There are few dramas currently on television that have developed as much of a cult status as Orphan Black; and with the end of 2014 looming, BBC America has unveiled an all new trailer for the show’s upcoming third season. Along with the new trailer, the network has also revealed the official premiere date for the sci-fi series' third season.
Here is the official Orphan Black season three logline (via BBC America):
More vulnerable than ever before, Sarah, Cosima, Alison, and Helena’s bond will be put to the test with the reveal of highly trained, identical male-soldiers played by Ari Millen. Seen [below], Sarah is about to embark on a tense face off with the lethal Rudy (Millen) in a Dyad prison cell.
Despite having the admiration of a highly vocal fan base, the number of people actually watching the series live has remained small over the last two seasons. During the show’s 2014 run, the highest rated episode only managed to score 720,000 viewers for the network. This of course is what caused a stir of rumors when the series’ third season renewal was delayed on an official level all the way until July this year, a far cry from the swift renewal that occurred for the series between seasons one and two.
Of course it’s possible what spurred the renewal delay had to do with an internal squabbling among Orphan Black’s American and Canadian homes. In the beginning, Space was the original network to order to the show to pilot, thus meaning it was the one paying in the most money. However, unlike BBC America, which owns the American home distribution rights to the series through the BBC umbrella (thus meaning the show pays out for the company through more than just live airings), the northern home distribution is handled by E One. What this means is Space’s only source of income on the show are the live airings, and those are not rating well across the border either.
What most likely held up Orphan Black was an internal debate over who should be paying more to produce the show. Logic would dictate if BBC America has more to gain by keeping the series on the air, they should be paying more of a cut, but of course it would go against conventional business models that say Space should be paying the highest amount since they were the network that ordered the series in the first place.
We may never know for sure what the internal conversation was that delayed the renewal of Orphan Black, but we can at least take solace in the fact that it’s returning for another season that appears to be taking the series to a whole new level.
Orphan Black returns April 18th, 2015 @9/8c on BBC America.
Source: BBC America