Outlander Season 5: DELAYED!

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If you were holding out hope for Outlander to return to the air in 2019, then we have some bad news:

Outlander Season 5 has been delayed. 

The popular drama won’t return until early 2020, Starz Chief Operating Officer Jeffrey Hirsch told reporters at the Television Critics Association summer press tour Friday.

Handfast Again - Outlander Season 4 Episode 13

Given that production only got underway on the fifth season in May, it seemed possible that the show would be looking at a much later launch than usual. 

However, Hirsch has revealed that the 2020 launch is due to scheduling at the premium cabler. 

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“The decision behind everything that we do in terms of our programming schedule, obviously, is based on delivery schedules,” he told reporters.

“We try to have something on the air to serve that premium female audience. So we have some shows coming before that serve the Power audience.”

Jamie and Ian - Outlander Season 4 Episode 13

The cabler typically airs its high profile shows on Sundays, but with increased content output, it's becoming more difficult to schedule everything. 

Also not helping matters is that Power Season 6 -- the final season -- is being split into two parts, with the first slated to premiere in August and the second in January.  

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While Power is coming to an end, it was revealed during TCA that Mary J. Blige would lead the cast of one of the show's spinoffs. 

Mary J. Blige

Titled Power Book II: Ghost, the series is "the first of a collection of series to expand the world of Power” and “will continue the journey of some of Power‘s most controversial characters,” the network revealed. 

Blige then showed up to air her thoughts on the casting decision. 

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“I’ve been a fan of Power since the very beginning… It’s so relative to how I grew up," she said.

"I knew so many Tashas and so many Ghosts… I still have friends that are Tashas. I’m so grateful to be a part of this.”

Mary J. Blige Smiles

What are your thoughts on all of this news? 

Are you mad to wait until 2020 for Outlander?

Will you watch a Power spinoff?

Hit the comments below. 

Paul Dailly is the Associate Editor for TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter.

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Outlander Quotes

Don't play the worm with me. Jamie, I just want this to be a pleasant experience for us both.

Randall

She asked forgiveness and I gave it, but the truth is I'd forgiven everything she'd done and everything she could do long before that day. For me, that was no choice, that was falling in love.

Jamie