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BBC America Sets Final Season For 'Orphan Black'

BBC America Thursday said it will end its popular sci-fi series Orphan Black after five seasons.

The sci-fi-themed series, which stars Tatiana Maslany playing multiple clones, will return in 2017 for its 10-episode fifth and final season, according to network officials. The current fourth season finale will air tonight (June 16).

Orphan Black isproduced by Temple Street, with Ivan Schneeberg, David Fortier, Kerry Appleyard, Graeme Manson and John Fawcett serving as executive producers.

 “Orphan Black is a thrilling, genre-bending ride that has captured our fans’ imaginations and hearts like no other show,” said BBC America president Sarah Barnett in a statement. “Our genius team of actors, writers and producers have, time after time, taken us to a place of awe, delight and utter shock and surprise. Tatiana has been and continues to be a complete revelation, hers is one of the most remarkable performances on television, and she is joined by an extraordinary cast.  We can’t wait to take our incredibly passionate audience on one final gobsmacking clone adventure.”

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