Apple orders straight-to-series space race show from Ronald D. Moore

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Outlander’s showrunner Ronald D. Moore gets his space race series ordered by Apple.

Apple has ordered a new show straight-to series. The show will be helped by Outlander showrunner Ronald D. Moore and take place shortly after the space race. It’s set in an alternative future, where the space race never ended and the world has to deal with the consequences.

The latest decision is just one of many as Apple focuses on new, original content. The success of Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, and Hulu is obviously paying off.

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Outlander fans are understandably worried about this news. What does it mean for Outlander? After all, it’s not just Moore who will be one of the executive producers, but Maril Davis from Moore’s company Tall Ship Productions. Both Moore and Davis are key executive producers in the time-travelling book adaptation on Starz.

Just recently, Diana Gabaldon and Outlander costume designer Terry Dresbach confirmed that Moore was taking a step back. While he had a lot of control over season 3, he has handed over the reins to Matthew B. Roberts for season 4. It suggests that he was ready for the opportunity to helm another project but wanted to make sure the time-travelling romance series had a good person in charge.

He also won’t be the first showrunner to take on multiple projects at the same time. Ryan Murphy of American Horror Story continually has multiple shows on the air at the same time and Shonda Rhimes has taken over ABC’s Thursday nights as well as starting a Netflix series. It is possible for Moore to handle it all with the right people to delegate to and support him.

There are still talks about Outlander season 5 happening. Moore just recently shared that he was positive about the renewal, especially since season 3 is the highest rated season of all so far. Sony and Starz are already in talks, despite season 4 still months away from premiering. The aim is to prevent another long Droughtlander like what happened between seasons 2 and 3.

So far, the space race series doesn’t have a name. Moore does have experience with science fiction, taking on the new Battlestar Galactica series, as well as working on the likes of Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Voyager. Technically, the series about Jamie and Claire Fraser could be considered a science fiction series due to the time travelling aspect.

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