SPACE Signs On With Orphan Black

Announcement comes from Banff World Media Festival.

Jennifer Coxby Jennifer Cox

A new original sci-fi show is coming to SPACE, the Bell Media network said from the Banff World Media Fest. Ten episodes of "Orphan Black" have been ordered of the premiere season.

According to an official press release, the series follows outsider, orphan and street-wise chameleon Sarah, who has a murky past and tenuous future after she witnesses a woman’s suicide and assumes the identity of the dead stranger – who happens to look just like her. Expecting to solve all her problems by cleaning out the dead woman’s savings, Sarah is instead thrust headlong into a kaleidoscopic mystery. The order follows the recent announcement that Bell Media has commissioned another original drama, "Motive" (working title) for CTV.

"'Orphan Black' has the perfect blend of excitement, mystery and action," said Corrie Coe, Senior Vice-President of Independent Production at Bell Media (in the same release). "We're delighted that what was initially developed at The Canadian Film Centre by Graeme Manson has found a home on SPACE, and we look forward to working with Graeme and Temple Street Productions to bring this exciting new project to life."

"We are delighted to be making this original and thrilling series in partnership with SPACE," said Ivan Schneeberg and David Fortier, Executive Producers and Co-Presidents of Temple Street Productions, who is the independent producer of the show. "'Orphan Black' will be a thought-provoking, high-adrenaline rollercoaster ride of surprises. It will be must-watch television."

Production on the series will begin this fall in Toronto.