Outlander goes daytime: Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe hit NY TV!

Written By: Janet Reynolds



About the only things getting obsessed Outlander fans through the final ridiculously long days leading up to the April 9-10 season two premiere are the tidbits we scarf up on social media as if we were scrambling for the small piece of moldy bread tossed to Claire and Geillis in "The Thieves' Hole" episode. A blurry photo of Sam in an Australian airport? We'll take it. Yet another fan photo with Sam smiling (BTW this man deserves sainthood for how willingly he poses with the multitudes). We'll take that, too. We'll also hover over our phones listening to the various snippets and interviews Sam has singled-handedly done in his one-man Outlander world press tour, doing flyovers in Australia and Japan. Sam, we bow to you.

But now the latest happy news! Outlander is finally going mainstream in the U.S. While American fans have been wondering for over a year why Entertainment Weekly seems to be the only major media outlet that "gets" Outlander, finally someone on the East Coast has woken up. Sam is going to be a guest on Live with Kelly and Michael show April 8 and Caitriona Balfe is scheduled to be a guest on the Today Show April 6.



Headline Planet broke the Caitriona news. She is scheduled to be on in the 9-10 a.m. EST hour, according to the website. Sam Heughan online, your source for all things Sam, broke the happy news about Sam. For folks not familiar with Live with Kelly and Michael, it's a nationally-syndicated daytime talk show that is often hot on Dr. Phil's trail for top daytime talk-show honors. It airs on ABC, a mainstream rather than cable, station. Viewers hover around 3.4 million, according to TV By the Numbers. The Today Show, meanwhile, is the number 1 morning show in the coveted 25-54 demo, according to AdWeek. It airs on NBC.


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That's a whole lot of potential new Outlander fans. And this, my fellow Outlander obsessives, is a good thing. Because the more new people tune in to Starz in general and Outlander in particular, the greater the likelihood the series will be around for a verra long time.

Tickets to Live with Kelly and Michael are free but generally sell out 6-12 months in advance. Wahhhhh!  You can get in the standby line at 7 a.m. at the ABC Studio (1500 Broadway at W. 43rd St.) though, and hope.  It's also not clear that even if you were to get tickets to the April 8 show that you would indeed see Sam in person. Apparently, they tape certain segments of the show ahead of time, according to NYTix.

The Today Show, which broadcasts streetside, is a different matter. The anchors regularly chat with fans on the street outside the studio and often photograph people holding up signs and messages. How great would it be to have Outlander fans giving a shout-out to our favorite show and favorite female actress? Consider that a call to action NYC-area Obsessenachs! We'll be looking for you. Everything you need to know about making this happen is here.

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The rest of us will have to make do with TVs. We either have DVRs or know someone who does. And the interview will be all over the web moments after it occurs (stay tuned here for our wrap-up). The point is that Outlander cast members are going to be on mainstream TV station on a mainstream talk show that airs on the East Coast. This is a BIG DEAL.

While we're talking about the lead-up to the premiere, Starz has upped its game in recent weeks. While plenty of fans are still licking their wounds for not being invited to the premiere or, more importantly, not being told about what Starz was planning in a timely fashion, taking over the subway car was impressive. And the Saks windows are killer.

Now if I could just bribe a guard at the Museum of Natural History to let me into the premiere, life would be pretty damn perfect.

What do you think of Outlander finally making it to a mainstream TV show? Is this a sign people are finally waking up to the Outlander phenomenon? What show would you like to see an Outlander cast member be featured on?

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  1. How about the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon,Good Morning American, The View what ever show that is in New Your put them on. We all will watch.

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    1. Lisa
      Saturday Night Live! Brilliant! Would be great if both of them were on that together. So many great skit options...

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  3. FINALLY!!! Next stop late night!!

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    1. How about Stephen Colbert while in NYC?

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  5. Sam Heughan is also scheduled to be on the "Late, Late Show w/James Corden on March 31st @ 11:30p.m. CDT.

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  6. and I believe Sam will be on Late Show with James Cordon the March 31st as well

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    1. I don't know this show. Is it on the West Coast?

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    2. James Corden [OBE] is an English actor, writer, producer, comedian, singer and currently hosts the late-night television talk show The Late Late Show with James Corden on CBS (non cable channel). Similar to the Tonight show in that it is a variety show. His show has become famous most recently for "Carpool Karaoke". He has been been able to get World famous performers (Adele, One Direction, Sir Elton, Sia and MORE). All this to say that this is Wonderful press for Outlanders all over. Here is a link to his YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJ0uqCI0Vqr2Rrt1HseGirg

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  7. Janet, It is National, comes on right after Stephen Colbert on CBS.

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    1. Thanks for clarifying Grammy and Chea. That sounds like another BIG Outlander win to be on James Corden. Maybe Sam will do karoake? :)

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  8. This is great but could the hosts of these shows try to be somewhat original and not ask Sam and Cait the same questions that dozens of hosts on other shows have asked countless times?!

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    1. I have noticed that in some recent interviews with Sam & Cait, they have NOT been asked about their personal relationship with each other!! Maybe Hosts are asked ahead of time NOT to ask this particular type of question these days. We can only hope, I'm sure they get quite tired of defending themselves in relation to their personal lives!

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    2. I agree Victoria. The media can be so single-minded. It gets boring. Both Sam and Cait are such interesting people that it would be easy to ask them much better questions rather than the same ones all the time. And, yes, Grammy, I would hope that Starz PR would tell the show hosts ahead of time to nix that personal question. It's been done to death.

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  9. Syndicated = not limited to one network. This is important to know. In Texas, for instance, Live! with Kelly and Michael shows variously on ABC, NBC, CBS, or Fox affiliates, with air times of 9 a.m., 10 a.m., or 11 a.m. Outlander fans should check for their local stations and times here. http://livekellyandmichael.dadt.com/show-info/station-finder/

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    1. thanks Connie. Appreciate the clarification.

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  10. I don't know if you are aware or even if it matters, but I wanted to mention Kristin dos Santos of the E!network (American cable entertainment network) is a champion of all things Outlander. She has written about the show on her blog and continues to mention not only the goings on of the show but will happily talk about the fandom. Just someone in the press who is paying attention and has love for our stars. Right now she has a fun poll on who will win alpha male madness 2013 our Sam is in a dead heat for winner against Stephen Amell from Arrow. Go vote and share please. Same won last year! http://www.eonline.com/news/751542/alpha-male-madness-2016-sam-heughan-or-stephen-amell-vote-in-the-final-round

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    1. Chea--I do know about Kristin. I follow her on Twitter and yes she is a BIG fan and has been very helpful in promoting the show from the beginning. I think Entertainment Weekly is part of Eonline, where she works. She's been great!

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    2. Yes, Kristin dos Santos is definitely an Outlander champion! I love her. Thanks for the comments on James Corden, Chea!!

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  11. Just a clarification - Entertainment Weekly and E! are not related in any way. EW, the magazine, is owned by Time Inc. E! is owned by NBC Universal. EW has often been ahead of other entertainment media outlets when it comes to recognizing and championing shows with dedicated fanbases.

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    1. Dr. Burns....thanks for that info. I thought they were the same company. EW was really the first print media to give Outlander such a big spread and Eonline has been consistently on board via Kristin. But the national daytime wins this week are HUGE for overall publicity for Outlander and really indicate a step up in awareness that the show is a Big Deal I think.

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  12. Thank You for the info.Janet!Much appreciated.

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    1. And thanks for reading Zsuzsip! This is good news for us all

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    1. Well better late than never I say. So far Starz has upped its game at the moment it counts so let's home this really brings Outlander to the next level in viewership!

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    1. The Late Late Show w James Corden is my FAVORITE late night show!! I always thought it would be the perfect place for our Sam & Cait to appear since Corden is from UK. I like it even more than Fallon, and I love Fallon! I applaud Starz PR! Great job!!!

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    2. I saw Sam on the James Corden show which I'd never seen before. The show is laugh out loud funny. I'll definitely watch again. Of course, Sam was wonderful!!

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  15. I went to set DVR For that late show with James Corden and it has Sam Hueghan listed on April 1st guests? So double check I guess..or tape both nights ;)

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    1. March 31st show starts @ 11:30p.m., so therefore technically ends on April 1st at 12:30a.m. So recording 3-31 SHOULD be OK, if you're unsure, go ahead & record both nites! Hope this helps you, Kim D Good Luck, GrammyM

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  16. Kelly and Michael show is on 67yh street and Columbus Ave in Manhattan. Today show is in Rockefeller Plaza. (I'm from NYC).

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  17. Kelly and Michael show is on 67yh street and Columbus Ave in Manhattan. Today show is in Rockefeller Plaza. (I'm from NYC).

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  18. I'll definitely watch him on "Kelly and Michael". Jimmy Fallon would be good....maybe "The Talk" - "The View" not so much. "Jimmy Kimmel"? Wherever they appear, I'll watch!!

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