BBC America has renewed their flagship original drama series Orphan Black for a ten episode fourth season, the network announced on Thursday. The fourth season is slated to enter production later this year for a 2016 premiere.
“Orphan Black is an entirely fresh and original show that stands out even in today’s crowded TV landscape”, said Sarah Barnett, President and General Manager of BBC America. “Tatiana Maslany’s buzzy, virtuoso performance headlines a brilliant cast and we are delighted to let our vocal and passionate fan base know that this wildly entertaining ride will continue next year.”
Now airing its third season, Orphan Black has been a so-so ratings played but has been a hit with critics since day one. This season, which comes to a close later this week, Orphan Black has been averaging a live+same day audience of around 1 million viewers. BBCA was keen to note, however, that the season premiere, which also aired on sister network AMC, drew a total audience of 1.9 million viewers.
Orphan Black was created by Graeme Manson & John Fawcett and features a cast which includesTatiana Maslany, Ari Millen, Jordan Gavaris, Dylan Bruce, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Skyler Wexler, Kevin Hanchard, Evelyne Brochu, Kristian Bruun, Ksenia Solo, Michiel Huisman, Josh Vokey, Zoé De Grand Maison, Justin Chatwin and Kyra Harper. The drama is produced by Temple Street Productions in association with Canadian broadcaster Space.
BBC Three continues to hold the broadcast rights to Orphan Black in the UK after initially acquiring the series in a deal with sister company BBC Worldwide back in 2013. The show’s third season is slated to air on the channel later this year and there have been discussions of making Orphan Black an “online exclusive” title, rather than shifting it to BBC Two, when BBC Three closes as a linear channel next year.