ORPHAN BLACK Season 2 Cloned for Network Broadcast, Airing Fridays on CTV Beginning Aug. 15

- Critically acclaimed conspiracy thriller starring Canadian Actress and Golden Globe®-nominee Tatiana Maslany returns to CTV for Season 2 -

- Rewind to the beginning: special Season 1 catch-up primer, available now on Space.ca -

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"…. An unstoppable series that's proven something an entire country has known for years: Canada is ready to play with the big boys." - Forbes

"If it wasn't for the CTV repeat last year, I wouldn't have become an Orphan Black fan." - @fagstein (Steve Faguy, The Montreal Gazette)

TORONTO, Aug. 11, 2014 /CNW/ - Enter the clones. The countdown is on with just four days to go until the critically acclaimed second season of ORPHAN BLACK makes the leap from specialty television to CTV for its network broadcast debut run. Airing Fridays at 9 p.m. ET/PT beginning August 15, ORPHAN BLACK takes an early power position in CTV's blockbuster fall slate. The strategic scheduling move expands the reach of the smash hit series, amplifying its exposure to viewers across the country ahead of its Season 3 premiere this winter on Space. Episodes of ORPHAN BLACK Season 2 will also be available on demand following each CTV broadcast at CTV.ca and the CTV GO App.

**Media Note** Photography for ORPHAN BLACK is available online at BellMediaPR.ca

Also announced today, viewers can refresh or catch-up on the complete first season of ORPHAN BLACK with a special free, binge-viewing opportunity, now until Friday, Aug. 15 at Space.ca, ahead of CTV's Season 2 premiere. Season 1 is also available in its entirety for purchase anytime on iTunes and in stores on Blu-ray and DVD.

In the Season 2 premiere of ORPHAN BLACK, entitled "Nature Under Constraint and Vexed" (Friday, Aug. 15 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV - check CTV.ca for local times), Sarah (Tatiana Maslany) is out of options, on the run, and being pursued by deadly adversaries. Desperate to find her daughter Kira (Skyler Wexler, ALPHAS), Sarah's scorched earth tactics bring her face to face with the "pro-clone" Rachel. Meanwhile, with Alison's carefully crafted suburban world spinning out of control, and the genetic illness affecting Cosima threatening them all, Sarah must negotiate a dangerous world of new enemies and shifting allegiances to get to the bottom of the experiment that made them who they are.

ORPHAN BLACK stars Canadian Screen Award winner and Golden Globe® nominee Tatiana Maslany (Picture Day, PARKS AND RECREATION), who to date has portrayed nine different characters (Sarah, Beth, Katja, Alison, Cosima, Helena, Jennifer, Tony, and Rachel). The ensemble cast is also comprised of Canadian Screen Award-winner Jordan Gavaris (UNNATURAL HISTORY) as Felix, Sarah's foster brother; Canadian Screen Award-winner Maria Doyle Kennedy (DOWNTON ABBEY) as Mrs. S, Sarah and Felix's hard-nosed working class foster mother; Dylan Bruce (NCIS) as Paul, Beth's boyfriend with a secret linked to his army days in Afghanistan; Kevin Hanchard (REPUBLIC OF DOYLE) as Art, a veteran detective; Kristian Bruun (Life, MURDOCH MYSTERIES) as Donnie, Alison's husband and monitor; Michael Mando (THE KILLING, BETTER CALL SAUL) as Vic, Sarah's sporadically violent ex; and Skyler Wexler (ALPHAS) as Kira, Sarah's seven-year-old daughter. Season 2 newcomers include Michiel Huisman (GAME OF THRONES) as Cal Morrison, a rugged, resourceful outdoorsman; Peter Outerbridge (NIKITA) as Henrik "Hank" Johanssen, a modern day cowboy; and Ari Millen (Monster Brawl) as Mark, a cunning predator with a dark edge.

ORPHAN BLACK is executive produced by Ivan Schneeberg and David Fortier (Being Erica, THE NEXT STEP), Graeme Manson (Cube, FLASHPOINT) and John Fawcett (SPARTACUS, Ginger Snaps). 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 Productions in association with Space and BBC America. Production Executives are Trish Williams and Gosia Kamela. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. Tracey Pearce is Senior Vice-President, Specialty and Pay, Bell Media. Phil King is President, CTV, Sports, and Entertainment Programming.

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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 CTV series include ratings success stories SAVING HOPE, THE LISTENER, MOTIVE, and THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, the record-breaking, Canadian-produced complementary version of the hit international series. New to CTV in 2014 are hit international format MASTERCHEF CANADA and multi-cam office comedy SPUN OUT, one of the most-watched new comedies of the season. Among the scripted series on Bell Media pay and specialty channels are the three-time Emmy®-nominated hit DEGRASSI, the internationally acclaimed ORPHAN BLACK, the most-watched original series in Space history BITTEN, Bravo's most-watched new drama 19-2, TRANSPORTER- THE SERIES, dramedy SENSITIVE SKIN, and the upcoming KILLJOYS. Bell Media specialty channels are also home to hit factual series HIGHWAY THRU HELL and CANADA'S WORST DRIVER, among others.

About CTV

CTV is Canada's #1 private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV has been Canada's most-watched television network for the past 13 years in a row. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada's premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, digital, and Out-of-Home. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada's largest communications company. More information about CTV can be found on the network's website at CTV.ca

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For further information:

Tonia Addison, CTV & CTV Two, 416.384.2194 or tonia.addison@bellmedia.ca
Jim Quan, CTV & CTV Two, 416.384.5311 or jim.quan@bellmedia.ca