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Tatiana Maslany earns Golden Globe nomination for Orphan Black

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From a media release:

Space Congratulates Tatiana Maslany on First GOLDEN GLOBE AWARD® Nomination for Her Role in Bell Media Original Series ORPHAN BLACK

  • Regina-native Maslany nominated for Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama
  • Space congratulates Temple Street Productions and series creators Graeme Manson and John Fawcett on the inclusion of ORPHAN BLACK on multiple year-end Top 10 lists including Time magazine
  • Season 2 of ORPHAN BLACK premieres April 19, 2014 on Space

Space congratulates ORPHAN BLACK’s Tatiana Maslany on her Golden Globe Award® nomination, as announced earlier this morning by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association®. The star of the hit Space original series, from Temple Street Productions and produced in partnership with BBC America, was honoured for her critically-acclaimed work in ORPHAN BLACK with a nomination in the Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama category, alongside heavy-hitters Juliana Margulies, Kerry Washington, Robin Wright, and Taylor Schilling. ORPHAN BLACK’s second season premieres Saturday, April 19 at 9 p.m. ET on Space. The 71st ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS® air Jan. 12 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV.

“We are overjoyed for not only Tatiana, but the entire ORPHAN BLACK team,” said Catherine MacLeod, Senior Vice-President, Specialty Channels, Bell Media. “This well-deserved Golden Globe Award nomination is a testament to Tatiana’s talent, passion, and dedication to the multiple characters she has so masterfully brought to life in the series. Congratulations as well to our partners at Temple Street Productions, BBC America, and series creators Graeme Manson and John Fawcett on the on-going acclaim for this series.”

Space also congratulates Temple Street Productions on ORPHAN BLACK’s recent inclusion in year-end “Top 10” lists, including Entertainment Weekly (#3), The Hollywood Reporter (#5), and Time (#10), as well as many “Best Of” lists such as Rolling Stone, The Huffington Post, and more.

In ORPHAN BLACK, Maslany has wowed audiences by portraying seven distinct clones, including streetwise hustler Sarah Manning, Detective Beth Childs, German Katja Obinger, soccer mom Alison Hendrix, PHD student Cosima Niehaus, the unpredictable Helena, and the mysterious pro-clone Rachel Duncan. Her performance has garnered a Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Dramatic Actress, a Television Critics Association Award for Individual Achievement in Drama, and an EWwy Award for Best Actress from Entertainment Weekly readers. Tatiana is also currently nominated for a People’s Choice Award for Favourite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress, and most recently won a Young Hollywood Award for Breakthrough Performance – Female and the Borsos Best Performance Award at the Whistler Film Festival for her role in Cas & Dylan.

Toronto-based Maslany has earned a reputation for playing incredibly complex characters. The Globe and Mail called her “a chameleon” whose range spans everything from the Virgin Mary to leather-wearing tough girls. Chosen as one of the “Rising Stars” at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival®, Maslany also earned Best Performance awards from the Whistler International Film Festival and ACTRA for her role as the troubled, promiscuous teenager Claire in Picture Day. Her starring role in Grown Up Movie Star opposite Shawn Doyle competed at Sundance in 2010 and she garnered the Special Jury Prize for Breakout Star at the festival as well as a Genie nomination. Her recent feature credits include Cas and Dylan, The Vow, Violet And Daisy, and a lead in Sean Garrity’s improvisational feature Blood Pressure opposite Jake Epstein.

Maslany’s numerous television credits include the Tandem and Scott Free Production WORLD WITHOUT END based on the novel by Ken Follett, a Gemini-nominated performance as the Virgin Mary in the BBC/CBC co-production NATIVITY directed by Coky Giedroyc, and Gemini-winning roles in BLOODLETTING AND MIRACULOUS CURES for The Movie Network, and CTV’s FLASHPOINT. Maslany most recently appeared on a two-episode arc of NBC’s hit show, PARKS & RECREATION.

ORPHAN BLACK is produced by Temple Street Productions in association with Space and BBC America. Executive producers are Ivan Schneeberg and David Fortier (BEING ERICA) at Temple Street Productions, and co-creators Graeme Manson (Cube, FLASHPOINT), and John Fawcett (SPARTACUS, THE SECRET CIRCLE). Manson also serves as writer and Fawcett as director. Production Executives for Bell Media are Trish Williams and Gosia Kamela. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. Catherine MacLeod is Senior Vice-President, Specialty Channels, Bell Media. Rick Brace is President, Specialty Channels and CTV Production. Phil King is President, CTV Programming and Sports.

Canadian International Television Festival adds sessions, opens box office

From a media release:

The Inaugural Canadian International Television Festival Announces Additional Programming and Box Office Opening

  • World Premiere Screening of Spun Out
  • Free Tickets Available Today, Thursday, November 7 at noon.
  • Visit www.CITF13.tv for More Information & Ticket Details and Follow CITF at @CITF13

Canada’s first and only public television festival, the Canadian International Television Festival (CITF), is pleased to announce the opening of their box office. As of noon today, tickets are free (small handling charge applies) and available to the public. Visit www.CITF13.tv for all the details and order tickets here.

Additionally, CITF announced the following programming:

Spun Out will have its World Premiere screening at the festival. The hilarious new CTV half-hour Canadian scripted comedy series Spun Out stars Dave Foley, Rebecca Dalton, Al Mukadam, and Holly Deveaux, all of whom are set to be on hand for the 8 p.m. screening on Saturday, November 16. Spun Out also stars Paul Campbell, Darcy Michael and J.P. Manoux.

FRANCHISES AND FORMATS Screenings and Seminars – The World Premiere of the English adaptation of hit Quebec police drama 19-2 with Executive Producer Jocelyn Deschênes and Writer Bruce Smith, as well as a screening of the original French version (subtitled), (Saturday, November 16 at 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.); a talk with the producers and talent behind the Degrassi franchise, including actors Aislinn Paul, Munro Chambers, and Luke Bilyk, as well as Sarah Glinski (Executive Producer, Head Writer) and Matt Huether (Co-Executive Producer, Writer); and The Amazing Race Canada, including racers Jet and Dave and Supervising Producer Mark Lysakowski.

Orphan Black binge screening of the first five hours from the first season (Saturday, November 16 at 6 p.m.)

Royal Air Farce 40th Anniversary Celebration. TV columnist Bill Brioux chats with the current Air Farce cast — Don Ferguson, Luba Goy, Craig Lauzon, Alan Park, Penelope Corrin, and Arnold Pinnock — about making Canadians laugh for the past 40 years, and continuing to entertain in record numbers on their annual New Year’s Eve specials. (Saturday, November 16 at 2 p.m.).

The Best of bravoFACT, hosted by Richard Crouse. CITF celebrates short form films with a screening of 10 best bravoFACT-funded shorts including Winter Garden, an official selection at this year’s TIFF ‘Stage to Screen’ series, starring Enrico Colantoni. (Saturday, November 16 at 4 p.m.)

Bitten cast members Greg Bryk, Joel Keller, Michael Xavier, Paulino Nunes, and Steve Lund are on hand with a sneak peek and discussion of their hotly anticipated new series, hosted by INNERSPACE’s Ajay Fry and Morgan Hoffman (Saturday, November 16 at 10 p.m.).

Bill Brioux’s TV on Film Project – TV columnist Bill Brioux presents a fascinating look at TV’s past. He screens and discusses NBC’s “Fall Preview” reel from 1966 which features guests introducing NBC’s new fall lineup which includes “The Monkees,” “Tarzan,” “The Girl from U.N.C.L.E.” and a crazy little sci-fi series called “Star Trek.” Bill then screens a network print of a comedy series from the same season, complete with the commercials you would have seen the night it first aired. (Sunday, November 17 at 1 p.m.)

Michiel Huisman, Peter Outerbridge and Ari Millen join Orphan Black

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From a media release:

Michiel Huisman, Peter Outerbridge, and Ari Millen Join Cast of Hit Space Original Series, ORPHAN BLACK

  • From Temple Street Productions, ORPHAN BLACK is produced in partnership with Space and BBC America, with Season 2 set to premiere in April 2014

Bell Media’s Space, BBC America, and Temple Street Productions announced earlier today that Michiel Huisman (World War Z, TREME, NASHVILLE), Peter Outerbridge (NIKITA, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, REGENESIS) and Ari Millen (Monster Brawl) have joined the recurring cast of the critically-acclaimed conspiracy clone thriller ORPHAN BLACK. Season 2 of the 10-episode, one-hour drama is currently in production and is scheduled to premiere on Space in April 2014.

In Season 2 of ORPHAN BLACK, Michiel Huisman takes on the role of Cal Morrison, a rugged, resourceful outdoorsman. He’s adaptive and creative with a sixth sense about people and situations. These venerable human traits will come in handy as crossing paths with clones is fraught with surprise, danger, and surprising revelations.

Peter Outerbridge is Henrik “Hank” Johanssen, a modern day cowboy. He leads a flock of followers that has broken away from the Old World “Prolethean” brotherhood. Under his messianic vision, the age-old divide between science and religion has merged into a new fresh threat to the clones.

Ari Millen is cast as Mark, a cunning predator with a dark edge. Mark is utterly devoted to Johanssen, who took him in and built him into a True Believer. Now, guided by twisted morality and desperate faith, he’s a relentless and dogged pursuer of the clones.

Season 2 hits the ground running with Sarah (Tatiana Maslany) in a desperate race to find her missing daughter. Her scorched earth tactics spark a war with Rachel (Maslany), dividing and imperiling all the clones. As Sarah gets closer to her own origin story, several mysterious newcomers appear, but nobody can be trusted.

ORPHAN BLACK stars Critics’ Choice Award winner Tatiana Maslany (Picture Day, PARKS AND RECREATION), who to date has portrayed seven different characters (Sarah, Beth, Katja, Alison, Cosima, Helena, and Rachel). Rounding out the cast is Jordan Gavaris (UNNATURAL HISTORY) as Felix, Sarah’s foster brother; Gemini Award-winner Maria Doyle Kennedy (DOWNTON ABBEY) as Mrs. S, Sarah and Felix’s hard-nosed working class foster mother; Dylan Bruce (NCIS) as Paul, Beth’s boyfriend with a secret linked to his army days in Afghanistan; Kevin Hanchard (REPUBLIC OF DOYLE) as Art, a veteran detective; Michael Mando (THE KILLING) as Vic, Sarah’s sporadically violent ex; and Skyler Wexler (ALPHAS) as Kira, Sarah’s seven-year-old daughter.

Orphan Black season 2 in production

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From a media release:

Production Begins on Season 2 of Critically-Acclaimed Space Original Series ORPHAN BLACK

  • From Temple Street Productions, ORPHAN BLACK is produced in partnership with Space and BBC America, with Season 2 set to premiere in April 2014
  • ORPHAN BLACK stars Tatiana Maslany, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Dylan Bruce, and Jordan Gavaris

Space, BBC America, and Temple Street Productions announced today that filming has begun on Season 2 of the hit conspiracy clone thriller, ORPHAN BLACK. Premiering in March 2013, ORPHAN BLACK had the highest Original Series debut ever for Space, with an average of 513,000 viewers. Season 1 amassed a loyal following reaching 4.3 million Canadians, and ended on a high note with an average audience of 328,000. Anchored by Critics’ Choice Television Award and Television Critics Association Award-winner Tatiana Maslany (Picture Day), the 10-episode, one-hour drama shoots on location and in studio in Toronto until February 2014.

Season 2 hits the ground running with Sarah in a desperate race to find her missing daughter. Her scorched earth tactics spark a war with Rachel (Maslany), dividing and imperilling all the clones. As Sarah gets closer to her own origin story, several mysterious newcomers appear, but nobody can be trusted.

Maslany, who to date has portrayed seven different characters (Sarah, Beth, Katja, Alison, Cosima, Helena, and Rachel), is joined by returning principal cast Jordan Gavaris (UNNATURAL HISTORY) as Felix, Sarah’s foster brother; Gemini Award-winner Maria Doyle Kennedy (DOWNTON ABBEY) as Mrs. S, Sarah and Felix’s hard-nosed working class foster mother; Dylan Bruce (NCIS) as Paul, Beth’s boyfriend with a secret linked to his army days in Afghanistan; Kevin Hanchard (REPUBLIC OF DOYLE) as Art, a veteran detective; Michael Mando (THE KILLING) as Vic, Sarah’s sporadically violent ex; and Skyler Wexler (ALPHAS) as Kira, Sarah’s seven-year-old daughter. Additional casting for the series will be announced soon.

Since its premiere, ORPHAN BLACK has been praised by critics and loved by fans. Noted as a “surprisingly thrilling new drama” (The AV.Club) and “flat out, one of the most intriguingly entertaining new series of the year” (The Hollywood Reporter), Maslany’s performance on the series also stood out, garnering her a Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Dramatic Actress, a Television Critics Association Award for Individual Achievement in Drama, and an EWwy Award for Best Actress from Entertainment Weekly readers.

The first season of ORPHAN BLACK is currently available on Blu-ray and DVD throughout Canada and is also available for purchase on iTunes. Viewers can continue to catch-up on the first season which is currently airing Fridays at 9 p.m. ET on CTV.

ORPHAN BLACK is executive produced by Ivan Schneeberg and David Fortier (BEING ERICA), Graeme Manson (Cube, FLASHPOINT) and John Fawcett (SPARTACUS, GINGER SNAPS). The series is co-created by Manson and Fawcett, with Manson also serving as writer and Fawcett as director. BBC Worldwide distributes the series internationally.

The science of Orphan Black

From Isabella Kapur of The Mary Sue:

Clones Are People Too: The Science and Science Fiction of BBC America’s Orphan Black
As BBC America’s Orphan Black heads into its second season, many critics have focused on Tatiana Maslany’s supremely impressive feats of acting and the many compelling female characters as the draw of the series. If you haven’t watched the show, you’ve still likely heard that the lead actress plays no fewer than seven distinct characters, just in the first season. However, Orphan Black also stands out as a piece of science fiction, and it does so in a very relevant manner. The series is a distinctly modern science fiction story and focuses on two crucial themes: individuality and gene patenting. By posing serious questions about humanity, Orphan Black serves as an effective analogue for real life events, which elevates its science fiction status. Read on to find out how the show is reflecting our society, perceived stereotypes, and why they’re way ahead of the sci-fi game. Continue reading.