BBC America has handed a third season renewal to its critically acclaimed series, “Orphan Black,” and a second season for freshman drama “Broadchurch.”
The announcement was made during the Television Critics Association press tour on Wednesday by the cable channel’s general manager Perry Simon.
“Orphan Black” will go back into production in September to shoot 10 new episodes set to debut in the spring. And “Broadchurch” will return sometime next year.
The “Orphan Black” renewal follows the award-winning thriller’s highly-watched second season. It became the first ever ad-supported drama series to double its ratings from Season 1 to Season 2 in the Adults 25-54 and the advertiser-coveted Adults 18-49 demographics. The Season 2 finale earned series highs in Live+7 among total viewers, attracting 1.37 million viewers.
Co-created by Graeme Manson and John Fawcett, “Orphan Black” is produced by Temple Street Productions in association with BBC America and Space.
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Tatiana Maslany stars as Sarah, an outsider who witnesses the murder of a woman named “Beth,” who looks just like her. Seeing a way out of her bleak life, she assumes the woman’s identity. But, that leads to a deeper, more far reaching mystery and the discovery that she and “Beth” are clones among many.
Part of BBC America’s “Dramaville” programming block, “Broadchurch” is produced by Kudos and Imaginary Friends Productions.
Starring David Tennant, “Broadchurch’s” first season centered on a quiet seaside town following the shocking murder of a young boy and the impact it had on the tight-knit community when everyone becomes a suspect.