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Starz’s “Outlander” has been renewed for season 2, the premium cabler announced Friday.

The second season will comprise at least 13 episodes and will be based on “Dragonfly in Amber,” the second novel in Diana Gabaldon’s sweeping, eight-book historical series.

The freshman drama has aired one episode out of its initial 16-episode order so far, with Saturday’s premiere garnering over 5 million views thanks to a multiplatform rollout.

“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. With an incredible artist such as 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,” said Starz CEO Chris Albrecht in a statement.

SEE ALSO: Starz’s “Outlander” Woos Women with Strong Female Protagonist

Creator Ron Moore said, “I’m thrilled at the prospect of doing another season of this show for Starz. This project has been a labor of love from the very beginning and it’s incredibly gratifying to see it succeed with viewers and critics alike.”

“Fans of the ‘Outlander’ books have waited a long time to see this incredible story brought to life on screen, and Ron and his team have delivered a show that exceeds expectations,” said Zack Van Amburg, president of programming for Sony Pictures Television. “We look forward to our continued partnership with Starz to present the next chapter of this epic tale to longtime fans and viewers who are just discovering the series.”

“Outlander” was developed for television by Moore, who serves as executive producer for the series alongside Jim Kohlberg. “Outlander” is produced by Tall Ship Productions, Story Mining and Supply Co. and Left Bank Pictures in association with Sony Pictures Television. Starz will retain all domestic multiplatform pay TV rights to the original series.

“Outlander” airs Saturdays at 9 p.m. on Starz.

SEE ALSO: “Outlander” Producer Ron Moore on Adapting the Bestseller for Starz, Dispelling “Game of Thrones” Comparisons

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