Production Underway on Final Season of Space Original Series ORPHAN BLACK with Emmy® Winner Tatiana Maslany
— October 25, 2016
– 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™ –
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.
About Bell Media Independent Production Bell Media has commissioned some of Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed original programming, working with the best Canadian independent producers in the country. Hit series commissioned by CTV include ratings success stories SAVING HOPE, the record-breaking THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, and MASTERCHEF CANADA. Upcoming original series on CTV include CARDINAL and THE DISAPPEARANCE. Among the original scripted series on Bell Media pay, specialty, and streaming platforms are the internationally acclaimed ORPHAN BLACK, Space’s most-watched original series KILLJOYS, Bravo’s award-winning and most-watched original drama 19-2, award-winning dramedy SENSITIVE SKIN, CraveTV’s first original series LETTERKENNY, the upcoming original series RUSSELL PETERS IS THE INDIAN DETECTIVE, Discovery’s upcoming drama FRONTIER, and Comedy’s new satirical news series THE BEAVERTON. Discovery is also home to Bell Media’s hit factual series HIGHWAY THRU HELL, COLD WATER COWBOYS, and CANADA’S WORST DRIVER, among others. Bell Media is one of the first media companies in North America to commit to producing all new scripted series in 4K.
About Temple Street 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, Space), 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.
About Space Space is home to phenomenal programming including imaginative dramas, epic movies, engaging reality series, and the daily entertainment talk show INNERSPACE, the source for all-things genre, and the popular after show AFTER THE BLACK. Named “Channel of the Year” in 2013 by Playback Magazine, Space is also home to original series ORPHAN BLACK and KILLJOYS, and the exclusive Canadian home for signature series DOCTOR WHO, THE EXPANSE, DARK MATTER, and AFTERMATH. Space content is always available at Space.ca, and on Facebook, @SpaceChannel, and other social media platforms. Space is part of Bell Media, which is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company.