News Bits: Outlander, Salem, Outcast, Wind

The upcoming second season of Starz’s “Outlander” is set to kick off sometime next year with filming have been underway since May. According to the show’s producers, the new season will jump between 18th century France and post World War I, before returning to Scotland halfway through the season.

The new season will deviate somewhat from the book “Dragonfly In Amber,” but it has author Diana Gabaldon’s approval – in fact she will be writing one of the scripts. The series has averaged 4.9 million viewers per episode during its first season. [Source: Deadline]

WGN America has renewed the Janet Montgomery period drama “Salem” for a third season. The full thirteen episode season will begin production later this year for a 2016 airing.

The supernatural drama closed out its sophomore season averaging 1.1 million total viewers. The series has doubled its Live+7 viewership among total viewers year-over-year. [Source: The Live Feed]

Cinemax has unveiled the first trailer for its creepy exorcism drama “Outcast” from comic creator Robert Kirkman. Patrick Fugit stars as a young man seeking answers about his demonic possession and aided by a preacher (Philip Glenister) who has his own personal demons. The series will debut sometime next year.

The Name of the Wind
Warner Bros., MGM and Lionsgate are engaged in a heated bidding war for Patrick Rothfuss’ best-selling fantasy novel “The Name of the Wind,” the first of his The Kingkiller Chronicle series.

The story centers on a magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen. [Source: Heat Vision]

Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate
F. Gary Gray (“Straight Outta Compton”) has helmed an animated short for the upcoming video game “Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate” which has been illustrated by veteran comics penciller and inker Pop Mhan. Set in 1860s London, the new title set against London’s Industrial Revolution.