BBC America has announced that acclaimed sci-fi drama Orphan Black has been renewed for a second season. The show, which stars Tatiana Maslany as a woman who unknowingly stumbles upon a conspiracy and her own identity as a genetic clone, will return for a second season of 10 episodes in 2014 as a part of the network’s Supernatural Saturday programming bloc.
“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.”
In addition to Maslany, Orphan Black stars Maria Doyle Kennedy (The Tudors), Jordan Gavaris (Unnatural History), Dylan Bruce (The Bay), Kevin Hanchard (Four Brothers), and Michael Mando (Territories).
Orphan Black airs Saturdays at 9:00 on BBC America as a part of the Supernatural Saturdays programming bloc, along with Doctor Who and The Nerdist. The first season finale airs June 1st, with the DVD set arriving July 16th.
What have you thought of Orphan Black‘s first season? How deep would you guess the conspiracy of Sarah’s (and Beth’s…and Alison’s…and Katja’s…and Helena’s…and Cosima’s…) identity goes? During the final episodes of the season, will we meet any more clones?