New Shows: BBC America Commissions

Orphan Black BBC America has commissioned the ten-part Orphan Black, an original sci-fi series about a clone.

Orphan Black is set to begin filming in Toronto this autumn and is co-created by Graeme Manson (Flashpoint) and John Fawcett (Spartacus). After witnessing the suicide of a woman who looks exactly like her, the series’ protagonist, Sarah, assumes the stranger’s identity. Expecting to solve all her problems by cleaning out the dead woman’s savings, Sarah is instead thrust headlong into a kaleidoscopic mystery as she realises the dizzying truth – she and the dead woman are clones.  As Sarah searches for answers, she discovers the chilling fact that there are more people like her out there; genetically identical individuals who were planted in unsuspecting birth parents and nurtured in completely different circumstances. With no idea who created the clones, she’ll need to discover the reason in a hurry as an assassin is killing them one by one.

WiredTakes place in a world that looks exactly like today, except for one thing: this is a world with “Syns” (Synthetic Organisms), exact replicas of human beings and the newest luxury accessory money can buy. Wired explores our evolving relationship with technology, the boundaries of society’s values and moralities, our hypocrisies and contradictions, holding up a mirror to who we are today and what we might become.

Dead Beat A paranormal crime show from writer John Jackson (Being Human). Two cops, one dead and one alive, become a reluctant team, working from leads in the world of the dead to track down killers in the world of the living. Subverting the crime genre, The Dead Beat brings a whole new meaning to cold cases, underworld informants, dead leads and buried evidence!

Source: SFX, SFX

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