Look out Syfy because BBC America may become the sci-fi channel to watch. In a press release, BBC America has announced that it has picked up the new Canadian sci-fi drama series ‘Orphan Black’ to add to their Supernatural Saturday block.
The series was co-created by John Fawcett and Graeme Manson and will focus on a “street-wise chameleon” named Sarah.
Here’s a synopsis of the show:
After witnessing a woman’s suicide, Sarah assumes the strangers identity – who happens to look just like her. Expecting to solve all her problems by cleaning out the dead woman’s savings, Sarah is instead thrust headlong into a kaleidoscopic mystery as she realizes the dizzying truth – she and the dead woman are clones. As Sarah searches for answers, she discovers the chilling fact that there are more people like her out there – genetically identical individuals who were planted in unsuspecting birth parents and nurtured in completely different circumstances. With no idea who created the clones, she’ll need to discover the reason in a hurry as an assassin is killing them one by one.
Peter Simon, General Manager, Channels, BBC Worldwide America says of the series, “Orphan Black is a non-stop thrill ride that is a perfect fit for BBC America’s Supernatural Saturday. In the talented hands of Graeme Manson, John Fawcett, and Temple Street Productions, it promises to be a genre game changer. Move over zombies — send in the clones!”
Both Fawcett and Manson will stay on with the former as a director and the latter as a writer. Fawcett has directed on many sci-fi shows such as ‘Lost Girl’, ‘The Secret Circle,’ ‘Blade: The Series’ and ‘Mutant X’ as well as the critically acclaim series ‘Rookie Blue.’ Manson has written on the shows ‘Flashpoint,’ ‘Being Erica’ and ‘Endgame.’
The ten-episode hour-long season will begin production in Toronto this fall and hopefully air on BBC America soon after.