When Did I Become Us? New SPACE Original Series ORPHAN BLACK Premieres
Saturday, March 30 at 9 p.m. ET
− The biological thriller premieres following the return of SPACE's #1
series DOCTOR WHO at 8 p.m. ET −
− ORPHAN BLACK stars Tatiana Maslany (Picture Day), Jordan Gavaris
(DEGRASSI), Dylan Bruce (NCIS), and Maria Doyle Kennedy (DOWNTON ABBEY) −
"All we saw was a clip of this series about clones, but that was enough for
me. All in." - Tim Goodman, The Hollywood Reporter
"ORPHAN BLACK … is a twisty, mind-bending sci-fi thriller." - Alex Strachan,
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TORONTO, Feb. 7, 2013 /CNW/ - What happens when one day you realize you're not
alone, and there are people out there who look just like you? SPACE announced
today that its highly anticipated new Original Series ORPHAN BLACK will
premiere Saturday, March 30 at 9 p.m. ET, following the return of SPACE's #1
series, and fan favourite, DOCTOR WHO at 8 p.m. ET. Produced by Temple Street
Productions for SPACE and BBC America, the gripping new 10 episode drama
ORPHAN BLACK stars Tatiana Maslany (Cas & Dylan, Picture Day) in the lead role
of Sarah, an outsider and orphan whose life changes dramatically after
witnessing the suicide of a woman who looks just like her. Sarah assumes the
dead woman's identity, her boyfriend, and her bank account. But instead of
solving all her problems, the street smart chameleon is thrust headlong into a
kaleidoscopic mystery. Sarah makes the dizzying discovery that she and Beth,
the dead woman, are clones…but are they the only ones? Sarah quickly finds
herself caught in the middle of a deadly conspiracy, racing to find answers.
"With a strong and relatable character at its core, ORPHAN BLACK is a series
that truly embodies the spirit of SPACE," said Catherine MacLeod,
Vice-President, Specialty Channels, Bell Media. "Grounded in the familiar, but
packed with thrilling and phenomenal storylines, ORPHAN BLACK is the perfect
companion for our #1 series, DOCTOR WHO."
** Media Note ** Download artwork, and cast and character bios for ORPHAN
BLACK at BellMediaPR.ca/SPACE, and watch a promo for the series here.
ORPHAN BLACK also stars Jordan Gavaris (DEGRASSI) as Felix, Sarah's foster
brother, a struggling artist worldly beyond his 23 years; Dylan Bruce (NCIS)
as Paul, Beth's complicated boyfriend, who Sarah falls into bed with against
her better judgment; Gemini Award-winner Maria Doyle Kennedy (DOWNTON ABBEY)
as Mrs. S, Sarah and Felix's hard-nosed working class foster mother from
across the pond; Kevin Blanchard (REPUBLIC OF DOYLE) as Art, a veteran
detective who works alongside Beth; Michael Mando (THE KILLING) as Vic,
Sarah's sporadically violent ex and the father of her daughter, Kira; and
Skyler Wexler (ALPHAS) as Kira, Sarah's seven-year-old daughter.
Additional ORPHAN BLACK casting announced today includes Matt Frewer (50/50)
as Dr. Aldous Leekie, an academic with an edge and philosopher of the human
organism, and Evelyne Brochu (MIRADOR) as Delphine, a student working on her
Masters in Molecular and Cellular Biology who becomes intertwined in the
Beginning life in an English orphanage, Sarah bounced between foster homes
until she landed with Mrs. S, who adopted her and Felix, later uprooting them
under somewhat suspicious circumstances to North America. Through it all,
Sarah has steadfastly remained the English punk - a street-smart stray with a
reckless streak and a loyal heart. She's made bad choices in life, but has
always done right by her daughter Kira, even if that meant the pain of
separation. Now, all she wants is to reunite with Kira and turn over a new
leaf, but her encounter with Beth changes everything, and Sarah finds herself
fighting for her life.
ORPHAN BLACK is executive produced by Ivan Schneeberg and David Fortier (Being
Erica), Graeme Manson (Cube, FLASHPOINT), and John Fawcett (SPARTACUS, THE
SECRET CIRCLE). The series is co-created by Manson and Fawcett, with Manson
also serving as writer and Fawcett as director. BBC Worldwide is distributing
the series internationally.
ORPHAN BLACK is produced by Temple Street Productions in association with
SPACE and BBC America. Production Executives are Trish Williams and Gosia
Kamela. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell
Media. Catherine MacLeod is Vice-President, Specialty Channels, Bell Media.
Rick Brace is President, Specialty Channels and CTV Production. Phil King is
President, CTV Programming and Sports.
SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS: SPACE on Facebook SPACE on Twitter Tatiana Maslany on
Twitter Jordan Gavaris on Twitter Maria Doyle Kennedy on Twitter Michael Mando
About Bell Media Independent Production
BellMedia has commissioned and co-produced some of Canada's most-watched and
most-acclaimed original programming, while working with the best Canadian
independent producers in the country. Hit CTV series include ratings success
stories SAVING HOPE and THE LISTENER, and the recently concluded game changer
FLASHPOINT. New for 2013 on CTV are the drama series MOTIVE and PLAYED
(working title), relationship comedy SATISFACTION, THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, a
Canadian-produced, complementary version of the hit international series, and
a pilot for the half-hour comedy SPUN OUT. Scripted series on Bell Media
specialty channels include two-time Emmy®-nominated hit DEGRASSI,
mythological/action series PRIMEVAL: NEW WORLD, and the upcoming dramas ORPHAN
BLACK and BITTEN. In total, Bell Media ordered 26 new original Canadian series
in 2012, and put 35 scripted projects into development.
SPACE is Canada's national science fiction, horror and fantasy channel. SPACE
is truly the station for all those who dare to challenge their imagination.
SPACE is a division of Bell Media, which is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE:
BCE), Canada's largest communications company. For more information about
SPACE, visit SPACEcast.com.
Natalie Cole, SPACE, 416. 384.2140 email@example.com Christy
Sullivan, SPACE, 416.384.3624 firstname.lastname@example.org
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