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News Briefs: BBC America Renews Orphan Black for Season 2

CLONE WARS NEWS

...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]


ALWAYS IMPORTANT SHOWRUNNER NEWS

... 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]


BUSINESS TIME

... 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]


KHALEESI NEWS


... 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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Love this show..she is amazing
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Orphan Black only has 10 episodes and I have to wait until next year for a new season? :(

The show is so good I am surprised it's having trouble with ratings but I suspect that's because it airs on weekends and is not very family friendly.
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I know it's probably not going to happen but Tatiana Maslany deserves some kind of Emmy/Golden Globe recognition.
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Yes...if you're not watching Orphan Black you need to. Even a neighborhood potluck turned into an intense 45 minutes of TV.
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Orphan Black
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Woohooo for Orphan Black
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NTSF:SD:SUV is so cleverly written. I hope the show keeps pushing on for a long time to come. It's the best late night drunk channel surfing show I've ever found.
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The item on Erica Messer could have been written a little clearer. It took me a minute to remember that ABC Studios is the company that produces Criminal Minds. When I read the first line, I initially thought you were saying the showrunner was moving to the ABC network and that contract negotiations were falling apart. I'm still not clear on what the signing of the showrunner has to do with the signing of the actors.
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Great news. Tatiana is amazing as every character. THe writing is great, the slow build of the suspense and mystery is fantastic, and it is just so different than most everything else on. I really do not understand how. So far it is barely even sci-fi, thats how good they are pulling things off. I love shows that dont need some sort of closure at the end of every episode.

PS: Tatiana, please marry me. Any version would be fine, though I admit im particular to the main char, though theres something appealing about the soccer-mom to.
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PS: For fans of Utopia check out mini-series Utopia out of the UK. Worth your time.

Also, seasons one and two of Mirror Black. Each epsidoe stands on its own (3 each season) but they are so well done. Its like a modern Twiligt Zone kind of thing, and have the feeling some of you more hardcore/enlightened viewers around here will enjoy them.
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Utopia is brilliant, but it freaked me out so much. The level of distrubing isn't matched by anything i have ever seen before nor i ever want to see.
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There truly where moments I dont even think American tv would push on someofits more extreme channels. The whole eye removal thing was painful to imagine let alone watch. And then the killings at the school followed the the execution of the young girls parents as she was right there.... pretty brutal. But it was just so different I can't help but to respect it. Technically Spartacus is far more brutal, but this was more personnel some how.
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Orphan Black is brillian and I am very glad it will continue.
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Yay for Orphan Black! It's surprisingly good, I'm quite enjoying it.
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Not the Clone Wars news I was hoping for, Tim.

Cougar Town gets another showrunner? Oh dear, that sounds rough, I hope it works out, 3 seems too many.

NTSF:UK:DDB sounds awesome, although how does the NATIONAL strike force operate in a different countr... oh, never mind.
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Hell Yeah Orphan Black!!!! Tatiana Maslany is amazing! Its crazy how she pulls off all those different characters :)
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I don't find it nearly as good as people here are suggesting. But it's at least OK.
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Tatiana Maslany is better as 8 unique characters than most actors are at one. The writing, mystery, and overall WTF is going to happen next, makes this one of the most inique shows on television at the moment. Especially since the 'clone' formula has been tried time and time again, it is nice seeing it dont differently, let alone well.
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'Orphan Black' is crazy good! When last weekend's episode ended, I literally was like: "What?! How can it be over?" The episode (like the others) was so engrossing that I was completely drawn in and lost track of time. Start watching now Tim! :-)
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About ORPHANS: Most excellent news ... thanks Tim
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Someone on this site needs to start reviewing 'Orphan Black'. When a show is so good that the network gives a second season despite the fact that its ratings are anemic -(barely getting 1/2 mil. in its Saturday home with the Doctor????) - just knowing something this good and this original is recognized and saved is so rare on television anymore - you start to have faith in the network. That makes BBCAmerica 2 for 2 on their original creation. They'll never give any awards to a science fiction drama but in a year of some really excellent lead female performances on television (eg Keri Russell, Vera Farmiga, Emmy Rossum, Ivana Milicivec, Maggie Siff) Tatiana Maslany should be in the running somewhere for best actress. Her performance in, what is the number now like 8, numerous individually crafted roles - different types and different nationalities - is inspired. All you need to do is look at the very small cast, by most hour drama standards - and start thinking about the number of characters this Canadian find is inhabiting to bulk up the character roster and you realize you've never seen anything like it on television.
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Tatiana is amazing. Canada has other greats like King, Continuum, Lost Girl, and apparently even Vikings is a co-canadian production. Glad to see that Australians are not the only ones taking over :)
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Love Continuum and Lost Girl but my personal favorite Canadian import is "Call Me Fitz". There are no half hour comedies that are that funny and that unapologetic on any channel in the US. Jason Priestly is awesome in it and the entire cast in general is just perfect. Joanna Cassidy played Boothe's mom on 'Bones' but her role as Fitz's mother really shows how good she still is. Priestly never got a part that good in his home away from home.
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Chech out Plebs the only comedy I'd recommend to anyone. Ill check out call me fitz
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Good news about Orphan Black, only 5 episodes in and gets renewed.

The only thing I fear is the show not getting the attention it commands/deserves and falling into obscurity.

BUT, judging from the comments on this article, it's got a LOT of attention!
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I make it my mission in life to stand up for all the quality tv that gets overlooked for other crap. So while Im on a roll heres some love for Banshee, Rectify, Hell On Wheels, Southland, Vikings. Dont even get me started on the Canadian or overseas stuff.
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Don't care about Futurama, but Emilia is great. Daenerys Stormborn, my Khaleesi!!!!
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Yay for Tatiana Maslany and all the clones she plays in Orphan Black! Let's hope tv.com will review the second season.
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good luck! Ive been asking for a review since before the first episode aired. And Rectify. And Banshee. No luck? :(
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Just started watching Orphan Black. It is a very good show. I would have hated if they didn't renew it.
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It's time for Criminal minds to end.
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Loved Criminal Minds the first few seasons, but I think its past its prime without some sort of major reboot (and Im not talking that horrible spinoff), Its really repetetive these days. In its prime however, it was one of the 'darkest' shows on network television and was done quite well.
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Oh man, I'm already looking forward to that NTSF:SD:SVU:: (and NTSF:UK:DDB::).
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Er, I meant SUV. Well, I least I didn't write NTFS this time. Between the file system and that show's title, I swear I now have to stop and think for a second nearly each and every time I use either.
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I need my Kove. Kate Mulgrew has created my favorite character on any comedy currently airing. 'I'm going out tonight and I'm going to get laid, twice."
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and here I thought the Emilia Clarke news was that she was going to play a stripper in an upcoming james franco movie. as much as I love futurama I'm more exicited about her playing a stripper in a movie.

guess I'm gonna have to try orphan black. also gotta catch up on copper too though.
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Yay Canada!
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No surprise about Orphan Black and I am THRILLED they did the right thing by renewing it! Awesome show!
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Yes Orphan Black! I just caught up with this last night and holy s***snacks! (Thanks a lot Archer for putting that in my head)
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Thank Pam Poovey;)
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Yeah Archer the show. Mmm Bear claws!
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does it really matter if BBC America DIDN'T renew it? it's not a BBC America show as far as I can gather, they're just broadcasting it for America lol in any event, I'm glad for a 2nd season.
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I was wondering about that in a way. Is Orphan Black a Canadian show that BBC Worldwide acquired the rights to get and air in America, and possibly Britain, or do they actually fully fund production of the series itself? Or is it a joint production with some funding handled by a Canadian TV and/or studio?
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It's BBC America's Original Series
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no it's not, BBC Worldwide might have acquired it after but it was not a series that BBC America green lit themselves. it might be some sort of thing like Hunted where Cinemax wanted more but BBC cancelled it so now Cinemax is funding it.. so to the best of my understanding, Orphan Black was by Temple Street Productions and BBC Worldwide picked it up for distribution and now that BBC America renewed it they will probably just be funding it themselves for season 2.
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Orphan Black - I'm looking forward to the next 20 seasons
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YES. Bloody good show, and now there's more of it.
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Yes, watch Orphan Black.
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