Photo: Caitriona Balfe at Emerald City Comic Con, March 2017
This is not the perfect picture, but it’s such a good one. Not perfect, because just as I snapped it, ECCC 2017 Outlander panel host Clare Kramer (of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, who also played Courtney (?) in Bring It On), lifted her hand into the shot. But, some of the most beautiful things (and people) in life are certainly not perfect, and there’s so much I love about this photo. This was Caitriona’s first fan convention, and I think she was pleasantly surprised by the intelligent fan questions and just how much fun she had. She’s looking into the camera, and we see her playful, joyful, intelligent beauty shine right through.
There’s lots going on, even though it’s Droughtlander. The cast and crew are still filming away in Scotland…
and Sam and Caitriona both just announced new movie roles, which they’ll shoot during the 7 month hiatus from Outlander, starting in July.
— Deadline Hollywood (@DEADLINE) May 23, 2018
— Variety (@Variety) May 24, 2018
Denver Comic Con is coming up on June 15-17 weekend, and I will be co-hosting a fan panel with Desirre of A Dram of Outlander and Karen of Outlander Medicine on Friday, June 15 at 6:00PM, room 404. We have loads of fun planned for the panel and for the party afterward. I will be screening a not-yet-released cast interview at the after party (woo hoo!). If you can make it, please join our Facebook page and get all the details: Outlander Fans at DCC.
Graham McTavish and Lotte Verbeek will both be at DCC all weekend, and are available for autographs, photo ops, and will be doing panels. For tickets: Denver Comic Con Tickets.
New Cast members were announced in the last week, including lovable Tim Downie, whom I personally had in mind for Denzel Hunter, but casting forgot to consult me (ahem).
Tim is playing the character of Governor Tryon… here is a photo from location…
Photo: Just Jared
Tim is a long time friend of Sam’s. In 2010 -2011 they did a series of Tennents Lager commercials together.
Sam played Hugh Tennent and Tim played Hugh’s trusted sidekick Barnes…
Tim met Diana and early Outlander book fans anticipating the show on Twitter soon after Sam was cast (in July, 2013)…
— Diana Gabaldon (@Writer_DG) July 24, 2013
Sam nominated Tim to succeed him as Hottie of the Week, an honor bestowed upon him by his (then) new fan group: the Heughligans:
@Heughan what have you started! But I bravely take on the challenge, hard act to follow though squire.
— Tim Downie (@TimDownie1) July 23, 2013
We have all enjoyed a bit of banter with Tim over the years (this was the tweet that hooked me on his brilliant sense of self deprecating humor!!!)
— Tim Downie (@TimDownie1) May 14, 2015
After the announcement was made last week, Sam and Cait both welcomed Tim on Twitter (of course, they’ve already filmed all of their scenes together, but are required to wait for an entertainment news outlet or Starz to announce casting).
Welcome aboard old chap.
— Caitriona Balfe (@caitrionambalfe) May 22, 2018
Sam replied with this photo, saying “Spoiler…” (insinuating that this shot is from the Season 4 set of Outlander ? ).
Here’s another fun exchange between Sam and Tim, from 2015, when Sam was filming When The Starlight Ends.
— Sam Heughan (@SamHeughan) March 7, 2015
@SamHeughan Moses? Is that you Moses?
— Tim Downie (@TimDownie1) March 7, 2015
@SamHeughan My bath water keeps parting, could you please do something about it.
— Tim Downie (@TimDownie1) March 7, 2015
To see my interview with Tim Downie, go to: Tim Downie on Playing Governor Tryon
Here’s Sam in a brief interview with leading lady from that movie, from Feb 2015, before the second half of Season 1 premiered, in April.
Casting was also announced for the following characters last week:
Lizzie Wemyss, played by Cait O’Ryan – I wonder if Cait has ever had twin fantasies? ? ? (get ready for some AD-ven-tuuuures Cait!!)
Phaedre, played by Natalie Simpson…
Gerald Forbes, played by Billy Boyd…
and Gayle Bosworthy– (Brianna’s best friend in college, and a great admirer of Roger in a kilt! ?), played by Simona Brown.
Emmy news – Starz is campaigning for the following 2018 Emmy categories for Outlander (via Gold Derby), based on work done by our talented cast for Season 3:
Drama Actress – Caitriona Balfe
Drama Actor – Sam Heughan
Drama Supporting Actress – Sophie Skelton
Drama Supporting Actor – David Berry, Tobias Menzies, Richard Rankin
Drama Guest Actress – Lotte Verbeek
Drama Guest Actor – Duncan Lacroix
Best wishes to everyone, I believe the winners will be announced on September 17th, 2018.
Diana and Graham were just at Phoenix Comic Con this past weekend…
It's always fun–like looking through a microscope to see what swims by… pic.twitter.com/MmKe9JgRj1
— Diana Gabaldon (@Writer_DG) May 26, 2018
Outlander fan William Shatner was also at Phoenix Comic Con, and Diana and her husband, Doug joined him for dinner one night.
Sam completed the Edinburgh marathon, his second this month, with a personal best of 3:12!
Jon Gary Steele gave us a sneak peek at some set decoration pieces from Season 4…
Irish lasses Maria Doyle Kennedy, Caitriona Balfe, and Laura Donnelly, all express their support, and appreciation for the recent vote to repeal the 8th Amendment in Ireland.
The lovely @mariadkennedy explaining that we should all have conversations about the need to #repeal This Sunday have a chat with an undecided voter and ask them to #hearmeout #ItsTime #Together4Yes #TogetherForYes #VoteYes pic.twitter.com/DtuRhbX8xN
— Hear Me Out (@HearMeOut_May20) May 18, 2018
The uber talented Gillebride MacMillan is putting the final touches on a new album which features soulful Àdhamh ÓBroin on backup vocals for 3 tracks. We anxiously await its release!
Outlander fan Beth @sqrlb8 completed this cross stitched masterpiece which she’s raffling off to raise money for World Child Cancer.
Here is more info…
Counted Cross Stitched
Total: 328,000 stitches
Time: 14 months combined
The Laird's Lady = TBD to @WChildCancerUSA
100% proceeds to their charity. pic.twitter.com/M4f4sP8PtL
— Beth (@sqrlb8) May 27, 2018
For My Peak Challenge (and specifically Valbo) fans, there is also this charity raffle going on to raise money for Bloodwise by Micaela Walker…
Need some #MondayMotivation for your wall!
— Micaela Walker (@micaela_artist) May 28, 2018
And if you’ll be in Glasgow on June 2nd, Ross Owen is MC’ing a celebrity soccer match, including Outlander’s Scott Kyle, to raise money for St Andrew’s Hospice…
If you can't make it along to our charity football match on June 2nd in aid of @StAndrewHospice you can make a donation online at https://t.co/CZZOS4cSA1 – Please share and/or donate if you can to help us reach our target of £55,000. Thank you all kindly for your support. pic.twitter.com/fNQWSRF7lJ
— The Ross Owen Show ?️ (@TheRossOwenShow) May 24, 2018
Douglas Henshall just let us know that Shetland is coming back for a 5th season,
This is happening. We start shooting July 9th. It’s very good. pic.twitter.com/EHUcfoh4Fq
— Douglas Henshall (@djhenshall) May 29, 2018
which Stephen Walters fans will be STOKED about. I hear he killed it in Season 4.
Grant O’Rourke is working on a new piece of theater which you can see if you plan to be at Edinburgh Fringe this year…
Nailing the first development day: #whatgirlsaremadeof @traversetheatre @CoraBissett @orlaoloughlin1 @alpineskichamp @simonwdonaldson @GrantORourke @TMSomewhere @TronTheatre pic.twitter.com/R0xUZQ29Ug
— Raw Material Arts (@RAWMaterialArts) May 21, 2018
and Nell Hudson gives an update about Season 3 of Victoria…
— Masterpiece PBS (@masterpiecepbs) May 21, 2018
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Source: The Drum