“Outlander” fans brought out their best tartans and kilts to celebrate the show’s long-awaited second season premiere on Monday night with a premiere bash at Manhattan’s American Museum of Natural History.
The season two opener was screened at the museum’s LeFrak Theater but not before series composer Bear McCreary and his wife, vocalist Raya Yarbrough, treated guests to a heartfelt rendition of the fantasy drama’s theme song, “Skye Boat Song.”
Ron Moore, creator and exec producer of the Sony Pictures TV drama, thanked Starz and Sony for allowing him to bring to life the globe-trotting, time-traveling vision of novelist Diana Gabaldon.
“Someone has to say yes. And for this project the ‘yes’ came from (CEO) Chris Albrecht and Starz,” Moore told attendees.
Season two transports fans to the court of Versailles atmosphere of 18th century France as the stars of the time-traveling series, Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan, look to protect the future of Scotland. In fact, Balfe and Heughan were both happy to get a break from filming in the highlands for the more urban setting of New York City.
However, there was a whiff of the French aristocracy at the party with provincial sofas and chairs and topiary trees and roses assembled under the giant orca replica that hangs over the AMNH’s main ballroom.
Balfe went out of her way to thank Sony Pictures TV boss Steve Mosko for believing in her for the lead role when she decided to return to acting after a years-long break. “I had three credits,” she joked. Heughan reflected on how the show has grown its profile and the level of obsessiveness among its fans during the yearlong break since the second half of season one’s 16 episodes concluded last May.
“When you sign up for seven years on a TV series you never think about it actually going that long,” he said. “This one could go that long.” Not that he’s complaining.
(Pictured: Sony’s Steve Mosko, Starz’s Carmi Zlotnik, “Outlander’s” Tobias Menzies and Caitriona Balfe, Starz’s Chris Albrecht and “Outlander’s” Sam Heughan)