Along with giving the green light to new drama series The Last Kingdom, BBC America announced a Season 3 renewal for Orphan Black and a Season 2 pickup for Broadchurch. The network also acquired another new series entitled Tatau, which will begin production this fall. Take a look at all of the official announcements below.
BBC America has renewed award-winning original series Orphan Black for a third season. The drama starring Tatiana Maslany has been re-commissioned for a 10-episode order from Temple Street Productions. Orphan Black became the first ever ad-supported drama series to double its ratings from Season 1 to Season 2 in A25-54 and 18-49 in Live+7. The Season 2 finale earned series highs in Live+7 among total viewers (1.376 million).
The innovative series, co-created by Graeme Manson and John Fawcett, earned a Peabody Award this year and lead actress Tatiana Maslany has received two back-to-back Critics' Choice Awards for Best Actress, a TCA Award for Individual Achievement, a Young Hollywood Award, a Gracie Award and Golden Globe and People's Choice nominations.
The cast includes Tatiana Maslany, Jordan Gavaris, Dylan Bruce, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Skyler Wexler, Kevin Hanchard, Evelyne Brochu, Kristian Bruun, Michael Mando and Matt Frewer. The second season also included actors Michiel Huisman, Ari Millen, Peter Outerbridge, Patrick J. Adams and Michelle Forbes.
Orphan Black is BBC America's second original drama commission. The series is produced by Temple Street Productions in association with BBC America and Space. Executive producers are Ivan Schneeberg and David Fortier on behalf of Temple Street Productions, Graeme Manson and John Fawcett. Orphan Black is distributed by BBC Worldwide.
The multiple award winning series Broadchurch will return for a second season as part of BBC America's Dramaville. The gripping drama, produced by Kudos and Imaginary Friends Productions, written and created by Chris Chibnall, garnered critical acclaim, sparked widespread discussion on social media and earned a Peabody Award following its premiere in the US last year on BBC America. With an ensemble cast lead by David Tennant and Olivia Colman, the first season centered on a quiet seaside town following the shocking murder of a young boy and the impact it had on the tight-knit community when everyone becomes a suspect.
David Tennant, Olivia Colman, Jodie Whittaker, Andrew Buchan and Arthur Darvill will reprise their roles. Legendary actress Charlotte Rampling, Academy Award nominee Marianne Jean-Baptiste, James D'Arcy, Eve Myles and Phoebe Waller-Bridge join the cast for the second season.
Broadchurch is executive produced by Jane Featherstone (Utopia, The Hour, Spooks) on behalf of Kudos, a Shine Group company, and Chris Chibnall (The Great Train Robbery, Torchwood) for Imaginary Friends. The producer is Richard Stokes (Silk, Law & Order: UK), who also produced the first season. James Strong, who directed five episodes of the first season including episode one, will be directing episodes one and two of the new season. Broadchurch is distributed by Shine International. The series is currently in production in Dorset and North Somerset, England.
BBC America will co-produce new drama adventure series, Tatau, from the makers of Being Human and set in the Cook Islands, a paradise in the middle of the Pacific. The (8x60) series is written by Richard Zajdlic and co-produced by Touchpaper TV (Being Human) and South Pacific Pictures for BBC Three in association with BBC America.
The drama follows, Kyle Connor and Pete 'Budgie' Griffiths, two twenty-something friends from London that set off to travel the world. They've worked hard, saved even harder and they're now eager to soak up as many different cultures and experiences as possible. Ahead of the journey, Kyle gets a Maori-style tattoo to celebrate their eventual destination: the Cook Islands. But upon his arrival in the South Pacific, Kyle is unsettled by the local people's reaction to his tattoo - it clearly has a significance that he is entirely unaware of. Later, while snorkeling in a lagoon, Kyle discovers the dead body of a local girl, Aumea, tied up underwater. When he returns with the police, the corpse has disappeared. Budgie questions if his friend is going mad, but Kyle begins to believe that he has instead seen into the future. Kyle and Budgie find themselves sucked into a desperate race to prevent Aumea's murder, as Kyle learns that his gifts don't stop at prophecy... and the full meaning of the tattoo is soon revealed. Tatau is an ambitious drama that explores the questions of identity, love and destiny.
Richard Zajdlic, creator and writer, and Rob Pursey are the executive producers for Touchpaper TV, John Barnett and Chris Bailey for South Pacific in New Zealand and Matthew Read for the BBC. Touchpaper TV is a Zodiak Media Company. Tatau is distributed by BBC Worldwide. Filming starts in September 2014 and casting will be announced.