The show might not be a ratings smash, but BBC America’s ambitious little clone drama Orphan Black has grown into a cultural phenomenon -- and the network is bringing the twisty conspiracy back for another year.
As we approach the midway point of the third season, the network has pre-emptively pulled the trigger on a fourth year of the series. Go ahead, Clone Club, breathe a sigh of relief and enjoy the current run with no worries. Sarah, Alison, Cosima and the rest of the gang will be sticking around for a long time. The 10-episode fourth season will air in 2016, likely in the spring/summer, if they follow the current release schedule.
What started out as a compelling mystery about a woman seeing her clone jump in front of a train has expanded into a deep mythos with competing factions and a whole new set of clones. But, despite all the divergence, it still hasn’t lost the heart that made that first season so surprisingly great.
"We’re thrilled to be moving forward with season four of the Orphan Black saga," co-creators John Fawcett and Graeme Manson said in a statement. "Huge thanks to our partners Temple Street Productions, and to BBC AMERICA and Space. We’re extremely excited about where our story lines are going, and look forward to riding the rollercoaster with our amazing fans #CloneClub."
Despite modest ratings, the show has been named to innumerable best-of lists and scored everything from a Peabody Award in 2014 to two Critics’ Choice Awards and a TCA Award for breakout star Tatiana Maslany. Considering how may characters she plays on the show, Mislay honestly deserves a whole lot more than that (we’re looking at you, Emmys).
The cast has also grown in recent years, and now includes Tatiana Maslany, Tatiana Maslany, Tatiana Maslany, Tatiana Maslany, Tatiana Maslany, Ari Millen, Ari Millen, Ari Millen, Jordan Gavaris, Dylan Bruce, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Skyler Wexler, Kevin Hanchard, Evelyne Brochu, Kristian Bruun, Ksenia Solo, Michiel Huisman, Josh Vokey, Zoé De Grand Maison, Justin Chatwin and Kyra Harper.
Orphan Black airs Saturday nights on BBC America.