From Dan Solomon of Fast Company (from June):
The creators of Orphan Black on how to follow up on a surprise hit
When Orphan Black premiered on BBC America last year, it was one of the most pleasant television surprises of the year. Its creators, Graeme Manson and John Fawcett, were hardly veteran hitmakers, and the lead actor, Tatiana Maslany, was another virtual unknown stepping into a series where she would play five of the showâ€™s primary characters. But a clever premise, an extremely self-assured performance from Maslany, and some intricately plotted scripts from Manson and Fawcett turned the sci-fi thriller into an unexpected critical hit. Clone stories havenâ€™t been a major sci-fi genre in some time, but with all of that going for it (plus Jordan Gavarisâ€™s scene-stealing turn as perennial sidekick Felix), Orphan Black broke through. Continue reading.