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Top shows launch exclusively on Lightbox

Top shows launch exclusively on Lightbox

Outlander S2, The Path and The Mindy Project S4 part 2 arrive express from the US

The world’s most binge-worthy show is returning to Lightbox with a hotly anticipated second season of Outlander launching in April.

Lightbox is also premiering The Path, a Hulu original drama series from the producer of Friday Night Lights, starring three-time Emmy winner Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad), Michelle Monaghan (True Detective) and Hugh Dancy (Hannibal), on March 31.

Having paused on a cliffhanger, Season 4 of The Mindy Project will also resume on Lightbox in April.

All three shows are express, airing the day they launch in the United States, so New Zealand viewers can watch along with the rest of the world. Apple TV will also be coming in April.

Outlander, based on Diana Gabaldon’s bestselling novels, follows the life of Second World War nurse Claire Randall as she is transported back in time 200 years into the perilous world of 18th century Scotland. Described as a “feminist action adventure” by Vulture and “the best guilty pleasure on television” by The Wall Street Journal, the first season averaged more than 5.1 million viewers in the United States per episode and saw the show voted Most Bingeworthy at the 2016 Critics’ Choice Awards. The next 13-episode season follows Claire and her new husband Jamie to Paris, where they attempt to halt the Jacobite rising.

Written by playwright Jessica Goldberg, The Path centres on a family caught up in the controversial beliefs of a mysterious cult-like movement in upstate New York. Hugh Dancy plays the charismatic de facto leader of the mysterious Meyerist movement, and Michelle Monaghan and Aaron Paul star as a married couple in the movement with conflicting beliefs.

The Mindy Project left fans and critics intrigued after its midseason finale showed Mindy apparently preparing to exit her relationship and raise her baby alone while continuing to work, which would be a major step-change for the romantic comedy.

Lightbox CEO Kym Niblock says she’s thrilled to welcome back Outlander and The Mindy Project, and looking forward to seeing The Path.

The Mindy Project is a favourite of mine, and it’s taken a really interesting turn lately. We’re expecting a lot of intense debate when it starts up again. I’m also really looking forward to The Path, which has a fantastic cast. I’ll watch anything starring Aaron Paul.”

“The return of Outlander is going to be a huge deal for fans worldwide. The books created a fanatical group of followers and the series is living up to all their expectations. It was one of our most-watched series in 2015, with lots of people compulsively re-watching it, and we’re proud to have it exclusive to Lightbox.”

Note to editors:

Outlander S2 – 5pm, April 10

Outlander follows the story of Claire Randall, a married combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743, where she is immediately thrown into an unknown world where her life is threatened. When she is forced to marry Jamie Fraser, a chivalrous and romantic young Scots warrior, a passionate relationship is ignited that tears Claire's heart between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

In Season 2, Claire and Jamie relocate to Paris where they attempt to prevent the Jacobite risings by subverting the funds that King Louis XV of France is providing to the pretender Charles Stuart.

“It was enormously refreshing to see an epic, gruesome fantasy series told from a female perspective, and Balfe maintained a lovely balance of bewilderment at her situation, rational assessment and defiant competence in dealing with it.” Daily Telegraph

The Path – March 31

We all want to believe in something, but to what lengths will we go to find meaning? The Path explores the unknown and mysterious world of the cult-like Meyerist Movement in upstate New York. At the centre of the movement lies Eddie (Aaron Paul), a conflicted husband; Sarah (Michelle Monaghan), his devoted wife; and Cal (Hugh Dancy), an ambitious leader. We follow each as they contend with deep issues involving relationships, faith, and power. The series takes an in-depth look at the gravitational pull of belief and what it means to choose between the life we live and the life we want.

The Mindy Project S4 part 2 – April 13

The Mindy Project is a romantic comedy starring Mindy Kaling that follows a skilled OB/GYN navigating the tricky waters of both her personal and professional life, as she pursues her dreams of becoming the perfect woman, finding the perfect man and getting her perfect romantic comedy ending.

“If you’re going to mess with the rom-com you’re eventually going to have to contend with one of the main reasons that people watch them: the happy ending. That’s what “The Mindy Project” has just slammed up against, with its daring and divisive midseason finale.” – New Yorker

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