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…
These are created when I feel compelled to write, and in some cases, pieces that emerged when trying to write something else…
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 […]
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, […]
Photo: from Sidewalks interview, Aug 2014. I am re-releasing this piece, as Cait’s 60 Seconds Interview has sparked a new wave of controversy and dissension on social media. Everyone’s feelings matter, but abuse is never OK. Awww, look at these two cuties just starting out on their adventure…. I went back and forth about whether to […]
The recent uproar over deleted scenes from episode 207, and the resulting discussions has me revisiting and adding to thoughts that’ve been swirling in the periphery of my mind for some time now, about men. I won’t go into all that here, but this question is part of it: why did people react so strongly, […]
“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.”
“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!
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 […]
Photo: Starz, Jamie praying. If history repeats itself, we can look forward to seeing Season 4 gag reels and deleted scenes very soon, as that usually happens about a month before the DVD’s and Blu-rays are released (May 28th in the US). To whet our appetites, here is a deleted scene from my favorite episode […]
“Courtney, your thoughtful insights are spot on. I’m glad we got to watch this scene, and appreciate all the hard work Ron, Sam, Cait, the writers, cast and crew do for us. Thanks for giving us a voice.”
“Thank You!!!! as usual just wonderful (smile).”
“I had not seen this and appreciate that you bring it to this forum. This scene sure rounds out and enriches that episode….”
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…
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 […]
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 […]
For AFTA the BAFTA, CLICK HERE Preparations for the night Set up is in full swing for tonight's #BAFTAScot16 Awards pic.twitter.com/8DWknn3eEK — BAFTA Scotland (@BAFTAScotland) November 6, 2016 Here’s the press line, all ready too Want to see your favourite stars arrive for the Awards on Sunday? A selection of red carpet arrivals will be […]
Caitriona did not walk home with the Golden Globe tonight, but she did officially announce the big news of her engagement to longtime boyfriend Tony McGill, pictured below with Cait at the Oscar Wilde awards last year. “It happened over the break. I’m very happy,” she told PEOPLE. Source: People What an exciting time for […]
“Courtney, thanks so much for all your BTS posts. Brilliant to see Sam and Caitriona getting some exposure here in England at BAFTA.”
“…Your posts are always very professional and really interesting. You put a lot of work into them and it shows.”
— Diane D.
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.
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 […]
Photo: Maria Doyle Kennedy, BBC America This post contains straight up SPOILERS for non book readers, so proceed with that knowledge. Jocasta Cameron… we meet this intriguing new character, (who as book readers know, will be around for a while), in this next season: the visual adaptation of Diana’s fourth book in the Outlander series: […]
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 […]
“Courtney, you are killing me. I am soooo impatient for November. Thank you so much. I love your post.”
“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”
“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.”
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…
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 […]
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 […]
Click Here for OutlanderBTS Adventures: NYC Part 1 Photo Gallery She’s a month shy of 79, a lifelong seamstress, and she once told me of spontaneity, “When you tell me these things at the last minute, it feels like having a bucket of cold water thrown in my face.” We couldn’t be more different. When […]
Photo: A kiss-marked Stephen Walters talks to comedian Bruce Devlin at Outlander in the City As I packed for New York, tears streamed down my face. “You don’t seem very happy, Mommy,” said my 10-year-old daughter. “I don’t feel very happy,” I said. Fascial release often liberates more than just muscle tension; it loosens scar […]
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!”
“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.”
“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.”
Occasionally I have done Episode Highlights and Recaps over the seasons, and you’ll find those here…
Photo: Starz 😊 First, a couple of informative, logistical things… You can find the scripts and the podcasts for the Outlander Season 4 episodes right here on good old Outlanderbts.com. Go to the Outlander Behind The Scenes homepage: Outlanderbts.com, and scroll aaaaaaaalll the way down to the bottom right-hand corner, where you’ll find “Links to Great Outlander […]
OK, we start with a mysterious woman helping Jamie with his stock and scarf, but since I’m a book fan, I know that’s Madame Jeanne, not Jamie’s new love. Speaking of which, if you are not a book reader, this piece is chock-full of SPOILERS. As usual, the details of the sets, locations, and costumes […]
“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.
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.
Photo: Table Read, Season 1, Block 2 The gang has all assembled, and Season 5 filming officially started today, with the first step: S5 Block 1 table read. Yippeeeee. (More on what a table read is below). ****Adding this wee beauty in from Sam, on instagram, which includes his new, expanded title. Nice. Thank you […]
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 […]
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 […]
“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.”
“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!”
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…
I hope everyone had a fabulous holiday season, however you celebrate, and that your new year is off to a splendid start 😊. Our faithful cast and crew took a nice 3 week + break from filming over the holidays, from December 14th through January 8th. In the message below, Sophie Skelton confirms the completion […]
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 […]
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 […]
“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.”
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…
Photo: Starz, Claire and Jo Whay exactly has Jocasta smiling?? Going to stay up way past my bedtime to live tweet with y’all ….who’s in? @Outlander_STARZ #OutlanderFinale pic.twitter.com/hTc9plUKFb — Maria Doyle Kennedy (@mariadkennedy) January 27, 2019 Quite a lot ( in fairness, they’re gigantic sleeves 😊) — Maria Doyle Kennedy (@mariadkennedy) January 28, 2019 @jongarysteele […]
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 […]
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 […]
“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.”
“I love getting to see the candid & BTS stuff. THANK YOU!”
— Donna N.
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.
The big news this beautiful Sunday morning, April 22, is that Caitriona Balfe just finished the London marathon, her first ever, with an incredible time of 4:47:40! Guys, I have run one (and only one) marathon in my life, and I finished in over 6 hours (which admittedly is very slow), but under 5 hours […]
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 […]
I’ll be super honest, as is my way. The spirit hasn’t moved me lately, to blog about Outlander, (which is unusual for me). What’s going on? Am I changing? Is it changing? Probably some of both. The reason I started this blog in the first place, was to provide deeper, more satisfying content to intelligent, […]
“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!!”
“Wow! That’s a pretty powerful piece. And very well done. Good for Steven!”
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.
An LA Times photographer shared a profile shot of Sam on Twitter, saying even his profile is amazing! Even His profile is amazing! Actor Sam Heughan is best known for his role as Jamie Fraser in the @Outlander_STARZ pic.twitter.com/8teCSrS8mn — Kirk D. McKoy (@socalbreeze) April 24, 2018 I have photographed Sam a lot, and I […]
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 […]
Photo: The Highlanders: L to R: Steven Cree, Sam Heughan, Duncan Lacroix, Graham McTavish, and Stephen Walters (out of frame: Gary Lewis & Grant O’Rourke), August, 2016. Tuesday’s favorite photo comes to you on Wednesday this week…. Looking back to August, 2016, this was the first Starfury Highlanders convention, and this table full of trouble […]
Today’s favorite photo comes from ScotCon, 2016, the first ever Outlander fan convention in Scotland. Though it had some organizational issues, that convention still remains one of my favorites, as it was all heart. To my knowledge, this is the only convention that Clive Russell, who played Lord Lovat in Season 2, has attended. During […]
“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.”
“Great photo. Captures Sam the Man, and person. Well done.”