Canada's CTV to premiere BBC America sci-fi drama Orphan Black
Michelle Clancy | 22-07-2013
CTV announced today that it will present the Canadian broadcast premiere and first ever non-cable network run of the hit conspiracy thriller Orphan Black later this summer.
The Space original programme from Temple Street Productions, produced in partnership with BBC America, is a ten-episode, one-hour series that will air in primetime Fridays on CTV and on the CTV Mobile channel on Bell Mobile TV.
Season Two of Orphan Black was ordered by Space and BBC America in May, with production on ten new episodes set to begin this September in Toronto.
"From the opening scene to the season finale, Orphan Black grabs you and doesn't let you go," said Mike Cosentino, senior vice president of programming for CTV Networks. "A timely CTV encore run will expose this remarkable Space original series to a whole new audience, creating more momentum and viewer appetite for Season Two on Space."
The CTV broadcast comes following series star Tatiana Maslany's (Picture Day) Critics' Choice Award win for Best Actress in a Drama Series, and a recent Television Critics Association Award nomination for Individual Achievement in Drama.
Orphan Black centres on English punk and streetwise hustler Sarah who returns home after being separated from her daughter. But her homecoming isn't exactly what she expected. After witnessing the suicide of a woman, Beth, who looks just like her, Sarah takes over Beth's life, including her job as a cop as well as her boyfriend Paul. Sarah soon discovers that she and Beth are clones, and as she becomes embroiled in the mystery, she learns that there are more of them out there – all genetically identical individuals nurtured in completely different circumstances. As Sarah begins to unravel the mystery surrounding their identities, she also ends up fighting for her life when an assassin begins killing the clones one by one.