News Briefs: BBC America Renews Orphan Black for Season 2


...BBC America is replicating Orphan Black for a second season. The sci-fi series about clones has been renewed, with 10 new episodes due next year. Orphan Black is led by the performance of Tatiana Maslany, who plays multiple characters, all clones of one another. This is right at the top of my Shows to Watch list. [BBC America]


... Criminal Minds showrunner Erica Messer has signed a new deal with ABC Studios, which could trigger the first domino to fall like a house of cards in the Criminal Minds contract negotiations. The CBS procedural remains un-renewed as the cast has not penned new deals, but Messer's autograph bodes well for this standoff to come to an end soon. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Cougar Town producer Blake McCormick will take over showrunning duties next season, the comedy's fifth overall and second on TBS. McCormick replaces Ric Swartzlander, who took over for creator Bill Lawrence after Season 3. [Deadline Hollywood]


... Lifetime's Drop Dead Diva has a return date: Season 5 will start June 23. Tell your mom! [Lifetime via press release]

... Adult Swim's NTSF:SD:SUV:: is heading across the pond, cheerio, mate! The comedy will film an episode in London, England, that will see the team from National Terrorist Strike Force:San Diego:Sport Utility Vehicle partnering up with National Terrorist Strike Force:United Kingdom:Double Decker Bus on a special mission and I'm already laughing typing this out. The Season 3 episode will be a super-sized 30-minute affair. [Adult Swim via press release]

... Dwayne Johnson (I'm buddies with him so I call him The Rock) will star in and produce a pilot for HBO. The untitled half-hour dramedy will center on retired and active athletes living in Miami. Johnson will play their butler. No, dummy, he'll play one of the athletes. Peter Berg (Battleship and a lot of other much better things) will direct. [THR]


... Game of Thrones' star Emilia Clarke (she plays Dany) wil lend her voice to an episode of Futurama! And if that wasn't cool enough, her character, who owns a flower stand, will romance Zoidberg. Listen for her in the series' second-to-last episode in late August. [EW]

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