series and key support staff, and visited several castles throughout the Scottish countryside. Some 18 trailers are required for the actors and staff on location.
Moore’s wife, Terry, an Emmy award winner, is head of costuming and make up, directing a staff of more than 100 tailors, make-up artists, and seamstresses designing and making virtually all garments for the series ranging from Redcoat uniforms to elaborate gowns and dresses. Moore’s father said she has a $1 million budget and, according to her husband, may exceed it, causing him to chuckle and say there is a definite connection to her mother-in-law.
Moore will have several writing credits on “Outlander,” including the premier episode.
He is also scheduled to have a cameo appearance in an early episode in full costume. He is on an extended development contract with Sony and currently splits his time in Scotland and Southern California. He is also the executive producer of “Helix,” which recently completed its first season on the Sy-Fy channel and has been renewed for a second season in 2015.