Outlander showrunner Ronald D. Moore’s space drama lands at Apple

Ronald D. MooreRonald D. Moore of Outlander and Battlestar Galactica fame is now getting back into the space business and all of us here at CarterMatt couldn’t be more excited about it!

Today, Apple TV confirmed that they have ordered a new drama series from Moore alongside writers Matt Wolpert and Ben Nedivi. The premise of it is this: What would’ve happened if the space race was still going on, so many years after man first walked on the Moon? Beyond everyone being bankrupt after spending insane amounts of money on space we are certainly curious about this.

While as of late we’ve associated Moore with Outlander on Starz he has a long and storied history with science fiction and shows that are set in outer space. He was a writer on Star Trek: The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager, and also had a hand in many of the Star Trek feature films that came out around that time. All of that was before bringing back Battlestar Galactica for a new generation and delivering what is one of the best space series of all time. He has also worked on Roswell, Carnivale, and Caprica over the years. Needless to say – Moore knows this genre probably better than anyone.

This new Apple series is still a rather long ways away from coming on the air, but this is yet another reminder that the company is looking to get more involved in the scripted TV realm. They’ve already jumped into the original-programming sphere with Carpool Karaoke and they are also developing another series in part with Jennifer Aniston.

Does this mean anything for the future of Outlander?

Not so much. With Moore signing off on a great deal of what happens with the series he doesn’t necessarily handle all of the day-to-day responsibilities. He’s got a great team around him including Matthew B. Roberts, Toni Graphia, and Maril Davis; the upcoming fourth season is the first time in which he has not written the premiere episode. Whether or not he writes an episode for the upcoming season at all remains to be seen, but the show will move forward and he will still be involved.

Moore is far from the first executive producer to juggle many different shows at once. Just look at Greg Berlanti, Julie Plec, Shonda Rhimes, Noah Hawley, or Peter M. Lenkov for some examples of other producers who have found a way to make things work while running multiple series.

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