No Emmys for ‘Outlander’: Season 3 of Caitriona Balfe & Sam Heughan series won’t return until fall

Outlander” is out of this year’s Emmy race. Starz has announced that the cult hit fantasy series will premiere its third season in September 2017, so it won’t have any new episodes airing during this Emmy cycle (June 1, 2016 to May 31, 2017).

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Season three of “Outlander” will consist of 13 episodes based on “Voyager,” the third novel in Diana Gabaldon‘s eight-book series, and the story will pick up right after Claire (Caitriona Balfe) returns to 1948 pregnant with Jamie’s (Sam Heughan) child; her sudden return to the 20th century has consequences for her marriage to Frank (Tobias Menzies). Meanwhile, Jamie endures the aftermath of the battle of Culloden, and the two time-separated lovers try to make a life without each other.

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“Outlander” has earned three Emmy nominations over the course of its first two seasons: Best Music Composition in 2015 and Best Production Design and Best Costumes in 2016. As yet the show has yet to make an impact in above-the-line categories, but while a fall premiere takes the show out of this year’s Emmy race it might be great news for the series at the next Golden Globes, where it has earned four nominations, including one for Best TV Drama Series and two for Balfe as Best TV Drama Actress. Returning in September means the show will be even fresher in the minds of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, not to mention the Critics’ Choice TV Awards, which also vote in the fall and last year nominated both Heughan and Balfe for lead-acting honors.

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