BBC America kicked off its Television Critics Association press tour panel on Wednesday (9th July) afternoon with a double whammy of announcements: Orphan Back has been renewed for a third season and the second season of Broadchurch will air on BBC America.

The broadcaster revealed that the second Orphan Black season "became the first ever ad-supported drama series to double its ratings from season one to season two in A25-54 and 18-49 in Live+7," according to HitFix.

The season two finale of the sci-fi drama last month drew 1.376 million viewers in Live+7; a high point for the entire series.

The third season will be ten episodes long with Tatiana Maslany playing a wide range of characters. Meanwhile, the dark ITV drama Broadchurch was renewed for a second season after having earned some of BBC America's best reviews.

There was never any doubt other whether the mystery series would be back, which is why this week's announcement concerned the second season's 2015 drop date. The US remake of Broadchurch, Gracepoint, is also expected to be broadcast in the UK after a deal was signed with Fox, according to Radio Times.

More: 'Broadchurch' crowned top TV show of 2013 in UK poll.

In the remake, Tennant will reprise his police detective role alongside Breaking Bad actress Anna Gunn, who will play Olivia Colman's original character.

The network also had news of two new shows set to premiere: Tatau and The Last Kingdom. The former is a mystery series from the makers of Being Human that follows two British tourists who end up wound into a murder mystery while travelling in the South Pacific. Whilst the latter is a period drama from the makers of Downton Abbey, based on Bernard Cornwell's franchise The Saxon Stories.

More: David Tennant named Britain's favourite ever Doctor Who.

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The Second Series Of Hit BBC Crime Drama, 'Broadchurch,' Will Be Shown In The USA Via BBC America.