Cue up that .GIF of Orphan Black's clone dance party, because it's time to celebrate. BBC America has ordered a third season of its buzzed-about series Orphan Black, and placed an order for two new dramas as well. The timing of the announcement coincided with BBC America's sessions at the Television Critics Association summer press tour on Wednesday.
The network has ordered a 10-episode third season of Orphan Black with a target premiere date of 2015. The mind-boggling science-fiction drama about clones stars Tatiana Maslany in several roles, and is BBC America's most successful original program to date.
BBC America will also continue to beef up its original programming slate with a pair of new series. Stephen Butchard is adapting Bernard Cornwell's novels The Saxon Stories under the title The Last Kingdom, with an eight-episode first season. The historical drama is set in 872 England and mixes real events with fiction. The story will follow Uhtred, a hero born to the English but raised by Vikings, and King Alfred the Great, who united the kingdoms of England under one banner. Production on The Last Kingdom will begin this fall.
Tatau, also given an eight-episode order, centers on a pair of adventurous friends from London who travel to the South Pacific. After one of them gets a Maori-style tattoo in celebration of the trip and the ink turns out to have a mysterious significance to the natives, the man discovers that he may have prophetic powers and races to stop the murder of a local. Richard Zajdlic created the series, and filming will start this September.
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