BBC America announced today the renewal of its award-winning original series Orphan Black for a fourth season. The drama starring Tatiana Maslany has been re-commissioned for a 10 episode order from Temple Street Productions and is slated to air in 2016. Hailed as "utterly original and spellbinding" by The Daily Beast and "a multi-layer cake of performance" by The Los Angeles Times, season three is currently airing and will finale on Saturday, June 20 at 9PM ET. Sarah Barnett, BBC America President and General Manager, had this to say in a statement:
"Orphan Black is an entirely fresh and original show that stands out even in today's crowded TV landscape. 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."
Co-creators John Fawcett and Graeme Manson offered their own statement:
"We're thrilled to be moving forward with season four of the Orphan Black saga. Huge thanks to our partners Temple Street Productions, and to BBC America and Space. We're extremely excited about where our story lines are going, and look forward to riding the rollercoaster with our amazing fans #CloneClub."
The series has received considerable critical and award attention. It earned a Peabody Award in 2014 and lead actress Tatiana Maslany has received two Critics' Choice Awards for Best Actress, a TCA Award for Individual Achievement, a Young Hollywood Award, a Gracie Award, two Canadian Screen Awards and Golden Globe®, SAG and People's Choice nominations.
The cast includes Tatiana 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. Here's what David Fortier and Ivan Schneeberg, executive producers of Orphan Black and Co-Presidents of Temple Street Productions, had to say in their statement.
"The growth of Orphan Black and the amazing response from audiences over the past three seasons has exceeded our expectations and we're delighted to be able to continue the journey in season four. We are incredibly proud of our talented cast and crew and grateful for the support from our broadcast partners at BBC AMERICA and Space."
Orphan Black is produced by Temple Street Productions in association with BBC America and Space. Executive producers are Ivan Schneeberg and David Fortier of Temple Street Productions, Graeme Manson and John Fawcett. Orphan Black is distributed by BBC Worldwide.