From (US-based) GLAAD:
GLAAD’s Where We Are On TV
Following a decline last year, GLAAD has found an increase in the percentage of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) characters anticipated to appear on scripted primetime broadcast television in the coming year. The annual Where We Are on TV report forecasts the expected presence of LGBT characters for the upcoming 2014-2015 television season. Continue reading.
Kingston-born actor Ari Millen performed in high school plays and used to play with a school’s camera equipment to make “weird slasher movies” with his childhood friend, though he had his eye on the NHL. But when a separated shoulder interfered with his hockey plans, he joined an improv team and ended up solidly on the path to actor instead of goalie.
He had just finished filming the upcoming werewolf movie Hunter’s Moon when he spoke to Anthony Marco for the TV eh B Cs podcast about his career, including his training, theatre background, and his most famous role to date — as Mark in Orphan Black.
Fans got a shock at the end of season two when his character was revealed to be part of a set of male clones. “Me included,” Millen interjected.
“When I signed on I was told I was in the first six and then I’d have a glorious death,” he explained. “An Orphan Black death is an Orphan Black death – they are pretty great. I was really hoping Helena would take me out in some gruesome way.”
“I got the script for script and I read it and I thought, ‘I’m not dead.’ Then seven came, and eight came, and I’m not dead. Then I got a phone call.”
Creator Graeme Manson finally told him he was going to be the male clones. “I’d just thought my character Mark was going to survive the season and that was good enough for me.” Instead, he’s poised to perhaps be another Tatiana Maslany on the show – we’ll find out when season three airs.
Listen to the full interview here, including discussions about growing up in Kingston and transitioning to Toronto, learning by watching on set, and JUST wrapping the film Hunter’s Moon. Plus a little obligatory talk about growing up goalie and grasping for a lost Italian word… chinotto!
From the Writers Guild of Canada:
Canadian TV showrunners Tassie Cameron (Rookie Blue), Graeme Manson (Orphan Black), Daegan Fryklind (Bitten), with moderator James Hurst, talk about social media and fans, presented by The Writers Guild of Canada at Fan Expo Canada.
From TV Over Mind:
What Orphan Black Got Wrong and Right in Season Two
I’m a little behind the times as I only just caught up with season two of Orphan Black just now, but I figure in the age of binge-watching, now’s as good a time as any to discuss it. Season two kept my attention, but had a few nagging issues in the process as well. Here are the good and bad aspects of it, in my estimation. Continue reading.
From Channel 24 (South Africa):
Award winning actress talks about her role in hit show Orphan Black
“I love the combination that we’re able to play with on Orphan Black. I think the series has its own dark sense of humour and to me that is so much fun to play. I think in life the darkest moments have humour in them, I think that’s just the nature of being alive and the humorous moments can have a dark side to them.” Continue reading.