BBC America Adopts ‘Orphan Black’

The upcoming sci-fi series finds a home in the United States.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

Earlier this month, Canada's Space network gave the greenlight for a new sci-fi drama called "Orphan Black." Less than two weeks later, the show has found a home in America and beyond.

BBC Worldwide has picked up the international rights to "Orphan Black;" which means that the series will eventually head to the U.S. as a part of BBC America's Supernatural Saturdays. Created by Graeme Manson ("Flashpoint") and John Fawcett ("Spartacus"), "Orphan Black" follows a "street-wise chameleon" named Sarah who witnesses the suicide of a woman who looks just like her. Once Sarah assumes the dead woman's identity, she discovers that they are both among a number clones who were secretly placed with unsuspecting families for an unknown purpose. Sarah also learns that an assassin is now killing off the clones one at a time.

BBC Worldwide's General Manager, Perry Simon released a statement which said "'Orphan Black' is a non-stop thrill ride that is a perfect fit for BBC AMERICA'S Supernatural Saturday. In the talented hands of Graeme Manson, John Fawcett and Temple Street Productions, it promises to be a genre game changer. Move over zombies — send in the clones!"

Production of "Orphan Black" is expected to begin in Toronto this fall for a ten episode first season, making a 2013 debut seem likely. No casting for "Orphan Black" has been announced at this time.


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