Magazine article Variety

Strong Women Get Some Respect in Starz's 'Outlander'

Magazine article Variety

Strong Women Get Some Respect in Starz's 'Outlander'

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PREMIUM CABLE MAY NOT HATE WOMEN, but historically, it also hasn't treated them particularly well - on either side of the screen. Female viewers might flock to "Game of Thrones" for complex, multifaceted characters, but always with the understanding that at some point, nameless, naked women will be gyrating in the background of a scene while conniving male characters monologue about political maneuvers.

For every assertive female in a premium drama ensemble, there are a dozen Ray Donovans and Rust Cohles; men who drive narratives, and control their own destinies.

Enter "Outlander," Starz's self-professed attempt to capitalize on the "lack of female-skewing programs in the premium space," according to CEO Chris Albrecht. Unlike most cable dramas, "Outlander," which premiere's Aug. 9, features a self-assured female protagonist, World War II army nurse Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe), who is mysteriously transported back to the 1700s and becomes entangled with dashing Scottish warrior Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan). …

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