BBC America has gone 2-for-2, renewing its second original scripted series, Orphan Black, for a second season. The network’s first original drama, Copper, also went to second season. Orphan Black‘s 10-episode second season will return as part of “Supernatural Saturday” in 2014. The conspiracy clone thriller’s renewal comes ahead of the series’ Season 1 finale on Saturday, June 1. “Tatiana Maslany has delivered one of the year’s standout performances,” BBC America’s Perry Simon said of the series’ star. Orphan Black, produced by Temple Street Prods in association with BBC America and Space, debuted March 30 with 684,000 total viewers and 375,000 in adults 25-54 (1.03 million Live+SD Cume). READ MORE »
Broadchurch has often been referred to as Britain’s answer to The Killing; it’s also ITV‘s biggest new drama since Downton Abbey. But there are no dinner jackets or Dowagers here. In a reversal of established thinking that period dramas are the major game in town, this contemporary drama has gripped Britain since it debuted in March. ITV has just ordered a second season of the show which concluded its first season on Monday night. Anticipation for that finale episode was so high, it was worthy of “Who shot J.R.?” comparisons. BBC America has U.S. rights to the eight-part murder mystery that stars David Tennant and Olivia Colman at the head of an ensemble cast. The first season’s story explored what happens to a small coastal community when a media frenzy comes to town after a young boy is murdered.
At launch, Broadchurch drew 9.1M viewers for a 31% share and continued to pull strong numbers throughout the run. The mystery surrounding the death of little Danny Latimer kept Britons in thrall until it was resolved in Monday night’s closing episode, and reviews have been largely positive. BBC America will air the series later this year and Shine America holds the format rights in the U.S. Production on season two starts in 2014, although plot details and returning characters are being kept under wraps.
Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary celebrations have added David Tennant who will reprise his role as the tenth Doctor for the first time since 2010. Billie Piper and John Hurt are also coming on board. They will join current …
The third season of AMC‘s The Killing will kick off with a two-hour premiere on Sunday, June 2 at 8 PM. The new season, which stars Mireille Enos (Sarah Linden) and Joel Kinnaman (Stephen Holder) along with new cast members Peter Sarsgaard, Elias Koteas and Amy Seimetz, focuses on a new case, which will be resolved over the course of ten episodes, culminating with a two-hour finale.
The long-running British sci-fi series is back next week with the episode “The Bells Of Saint John”, penned by Steven Moffat and broadcast on BBC One, BBC America, and Canada’s Space on March 30. Matt Smith stars in Doctor Who as the Eleventh Doctor with Jenna-Louise Coleman as …
BBC One/BBC America co-production The Musketeers is a 10-part drama that puts a new spin on the classic Alexandre Dumas tale. My Week With Marilyn scribe Adrian Hodges is penning the series that’s due to air next year. The ensemble cast now includes Peter Capaldi (The Hour, The Thick Of It) as the shadowy Cardinal Richelieu and Luke Pasqualiano (Skins, The Borgias) as D’Artagnan. Santiago Cabrera (Merlin, Heroes), Tom Burke (The Hour) and the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Howard Charles are the titular Musketeers. Also starring are Hugo Speer (next up in Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac), The Inbetweeners Movie and Being Human’s Tamla Kari and Maimie McCoy. Shooting starts next month.
The Musketeers is a contemporary take on the classic story about a group of highly trained soldiers and bodyguards assigned to protect King and country. It’s set on the streets of 17th century Paris and will feature a fresh story each week, kicking off when skilled fighter D’Artagnan meets Musketeers Athos, Aramis and Porthos while on a mission to avenge his father’s death. Hodges said, “This series is all about passion, romance, heroism and action.” The most recent screen adaptation of The Three Musketeers was Paul W.S. Anderson’s 2011 feature that starred Matthew Macfadyen, Milla Jovovich and Luke Evans.
BBC One‘s Danny Cohen and Ben Stephenson today confirmed a second season order of crime drama Ripper Street, just as the first season heads into the home stretch in the UK. The BBC America co-production will start shooting eight new episodes this spring for an as-yet unspecified 2014 air date. Ripper Street debuted on BBC America on January 19, three weeks after its UK bow on BBC One where it has faced tough competition from rival ITV’s Jeremy Piven period drama Mr Selfridge in the same timeslot. However, it’s been gaining in recent weeks for a consolidated average of 7.1M viewers and a 22.9% share over its first five outings. Richard Warlow created and exec produces the series that stars Matthew Macfadyen, Jerome Flynn and Adam Rothenberg in 1889 London and the aftermath of the Jack the Ripper murders. Warlow said today that the second season will “move forward into the 1890s: the death rattle of a century coming to a close, the labor pains of a modern world on the rise.”
A group of actors including Da Vinci’s Demons’ Lara Pulver is joining the cast of Sky Atlantic/BBC America‘s biopic Fleming. The upcoming four-part drama stars Dominic Cooper as James Bond creator-author Ian Fleming and, as I reported last week, also has Annabelle Wallis lined up as Muriel Wright, the original inspiration for the Bond Girl. Sky confirms today that Pulver will play Ann O’Neill, with whom Fleming had a longterm on-off relationship before she became his wife in 1952. She is said to have heavily influenced the writer: a year after they wed, the first 007 book, Casino Royale, was published. Mr Selfridge‘s Samuel West is also aboard as Admiral John Godfrey, with whom Fleming worked during WWII and who put him in charge of Operation Golden Eye. Godfrey is generally accepted to have been the inspiration for the M character in the Bond books. British actress Lesley Manville will play Fleming’s mother Eve and British actor Rupert Evans will play his brother Peter. The Hour‘s Anna Chancellor is taking on the part of Lieutenant Monday, an inspiration for Miss Moneypenny.