BBC America has announced that sci-fi drama Orphan Black has been renewed for a third season, which will premiere in 2015. The series 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, with the season two finale earning series highs in total viewers.
Created by Graeme Manson and John Fawcett, Orphan Black tells the story of a clone conspiracy that impacts the lives of Sarah (Tatiana Maslany), an English ex-pat living as a grifter; Alison (Tatiana Maslany), a soccer mom with two adopted children; Helena (Tatiana Maslany), a Ukrainian trained assassin; and Cosima (Tatiana Maslany), a grad student from the United States. In addition to Maslany, the social media juggernaut stars Jordan Gavaris (Unnatural History), Maria Doyle Kennedy (The Tudors), Dylan Bruce (Arrow), Evelyne Brochu (Café de Flore), and Ari Millen (Exit Humanity).
Orphan Black was the second original drama series produced and aired by BBC America and has helped pave the way for the network’s increased focus on original scripted content. Apart from already airing the likes of Almost Royal and Intruders, the network has commissioned two new dramas – the first, historical drama The Last Kingdom; the second, Tatau, an adventure series about two twenty-something Londoners traveling to the Cook Islands and getting wrapped up in a conspiracy all their own.
Will you be watching the third season of Orphan Black? How do you think the second season set up season three? Do you think that Orphan Black is in danger of collapsing under the weight of its own mythology?