Reader Favorites

Posts become popular for different reasons: sometimes a piece strikes a universal chord, often it’s a matter of timing, and also who promotes it. Here is a list of my most popular posts, by category for your perusal. This is a good place to come and hang out for a while, especially during Droughtlander. This page is updated periodically, so check back! Enjoy…

 


 

Season 5

These are the most popular posts and articles about upcoming Season 5!!!




OutlanderBTS Season 5 Updates & Insights, Diana in Scotland, Thoughts on Bees Release

Photo: Jamie, Claire and Jemmy, by the ever talented and gracious Vera Adxer  Happy Spring! As the Outlander story goes on and gets bigger and bigger, so does the cast, crew, and the fanbase. At any given time, there’s always something new to report, if not a lot to report!  Top of mind for fans […]

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“Perfect day! First thing this morning some daily lines from Herself and now this! Thanks Courtney.”
— Susan K.

“Season 5 underway! Whoopee!”
— Connie

“Thank you, Courtney! This.Is.Fabulous. Taking us behind the scenes into the table read gave me such a rush!”
— Rosemary

 


 

Passion Pieces

These are created when I feel compelled to write, and in some cases, pieces that emerged when trying to write something else…

Fans Express Concerns about Season 4 in The Wake of Recent Publicity…

As I begin writing this, treading into the murky waters of potentially pissing off the production, especially Matt, possibly Terry, maybe Maril? I think about Oprah’s words at the Golden Globes…”What I know for sure, is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have.” So, I’ll say this: it’s never my […]


Golden Globes Article Hits a Nerve with Outlander Fans

Vogue published an article that set off Outlander fans who’ve been vocal on Social Media. Today is the Golden Globes, and Outlander has one nomination this year: Caitriona Balfe. In my opinion, Cait TOTALLY deserves this nomination for Season 2. The first half of Episode 201 alone, is sheer genius in every way: the writing, […]



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“Well said. You have an amazing gift of putting all what we are thinking and feeling into words with so much respect for Ron and the outlander team.”
— 5Robs

“Just so you know… I posted a link to this blog in a blog I just finished. I really appreciated how you voiced your opinion in a pleasant and thoughtful way.”
— Beth Wesson

“Jesus H Roosevelt Christ! That was well said!!!!! You have a gift for searching the heart of the matter and then conveying it in such a graceful way.”
— Beth E.

 


 

Clips, Deleted Scenes, Gag Reels, Trailers

These are clips, trailers, deleted scenes, and gag reels from all seasons. Enjoy looking back to earlier days and laughing with the cast and crew. Check this section for new posted videos – can’t wait for the Season 4 gag reels!


Jamie & Claire, Rupert & Angus, Murtagh & Fergus on Delousing… Deleted Scene

What a treat! Enjoy this comedic deleted scene from Episode 209… The gang’s all here, discussing their unique approaches to getting rid of lice. I can certainly see why Grant nicknamed Claire “Kill Joy” (or something similar) based on this scene. Phew! In her defense, this precedes the PTSD sequence, so she’s not exactly supposed […]



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“It’s a wonder they ever get anything done, the way they keep cracking each other up!! To the administrator of this page, many, many thanks for your work! I have this page bookmarked and refer to it often due to all your excellent content.”
— Karen H.

“Thank You!!!! as usual just wonderful (smile).”
— Adele

“I know they have to edit, but these details make a difference to the overall effect of the scene… thanks for posting them.”
— Katrina

 


 

My Interviews

These are clips, trailers, deleted scenes, and gag reels from all seasons. Enjoy looking back to earlier days and laughing with the cast and crew. Check this section for new posted videos – can’t wait for the Season 4 gag reels!


A Wee Chat with Emma Campbell-Jones, on Playing Mary McNab

One of the highlights of Episode 302, for me, was the Mary McNab scene with Jamie. I thought it was played perfectly by Emma Campbell-Jones, and by Sam. That scene had to be portrayed just right to make it believable, and it was. Sam was convincing as a heartbroken, soul crushed, aggrieved man, while Emma […]


CREE, The Interview, Part 1: Sam’s Well Kept Secret, Fave Scenes, David Berry, London

Photo: Steven Cree is a massive Andy Murray fan, Twitter As I write this, we drive through the beautiful Wyoming countryside en route to Montana; I’m on a road trip with my family. Sunsets last for hours this time of year, and we talk about all kinds of things. Apart from the occasional squabbles, it’s […]


OutlanderBTS Original: The Story Behind The Story – Interview with Gaelic Consultant, Àdhamh Ó Broin, Part 1

Courtney’s Comments: Here is the first segment of my long awaited (by me, anyway!) interview with Àdhamh Ó Broin. In this segment Àdhamh talks about how he got the job with Outlander, his experience with the books, and he tells us the beautiful, poetic sweet nothings Jamie is whispering to Jenny’s baby in Episode 208. […]

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“Thank you for all the time, thought and energy you put into this, and for the excellent questions and conversation, Courtney, I love it and hope Outlander fans feel the same.”
— Sera-Lys McArthur

“Wonderfully insightful interview into this pivotal character’s motivations and history. Nicely done!”
— Linda M.

“I love your interviews — so in depth, well-thought-out and engaging.”
— Anna

 


 

Awards

You guys love when our cast and crew go to awards shows! And we all love it when they are nominated and WIN awards! Here are my most popular posts about awards over the years…

And the Award Goes to… Sam and MacKenzie at The Oscars… Outlander BTS What’s New

He wore New Balance, complete with matching sports watch, and a black baseball cap….?. Sam posted this picture earlier yesterday saying “Watching @TheAcademy from up here!”  My guess is  he was on a training run for the actual ceremony – shaking off some jet lag and going out for a pre-Oscar afterparty night spin. Sam […]


Two Oscars and a WIN for Outlander

Photo: Stunning Cait and Sam at the Oscars Vanity Fair party Feb 26, 2017; Hannah Thomson Outlander has had a flurry of awards activity recently including nominations for awards, winning awards, and attending awards parties. It’s hard to keep up! Here’s a look at the most recent happenings… Sunday night (Feb 26) Sam and Cait […]



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“Courtney, thanks so much for all your BTS posts. Brilliant to see Sam and Caitriona getting some exposure here in England at BAFTA.”
— Mandy

“…Your posts are always very professional and really interesting. You put a lot of work into them and it shows.”
— Diane D.

“Nice to see Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe in a festive setting. They look relaxed and happy. Beautiful couple. And, 3 more seasons, 4, 5 and 6 to look forward to as well. Life is grand!
— Karen

 


 

OutlanderBTS Deeper Dive

We all like to know more about our beloved cast members and their work. Here you’ll find posts that dive into more detail.


Older J&C, Baby Bree, Young Adult Fergus, Old Leg Hair… Lots To See in Season 3

Artwork by Vera Adxer This post contains major spoilers for non book readers, you’ve been warned! I was poking around for any new casting announcements, wondering who’ll play all the characters we’re excited to see in S3: Duncan Innes, Hal, Father Fogdon, Lawrence Stern, Mina Alcott, Mamacita, Aloysius O’Shaughnessy Murphy, Margaret and Archie Campbell, not […]


Murtagh Spotted in Season 4! Now… Will He Get Married???

Cover Photo by John Cooper Photography *Spoilers for book and non book readers. We fans almost always have differing opinions about the show’s choices to make departures from the books. Some of us like them, some of us don’t, and there are normally folks on all points of the continuum between strongly agree and strongly […]


Diana Sums up Each Outlander Book… in One Word

On Facebook, Diana shared with us one word that summarizes the theme for each of her Outlander (the big books) novels: love, marriage, identity, family, community, loyalty, nexus, forgiveness, and…. By her account, there will be two more theme words, yet to come, which will represent thousands of hours of work and lifetimes of experiences […]

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“Thank you very much, Courtney. I’m always thrilled to read your fantastic posts! I appreciate all the time and love you put in them and your witty, humorous comments.”
— Claudia

“I loved the table read because the original cast were all there with their wonderful accents and seemed to be happy to be together hugging and all. Today I signed up as a patron because I so enjoy your blogs and interviews and thought it high time that I contribute to keep you going girl!”
— Suzi

 


 

Outside Interviews

My tagline is quality, curated content. That means I sift through what’s out there and bring you what I believe to be a quality read, or watch, and worth your time. These are pieces I did not produce, but find worthy of sharing.



Duncan Lacroix On The Inner Workings of Murtagh, S3, and Heading to LA – Lovely Candid Interview with Scotland’s Daily Record

Excerpt from Daily Record: Duncan Lacroix on Murtagh… “I’m not sure many people really knew who he was for the bulk of season one until the Search episode when my character and Claire tried to find Jamie, then you got more of his back story,” says Duncan. “Then, in season two, he was the only […]


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“OMG, I died laughing when I saw this. Every time I think about the video I start laughing all over again. Thank you Sam and Caitriona for doing this!”
— Karen A.

“What a wonderful interview! So informative and entertaining. Sam Heughan is such a remarkable young man.”
— June

 


 

OutlanderBTS What’s New

Every once in a while I do a post that catches us up on all people and things Outlander; I call these OutlanderBTS What’s New. Here are the BTS What’s New reader favorites… (Since I added a Season 5 section, above, this list includes older favorites as well).


OutlanderBTS What’s New: S3 Filming Ends, Bare Asses in the Print Shop, Sam Facebook Q&A, New Cast Projects, etc.

A lot has gone on since my last update on May 24th. I attended Outlander in the City, where I caught up with numerous friends and cast members, including Grant O’Rourke, Steven Cree, Gary Lewis, Stephen Walters, Duncan LaCroix, and I had the pleasure of meeting Rik Rankin, Nell Hudson, and Wil Johnson, who plays […]


What’s New: Sam & MacKenzie @ Formula 1, TCA17, SDCC, DG’s a Grandma! Q&A’s etc.

Wow, A lot has happened since my last OutlanderBTS What’s New on July 10th. The Season 3 Official Trailer was released, along with some other featurettes… Sam and girlfriend MacKenzie Mauzy enjoyed a Formula 1 race in Hungary on Sunday, July 30th as guests of Sahara Force India, Formula One Team.  In a recently released interview […]


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“Fantastic as usual! No matter how much I try to keep up with everything Outlander on social media, I seem to always miss something! Thanks to you, I don’t have to worry about it. I certainly look forward to your posts. #appreciative”
— Susan T.

“Courtney.. Lots of great info packed together as always! Terrific work.”
— Angela

 


 

OutlanderBTS Adventures

As part of my Outlander journey, I go on what I call OutlanderBTS Adventures. These are trips to fan conventions, gatherings, and premiere events, where I take photos, sometimes do interviews, and often write stories about my experiences, which I share with you…

OutlanderBTS Adventures: ECCC 2017

Seattle…. This trip was interesting. It was rife with complications from the beginning. There were mix ups with the organizers, equipment issues, babysitter mishaps, sick kid, arduous logistics, etc., which differs from my usual OutlanderBTS Adventures. I was paying attention. My flight was delayed two hours, so I arrived late on Thursday night. As I […]


OutlanderBTS Adventures: Gracious, Humble, and FUN!!! Most of The (Male) Cast of Outlander @Starfury, Part 1 (Thank you Guys!)

I’ve been to one Outlander gathering before, this past March in Cologne, Germany. I enjoyed it so much that I bought tickets for this one, in London. The beauty of these European gatherings, for me, is their relaxed nature. They’re kind of like an Outlander retreat: an opportunity for fans and actors to mingle, among […]


OutlanderBTS Adventures: PART 3, Party On, and Our Final Morning in London @Starfury

For Part 1, Click Here For Part 2, Click Here Picking up where we left off… After the winners of the costume contest had been announced and kissed, the guys left, and a dance party ensued.The music started, and some of us hit the dance floor; others sat at tables and watched or talked with […]


OutlanderBTS Adventures: My Favorite Photos from NYC with Mom, Part 1

CLICK HERE for the OutlanderBTS Adventure Story for the OutlanderBTS Adventure Story that accompanies these photos… Here are my favorite shots from that trip… I love this of beautiful Cait and this one of our fearless, sweet leader… I’m told Sam was actually ill this day, but he is a trooper (like Jamie!) more gorgeous […]

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An amazing article. A very rare gift to have – being able to write in such detail and hold our attention to each word. Loved reading your adventure! Send some more!”
— Rhona

“I am new to your blog and I have to confess I’m a dreadful snob when it comes to reading stuff online. Generally I get bored a paragraph or two into pretty much any article or blog and then move on to another, and god knows, there are so many others online one can move on to. I’m a retired English, Theater and Film teacher… so when I say I read this whole thing without a pause, that’s a compliment I’m not able to give often. I truly enjoyed it. Your writing style, the tone you create, your descriptions and details, all are so warm and arresting. I haven’t been in NYC for a few years and you gave me the entire package; the energy, the crowds, the smells and sights all came flooding back to me.

Thanks for writing it all down for us. I really appreciate your work.”
— Rebecca

“Really enjoyed this. You have a wonderful writing style that draws me into your experiences as though I’m hearing a friend tell me about her adventures.”
— Janet

 


 

Outlanders in Other Projects

As the story grows, so does the number of people who work on Outlander. This section contains posts about our Outlander team and their other endeavors.



Pssst… Wanna See Sam’s Audition for “This Guest Of Summer?”

In case you haven’t heard, Graham McTavish is making his directorial debut in a new film called This Guest of Summer. The Comedy Horror feature film will also include fellow Outlander actors Duncan Lacroix and Stephen Walters, plus a couple of actors from The Hobbit series. Graham is running an Indiegogo campaign to help raise money […]


From Batman to the King of Men, Here’s a Look at Sam’s Days as a Superhero

Before Sam Heughan played Jamie Fraser, King of Men, he played Batman (and Bruce Wayne) in the world touring stage show, Batman Live, based on the DC comics superhero. The show played all over the world, debuting in Manchester, England in July 2011 and finishing in December 2012 in Dallas, Texas. Playing a superhero seems […]

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“Thank you for sharing this lovely video! Yet another example of Sam’s big heart and his fantastic sense of humor. The children are adorable and funny! A date with Sam would be a dream come true!!”
— Gisele

“Thank you for sharing this! I’ve wondered quite a bit about Sam as Batman. This group of videos answers a lot of questions. He was great in this production. Loved this info.”
— Satn

 


 

OutlanderBTS Casting News

I sometimes do more in-depth pieces about new cast members after they’re announced (and occasionally before). I also speculate sometimes! You’ll find those here.

A Potential Role for Outlander Fan Lou Diamond Phillips in Season 4

Celebrity fans become just as excited and passionate as the rest of us when it comes to Outlander. The most prominent celeb fan in our community is of course William Shatner, whose Charity Horse show is this weekend. There is still time to buy a raffle ticket for $5.00 for a chance to win an Outlander […]


OutlanderBTS: A Look at Season 4 Characters + Casting News

Photo: Starz: Season 4  On September 16th, Matthew Roberts posted this beautiful photo of the famous standing stones at Craig na dun, along with the line: 7 more weeks #Outlander. Well folks, make that number just over FOUR weeks now…! ???? *** WARNING*** This post contains MAJOR spoilers for non book readers, and actually, after […]



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“Courtney, you are killing me. I am soooo impatient for November. Thank you so much. I love your post.”
— Astrid

“Huzzah! You never fail to intrigue me and challenge both my memory and my speculative powers!!?? Loved this piece as a way of getting ready for Season 4! Bring it on!! x”
— Susan

“Thank you Courtney for this post and all of your posts. I always love reading your insights (still loving the expression “Autumn Beauty” discovered in one of your previous posts). Maria Doyle Kennedy is an awesome actress. I was excited to read that she had been cast to play Jocasta.”
— Michelle

 


 

OutlanderBTS Episode Recaps

Occasionally I have done Episode Highlights and Recaps over the seasons, and you’ll find those here…

Episode 110 Highlights, Deleted Scene, Outtake, and a Wee Impression…

As many of you know, Starz is showing one episode per week of Season 1 and then Season 2, as a lead up to the Season 3 premiere date in September. Tonight’s episode was 110: By The Pricking of My Thumbs, memorable for many reasons, not the least of which is that opening scene… Wowza. […]


Countdown to S3: Ep 113, The Watch: Deleted Scenes, Gag Reel, Highlights and More

All photos and video from Outlander belong to Sony/Starz This week’s re-run is episode 113, The Watch, written by Toni Graphia, and directed by Metin Hüseyin. I remember reading that Sam particularly enjoyed shooting scenes from this episode… .@krismurphy @caitrionambalfe Loved eps 13/14 Wait and you'll see… #newcharacters #AskOutlander — Sam Heughan (@SamHeughan) September 26, 2014 […]



Episode 306: A. Malcolm Podcast with Matt, Maril and Toni (incl. discussion of Bree photos scene)

Love that they’re drinking 20-year-old whisky for this! Get the inside scoop on Episode 306 from the Executive Producer team: Matt, Maril, and Toni, on a rare occasion when they’re all together. ?  I think it’s important to remember, as I listen to these guys talk about this episode, and listen to the quality of […]

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“I am an educated, retired elementary school teacher… I read as many of the articles I can about Outlander because I am just as obsessed as everyone else… your comments I always enjoy, and when presented in your easy to read style seem as though I could have come up with them myself. Thank you for your ideas, the pictures, references and everything else that you offer. This is my favourite Outlander commentary.”
— Linda V.

“Loved this!!! I’m so excited to see the Print Shop Episode but this was a perfect go round of the wedding. I really appreciate your writing. So catching every nuance and reminding us of all it brought. Good work!! And thank you!”
— Linda B.

 


 

Costumes

We can all agree the the costuming for Outlander is phenomenal, and BTS about the costumes is always a big hit. Here are the most popular posts I’ve done on Outlander costumes.

The Bat Suit, and There’s Room for Everyone

One of the things I love about this Outlander trip is the tremendous acceptance, inclusion, love, and transformation that happens in, around, and because of it. There are so many different personalities, perspectives, talents, and energies in this community of artists, fans, and well, just people. And, there’s enough room for all of us. Surely […]


Outlander BTS Season 3: Emmy Nominated Terry Dresbach Gives a Glimpse into the S3 Costuming World

Okay, so I am going to try to take everyone through our process starting with the beginning of prep… — Outlander Costume (@OutlanderCostum) June 27, 2016 I have been officially working on S3 for two weeks now. Most of that time has been spent planning things with my team, remotely. — Outlander Costume (@OutlanderCostum) June […]


Terry Dresbach Talks Dressing Lord John Grey: Ep 406, Blood of My Blood

Photo: LJG and Jamie, 406, Starz But first, it’s my pleasure to announce that I will be hosting another round table discussion this week, on Episode 406; I look forward to bringing you our lively discussion. If you’d like to add a discussion topic suggestion, please comment below.  As many of you know, Season 4 […]


FASCINATING & Entertaining Terry Dresbach @ Thru The Stones, Courtesy of Outlander Cast

Photo: Grant and Terry at Thru the Stones, Daily Record *SPOILERS* FOR NON BOOK READERS – YOU’VE BEEN WARNED Below is a delightful panel with Terry Dresbach (who is SO FUNNY!) from Thru the Stones fan convention, held this past December in Iowa. Terry’s talk starts at about 13:10. Thanks to Outlander Cast for capturing this […]

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“Thank you so much Court. I am somewhat overwhelmed. Very kind.”
— Terry Dresbach

“I love that she made her suit. Having made costumes, formals and much more for 3 daughters, I knew she could do it. Terry is a magician.”
— Margaret V.

“The costuming in this show is magnificent & the designers & seamstresses deserve awards. It made perfect sense that Claire would be prepared for her return to the 17th century by seeing her own outfit.”
— Janet K.

“Thank you, Courtney, for both arranging another roundtable and paying tribute to Terry Dresbach with this gorgeous example. We will certainly miss her next season and forever. She’s such an amazing artist and person! ”
— Claudia

 


 

OutlanderBTS Q&A Recaps

From time to time we get a Q&A (question and answer session) from one of our lovely Outlander folks, and I often recap them. In this section you’ll find your all time favorites…


What’s New: Sam & MacKenzie @ Formula 1, TCA17, SDCC, DG’s a Grandma! Q&A’s etc.

Wow, A lot has happened since my last OutlanderBTS What’s New on July 10th. The Season 3 Official Trailer was released, along with some other featurettes… Sam and girlfriend MacKenzie Mauzy enjoyed a Formula 1 race in Hungary on Sunday, July 30th as guests of Sahara Force India, Formula One Team.  In a recently released interview […]


Diana Gabaldon Answers Your Questions… S3, S4, Her Writing Process, Favorite Eps, Sam, Etc.

Diana took to Twitter today on Sony’s account and answered lots of fantastic fan questions. Great Q&A. Enjoy… Karen: Was there a specific moment in time that you realized that your “story” was bigger than you could ever have dreamed? I sent the ms. for Outlander to my agent and said, "I realized while finishing […]


Sam Heughan Q&A: S4 Updates, Willoughby Treatment, Rollo, Thundercats, & More

It was a Q&A kinda day, here are the highlights from Sam’s… Sam reached 400,000 followers this past weekend, @samheughan @Courtilini14 Congratulations to Sam!!! Reached 400K Followers at 1:15 pm ET/6:15 pm WET (UK)…Right conversion? 400th Follower is Moira Salvadori from Montignoso, Tuscany, Italy Saw a recent BTS/MPC post that implied filming workout exercises at […]

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“This was terrific, Courtney! I missed the Q&As, so I appreciated having that part included–your method of linking the tweets to relevant photos was quite brilliant.”
— karenjeanne

“Thanks for compiling these all into your blog! It is always a great pleasure to have another wee peek into the inner workings of Diana’s incredible mind.”
— Joanne B.

 


 

OutlanderBTS Favorite Photo Tuesday

Occasionally, on Tuesdays, I share an original photo taken (by me) at some point over the last few years. Come here to see all the photos, old and new.


OutlanderBTS Favorite Photo Tuesday + New Sam Interview + Season 5 Scoop

Photo: Sam Heughan, Season 2 Premiere week, April 2016, NYC, @ Saks 5th Avenue The news keeps rolling in! At the BAFTA’s (full coverage here), in an interview with Digital Spy, Caitriona said there would be a long, 7 month hiatus between Seasons 4 and 5. Personally, I think this is fantastic news. As I’ve […]


OutlanderBTS Favorite Photo Tuesday… Cait and Sam

Photo: Caitriona listens attentively as Sam answers an interview question; a reflection of St. Patricks Cathedral and a tinsel haired Claire wearing the iconic brown dress from Season 2 form the backdrop It’s Tuesday, and I’m releasing another favorite photo. This one is of Caitriona and Sam and was taken from the press line at […]


OutlanderBTS Fave Photo Tues: Cait + Tim Downie, S4 Cast & More What’s NEW

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 […]

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“Looooove that photo! It’s the mischief in his eyes that captures me (and obviously many others)! What a delightful man! Thanks so much for catching that moment.”
— Anna

“Great picture. Love his character!! (Ian Senior)”
— Ana Inés