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BBC America Hopes To Repeat Orphan Black’s Success With New Series Intruders

Cautiously Optimistic

Looks like BBC America is hoping to capitalize on their last original series hit, Orphan Black, with another sci-fi story – Intruders

According to their press release, Michael Marshall Smith’s novel The Intruders is being turned into a television show for the network. Glen Morgan, producer/writer for The X-Files, Final Destination, and more, has been adapting the novel for TV.

Morgan said, “I am excited to be working with Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner who have been so groundbreaking in this genre across both sides of the Atlantic, and I am delighted BBC AMERICA has greenlit Intruders to series.”

They describe the premise as “a secret society devoted to chasing immortality by seeking refuge in the bodies of others.” Perry Simon, General Manager at BBC America had this to say, “Intruders features an imaginative premise that fits perfectly with BBC AMERICA’s signature block of complex and otherworldly dramas led by Doctor Who and Orphan Black. Glen Morgan has delivered a brilliant script.”

It wasn’t specifically mentioned but it stands to reason Intruders could be paired with Orphan Black for their “Supernatural Saturdays” but it won’t begin production until Spring of 2014, and OB is set to premiere in April, so it could take over that series’ slot after the finale.

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Jill Pantozzi is a pop-culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! She’s Editor in Chief of the geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network), and hosts her own blog “Has Boobs, Reads Comics” ( She co-hosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast along with superhero historian Alan Kistler, contributed to a book of essays titled “Chicks Read Comics,” (Mad Norwegian Press) and had her first comic book story in the IDW anthology, “Womanthology.” In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s "Comic Store Heroes," a documentary on the lives of comic book fans and the following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, "Legends of the Knight."