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Link: The Robots of Orphan Black

From Noah Berlatsky of The Atlantic:

The Robots of Orphan Black
Orphan Black is a sci-fi conspiracy show, and as such, it’s filled with secret plots, secret counter-plots, subterfuge, and improbable twisting revelations. But the most improbably twisting revelation of them all is that everything you know about the clones played by Tatiana Maslany is false. Sarah, Allison, Helena, Cosima—they’re not really clones at all. They’re robots. Fear not; this isn’t some sort of diabolical spoiler that will ruin your enjoyment of the third season. The fact that the clones are robots is simply a genre observation. Continue reading.

Link: Republic of Doyle creators to film new show in Newfoundland

From CBC:

Republic of Doyle creators to film new show on Avalon, western Newfoundland
The creators of Republic of Doyle are touting the Newfoundland landscape as an ideal place to shoot their newest series, Frontier. Alex Patrick, John Vatcher and Perry Chafe will sit as executive producers of the historical series, which will follow the rise to power of a number of individuals vying to get rich in North America’s fur trade. Six episodes will be produced. Continue reading.

Tonight: Second City Project, MasterChef Canada, Motive, Big Brother Canada, Mummies Alive

Second City Project, Global
The special features exclusive never-before-seen sketches and standout pieces from the hilarious cast – alumni writer-performers Marty Adams, Tim Baltz, Caitlin Howden, Sam Richardson, Kayla Lorette and Steve Waltien, along with showrunner Bob Martin. Since its March 9 launch on GlobalTV.com and Global Go, the sidesplitting sketches have rapidly taken over social media, from going viral on Reddit to invading Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Vine and Tumblr with no signs of slowing down.

MasterChef Canada, CTV – “Walking on Eggshells”
In the biggest twist yet, three eliminated home cooks return for a single chance to cook their way back into the kitchen, by preparing three egg dishes in eight minutes. The home cooks then face a demanding Elimination Challenge, replicating the first dish that one of the judges mastered as a professional chef.

Motive, CTV – “Pilot Error”
After Angie (Kristin Lehman) drops her investigation of Neville Montgomery (Victor Garber, Titanic), she focuses on the murder of chef Chelsea Richmond (Sonja Bennett, YPF), murdered by her two-timing lover, Brad Calgrove (Chris Klein, American Pie). Maria Snow (Luisa D’Oliveira, 50/50), frustrated by Angie’s decision, discovers that Neville is now looking for the person who provided Angie with evidence pertinent to her investigation. Vega’s (Louis Ferreira) decision to keep information about his health issues from Angie creates a growing rift.

Big Brother Canada, Global
The houseguests face Nomination in tonight’s episode of Big Brother Canada.

Mummies Alive, History
Mummies Alive travels to four continents to reveal the incredible stories behind the world’s most enigmatic mummies. The series spans 5,000 years of history, and each episode focuses on one mummy including a mysterious 3,000 year old Egyptian pharaoh, a legendary cowboy gun slinger of the American Wild West, and a 14-year-old girl found on top of a 22,000 foot volcano. By investigating their incredible preserved remains, their mysterious lives and the secrets of past civilizations come to light.

Preview: Bringing the dead to life in Mummies Alive

“Mummies: time travellers from the past. Who were they and how did they die?” That’s the goal of History’s latest documentary series, Mummies Alive.

Narrated by Jason Priestley—he utters the above quote off the top of the show—Mummies Alive, produced by Canada’s Saloon Media and UK’s Impossible Factual, is pretty entertaining. Rather than focus on the mummies we’re used to, like Egyptian pharaohs, this six-parter explores discoveries from different parts of the world and a wide range of time periods.

Sunday’s first episode, “The Gunslinger Mummy,” delves into the back story of a mummy on display at a Seattle curiosity shop since the 1950s. According to stories passed down, “Sylvester” was an American Wild West cowboy killed 120 years ago in a saloon shootout. But is that hole in his leathery stomach really from a bullet? Using state-of-the-art science, professors Ron Beckett and Jerry Conlogue investigate the truth behind the surprisingly well-preserved corpse. As Beckett exclaims, Sylvester looks more like a wooden carving than a mummy, complete with a full moustache and mouth full of broad, crooked white teeth.

Rather than perform an autopsy—which would destroy the body—they turn to forensic pathologist Dr. Richard Shepherd and his super-cool computer scanner, which removes layers of skin to reveal the skeleton underneath. Experts embark on some stunning tests, including using a Colt .45 and a beef brisket to prove whether or not Sylvester was shot in the stomach and if the Arizona desert really was hot and dry enough to turn Sylvester into a mummy.

Rather than just stick with the science of the investigation, Sunday’s debut uses newspaper articles, word-of-mouth and CGI to tell the alleged tale of Sylvester, a rough-and-tumble man who may have been on the wrong end of a poker game. Gunfights in the Wild West were commonplace, but is that what happened to Sylvester? A history of the time period and other facts are revealed until the true story of Sylvester, his life—and circumstances surrounding his death—are brought to light. It’s a fun and informative ride.

Upcoming episodes include spotlighting two Iron Age bog people and a Neolithic murder victim.

Mummies Alive airs Sundays at 10 p.m. ET on History.

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