Glen Morgan and Eduardo Sánchez Talk INTRUDERS, Deviating from the Book, Splitting Directing Duties Between Sánchez and Daniel Stamm, and More

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From writer/executive producer Glen Morgan (The X-Files), the BBC America drama series Intruders is about a secret society devoted to chasing immortality by seeking refuge in the bodies of others.  A missing wife (Mira Sorvino), an assassin (James Frain) covering his crimes and a child (Millie Brown) on the run are all seemingly unrelated, but will intertwine to reveal a conspiracy that will lead former LAPD cop Jack Whelan (John Simm) to question everything.

During this exclusive interview with Collider, Glen Morgan and director Eduardo Sánchez (who directed the first four episodes, with Daniel Stamm directing the last four) talked about how Intruders came about, where it’s sticking close to the book and where it’s deviating, what drew them into the story, shooting the series in blocks of four episodes, instead of as eight separate ones, keeping a cohesive look and tone, approaching the show as a drama with human elements, making sure to answer questions, the challenges of shooting everything on location, and thinking ahead to a possible season 2.  Check out what they had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

ORPHAN BLACK Renewed for Season 3; BROADCHURCH Season 2 Set for Early 2015 Debut

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Orphan Black season 3 is a “go”, people.  There was little doubt that the wildly entertaining sci-fi series would be back for a third season, but BBC America has now made the pick-up official in addition to a few other announcements regarding the network’s lineup.  The 10-episode third season will debut in 2015, with the incredibly talented Tatiana Maslany reprising her many roles in the clone-filled show.  If you’re not familiar with the series, I highly suggest you make yourself acquainted.  It’s great fun.

Additionally, BBC America announced that Broadchurch season 2 will debut in early 2015.  Many have been curious to find out how the emotionally devastating series would continue in a second season, and while plot details are still tight, we know that David Tennant and Olivia Coleman are reprising their lead roles with Charlotte Rampling, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, James D’Arcy, and more playing new characters.  Fox also has its American remake, Gracepoint, debuting this fall with Tennant playing a different iteration of his Broadchurch character.  Hit the jump for information on BBC America’s full lineup.

Luke Pasqualino, Maimie McCoy and Executive Producer Adrian Hodges Talk BBC America’s THE MUSKETEERS, Blending Genres, and More

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The Musketeers, airing on BBC America, is set on the streets of 17th century Paris, before law and order reigned. As a result, King Louis XIII’s personal bodyguards, Athos (Tom Burke), Aramis (Santiago Cabrera) and Porthos (Howard Charles), stand for social justice, honor and valor. Created by Adrian Hodges (Primeval), the show also stars Luke Pasqualino, Peter Capaldi, Maimie McCoy, Tamla Kari and Hugh Speer.

During this exclusive interview with Collider, co-stars Luke Pasqualino and Maimie McCoy, along with executive producer/writer Adrian Hodges, talked about what made them want to take on The Musketeers, how crucial the chemistry was among the actors, not going too over-the-top with the humor, making sure the villains feel very real, how challenging it is to find the right directions for such a blend of genres, how challenging the physical aspects of these roles are, favorite action scenes and episodes, and how they’re always thinking ahead to future seasons.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

IN THE FLESH Season Two Review: Life After Zombies Is Still No Picnic

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Last year, BBC America quietly aired the BBC Three series In the Flesh, a British take on the zombie apocalypse that was satirical, haunting and deeply affecting.  Spanning a mere three episodes (a la Luther or Sherlock), the series explored what happens after a zombie apocalypse is over.  In this case, the government has found a way to re-orient the undead back into the world of the living: a serum keeps them from wanting to devour flesh, and cosmetics give them a more lifelike pallor and eye color.  But those suffering from “Post-Deceased Syndrome” are not embraced by many, including sometimes their own families.

BBC America Drama COPPER Canceled

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BBC America has announced that this second season of its gritty period crime drama Copper, which wrapped earlier this week, will be the series’ last.  Though Copper had a well-received outing (I reviewed it positively at the time), it never found a steady audience, especially after its first season premiered at the start of a heavy fall line up last year.  The show returned this summer hoping to gain more traction, but ultimately it never seemed to distinguish itself enough from two other foundering series, AMC’s Hell On Wheels and BBC’s Ripper Street, which cover a similar time frame and gritty aspect.  Hit the jump for more on BBC America’s comments, as well as the future of their scripted series.

Matt Smith and David Tennant Stand Tall in New Poster for DOCTOR WHO 50th Anniversary Special THE DAY OF THE DOCTOR

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BBC America has unveiled a new poster for the highly anticipated television event The Day of the Doctor, which is a special 50th anniversary episode of Doctor Who.  The poster shows the TV special’s two leads, Matt Smith and David Tennant, standing back to back along with a disheveled John Hurt, and the episode also stars Jenna Coleman and Billie Piper.  There’s sure to be plenty more of promotional materials as we head closer to the episode’s premiere, but this poster is a nice tease of what’s to come.

Hit the jump to check out the new poster.  The Day of the Doctor will air on BBC America November 23rd.

David Tennant and Billie Piper to Reprise Their Roles for DOCTOR WHO 50th Anniversary Special; John Hurt to Co-Star

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Quite the celebration is being put together for the 50th anniversary of the immensely popular BBC show Doctor Who.  BBC America announced today that David Tennant and Billie Piper will return for the special alongside John Hurt, Jenna-Louise Coleman, and current Doctor Matt Smith.  Fan-favorite Tennant starred as the Doctor in three series beginning in 2005 before he was replaced by Smith.  The new special will be written by current showrunner Steven Moffat and directed by Nick Hurran, with filming set to begin this week in the UK.  No word on when the special will air.

Hit the jump to read the full press release, and click here to read our interview with Moffat regarding all things Doctor Who and Sherlock.  An eight-episode run of new episodes of Doctor Who begins tonight on BBC America at 8pm ET/PT.

Jordan Gavaris and Dylan Bruce Talk BBC America’s ORPHAN BLACK, How Much Their Characters Know, Keeping the Audience Guessing, and More

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The new BBC America drama series Orphan Black tells the story of Sarah (Tatiana Maslany), a young woman whose life changes dramatically after witnessing the suicide of a woman who looks just like her.  She hopes that cleaning out the dead woman’s bank account will solve all of her problems, but quickly finds herself caught up in the middle of a mysterious and deadly conspiracy.

During this recent exclusive interview with Collider, co-stars Jordan Gavaris (who plays Felix, Sarah’s foster brother and her one true confidante) and Dylan Bruce (who plays Paul, the dead woman’s boyfriend) talked about how they each came to be a part of this intriguing new series, how the story will continue to keep viewers guessing, how much their characters know about what’s going on, and what they might do, if they came face-to-face with a clone.  Check out what they had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

Showtime Renews SHAMELESS, HOUSE OF LIES, and CALIFORNICATION; Cinemax Orders Season 2 of BANSHEE; BBC America Renews RIPPER STREET

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Some renewals for some popular cable television programs have been ordered.  Briefly:

  • Showtime has ordered new seasons of Shameless, House of Lies, and Californication to air in 2014.
  • Cinemax has renewed True Blood creator Alan Ball’s new series Banshee for a second season that will debut in 2014.
  • BBC America has ordered an 8-episode second season of the mystery series Ripper Street to air in 2014.

Hit the jump to read the press releases.

RIPPER STREET Preview; New BBC America Series Stars Matthew MacFadyen As A Victorian-Era Investigator

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The setting of the grimy, gray world of 1889 London, patrolled by a brilliant detective may seem familiar, but BBC America’s new series Ripper Street manages to give fresh life to an old tale. Ripper Street picks up six months after the last (canonical) Jack the Ripper killing, and while the first episode does lean heavily upon the hysteria of the famed murders, it is luckily not the show’s only reason for existing.

Detective Inspector Edmund Reid (Matthew MacFadyen, playing the real-life detective who was brought in to help the seemingly incompetent police division) is in the tough position of investigating crimes in London’s Whitechapel district (perhaps more familiar to modern audiences as the setting of Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes film).  Whitechapel is a small neighborhood with an incredibly large and impoverished population, and plenty of seedy characters for Reid to go up against.  Hit the jump for more on Ripper Street, as well as how the show deals with the infamous killer, and more.

DOCTOR WHO Christmas Special Scores Big Ratings for BBC America; Plus Check Out The Newest Season Seven Trailer

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The Whovian ranks seem to be growing steadily, as this year’s Doctor Who Christmas Special episode “The Snowmen” brought in 1.4 million viewers for BBC America.  While those numbers may not seem huge in the scheme of things, it’s quite a coup for the cable channel, and makes it the second most-watched episode in its history.  The special went up 54 percent from last year overall, and up 60 percent among adults in the highly targeted 24-to-54 age demographic.

There’s plenty more in store for the series, which returns in April with the back half of its seventh season.  For one, Jenna-Louise Coleman‘s character Clara looks to be a little more interesting than fans originally thought, as Matt Smith‘s Doctor’s new companion.  Hit the jump for the trailer, as well as a few thoughts about the upcoming episodes (spoilers if you haven’t seen the Christmas Special!).

Kevin Ryan, Kyle Schmid, and Ato Essandoh Talk COPPER, Stylized Dialogue, and Morally Grey Characters

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The BBC America drama series Copper – from Academy Award-winner Barry Levinson, Emmy-winner Tom Fontana and Academy Award-nominee Will Rokos – is set in 1864, at a time when disorder and mayhem were the law of the land, and New York City was filled with intrigue, corruption, mystery and murder. The show also stars Tom Weston-Jones (as Irish immigrant Detective Kevin Corcoran), Franka Potente, Anastasia Griffith, Kevin Ryan, Kyle Schmid, Ato Essandoh, Dylan Taylor, Kiara Glasco, Tanya Fischer and Tessa Thompson.

In this exclusive interview with Collider, co-stars Kevin Ryan (who plays Detective Francis Maguire, Detective Corcoran’s closet friend and partner in the Sixth Precinct), Kyle Schmid (who plays Robert Morehouse, a handsome Manhattan aristocrat) and Ato Essandoh (who plays Doctor Matthew Freeman, who secretly assists Corcoran with his work) talked about their audition process, how they got comfortable with this type of stylized dialogue, playing characters that live in the grey area, working on such realistic sets, and their favorite moments for their characters. Check out what they had to say after the jump.

Copper Review; BBC America’s New Police Drama Set in 1864 New York

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BBC America’s new original series Copper seems an odd foray for a cable network built on rerunning some of the best programming from across the pond, though Copper is itself a bit of an amalgam of foreign and American interests (although in this case, Irish rather than British).  It’s 1864 New York, and Irish immigrant police detective Kevin “Corky” Corcoran (Tom Weston-Jones, MI-5) is exactly the type of ruggedly handsome, clever, morally complex hero with a tragic backstory you would expect to anchor such a work. And as of the first two episodes, Weston-Jones does an adequate job in charming viewers enough to take an interest in Corcoran as a protagonist and hero as he fights against (and occasionally participates in) a corrupt police force in a corrupt city.

Copper comes out of the box with violence and grit and doesn’t easily let up.  It relishes portraying the slums of the kind of day where you could punch a man carrying the corpse of a dead child for interrupting you being pleasured (or about to be) by another child.  There’s plenty of liquor, fighting and busty whores; this is a series for adults, and Copper doesn’t let it be forgotten.  Though it could be compared to — and does borrow from — series covering roughly the same time period and themes (Hell on Wheels, Deadwood), it owes the most to Scorsese’s Gangs of New York, taking place just after the New York Draft Riots of 1863 which acted as the climax of that film, and in the same Five Points slum.  But for more on why Copper may be worth a trip into the gutter, hit the jump.

Simon Bird and Robert Popper Interview FRIDAY NIGHT DINNER

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The new comedy Friday Night Dinner, premiering tonight on BBC America, follows the Goodmans, a traditional but not strictly observant Jewish family whose weekly Friday night dinners see brothers Adam (Simon Bird) and Jonny (Tom Rosenthal) act like kids again, and Mom (Tamsin Greig) and Dad (Paul Ritter) are as embarrassing as they’ve always been. With grandma in a bikini and a creepy neighbor who’s terrified of his own dog, there is never a dull moment at the Goodman residence.

During a recent interview to promote the show’s premiere in the States, actor Simon Bird and show creator/producer/writer Robert Popper talked about how much of the series came from personal experience, the difference between American comedies about Jewish families versus this UK family, and how everyone can relate to having embarrassing parents. Check out what they had to say after the jump:

BBC America Announces First Original Scripted Drama Series COPPER

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We’ve already journeyed into the historical Five Points neighborhood of New York City in Martin Scorsese’s fantastic film Gangs of New York, but now BBC America will venture even deeper in the same location and time with their first original scripted drama series called Copper. Tom Fantana (Oz) and Will Rokos (Southland) co-created the series with filmmaker Barry Levinson (Rain Man) and executive in charge of Mad Men, Christina Wayne, executive producing the series which follows a young Irish cop in the Five Points Irish neighborhood of New York City in the 1860’s where he must navigate the unruly and sometimes violent currents of his immigrant neighborhood, while simultaneously interacting with uptown Manhattan high society and the emerging black community in Harlem. Honestly it sounds like a series set in the heart of Scorsese’s film, and that sounds fantastic. Production will begin later this year and the series will premiere on BBC America next summer, so stay tuned as this project develops.

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