BBC AMERICA just announced this via press release:
Doctor Who, original series Orphan Black and Chris Hardwick’s all-new comedy-variety talk show The Nerdist premiere March 30 on BBC AMERICA as part of Supernatural Saturday. Leading the night is BBC AMERICA’s highest rated series, Doctor Who, with eight all-new blockbuster episodes, including stories penned by lead writer Steven Moffat (Sherlock) and acclaimed writer Neil Gaiman. Then, catch the network’s next original series, Orphan Black – the suspense driven conspiracy-thriller starring rising star Tatiana Maslany (The Vow, Picture Day) as Sarah – an outsider and orphan whose life changes dramatically after witnessing the suicide of a woman who looks just like her. Rounding out the night is Chris Hardwick’s all-new weekly comedy-variety series, The Nerdist. Join Chris, Matt Mira, Jonah Ray and celebrity correspondents as they “geek out” with a who’s who of celebrities, comedians and nerd icons from both sides of the pond. Supernatural Saturday premieres March 30 on BBC AMERICA, with Doctor Who at 8:00pm ET, Orphan Black at 9:00pm ET and The Nerdist at 10:00pm ET.
DOCTOR WHO – U.S. PREMIERE
Following a record-breaking year, fan favorite Doctor Who returns with a modern day urban thriller, The Bells of St. John, written by lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat (Sherlock). Set in London against the backdrop of new and old iconic landmarks – The Shard and Westminster Bridge – The Bells of St. John introduces a new nemesis, the Spoonheads, who battle the Doctor as he discovers something sinister is lurking in the Wi-Fi. The premiere will be followed by seven epic episodes written by Steven Moffat, acclaimed writer Neil Gaiman (Coraline, Beowulf), Mark Gatiss (Sherlock), Neil Cross (Luther) and Stephen Thompson (Sherlock).
The Doctor (Matt Smith) is joined by his new companion Clara (Jenna-Louise Coleman) for the latest set of incredible adventures through space and time. The duo finds new adversaries and familiar friends around every corner as they journey from the bottom of the ocean in a submarine to the center of the TARDIS and beyond. The Cybermen make a thunderous return and the Ice Warrior arrives in an unexpected place.
Steven Moffat, executive producer and lead writer, said, “It’s the 50th year of Doctor Who and look what’s going on! We’re up in the sky and under the sea! We’re running round the rings of an alien world and then a haunted house. There’s new Cybermen, new Ice Warriors and a never before attempted journey to the centre of the TARDIS. And in the finale, the Doctor’s greatest secret will at last be revealed! If this wasn’t already our most exciting year it would be anyway!”
Also appearing this season are guest stars Dougray Scott (Desperate Housewives, Mission: Impossible II), Warwick Davis (Life’s Too Short, Harry Potter), Celia Imrie (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), Richard E Grant (Iron Lady, Dracula), Jessica Raine (Call the Midwife) and Tamzin Outhwaite (EastEnders, Law & Order: UK). Additionally, mother and daughter Dame Diana Rigg (Game of Thrones, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service) and Rachael Stirling (Tipping the Velvet) will appear on screen together for the first time. Doctor Who premieres Saturday, March 30, 8:00pm ET as part of Supernatural Saturday.
ORPHAN BLACK – WORLD PREMIERE
Sarah hopes that cleaning out a dead woman’s bank account will solve all her problems. Instead, they multiply at an unnerving rate. Smart, sexy and pulsating with suspense – BBC AMERICA’s new original series, Orphan Black, features rising star Tatiana Maslany (The Vow, Picture Day). She portrays Sarah, an outsider and orphan whose life changes dramatically after witnessing the suicide of a woman, Beth, who looks just like her. Sarah takes her identity, her boyfriend and her money. But instead of solving her problems, the street-smart chameleon is thrust headlong into a kaleidoscopic mystery. She makes the dizzying discovery that she and the dead woman are clones… but are they the only ones? Sarah quickly finds herself caught in the middle of a deadly conspiracy, racing to find answers.
“As we get deeper into the show and peel back the layers, we unearth the conspiracy and the philosophy behind those responsible for the circumstances our characters are facing,” said co-creator and writer Graeme Manson. “It’s a thrill ride with no shortage of hooks; the ‘how is she going to get out of this?’ question will be answered by Sarah invariably not getting ‘out’, but going deeper,” added co-creator and director John Fawcett.
Led by Tatiana Maslany, the cast includes Jordan Gavaris (Degrassi) as Felix, Sarah’s thorny foster brother and her one true confidante; Dylan Bruce (NCIS) as Paul, Beth’s boyfriend – a decent guy with chiseled features, but more complicated than he appears; Maria Doyle Kennedy (Downton Abbey) as Mrs. S, Sarah’s foster mother and a hard-nosed working class Brit; Michael Mando (The Killing) as Vic, Sarah’s volatile ex, aptly nicknamed “Vic the Dick”; Kevin Hanchard (Republic of Doyle) as Art, a veteran detective working alongside Beth who grows suspicious of her erratic behavior: and Skyler Wexler (Carrie) as Sarah’s seven-year-old daughter. The thrilling ten-part BBC AMERICA original is executive produced by Ivan Schneeberg and David Fortier (Being Erica), Graeme Manson (Flashpoint), and John Fawcett (Spartacus). The drama is co-created by Manson and Fawcett, with Manson also serving as writer and Fawcett as director.
ORPHAN BLACK premieres Saturday, March 30, 9:00pm ET/PT, as part of BBC AMERICA’s Supernatural Saturday.
Twitter: @OrphanBlack #OrphanBlack
THE NERDIST – WORLD PREMIERE
BBC AMERICA’s comedy-variety talk show, The Nerdist, is ready to invade your Saturday nights. Based on comedian, writer, Doctor Who evangelist and web pundit, Chris Hardwick’s hit Nerdist Podcast, the series premieres Saturday, March 30, 10:00pm ET. Join Chris, Matt Mira, Jonah Ray and celebrity correspondents as they welcome actors, writers, comedians, scientists and other nerd icons, hailing from both sides of the pond, to chat about a glorious mélange of Nerdtastic topics. Upcoming guests and more details on the new series will be announced in the coming weeks.
The Nerdist will continue to be produced by Nerdist Industries and Comcast Entertainment Studios, with Chris Hardwick, Alex Murray, Jay James, Gary Snegaroff and K.P. Anderson serving as executive producers.
The Nerdist premieres Saturday, March 30, 10:00pm ET/PT, as part of BBC AMERICA’s Supernatural Saturday.
Twitter: @Nerdist (@MattMira) (@JonahRay) #TheNerdist
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