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Production has begun on the final season of "Orphan Black".

Space Press Release said:
Production Underway on Final Season of Space Original Series ORPHAN BLACK with Emmy® Winner Tatiana Maslany
– Canadian actors Elyse Levesque, Andrew Moodie, Simu Liu, Jenessa Grant, and Stephen McHattie join the cast for Season 5 –
– Returning ensemble cast includes Jordan Gavaris, Kristian Bruun, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Kevin Hanchard, Ari Millen, Josh Vokey, Evelyne Brochu, and Skyler Wexler –
– Seasons 1-4 of ORPHAN BLACK are available now exclusively on CraveTV™ –

October 25, 2016

TORONTO (October 25, 2016) – Space, BBC America, and Temple Street announced today that production is underway on the fifth and final season of the critically acclaimed award-winning series ORPHAN BLACK. Season 5 sees the return of Tatiana Maslany to her Emmy® Award-winning role as multiple Leda clones on the Canadian Screen Award and Peabody Award-winning series ORPHAN BLACK. Set to return to Space in 2017, 10 one-hour episodes are currently filming in Toronto. All past seasons of ORPHAN BLACK are available now exclusively on CraveTV™.

Joining the cast of ORPHAN BLACK this season are Elyse Levesque (SGU STARGATE UNIVERSE) as Detective Engers, a dirty Neolution cop who is a true believer; Andrew Moodie (COVERT AFFAIRS) as Mr. Frontenac, Rachel’s new mysterious consultant; Simu Liu (KIM’S CONVENIENCE) as Mr. Mitchell, Kira’s new teacher; Jenessa Grant (REIGN) as Mud, an eclectic young islander, and Stephen McHattie (THE STRAIN) as P.T. Westmoreland, the mythical 170-year-old founder of Neolution.

“It has been a privilege to share the compelling stories of the Leda clones with Canadians over the last five seasons,” said Corrie Coe, Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. “ORPHAN BLACK will forever leave its mark on the television landscape and we look forward to working with our exceptional showrunners Graeme Manson and John Fawcett, our extraordinary cast and dedicated crew, as well as our partners at Temple Street and BBCA as this story comes to its thrilling natural conclusion.”

“It’s with mixed feelings that we start this final leg of our journey with Sarah and her sisters,” said David Fortier and Ivan Schneeberg, Executive Producers of ORPHAN BLACK and Co-Presidents of Boat Rocker Studios. “We are incredibly proud of ORPHAN BLACK and what it’s come to mean to all those involved and, especially, the fans. Our pride is only matched by our gratitude to the wonderfully talented writers, producers, cast and crew who have been so dedicated to bringing to life such engaging and compelling characters and storylines.”

Returning to the final season of ORPHAN BLACK are fan-favourites Jordan Gavaris as Sarah’s battle-worn foster brother Felix; Kristian Bruun as Alison’s incredibly devoted husband Donnie; Maria Doyle Kennedy as Sarah and Felix’s fiercely loyal and stouthearted foster mother Mrs. S; Kevin Hanchard as Art, a detective torn between being a good cop and his loyalty to the clones; Ari Millen as castor clone Ira; Josh Vokey as Scott, science geek and confidante to Cosima; and Skyler Wexler as Sarah’s daughter Kira. Also returning this season is James Frain as Ferdinand, an intimidating and scheming executive; Evelyne Brochu as love-torn scientist Delphine, and Calwyn Shurgold as Hell Wizard.

New writers for Season 5 include Jeremy Boxen (KILLJOYS), Greg Nelson (FRONTIER), Jenn Engels (BITTEN), David Bezmozgis (Natasha), Renee St Cyr (Deadly Voltage), Natalia Guled (IRL: THE SERIES), and Aisha Porter-Christie (DEFIANCE) alongside returning writers Alex Levine and ORPHAN BLACK co-creator/writer Graeme Manson. Returning to direct is co-creator John Fawcett, along with David Frazee (FLASHPOINT); Aaron Morton (SPARTACUS: WAR OF THE DAMNED); David Wellington (SAVING HOPE, VIKINGS), Grant Harvey (BITTEN), and Helen Shaver (VIKINGS).

ORPHAN BLACK is executive produced by Ivan Schneeberg and David Fortier (X COMPANY, KILLJOYS), Graeme Manson (Cube, FLASHPOINT), John Fawcett (SPARTACUS, Ginger Snaps), and Kerry Appleyard (X COMPANY). The series is co-created by Manson and Fawcett, with Manson also serving as writer and Fawcett as director. BBC Worldwide distributes the series internationally.

ORPHAN BLACK is produced by Temple Street, a division of Boat Rocker Studios, in association with Space and BBC America. Production Executive is Gosia Kamela. Tom Hastings is Director, Drama, Independent Production, Bell Media. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. Mike Cosentino is Senior Vice-President, CTV and Specialty. Randy Lennox is President, Broadcasting and Content, Bell Media.

BBC America Press Release said:
Press Release
BBCA Gives Fans Unprecedented Access To Filming Through Facebook Live This Morning

Published: October 25, 2016
CASTING CONFIRMED FOR FINAL SEASON OF BBC AMERICA’S ORPHAN BLACK

Emmy-winner Tatiana Maslany returns with stars Jordan Gavaris, Kristian Bruun, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Kevin Hanchard, Ari Millen, Josh Vokey and Skyler Wexler

Evelyne Brochu, Calwyn Shurgold and James Frain also return in season five

Toronto – October 25, 2016 – Announced today, the cast for the final season of BBC AMERICA’s critically acclaimed and award-winning series, Orphan Black. The fifth season sees the return of Tatiana Maslany to her Emmy®-winning role as multiple characters in the Peabody Award-winning series. Orphan Black is produced by Temple Street Productions, a division of Boat Rocker Studios, in association with BBC AMERICA and Bell Media’s SPACE.

This morning at 9:30am ET, BBCA provided fans with unprecedented access to the Orphan Black production with a Facebook Live broadcast on location as they film a scene with one of Tatiana Maslany’s fan-favorite characters, Helena. (Watch Here)

Sarah Barnett, President of BBC AMERICA, stated, “Since the beginning, BBCA has worked with the incredibly talented cast and crew of Orphan Black to create deep relationships with the show’s fans. As the team reunites to shoot season five, we all wanted to invite the Clone Club to something pretty special – a virtual set visit with Facebook Live. This innovative event marks the beginning of our celebrations leading up to the final season of this unique show in 2017.”

“It’s with mixed feelings that we start this final leg of our journey with Sarah and her sisters,” said David Fortier and Ivan Schneeberg, Executive Producers of Orphan Black and Co-Presidents of Boat Rocker Studios. “We are incredibly proud of Orphan Black and what it’s come to mean to all those involved and, especially, the fans. Our pride is only matched by our gratitude to the wonderfully talented writers, producers, cast and crew who have been so dedicated to bringing to life such engaging and compelling characters and storylines.”

Returning to Orphan Black this season are fan-favorites Jordan Gavaris as Sarah’s battle worn foster brother Felix; Kristian Bruun as Alison’s incredibly devoted husband Donnie; Maria Doyle Kennedy as Sarah and Felix’s fiercely loyal and stouthearted foster mother Mrs. S; Kevin Hanchard as Art, a detective torn between being a good cop and his loyalty to the clones; Ari Millen as castor clone Ira; Josh Vokey as Scott, science geek and confidante to Cosima; and Skyler Wexler as Sarah’s daughter Kira. Also returning this season – James Frain as Ferdinand, an intimidating and scheming executive; Evelyne Brochu as love-torn scientist Delphine; and Calwyn Shurgold as Hell Wizard. Joining the cast this season is Elyse Levesque as Detective Engers, a dirty Neolution cop who is a true believer; Andrew Moodie as Mr. Frontenac, Rachel’s new mysterious consultant; Simu Liu as Mr. Mitchell, Kira’s new homeroom teacher; Jenessa Grant as Mud, an eclectic young islander; and Stephen McHattie as P.T. Westmoreland, the mythical 170-year-old founder of Neolution.

Spearheaded by co-creator Graeme Manson, the writing team includes returning writer Alex Levine and new writers Jeremy Boxen, Greg Nelson, Jenn Engels, David Bezmozgis, Renee St Cyr, Natalia Guled, and Aisha Porter-Christie. Returning to direct is co-creator John Fawcett, along with David Frazee, Aaron Morton, David Wellington, Grant Harvey, and Helen Shaver.

Orphan Black is executive produced by Ivan Schneeberg and David Fortier, Graeme Manson, John Fawcett and Kerry Appleyard. The series is co-created by Manson and Fawcett, with Manson also serving as writer and Fawcett as director. BBC Worldwide distributes the series internationally.

BBCA’s slate includes Orphan Black, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, Doctor Who, Top Gear, Class, upcoming two-night event Undercover and Planet Earth II.

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Created in 1998, BBC AMERICA is a hub of innovative, culturally contagious programming like the ground-breaking un-scripted series Top Gear, the top-rated science-fiction phenomenon Doctor Who, and the fan-favorite Orphan Black. The influential network has been the launch pad for talent including Ricky Gervais, Gordon Ramsay, and Graham Norton — all adopted as American pop culture icons. A joint venture between BBC Worldwide (the commercial arm of the BBC) and AMC Networks, BBCA has attracted both critical acclaim and major awards including five Emmy® Awards, five Golden Globes® and 12 Peabody Awards. The irrepressible network has garnered one of cable’s most curious, educated and affluent audiences, with many properties boasting super-fan levels of engagement. Available on cable and satellite TV, BBC America broadcasts in both standard and high-definition, is available On Demand across all major digital platforms and offers full episodes online at bbcamerica.com. Find out more by visiting press.bbcamerica.com or follow us on twitter.com/bbcamerica.



Temple Street, a division of Boat Rocker Studios, is a leading producer of television, film and digital media content based in Toronto and Los Angeles. A selection of Temple Street’s past and present projects include Orphan Black (BBC AMERICA, Space), X Company (CBC), Killjoys (Syfy), Being Erica (CBC, SOAPnet), The Next Step (Family Channel, Hulu), Lost & Found Music Studios (Family Channel, Netflix), Wingin’ It (Family Channel), Say Yes to the Dress Canada (W), Million Dollar Critic (W, BBC AMERICA), Cook’d (YTV), Over the Rainbow (CBC), Recipe to Riches (CBC, Food Network, Global), Cover Me Canada (CBC), Billable Hours (Global, Showcase), Canada’s Next Top Model (CTV), How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? (CBC), Queer as Folk (Showtime, Showcase), and Darcy’s Wild Life (NBC, Discovery Kids, Family Channel). For more information, visit www.templestreet.com, follow us on Twitter @TempleStreet or connect with us on Facebook.
 

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Thanks for the update, Travis! Mixed feelings on that premiere date. On one hand, summer TV is slim pickings so I'll be happy to have something good to watch and I'm glad the end of "Orphan Black" is that much further away. On the other hand, I was really looking forward to seeing it in April, perhaps paired with "Doctor Who".

Interestingly, the later release date means Tatiana Maslany is out of Emmy contention for this year.
 

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On the other hand, I was really looking forward to seeing it in April, perhaps paired with "Doctor Who".
They broadcasting delayed Class in the US to pair that with Doctor Who. So, unfortunate on two fronts there (if it really did impact Orphan Black).
 

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Space promo:


BBC America Press Release said:
February 7, 2017
BBC AMERICA’s Orphan Black Returns for Final Trip Saturday, June 10th
EMMY-WINNER TATIANA MASLANY AND FULL CAST TO APPEAR TOGETHER FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER AT 2017 PALEYFEST LA

Announced today, the fifth and final season of BBC AMERICA’s critically-acclaimed series, Orphan Black, will premiere Saturday, June 10th at 10/9c. Tatiana Maslany makes the highly anticipated return to her Emmy®-winning role as multiple clones in the Peabody Award-winning series.

In addition, BBC AMERICA announced Tatiana Maslany (Leda clones) and the full cast will appear together for the first time at 2017’s PaleyFest LA on Thursday, March 23rd. Jordan Gavaris (Felix), Maria Doyle Kennedy (Mrs. S), Kristian Bruun (Donnie), Kevin Hanchard (Detective Art Bell), Evelyne Brochu (Delphine), Ari Millen (Ira and Castor clones), acting double Kathryn Alexandre and co-creator and writer, Graeme Manson, will kick off BBCA’s farewell to the series when they join the festival for a panel.

Orphan Black is produced by Temple Street Productions, a division of Boat Rocker Studios, in association with BBC AMERICA and Bell Media’s SPACE. The series is executive produced by Ivan Schneeberg and David Fortier, Graeme Manson, John Fawcett and Kerry Appleyard. The series is co-created by Manson and Fawcett, with Manson also serving as writer and Fawcett as director. BBC Worldwide distributes the series internationally.

NOTE TO EDITORS

@OrphanBlack

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Hashtag: #OrphanBlack #PaleyFest

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646.740.5611

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Created in 1998, BBC AMERICA is a hub of innovative, culturally contagious programming like the ground-breaking un-scripted series Top Gear, the top-rated science-fiction phenomenon Doctor Who, and the fan-favorite Orphan Black. The influential network has been the launch pad for talent including Ricky Gervais, Gordon Ramsay, and Graham Norton — all adopted as American pop culture icons. A joint venture between BBC Worldwide (the commercial arm of the BBC) and AMC Networks, BBCA has attracted both critical acclaim and major awards including five Emmy® Awards, five Golden Globes® and 12 Peabody Awards. The irrepressible network has garnered one of cable’s most curious, educated and affluent audiences, with many properties boasting super-fan levels of engagement. Available on cable and satellite TV, BBC AMERICA broadcasts in both standard and high-definition, is available On Demand across all major digital platforms and offers full episodes online at bbcamerica.com. Find out more by visiting press.bbcamerica.com or follow us on twitter.com/bbcamerica.
 

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With the premiere of the final season a week from Saturday, more information is starting to dribble out, including the guide synopses for the first three episodes:
Season 5 - Ep 1 - The Few Who Dare
Original Air Date: 10 June, 2017

Sarah is deeply wounded and struggling to stay alive on the Island. Driven deep into its forest by Neolutionists and worse, she strives to make it far enough to rescue Cosima. Meanwhile, a recovering Cosima reunites with Delphine, but there’s way more going on this Island than Cosima imagined and Delphine can’t give her all the answers she needs. What is clear is that Rachel is now in firmly in charge at the right-hand of the 170-year-old founder of Neolution, PT Westmorland. Back home, Neolution puts the screws to Alison and Donnie in their hunt for Helena. The sestras couldn’t be further apart when they need most to be together.

Season 5 - Ep 2 - Clutch of Greed
Original Air Date: 17 June, 2017

Captured by Neolution Sarah receives a damning ultimatum from Rachel: come into the fold, or lose your family. Her decision causes a clash with Kira who begins exploring her own maturity. Meanwhile, Ferdinand struggles to get a handle on Rachel’s new velvet glove mandate in pursuit of the clones. With Neolutionists and Ferdinand watching their every move, Felix brings an old ally into the mix to help his family get Kira to safety. On the Island, Cosima struggles to comprehend the reality of the Neolution myth made real.

Season 5 - Ep 3 - Beneath Her Heart
Original Air Date: 24 June, 2017

Stuck on the sidelines with Neolutionists crawling all over her home, Alison seeks to return to her community center, but Bailey Downs has moved on from her. As she flounders to take back some semblance of control, the ghost of friendships’ past rears its handsome head. Art and his new partner show up at the Hendrix residence to continue their search for Helena, forcing Art to make a difficult moral judgement.

The first season titles were all quoted from Charles Darwin. The second season titles were all quoted from Francis Bacon. The third season titles were all quoted from President Dwight D. Eisenhower's Farewell Address. The fourth season titles were all quoted from the works of feminist science and technology scholar Donna Haraway. If those titles are any indication, it looks like the episode titles for this final season will all be quoted from the poem "Protest" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox, from her collection Poems of Problems:

To sin by silence, when we should protest,
Makes cowards out of men. The human race
Has climbed on protest. Had no voice been raised
Against injustice, ignorance, and lust,
The inquisition yet would serve the law,
And guillotines decide our least disputes.
The few who dare, must speak and speak again
To right the wrongs of many. Speech, thank God,
No vested power in this great day and land
Can gag or throttle. Press and voice may cry
Loud disapproval of existing ills;
May criticise oppression and condemn
The lawlessness of wealth-protecting laws
That let the children and childbearers toil
To purchase ease for idle millionaires.

Therefore I do protest against the boast
Of independence in this mighty land.
Call no chain strong, which holds one rusted link.
Call no land free, that holds one fettered slave.
Until the manacled slim wrists of babes
Are loosed to toss in childish sport and glee,
Until the mother bears no burden, save
The precious one beneath her heart, until
God’s soil is rescued from the clutch of greed
And given back to labor, let no man
Call this the land of freedom.​
 

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My tuning adapter crapped out, so the season premiere didn't record. Fortunately, BBC America has made it available to stream for free.

I rewatched the fourth season finale on Blu-Ray right beforehand. Mostly it seems to line up, except that Sarah was pretty obviously shot as well as stabbed in the leg in finale but she only has the leg wound now. Makes it a bit more plausible that she could survive, but feels a bit like a cheat.

Art's new partner is really tall. She's also in bed with Neolution. I never much cared for his previous partner, so throwing him together with someone villainous at least gives them a more interesting note to play.

Nothing will ever beat Donnie covertly sneaking off through the woods, dragging a roller suitcase behind him as he goes.

That stick in the gut better not have ruined Helena's pregnancy.

This PT Westmoreland is quite the cult figure.

With the Creature running around, the island feels even more like the Island of Doctor Moreau.
 

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Great start to the season with lots of questions still in the air. Is Sarah just imagining communicating with her daughter or is there something actually going on there?
 

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Alison subplots are usually played for laughs, but tonight's hour did a great job delving into the pathos of being Alison Hendrix in this world. I loved seeing her go toe to toe with Rachel and have Rachel blink.

I take it from Felix's “the weirdest people get one” reaction that Donnie has a massive schlong.
 

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They finally get the bodies removed from their property! That was an interesting way for that situation to resolve. It is hard to believe that there are only 7 episodes left in the whole series.
 

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I always thought it was pretty funny that Alison seemed pretty unfazed by having let her best friend die but I do like that they went back to Ainsley's death.

Donnie being pulled underneath the curtain face first was an inspired bit of comedy.


I take it from Felix's “the weirdest people get one” reaction that Donnie has a massive schlong.
That makes sense. My first thought was that he some kind of piercing but that's insane for that character.
 

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