BBC America Clones Orphan Black for Season 3, Orders Two New Dramas
Clone club! Gather all your favorite jello-eating, body-burying, science-loving clones for an epic dance party because BBC America has renewed the critically acclaimed science-fiction drama Orphan Black for Season 3! The network announced the news on Wednesday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour, so you can finally let out the breath you've been holding since the series hit us with all kinds of new info in the Season 2 finale.
Orphan Black, which stars Tatiana Maslany as several different clones who are working together to uncover the truth behind their biological origins, doubled its ratings from Season 1 to Season 2 according to Live+7 data, with the final episodes of the season reaching the number-one spot on iTunes' overall TV episodes chart within 24 hours of their original airings. It's BBC America's second highest rated series in adults 25-54, coming in just behind Doctor Who Season 7. Look for Season 3 to debut in early 2015.
Also coming out of BBCA's press tour sessions today is the news that the second season of Broadchurch, the award-winning drama starring David Tennant and Olivia Coleman that's currently being remade by Fox under the title of Gracepoint, will make its U.S. debut in early 2015.
And on the new series front, the network has announced two new dramas: Tatau and The Last Kingdom. The former comes from the makers of Being Human and follows two twenty-somethings, Kyle and Budgie, who depart from London to travel the world. Upon their arrival in the South Pacific, Kyle is unsettled by the natives' reaction to one of his tattoos, as it clearly has a significance he is unaware of. After discovering the body of a dead girl while snorkeling only to have it magically disappear when the police arrive, he begins to believe that he can see the future.
The Last Kingdom is a historical series from the producers of Downton Abbey. Set in England in 872, the series follows the heroic deeds and epic battles of the kingdom of Wessex under the command of King Alfred the Great, and will combine real historical figures and events with fictional characters.
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