Earlier today, Starz confirmed the Power season 4 premiere date — so what does this mean in terms of Outlander and its own season 3 future? Consider the information that we have below to be a roadmap to the future for the Caitriona Balfe – Sam Heughan series. Nothing is official yet, but we do have more of an idea as to when the show could start in context of when Power is.
Let’s go ahead and dive in. Power is officially beginning on Sunday, June 25, which is slightly earlier in the year than we expected given that it started last year on July 17. Granted, the first two seasons of the show started in June, so there is a little bit of a pattern there.
Power also runs in total for ten episodes. It’s a little bit of a shorter run than Outlander, but it is one that the network will probably promote heavily given that this is a highly-rated show. If Starz uses Power in turn to promote Outlander, that’s certainly a good thing, even if we don’t know how much of an audience the two series share given their many differences.
Let’s say hypothetically now that Power airs an episode every Sunday for the entirety of its season, including on July 2 leading up to the July 4 holiday. It would actually be done airing on Sunday, August 27. In turn, the earliest Outlander could premiere, provided that there are no two-hour episodes or the network doesn’t bunch it up with Power for whatever reason, is Sunday, September 3. Like with Power, that’s a little earlier than we first thought it would premiere. If for whatever reason Starz skips the July 2 airing of Power out of fears of losing holiday viewers, the earliest Outlander could start is September 10. Both seem like viable premiere dates.
Do we have some concerns about the Emmys? Sure. That show airs on September 17, and it could be a huge ratings draw and limit Starz’s performance on the night. When we first thought that Outlander could premiere a little later in the month we thought they would want to steer clear of that; if they do premiere on September 3, however, we’re not so sure they will. Many of the viewers with Starz have the availability to watch it On-Demand or the app, so they don’t need to be watching it at 9:00 p.m. Eastern against the awards show. Even if they don’t, they may still watch Outlander live given that the show won’t be eligible for the Emmys this year. All of the episodes in season 3 will be eligible for the 2018 Emmys instead. Starz will probably not lose too many devoted fans as a result of that.
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