“ORPHANBLACK is the most important Canadian show in years.” - JohnDoyle, The Globe and Mail
“Strongwriting and a stellar supporting cast add to Orphan Black’s appeal. This is oneorphan to adopt into your TV schedule.” - Postmedia
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TORONTO (March, 26 2014) – Brothersand Seestras of #cloneclubrejoice! The much-anticipated return of Space original conspiracy thriller ORPHANBLACK draws near, with just 24 days to go until the premiere of Season 2, Saturday, April 19 at 9 p.m. ET. After eight, long, accolade-earningand buzz-building months, award-winning Tatiana Maslany reprises her complex rolesas multiple clones at the centre of this enigmatic drama. Shot in and aroundToronto, the highly-anticipated, 10-episode, one hour, sophomore season ofORPHAN BLACK also features a venerable list of guest stars including Patrick J. Adams (SUITS)and Michelle Forbes (THEKILLING), and cast additions including Michiel Huisman (GAME OFTHRONES), Peter Outerbridge (NIKITA), andAri Millen (Monster Brawl).
**Media Note** Photography for ORPHAN BLACK is available online at BellMediaPR.ca
“ORPHAN BLACK is athriller in every sense of the word,” said Catherine MacLeod, SeniorVice-President, Specialty Channels and Bell Media Production. “Throughcompelling story-telling, best-in-class production, and an incredible cast,this explosive, original Canadian series has thrilled critics and fans aroundthe world. ORPHAN BLACK is truly an international success story, and we can’twait to deliver Season 2.”
Season 2 hits the ground running with thepremiere episode, “Nature Under Constraint and Vexed” (Saturday, April 19 at 9 p.m.ET). In the explosive return, Sarah is out of options, on the run, and beingpursued by deadly adversaries. Desperate to find her daughter Kira (Skyler Wexler, ALPHAS),Sarah’s scorched earth tactics bring her face to face with the “pro-clone”Rachel. Meanwhile,with Alison’s carefully crafted suburban world spinning out of control, and thegenetic illness affecting Cosima threatening them all, Sarah must negotiate adangerous world of new enemies and shifting allegiances to get to the bottom ofthe experiment that made them who they are.
Leading up to the Season 2 premiere, Space’s flagship daily show INNERSPACE reviews the storylines ofeach clone last season, covering the best moments from Sarah, Cosima, Alison,Rachel, and even Helena. INNERSPACE’sclone recaps begin Monday, April 14at 6 p.m. ET, discussing a clone eachday. Then, every Monday beginning April 21 at 6 p.m. ET, INNERSPACEwill revisit the Top 5 moments from each ORPHANBLACK episode.
Season 1 of ORPHAN BLACK amassed a loyal following reaching more than 4.5million Canadians throughout the broadcast year, and ended on a high note asSpace’s most-watched original series with an average audience of 328,000viewers. To date, the series has won 10 Canadian Screen Awards, including BestDramatic series, and a Best Actress win for Maslany, who also received aCritics Choice Award and was nominated for a Golden Globe®.Her Emmy nomination snub made headlines, and created a buzz online and onTwitter via the program’s fan club, the “Clone Club.”
For viewers who have yet to be initiated into the ORPHAN BLACK “Clone Club,” Space isairing Season 1 in its entirety for a full day beginning Saturday, April 19 at 11a.m. ET, leading into the Season 2 premiere at 9 p.m. ET. Forthe collectors, beginning April 1, thefirst season of ORPHAN BLACK will beavailable on Blu-ray and DVD, in stores throughout Canada. Online, from March29 to April 28, viewers can also stream Season 1 in its entirety, on space.ca/OrphanBlack and is also available forpurchase on iTunes
ORPHAN BLACK stars CanadianScreen Award winner and Golden Globe® nominee TatianaMaslany (Picture Day, PARKS AND RECREATION), who to date has portrayed seven differentcharacters (Sarah, Beth, Katja, Alison, Cosima, Helena, and Rachel). Theensemble cast is also comprised of Canadian Screen Award-winner JordanGavaris (UNNATURAL HISTORY) as Felix, Sarah's foster brother; CanadianScreen Award-winner Maria Doyle Kennedy (DOWNTON ABBEY) as Mrs. S, Sarah andFelix’s hard-nosed working class foster mother; Dylan Bruce (NCIS) as Paul,Beth’s boyfriend with a secret linked to his army days in Afghanistan; KevinHanchard (REPUBLIC OF DOYLE) as Art, a veteran detective; Michael Mando (THEKILLING) as Vic, Sarah’s sporadically violent ex; and Skyler Wexler (ALPHAS) asKira, Sarah’s seven-year-old daughter. Season 2 newcomers include Michiel Huisman (GAME OF THRONES) as CalMorrison, arugged, resourceful outdoorsman; Peter Outerbridge (NIKITA) Henrik“Hank” Johanssen, a modern day cowboy; andAri Millen (MonsterBrawl) as Mark, a cunning predator with a dark edge.
ORPHAN BLACKisexecutive produced by Ivan Schneeberg and David Fortier (Being Erica, THE NEXT STEP), GraemeManson (Cube, FLASHPOINT) and JohnFawcett (SPARTACUS,GINGER SNAPS). The series is co-created by Manson andFawcett, with Manson also serving as writer and Fawcett as director. BBCWorldwide distributes the series internationally.
ORPHAN BLACK is produced by Temple Street Productions inassociation with Space and BBC America. Production Executives are TrishWilliams and Gosia Kamela. Corrie Coe is SeniorVice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. Catherine MacLeod is SeniorVice-President, Specialty Channels and Bell Media Production. PhilKing is President, CTV, Sports, and Entertainment Programming.
About Bell Media Independent Production
Bell Media has commissioned some of Canada’smost-watched and most-acclaimed original programming, working with the bestCanadian independent producers in the country. Hit CTV series include ratingssuccess stories SAVING HOPE, THE LISTENER, MOTIVE, and THE AMAZING RACE CANADA,the record-breaking, Canadian-produced complementary version of the hitinternational series. New to CTV in 2014 are hit international formatMASTERCHEF CANADA and multi-cam office comedy SPUN OUT, one of the most-watchednew comedies of the season. Among the scripted series on Bell Media pay andspecialty channels are the two-time Emmy®-nominated hit DEGRASSI, theinternationally acclaimed ORPHAN BLACK, the most-watched original series inSpace history BITTEN, Bravo’s most-watched new drama19-2, TRANSPORTER: THE SERIES, and upcoming dramas SENSITIVE SKIN, andKILLJOYS. Bell Media specialty channels are also home to hit factual seriesHIGHWAY THRU HELL and CANADA’S WORST DRIVER, among others. In 2013, Bell Mediaordered 27 original Canadian series and currently has 84 projects in variousstages of development.
About Temple Street Productions
TempleStreet Productions is a leading producer of television, film and digital mediacontent based in Toronto, Canada. A selection of Temple Street’s past andpresent projects include ORPHAN BLACK (BBC America, Space), BEING ERICA (CBC,SOAPnet), THE NEXT STEP (Family Channel), WINGIN’ IT (Family Channel), OVER THERAINBOW (CBC), RECIPE TO RICHES (CBC), COVER ME CANADA (CBC), BILLABLE HOURS(Global, Showcase), CANADA’S NEXT TOP MODEL (CTV), HOW DO YOU SOLVE A PROBLEMLIKE MARIA? (CBC), QUEER AS FOLK (Showtime, Showcase), and DARCY’S WILD LIFE(NBC, Discovery Kids, Family Channel). For more company information www.templestreetproductions.com twitter @TempleStreet or connectwith us on Facebook.
Space is home to phenomenal programming including imaginative dramas, epic movies, engagingreality series, and the daily entertainment talk show INNERSPACE, the sourcefor all-things genre – all in high definition (HD). Named “Channel of the Year” in 2013 byPlayback Magazine, Space is also home toOriginal Series ORPHAN BLACK, PANIC BUTTON, and BITTEN. Space content is always available at Space.ca, and on Facebook, @SpaceChannel, and othersocial media platforms. Space is a division ofBell Media, which is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largestcommunications company.
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