BBC America Introduces Supernatural Saturdays

Outcasts - Doctor Who - Primeval

BBC America is demonstrating its commitment to the sci-fi genre with the addition of a new ‘Supernatural Saturday’ lineup on the channel. The slot will be home to three new productions, Primeval, Outcasts, and Bedlam, as well as returning series Doctor Who and Being Human.

Doctor Who will open with a spectacular two-parter set in the U.S. and penned by ‘Who supremo’ Steven Moffat. In the special two-parter co-produced with BBC AMERICA, key scenes have been filmed in Utah for a story set in the late ‘60s in which the Doctor, Amy and Rory find themselves on a secret summons that takes them on an adventure from the desert – right to the Oval Office itself. The new season will be split into two blocks, with the first block airing in spring 2011 and the second airing in fall 2011. By splitting the series Moffat plans to give viewers one of the most exciting Doctor Who cliffhangers and plot twists ever, leaving them waiting, on the edge of their seats, until the fall to find out what happens.

And as previously announced, BBC AMERICA will premiere the highly anticipated Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol on Christmas Day, the same day as its UK broadcast. Airs Saturday, December 25, 9:00 pm ET/PT.

Being Human is also back with an all new third season. Russell Tovey, Lenora Crichlow and Aidan Turner return as George, Annie and Mitchell, the three twenty-somethings trying to live as normally as possible despite being a werewolf, a vampire and a ghost. This season will see the housemates relocate from their current home in Bristol to Wales – a move triggered by events in the dramatic climax of the second series – while encountering some new faces and battling their biggest threat yet.

Primeval – The popular show is returning after almost two years with its eagerly anticipated fourth series, which opens the franchise to new audiences, thanks to a ‘unique international collaboration’ with BBC America.

When rips in time called ‘anomalies’ started opening across the UK, dangerous creatures from the past and future began appearing in the most unexpected places, endangering lives and putting the whole of humanity at risk. A crack team of specialists was appointed by the government to deal with these “creature incursions.”

From the creators of Walking With Dinosaurs and Survivors, the new season of Primeval sees a new headquarters, the arrival of new faces and the surprise return of some notable guest stars from earlier seasons. Primeval premieres Saturday, January 1, 9:00pm ET/PT.

Outcasts – From the makers of international hit series Life on Mars and MI-5 (‘Spooks’), comes the frontier drama Outcasts.

The series takes viewers into a new world as it explores survival, sex, politics and the drive for power. With Earth no longer habitable, a group of courageous pioneers have traveled to another planet to begin again. They’ve built the town of Forthaven on Carpathia and have the unique opportunity of creating a new and better future on another planet. Led by President Tate and his core team, they’re determined to run a democracy, but human nature and some tough decisions from the past come back to haunt them.

Outcasts stars Eric Mabius (Ugly Betty, The L Word), Liam Cunningham (Clash Of The Titans), Hermione Norris (MI-5, Wire In The Blood), Daniel Mays (The Bank Job, Atonement) and Amy Manson (Being Human, Desperate Romantics). Outcasts premieres early 2011 on Saturdays, 9:00pm ET/PT.

Also coming soon to the channel is Bedlam. Set in Bedlam Heights – an apartment building converted from a pre-Victorian lunatic asylum – the inhabitants experience the darker side of the building’s history when former asylum spirits come back to claim what they believe to be theirs and seek revenge on those who have wronged them. The terrifying hauntings that follow reveal that sometimes when you scratch away the surface, things aren’t always what they seem.

The sexy, contemporary paranormal program stars singer and actor Will Young (Pop Idol winner, Skins), Charlotte Salt (The Tudors), Theo James (A Passionate Woman), Joanna Page (Gavin & Stacey), and Ashley Madekwe (Secret Diary of a Call Girl).

BBC America is also introducing a sci-fi block during the daytime schedule, which will feature shows like Doctor Who and Torchwood. A weekday block will also pair Doctor Who with sci-fi favourite, The X-Files. The X-Files premieres Monday, January 3, 11:00a.m. ET/PT after Doctor Who airings at 10:00a.m. ET/PT.