TV News: Outlander, AMC, Catch-22, Rule

Starz president Chris Albrecht says fans of “Outlander” shouldn’t worry about the show’s future. Currently in production on a fourth season, Albrecht hints the plan is to continue with a fifth and sixth (and potentially beyond) seasons.

The story follows a time-travelling couple Claire and Jamie Fraser (Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan) and is based on a series of ten books by Diana Gabaldon. Outside of “Game of Thrones,” it’s the second most popular scripted series among female viewers on television. [Source: Deadline]

AMC has announced the premiere dates for its spring lineup. Eight-part crime drama “McMafia” will kick off February 26th, followed by the premiere of the Arctic-set “The Terror” on March 26th, while “Fear the Walking Dead” returns for its fourth season on April 15th, and “Into the Badlands” is back for its third season on April 22nd. Finally, there’s the six-part docuseries “AMC Visionaries: James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction” on April 30th. [Source: AMC]

Hulu is reportedly finalising a deal for a six-episode straight-to-limited series order for “Catch-22,” an adaptation of the seminal Joseph Heller novel which George Clooney will star in and direct for Anonymous Content and Paramount Television.

Luke Davies and David Michod are penning the series which Clooney and Grant Heslov will produce. It marks the third limited series from Hulu following “11.22.63” and the upcoming “The Looming Tower”. [Source: Variety]

First Rule of Ten
Daniel Dae Kim’s 3AD production company (“The Good Doctor”) is developing the TV series “First Rule of Ten” based on the successful books by Gay Hendricks and Tinker Lindsay. Tony-winning playwright David Henry Hwang (“M. Butterfly”) and Kim will executive produce.

Jennifer Yee McDevitt (1″2 Seconds”) will pen the adaptation which focuses on a young monk, who after years spent struggling with the teachings of his Tibetan monastery, leaves to find his identity in Los Angeles. There, he’s forced to reconcile the differences between the Buddhist teachings he’s grown up with and the new fast-paced lifestyle filled with temptations. [Source: Deadline]