ORPHAN BLACK Comic-Con Panel Recap: Cast and Creators Talk Male Clones, the Emmy Snub, and the Comic Book

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Awards season sees snubs left and right for well-deserved performances and craftsmanship, but never in recent history has there been such fan backlash as there has been for Orphan BlackThis little known BBC America series has managed to grow a loyal and rabid cult following in just two seasons, with the amazing talented Tatiana Maslany at the center of it.

Regularly playing four to five different clones in each episode, Maslany has truly earned her new spot as a Comic-Con superstar, and the energy was palpable when the Orphan Black panel started.  While about half the time was devoted to fan questions and touching stories, the panel was able to go into how the cast and crew felt about the making of the second season and where they were looking forward to as they begin work on the third.  Are there sparks flying between Paul and Mrs. S?  Will we see Tony, the newest clone, again?  And, really, where are Cosima’s parents?  In attendance with Maslany were actors Jordan Gavaris, Dylan Bruce, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Kristian Bruun, and Ari Millen, as well as creators John Fawcett and Graeme Manson.  Hit the jump for Orphan Black Comic-Con panel recap highlights.

New to Blu-ray: UNDER THE SKIN, RIO 2, SCANNERS Criterion, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases include a very different kind of Scarlett Johansson sci-fi film, a David Cronenberg addition to the Criterion Collection, an animated sequel, the second season of a beloved BBC America sci-fi series, and more.  Briefly:

The 2014 Emmy Nominations: 5 Surprises, 5 Snubs, and How the Voters Choose

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As predicted in who should be nominated for the Emmys the actual 2014 Emmy nominations provoked irritation and boredom by essentially copying and pasting the same names and series as the last several years.  There were a few adjustments: True Detective rightfully knocked Homeland out of the Best Drama list, but did Downton Abbey and House of Cards really deserve slots over The Good Wife‘s best season yet, not to mention an outstanding year for The Americans?  Hit the jump to learn the method behind this madness, as well as the picks for five surprises and five snubs from some of the non-major categories.

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.

THE COLLISION: Episode 91 – MAD MEN, HANNIBAL, FARGO, and More TV

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This week on The Collision, we’re joined by our TV Editor Allison Keene to talk about the most recent seasons of Mad Men, The Americans, Hannibal, and Silicon Valley.  We also talk about Fargo and Louie, which are still in the middle of their current seasons.  As always, we finish up with our recommendations.

Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode (“Ant-Man and X-Men: Days of Future Past“), click here to add the podcast to your RSS, and click here to find us on iTunes. To keep up to date with The Collision, you can follow us on Twitter at @MattGoldberg and @AdamChitwood.

ORPHAN BLACK Season 2 Preview: BBC America’s Breakout Hit Returns Without Missing a Beat

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Orphan Black debuted last year on BBC America to little recognition or fanfare, but picked up a cult following during its run that led to near-riots (in certain, mostly critical circles) that its star, Tatiana Maslany, wasn’t nominated for all of the acting awards available.  This year, the audience should be bigger, and so is the pressure for the show to keep up its energy and intrigue.

The series is in some ways a drama disguised as sci-fi, although what makes it great is that it’s also wholly both.  And in the upcoming season, Maslany’s portrayal of her many on-screen versions continues to be diverse, distinctive, and divine.  Hit the jump for more on where things kick off in Season Two, and a video recap of Season One (and if you aren’t caught up, get so tout de suite!)

Tatiana Maslany Talks ORPHAN BLACK Season 2, Getting Through Season 2 on Adrenaline, Developing the Different Clones and Their Backstory, and More

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Season 2 of the BBC America dramatic conspiracy thriller Orphan Black sees Sarah (Tatiana Maslany) in a desperate race to find her missing daughter.  The wild pursuit brings her head-to-head with ruthless clone Rachel (Maslany), and Sarah, along with her clone sisters Alison (Maslany) and Cosima (Maslany), struggle to pick up the pieces of their broken lives while dealing with the harsh reality that no one around them can be trusted.

During this interview to promote the return of the show, the ridiculously talented Tatiana Maslany, who expertly pulls off playing every clone, talked about running on adrenaline to get through the season, developing the different clones, doing a backstory for each clone, how she gets into each character, the process for shooting more than one clone in the same scene, how this project has changed her, what it’s like to be in the public eye, mastering all of the different accents, taking everything to the next level for Orphan Black Season 2, how much fun she had guesting on Parks and Recreation, and how she’d love to work with Gena Rowlands.  Hit the jump for our Tatiana Maslany Orphan Black interview, and be aware that there are some spoilers

ORPHAN BLACK Season 2 Debuts April 19th; Get Caught up with 2 New Trailers

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If you’re not caught up on the first season of BBC America’s Orphan Black, you have a few days to do so before season two premieres on April 19th.  Allison recently recommended the show as part of her streaming suggestions, and it made her list of the Top 10 New TV Series of 2013, so I thought I’d check it out.  It lives up to the hype.  It’s got something for everyone, whether you dig sci-fi, soapy dramas, action, intrigue, or just fantastic acting, which is supplied by the talented Tatiana Maslany, who takes on multiple roles within the series.  We have two new Orphan Black trailers for season two of the show, which are a bit spoilery for new initiates, but provide a good catch-up for fans of the show.  Hit the jump to check them out.

What to Watch Online: Streaming Recommendations Volume 5 – TV Catch-Up

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In such a crowded TV landscape, with so many great shows, only the strongest survive.  Even then, it’s hard to keep up with them all.  But, the only good thing about missing out on the first season of a great show is that you get to binge-watch your way to catch up.  Three series – Orphan BlackRectify and Moone Boy – are returning soon that flew under the radar when they debuted, but gained a lot of love, and a devoted following, as they wrapped up their inaugural seasons.  And luckily, they’re now all available on streaming, so there’s no excuse to miss out.

Hit the jump for why you should make time to catch-up with them before their second seasons start in Volume 4 of my streaming recommendations series.

First TV Poster for ROSEMARY’S BABY Miniseries Featuring Zoe Saldana, and Season 2 Posters for ORPHAN BLACK Starring Tatiana Maslany

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We’ve got some new posters from the following small screen shows:

Rosemary’s Baby – NBC’s four-hour miniseries featuring Zoe Saldana as Rosemary in an adaptation of Ira Levin’s best-selling 1967 suspense novel.

Orphan Black – Season two, starring Tatiana Maslany, Tatiana Maslany, and Tatiana Maslany, returns to BBC America on Saturday, April 19th at 9/8c.

Hit the jump to check out the posters.

Year in Review: Allison’s Top 10 New TV Series of 2013

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Whether you subscribe to the idea of a “Second Golden Age” of television or not, there’s no denying that 2013 was a great year for TV.  Outstanding, even, because for all of the trash there were so many treasures.  Hit the jump for the first batch of treasure: a look back at the best new series from this year (in no particular order, and miniseries are saved for another list), which are all worth binge-watching to catch up with in preparation for their second seasons in 2014, if you haven’t indulged already.

Watch Teasers for SHERLOCK Season 3, DOCTOR WHO Christmas Special, and ORPHAN BLACK Season 2

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The Doctor Who 50th anniversary special The Day of the Doctor was simulcast in over 200 countries today, creating a nice opportunity to air teasers for other fine British productions.  Naturally, there was a 10-second promo for the Doctor Who Christmas special which promised “Silence Will Fall” and a visit to the planet Trenzalore.  There were also slightly longer 30-second promos for Sherlock season 3 and Orphan Black season 2. Given where the previous season left off, the Sherlock clip opens on a tombstone that reads “Sherlock Holmes” before reassuring fans with the hashtag #sherlocklives.  The Orphan Black clip reveals the April 19, 2014 premiere date, then retreats as a distraught Tatiana Maslany stalks toward the camera.

Sherlock returns to PBS January 19.  Peter Capaldi will be fully revealed as the new Doctor on December 25.  Watch the teasers after the jump.

EW Covers for CARRIE, ENDER’S GAME, and ORPHAN BLACK

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This morning, Entertainment Weekly unveiled it’s Comic-Con-centric cover for The Amazing Spider-Man 2.  Inside this week’s issue, though, EW also has new cover images for Carrie, Ender’s Game, and the buzzworthy BBC series Orphan BlackChloe Grace Moretz is fittingly seen covered in blood in her Carrie cover, while we get another look at Asa Butterfield and Harrison Ford in uniform for the highly anticipated sci-fi adaptation Ender’s Game.  A proper panel for Carrie isn’t on the SDCC 2013 schedule, but we will indeed see ones for Ender’s Game and Orphan Black, with the latter’s star Tatiana Maslany also taking part in EW’s “Women Who Kick Ass” Hall H panel on Saturday.

Hit the jump to take a look at the covers.  Carrie opens on October 18th and Ender’s Game hits theaters on November 1st.

Comic-Con 2013 Schedule for Friday, July 19th Includes THE WORLD’S END, THE WALKING DEAD, ROBOCOP, GAME OF THRONES, & SPIDER-MAN 2

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Yesterday we got a look at the rather tame Comic-Con 2013 schedule for Wednesday’s Preview Night and Thursday, and today SDCC has unveiled the full panel lineup for Friday, July 19th.  Last year was the first year that Comic-Con moved TV panels into Hall H for days other than Sunday, and after getting a look at Friday’s lineup, the Con is starting to look more and more like a TV convention.  While there are first-looks at The World’s End, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Kick-Ass 2, and Riddick to look forward to, the entire convention is packed with TV panels on Friday, including Hall H panels for The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, and the Veronica Mars movie.

I’m baffled by the fact that the panel for Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. with Joss Whedon is being held in Ballroom 20 and not Hall H, and at the same time as the Walking Dead panel no less.  Hit the jump to take a look at the highlights from Friday’s schedule.  Comic-Con 2013 runs from July 18th – July 21st.

THE COLLISION: Episode 48 – GAME OF THRONES (Special Guest: Allison Keene)

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This week on The Collision, we’re joined by our TV Editor Allison Keene to talk about Game of Thrones.  Now that the third season has finished, we look back on the show so far, how it compares to the books, the future of the series going forward in relation to the written and unwritten novels, and more.  As always, we finish up with our recommendations.

Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode (“The Art of Marketing Hollywood Movies”), click here to add the podcast to your RSS, and click here to find us on iTunes. To keep up to date with The Collision, you can follow us on Twitter at @MattGoldberg, @AdamChitwood, and @DrClawMD (Dave Trumbore). Hit the jump to check out the trailers for this week’s recommendations.

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