From a media release:
Production Begins on Season 2 of Critically-Acclaimed Space Original Series ORPHAN BLACK
- From Temple Street Productions, ORPHAN BLACK is produced in partnership with Space and BBC America, with Season 2 set to premiere in April 2014
- ORPHAN BLACK stars Tatiana Maslany, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Dylan Bruce, and Jordan Gavaris
Space, BBC America, and Temple Street Productions announced today that filming has begun on Season 2 of the hit conspiracy clone thriller, ORPHAN BLACK. Premiering in March 2013, ORPHAN BLACK had the highest Original Series debut ever for Space, with an average of 513,000 viewers. Season 1 amassed a loyal following reaching 4.3 million Canadians, and ended on a high note with an average audience of 328,000. Anchored by Criticsâ€™ Choice Television Award and Television Critics Association Award-winner Tatiana Maslany (Picture Day), the 10-episode, one-hour drama shoots on location and in studio in Toronto until February 2014.
Season 2 hits the ground running with Sarah in a desperate race to find her missing daughter. Her scorched earth tactics spark a war with Rachel (Maslany), dividing and imperilling all the clones. As Sarah gets closer to her own origin story, several mysterious newcomers appear, but nobody can be trusted.
Maslany, who to date has portrayed seven different characters (Sarah, Beth, Katja, Alison, Cosima, Helena, and Rachel), is joined by returning principal cast Jordan Gavaris (UNNATURAL HISTORY) as Felix, Sarah’s foster brother; Gemini Award-winner Maria Doyle Kennedy (DOWNTON ABBEY) as Mrs. S, Sarah and Felixâ€™s hard-nosed working class foster mother; Dylan Bruce (NCIS) as Paul, Bethâ€™s boyfriend with a secret linked to his army days in Afghanistan; Kevin Hanchard (REPUBLIC OF DOYLE) as Art, a veteran detective; Michael Mando (THE KILLING) as Vic, Sarahâ€™s sporadically violent ex; and Skyler Wexler (ALPHAS) as Kira, Sarahâ€™s seven-year-old daughter. Additional casting for the series will be announced soon.
Since its premiere, ORPHAN BLACK has been praised by critics and loved by fans. Noted as a â€œsurprisingly thrilling new dramaâ€ (The AV.Club) and â€œflat out, one of the most intriguingly entertaining new series of the yearâ€ (The Hollywood Reporter), Maslanyâ€™s performance on the series also stood out, garnering her a Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Dramatic Actress, a Television Critics Association Award for Individual Achievement in Drama, and an EWwy Award for Best Actress from Entertainment Weekly readers.
The first season of ORPHAN BLACK is currently available on Blu-ray and DVD throughout Canada and is also available for purchase on iTunes. Viewers can continue to catch-up on the first season which is currently airing Fridays at 9 p.m. ET on CTV.
ORPHAN BLACK is executive produced by Ivan Schneeberg and David Fortier (BEING ERICA), Graeme Manson (Cube, FLASHPOINT) and John Fawcett (SPARTACUS, GINGER SNAPS). The series is co-created by Manson and Fawcett, with Manson also serving as writer and Fawcett as director. BBC Worldwide distributes the series internationally.