BBC America Renews ORPHAN BLACK & BROADCHURCH, Orders Two New Series
BBC AMERICA's General Manager, Perry Simon, made the following announcements today during the channel's presentation for the Television Critics Association in Beverly Hills.
Acclaimed series Orphan Black and Broadchurch will return with new seasons in 2015 and the channel has two new dramas going into production - Tatau, from the producers of Being Human, and The Last Kingdom, from the producers of Downton Abbey.
RETURNING SERIES ANNOUNCED:
Orphan Black - Season Three Premieres 2015
BBC America has renewed award-winning original series Orphan Black for a third season. The drama starring Tatiana Maslany has been re-commissioned for a 10-episode order from Temple Street Productions. Orphan Black became the first ever ad-supported drama series to double its ratings from season one to season two in A25-54 and 18-49 in Live+7.* The season two finale earned series highs in Live+7 among total viewers (1.376 million).
Audience and social media highlights:
· The Live+3 lift from Live+SD for the Orphan Black season two premiere still ranks #1 among all TV drama season premieres thus far in the 2013/14 TV season.
· Orphan Black season two episodes 6-9 reached #1 and episodes1-5 reached #2 on iTunes overall TV episodes chart within 24 hours of their premieres.
· Orphan Black was the #1 television show on Twitter and Tumblr for the day of premiere and was the #1 ad-supported cable drama on Twitter for the week.
· BBC America is the first network to live-tweet a TV show with animated GIFs. @OrphanBlack shared animated GIFs timed to the season finale.
· #3 on Twitter among ad-supported cable dramas on average during its run and seven times the activity from season one to season two.
The innovative series, co-created by Graeme Manson and John Fawcett, earned a Peabody Award this year and lead actress Tatiana Maslany has received two back-to-back Critics' Choice Awards for Best Actress, a TCA Award for Individual Achievement, a Young Hollywood Award, a Gracie Award and Golden Globe(R) and People's Choice nominations.
The cast includes Tatiana Maslany, Jordan Gavaris, Dylan Bruce, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Skyler Wexler, Kevin Hanchard, Evelyne Brochu, Kristian Bruun, Michael Mando and Matt Frewer. The second season also included actors Michiel Huisman, Ari Millen, Peter Outerbridge, Patrick J. Adams and Michelle Forbes.
Orphan Black is BBC AMERICA's second original drama commission. The series is produced by Temple Street Productions in association with BBC America and SPACE. Executive producers are Ivan Schneeberg and David Fortier on behalf of Temple Street Productions, Graeme Manson and John Fawcett. Orphan Black is distributed by BBC Worldwide.
Broadchurch - Season Two Premieres 2015
The multiple award-winning series Broadchurch will return for a second season as part of BBC AMERICA's Dramaville. The gripping drama, produced by Kudos and Imaginary Friends Productions, written and created by Chris Chibnall, garnered critical acclaim, sparked widespread discussion on social media and earned a Peabody Award following its premiere in the US last year on BBC AMERICA. With an ensemble cast lead by David Tennant and Olivia Colman, the 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. David Tennant, Olivia Colman, Jodie Whittaker, Andrew Buchan and Arthur Darvill will reprise their roles. Legendary actress Charlotte Rampling, Academy Award nominee Marianne Jean-Baptiste, James D'Arcy, Eve Myles and Phoebe Waller-Bridge join the cast for the second season.
Broadchurch is executive produced by Jane Featherstone (Utopia, The Hour, Spooks) on behalf of Kudos, a Shine Group company, and Chris Chibnall (The Great Train Robbery, Torchwood) for Imaginary Friends. The producer is Richard Stokes (Silk, Law & Order: UK), who also produced the first season. James Strong, who directed five episodes of the first season including episode one, will be directing episodes one and two of the new season. Broadchurch is distributed by Shine International. The series is currently in production in Dorset and North Somerset, England.