'Orphan Black' Renewed for Season 2 by BBC America

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May 2nd, 2013

Orphan Black

via press release:


Star Tatiana Maslany has earned acclaim for her multiple roles in season one

New York – May 2, 2013 – BBC AMERICA has renewed highly acclaimed original series, Orphan Black, for a second season to return as part of Supernatural Saturday in 2014. The conspiracy clone thriller starring Tatiana Maslany has been re-commissioned with a 10-episode order from Temple Street Productions, ahead of its season one finale on Saturday, June 1.


In making the announcement, Perry Simon, General Manager, Channels, BBC Worldwide America said: "Tatiana Maslany has delivered one of the year’s standout performances. We’re excited to commission a second season from the talented team of Graeme, John and Temple Street Productions, and we can’t wait to see who Tatiana shows up as in season two."


“We’re delighted with the second season order for Orphan Black and want to thank everyone at BBC AMERICA, BBC Worldwide and Space for their support and commitment to our show,” commented David Fortier and Ivan Schneeberg, executive producers of Orphan Black and Co-Presidents of Temple Street Productions. “We’re thrilled to continue this journey with such a strong team and fantastic cast, led by the ridiculously talented Tatiana Maslany. A huge thanks to the fans for their steadfast support of the show. We’re looking forward to giving every one of them more Orphan Black.”


The innovative series has earned critical acclaim including The Hollywood Reporter saying “It is, flat out, one of the most intriguingly entertaining new series of the year,” TV Guide Magazine calling it: "a tangy, sexy blend of sci-fi and Run Lola Run-style chase thriller." and the New York Post proclaiming: “If God and the Emmys are fair, at least six Maslanys will be picking up statuettes this September.”


Orphan Black is produced by Temple Street Productions in association with BBC AMERICA and Space. The series is co-created by Graeme Manson and John Fawcett, with Manson also serving as writer and Fawcett as director. Ivan Schneeberg and David Fortier are executive producers on behalf of Temple Street. The cast includes Maria Doyle Kennedy (Downton Abbey, Dexter), Jordan Gavaris (Degrassi, Unnatural History), Dylan Bruce (As The World Turns, Unstoppable), Kevin Hanchard (The Listener, Take the Lead) and Michael Mando (Make Your Move, The Colony).


The groundbreaking series launched on March 30 with Sarah (Maslany), an outsider and orphan whose life changes dramatically after witnessing the suicide of a woman, “Beth,” who looks just like her. Sarah takes her identity, her boyfriend and her bank account. But instead of solving her problems, the street-smart chameleon is thrust headlong into a kaleidoscopic mystery. She makes the dizzying discovery that she and the dead woman are clones… but are they the only ones? Sarah quickly finds herself caught in the middle of a deadly conspiracy, racing to find answers.


Orphan Black: Season One lands on shelves July 16 on Blu-ray and DVD nationwide. In addition to Orphan Black returning in 2014, BBC AMERICA’s first original scripted series COPPER, returns for its second season on Sunday, June 23, 2013.


BBC AMERICA delivers U.S. audiences high-quality, innovative and intelligent programming. Established in 1998, it has been the launch pad for talent embraced by American mainstream pop culture, including Ricky Gervais, Gordon Ramsay, Graham Norton, and successful programming formats including ground-breaking non-scripted television like Top Gear and top-rated science-fiction like Doctor Who. Owned by BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, BBC AMERICA has attracted both critical acclaim and major awards including an Emmy®, five Golden Globes® and eleven Peabody Awards. The channel attracts one of cable’s most affluent and educated audiences and is available on cable and satellite TV in more than 80.4 million homes. It broadcasts in both standard and high-definition, with content available On Demand across all major digital platforms. Online, www.bbcamerica.com is the place to go to dig deeper into pop culture with a British twist. Find out more by visiting www.press.bbcamerica.com or follow us on @BBCAMERICA.


About Temple Street Productions?

Temple Street Productions is a leading producer of television, film and digital media content based in Toronto, Canada. A selection of Temple Street’s past and present projects includes: BEING ERICA (CBC, SOAPnet), THE NEXT STEP (Family Channel), WINGIN’IT (Family Channel), OVER THE RAINBOW (CBC), RECIPE TO RICHES (Food Network, Global), COVER ME CANADA (CBC), BILLABLE HOURS (Global, Showcase), CANADA’S NEXT TOP MODEL (CTV), HOW DO YOU SOLVE A PROBLEM LIKE MARIA? (CBC), QUEER AS FOLK (Showtime, Showcase), and DARCY’S WILD LIFE (NBC, Discovery Kids, Family Channel). For more company information www.templestreetproductions.com, twitter @TempleStreet or connect with us on Facebook.



Space is home to phenomenal programming including imaginative dramas, epic movies, engaging reality series, and the daily entertainment talk show INNERSPACE, the source for all-things genre – all in high definition (HD). Also home to Original Series ORPHAN BLACK, PANIC BUTTON, and BITTEN, Space content is always available at Space.ca, and on Facebook, @SpaceChannel, and other social media platforms. Space is a division of Bell Media, which is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company.


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  • Kavyn

    I’m really enjoying this show, glad to hear there will be more of it! :)

  • Nick

    Best news today!!

  • YES!!!!!

  • DW

    great television. although i like watching it sunday morning than saturday night.

  • Blu-Ray/DVD Release: July 16
    That’s quick! Nice for those who prefer buying DVDs/Blu-rays instead of watching it weekly.

  • Five

    Awesome news!! :)

  • Tom

    This program is excellent. I almost overlooked it, but now I’m hooked.

  • Rob3008

    Easily the year’s best new show. I can’t recommend it highly enough to anyone who hasn’t started watching it.

  • JFC

    I enjoy this show, even though I don’t know anyone else who is watching it. Does anyone know what sort of numbers it gets?

  • John A

    The ratings were awful. Glad its renewed as its pretty decent.

  • UKTVFan

    JFC, I only have the Saturday 9pm overnight ratings. Over the first 5 episodes, Orphan Black has averaged 0.426 million viewers and 0.19 in the 18-49 demo on Saturdays at 9pm.

    To give that number some context, here are the averages for three other recent BBC America shows:

    Copper S1 – 0.692 million / 0.21 demo
    Ripper Street S1 – 0.373 million / 0.08 demo
    Doctor Who S7 (so far, 11 eps) – 1.148 million / 0.46 demo

    Orphan Black is doing about as well as Ripper Street (which was also renewed for a second season) in total viewers, but over 2x better in the 18-49 demo, which I’m sure BBC America really likes. In fact, note that Orphan Black’s 18-49 demo numbers are almost identical to Copper S1, which had twice the total viewers!

    Can’t wait for the last 5 episodes of S1, and I’ll definitely be buying the Blu-ray in July (and watching S2 next year!).

  • DonMedia

    I must admit, I’ve been pleasantly surprised. Some of the BBC “supernatural” offerings have been a little too weird for me. This seemed the same from the previews, but I gave it a shot and was hooked by the second break. Glad it’s coming back.

  • JacobYates

    Great news! Love this show!

  • David C

    Excellent. One of my favorite new shows.

  • Rob3008


    Where did you find ratings for it? I can’t track them down anywhere online and TVBTN doesn’t seem to have posted them (bar the first episode)?

  • Harma

    I would love to see weekly numbers for Saturday cable, mostly for this, Doctor Who and Nerdist

  • Uktvfan

    Rob, another poster has access to more cable numbers than TVBTN, and he’ll sometimes post numbers if you ask. For BBCA Saturday numbers, people ask in the Sunday Cable Ratings posts.

    Since we get very little in BBCA press releases, I try to request and keep records of ratings for key BBCA shows.

  • RobertN

    This show is excellent and not only is the lead actress beautiful, she is brilliant.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Thanks to those who provide the BBC ratings for us.

    Orphan Black is probably one of the best sci-fi shows on the air at the moment. It has the ambiance of Alphas, excellent writing, a relatively fresh premise. Tatiana Maslany’s acting is properly highlighted in the news release as she’s truly phenomenal, portraying at least four very different characters – including one character impersonating a fifth (I don’t count the sixth since she’s dead :-) .)

    It’s interesting that an R-rated show airs along with the PG Doctor Who. I like the fact that the UK and Canada and other countries can actually air realistic shows, unlike the US which is steeped in Puritanism.

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