Former "Battlestar Galactica" showrunner Ronald D. Moore has a lot of balls in the air this coming television season.
Starz announced that it has given a sixteen episode order for the writer/producer's latest project, an adaptation of Diana Gabaldon's best-selling seven book series "Outlander."
The time travelling series revolves around Claire Randall, a recently married World War II combat nurse who is unexpectedly thrust back to Scotland in the year 1743 during a second honeymoon to Inverness. As she encounters numerous dangers in her new and unfamiliar surroundings, she is forced to pair up with a Scottish warrior for protection. Gabaldon has an eighth book slated for release in the fall of next year, after the first seven novels have sold over 20 million copies worldwide.
This marks the second series the "Star Trek" alum has a hand in, as the upcoming chiller "Helix" is currently in production for Syfy. The bio-terror series about a possible disease outbreak and the attempts to contain it at an Arctic research station is scheduled to premiere in August.
Production on this new action adventure series is set to begin in October, with much of the filming taking place in Scotland. The series plays to many of Moore's strengths, incorporating elements of numerous genres from romance to science-fiction, something that the producer also accomplished remarkably well during his stints on "Star Trek" and "Battlestar Galactica."