May 7, 2015
After only 3 episodes in season 3, Orphan Black has been renewed!
BBC America has picked up its flagship drama series Orphan Black for a 10-episode fourth season to air in 2016. The news comes ahead of the show’s third season finale on June 20. Orphan
Black got the muscle of AMC Networks behind its current third season. The first season to air since BBC America became a part AMC Networks, the Season 3 opener was simulcast on five AMC nets,
earning 1.27 million total viewers in Live+ same day and 1,9 million in Live+3. It was preceded by a Season 1 and Season 2 marathon on new sibling IFC.
“Orphan Black is an entirely fresh and original show that stands out even in today’s crowded TV landscape,”said BBC America president Sarah Barnett. Tatiana Maslany’s buzzy, virtuoso performance headlines a brilliant cast and we are delighted to let our vocal and passionate fan base know that this wildly entertaining ride will continue next year.”
Orphan Black earned a Peabody Award in 2014 and lead actress Tatiana Maslany has received two Critics’ Choice Awards for Best Actress, a TCA Award for Individual Achievement, and Golden Globe, SAG and People’s Choice nominations.
The cast includes Tatiana Maslany, Ari Millen, Jordan Gavaris, Dylan Bruce, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Skyler Wexler, Kevin Hanchard, Evelyne Brochu, Kristian Bruun, Ksenia Solo, Michiel Huisman, Josh Vokey, Zoé De Grand Maison, Justin Chatwin and Kyra Harper.
Orphan Black is produced by Temple Street Productions in association with BBC America and Space. Executive producers are Ivan Schneeberg and David Fortier of Temple Street Productions, Graeme Manson and John Fawcett.
July 10, 2014
BBC America GM Perry Simon made the announcements during its TCA session today at the Beverly Hilton. Orphan Black will return for Season 3 in 2015 with a 10-episodes order from Temple Street Productions.
Not really surprising but always good to see it get confirmed early on. Orphan Black is a major hit for BBC America.
April 22, 2014
BBC America‘s clone drama returned Saturday night with its best-ever A18-49 rating and now is the network’s second-highest-rated series in the demo, behind only Doctor Who. Orphan Black was the No. 1 television show on Twitter and Tumblr for the day and is the No. 1 basic cable drama on Twitter for the week.
Orphan Black recorded a total of 785,000 across multiple plays — premiering with 620,000 total viewers and 391,000 demo viewers. On Saturday, the series reached a new high on Twitter, reaching 1.2 million unique users with more than 43,000 tweets about the show. This is up 185% from the previous best (Season 1 finale) and nearly six times greater than the series premiere. The premiere episode alone generated nearly 36,000 tweets, beating several high-profile premieres this season including Fargo, Homeland, True Detective, Vikings, The Americans, Turn and Arrow. On Tumblr, there were 1.8 million notes on posts about Orphan Black in the month leading up to the premiere, including 277,000 on Saturday.
From co-creators Graeme Manson and John Fawcett, Orphan Black opened its new season with Sarah (Tatiana Maslany) in a desperate race to find her missing daughter Kira (Skyler Wexler), which puts her head-to-head with ruthless pro-clone, Rachel (Maslany). This season also rejoins Sarah’s clone sisters Alison (Maslany) and Cosima (Maslany) as they struggle to keep their clone world a secret while dealing with the harsh reality that no one around them can be trusted.
March 13, 2014
January 12, 2014
Orphan Black just upped its badass quotient. Michelle Forbes, who recently wrapped up a stint on NBC’s Chicago Fire, is joining the BBC America hit in Season 2 for multiple episodes, the network confirmed Saturday at the Television Critics Assoc. winter press tour in Pasadena. Forbes will play Marian Bowles, a powerful new player at the Dyad Institute with a birds-eye view on the war between Sarah and Rachel. Other Season 2 additions include Michiel Huisman (Nashville), Peter Outerbridge (Nikita) and Ari Millen (Rookie Blue, Nikita).
Orphan Black returns Sunday, April 19.
Michelle Forbes is a wonderful actress, whenever I think of Michelle Forbes as an actress I think of Admiral Cain in Battlestar Galactica (Yes, even more than ensign Ro from Star Trek: The Next Generation). My god, she was fantastic in this role. Great to see her in Orphan Black for a few episodes.
November 24, 2013
She’s baaack…. And she’s back. And she’s back. Oh, and she’s back, too!
The first teaser trailer for Orphan Black‘s long-anticipated Season 2 (bowing April 19 on both BBC America and Canada’s Space channel) has been released — and while there’s no new footage, it will no doubt curb your clone craving.
An official synopsis for the Tatiana Maslany-led saga’s sophomore run reads as follows:
“Season 2 hits the ground running with Sarah in a desperate race to find her missing daughter Kira. Her scorched earth tactics spark a war with pro-clone Rachel, dividing and imperiling all the clones. As Sarah discovers more about her past, mysterious newcomers appear, but can they be trusted?”
This one was really the surprise hit show of 2013. From first to last episode, this one got the audience by the throat. Finally the season two date has been announced, click on this link to see a season two teaser, altough no new footage, as said above, it makes you want for more Orphan Black.
October 11, 2013
Orphan Black is inducting three new members into The Clone Club in Season 2, including Connie Britton’s on-again/off-again Nashville squeeze and a former Nikita Big Bad. Michiel Huisman, who plays Rayna’s producer/lover Liam on Nashville (and who also assumes the role of Daario Naharis in Season 4 of Game of Thrones), joins the BBC America hit in the recurring role of Cal Morrison, a rugged, resourceful outdoorsman with surprising emotional depth and a sixth sense about people and situations. Cal will need all his wits and humanity as he crosses paths with the clones. His journey will be fraught with surprise, danger, and revelations he could never see coming.
Additionally, Peter Outerbridge — best known to TV audiences as Nikita‘s evil (and deceased) Ari — will recur as Henrik “Hank” peter outerbridge orphan blackJohanssen, a mercurial modern-day cowboy. Johanssen leads a flock of followers that have broken away from the old world “Prolethean” brotherhood. Under his messianic vision, the age old divide between science and religion has merged, forming a new and formidable threat.
Lastly, up-and-comer Ari Millen (Rookie Blue, Nikita) will appear in multiple episodes as Mark, a cunning predator with a dark edge. Mark is utterly devoted to Johanssen, who took him in and built him into a true believer in the cause. Now, guided by twisted morality and desperate faith, he’s a relentless and dogged pursuer of the clones. Season 2 of Orphan Black is currently in production and is slated to premiere in April 2014.
One of the positive surprises of the summer this year. A smashing hit, fun characters, fantastic actress in the name of Tatiana of course, great complex stories...can't wait for season two!
August 17, 2013
The first season of BBC America’s sci-fi masterpiece Orphan Black shined by keeping the cast tightly focused (even more so when you consider that half the main characters are played by Tatiana Maslany), but it looks like we’ll actually meet a few new faces next year.
The surprise hit is looking to add two new recurring characters, both of which sound like they’ll be shaking things up even more than all the insanity we saw in year one. For one thing, it definitely looks like those religious fanatics will be hanging around.
Two new recurring characters, for starters. The first one, Cal, will be introduced in Episode 3 and is described as a ruggedly handsome, adaptive and extremely well connected woodsman who possesses the heart of a lover. (Boyfriend for Felix, perhaps?) The other, more sinister-sounding newbie, Pastor Johanssen, debuts in Episode 2 and is the mercurial leader of a radical faith based “Prolethean” sect “who is fervently anti-science and views GMO’s and synthetic biology as a modern affront to God’s work.” (Um, Big Bad, much?)
That last one definitely sounds like it could be a major antagonist to the clone gang, and we’re definitely curious to see how the first one fits into the mix. What did you think of the first season, and where do you think things are headed next year?
May 2, 2013
BBC America has renewed its acclaimed clone war drama Orphan Black for a 10-episode second season, to premiere in 2014. The addictive series, starring actress-chameleon-all-around badass Tatiana Maslany, concludes its first season on Saturday, June 1.
Good news and very good that it's decided so fast when the series is still in broadcast. Let's hope other sci-fi series like for instance Defiance, will follow quickly!
April 13, 2013
Release date [North America] July 16, 2013
Last week BBC Home Entertainment announced that Orphan Black - Season 1 is coming to DVD and Blu-ray Disc on July 16th. We've now learned that the special features on both versions of this title will include Character Profiles, a Behind the Scenes featurette, and a Set Tour. Plus there are English subtitles as well. No word yet it it's gonna be a region free title (Blu-Ray), let's hope so. Here's the packaging:
April 4, 2013
BBC America premiered this show last Saturday, and today BBC Home Entertainment and Warner Home Video are already announcing a July 16th release of Orphan Black - The Complete Season 1on DVD (3 discs; $29.98 SRP) and high-def Blu-ray (2 discs; $34.98 SRP). We know the 10-episode collection will be accompanied by bonus material, but no information about those extras have been provided by the studio yet. Actually, at the time of this writing there are no other details for this title, nor box art. But stay tuned and we'll update you as further developments occur!
October 26, 2012
Last month it was announced that Tatiana Maslany was going to be the lead player in Orphan Black, now additional principal casting for the series includes Gemini Award-winner Maria Doyle Kennedy (The Tudors, Downton Abbey), Dylan Bruce (As The World Turns, The Bay),and Jordan Gavaris (Degrassi: Unnatural History). The 10-episode, one-hour series is produced by Temple Street Productions for SPACE and BBC America, and is set to premiere in 2013.
September 18, 2012
Two months after announcing they have picked up the Canadian sci-fi series ‘Orphan Black‘, BBC America has now found someone to play the lead role.
Canadian actress Tatiana Maslany has been tapped to play the role of Sarah, a street-wise orphan with a murky past. After witnessing a woman’s suicide, she decides to assume the woman’s identity as she looks just like her. Sarah soon learns that she and the dead woman are clones and that there are more out there. As she searches for answers, she discovers that clones have been planted with unsuspecting parents to be nurtured in completely different circumstances. She tries to find who created the clones, and quick as an assassin is killing the clones one by one.
While mostly known for her work on Canadian TV, Maslany has been seen in the film ‘The Vow’ with Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams and the film ‘Picture Day’ which recently premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this month. She has also appeared on the series ‘Being Erica’ which was aired on the SOAP channel.
Of the announcement, Perry Simon, General Manager, Channels, BBC Worldwide America, has said, “Tatiana possesses all the intensity, charm and range that this complex role requires. She has all the makings of a breakout star.” Filming for the series will commence next month in Toronto. Additional casting should be announced shortly.
June 13, 2012
Bell Media’s SPACE announced today from the Banff World Media Festival that it has ordered a new original scripted series from acclaimed independent producer Temple Street Productions. Orphan Black follows outsider, orphan and street-wise chameleon Sarah, who has a murky past and tenuous future after she witnesses a woman’s suicide and assumes the identity of the dead stranger – who happens to look just like her. Expecting to solve all her problems by cleaning out the dead woman’s savings, Sarah is instead thrust headlong into a kaleidoscopic mystery. The order follows the recent announcement that Bell Media has commissioned another original drama Motive (working title) for CTV.`
After assuming the dead woman’s identity, Sarah quickly realizes that she must completely integrate herself into the dead woman’s life, which includes taking on her job as a cop who’s currently facing a serious internal force investigation. While trapped in her new life, Sarah eventually learns the dizzying truth – that she and the dead woman are clones. As Sarah searches for answers, she discovers another chilling fact: there are more people like them out there. They are all genetically identical individuals who were planted in unsuspecting birth parents and nurtured in completely different circumstances. They have no idea who created them – or why – but they need to discover the reason in a hurry. An assassin is killing them, one by one.
“Orphan Black has the perfect blend of excitement, mystery and action,” said Corrie Coe, Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. “We’re delighted that what was initially developed at The Canadian Film Centre by Graeme Manson has found a home on SPACE, and we look forward to working with Graeme and Temple Street Productions to bring this exciting new project to life.”
Orphan Black is executive produced by Ivan Schneeberg and David Fortier (Being Erica), Graeme Manson (Cube, Flashpoint) and John Fawcett (Spartacus, The Secret Circle). The series is co-created by Manson and Fawcett, with Manson also serving as writer and Fawcett as director. BBC Worldwide will distribute the series internationally. Set to begin production in Toronto this fall, 10 episodes of the one-hour drama have been ordered.