Since 1998, BBC America has been a way for Untied States citizens to enjoyed refined UK-produced shows like EastEnders, Doctor Who, The X-Files and Star Trek: The Next Generation. Oh, wait a second … those last two aren’t British, are they?
Despite that, reruns of both those shows ended up airing on the network, presumably due to the network being unable to port over more original British programming.
In hopes of expunging reruns and infomercials from their schedule, BBC America has begun producing original shows. Their first solo production, Copper, did quite well airing after Doctor Who earlier this year. Today, the network announced that production has begun on yet another original series, Orphan Black.
From the minds of by Graeme Mason (Cube, Flashpoint) and John Fawcett (Spartacus, The Secret Circle), Orphan Black revolves around a “street smart chameleon” named Sarah (Tatiana Maslany) who witnesses a woman that looks identical to her committing suicide. Rather than alert the authorities, Sarah takes on the woman’s identity in hopes of reaping financial rewards. Rather than that, though, she discovers that she and the dearly departed are actually clones. The show will follow her on a journey to unravel the mystery of her existence.
BBC America will begin showing Orphan Black as part of their “Supernatural Saturday” block of programming and in Canada on SPACE. It will be distributed to other territories by BBC Worldwide.