I am enjoying it thoroughly. Anyone watching?
I like the actress playing the lead character and her clones, and really enjoy the gay foster brother (I've always had a thing for hot campy guys).
Maria Doyle Kennedy does "woebegone and stern" very well (The Tudors; Downton), but I have a feeling she'll get a chance to show more as the foster mom/grandmother as this goes on.
Is the setting supposed to be Toronto?
I don't think they've identified the city. I looked it up on IMDB and it is filmed in Toronto.
I recently saw the lead actress, Tatiana Maslany, in a Newfie movie called "Grownup Movie Star." She was good enough that she's making me contemplate watching this show.
I'm pretty sure the city has been identified as Toronto on the show. I'd never heard of the lead actress before the show but she is really incredible. Even the characters with North American accents sound totally different from one another. I also can't imagine the kinds of hours she must be putting in. She is in literally every scene and often has to film multiple versions of scenes because she plays so many characters. She must be exhausted!
It took me a little while to really get into it, but they totally won me over with the ending a couple of weeks ago ("Not yet, not Beth.")
The actress really is pretty amazing at playing so many characters, even sometimes characters playing each other, and still have them be defined and distinctive. That's some serious talent.
Just discovered this show. You have to give a couple of episodes and give them a lot of creative liberty but it's damn good. The acting is excellent, the lead is amazing and her boyfriend is fucking smoking!! (Beth's boyfriend)
It looks like one of those Canadian productions that you'd find on Syfy. Unlike something like a Defiance there is no star power. The leads do decent English accents for foreigners but that doesn't elevate the show that much.It's not bad but it would have been better had it been done in the UK like Dr Who.Too many of these Canadian shows look the same and that's not a compliment. Don't get me wrong I love Canada but there is a sameness to the visual style of the Sci-fi shows whether they be shot in Toronto or Vancouver.
I like the Toronto setting it looks familiar and vaguely futuristic.
[quote]I've always had a thing for hot campy guys
WTF is a "campy guy"? Someone in a boy scout uniform? Someone in a tent? Please speak English.
I really like it - it's got kind of a "Fringe" vibe and the acting is very good to excellent all around. Tatiana Maslany (the lead who plays all the clones) was just nominated for a Critics' Choice Award for Best Lead Actress. Good for her.
Just finished watching the show, and it was really fantastic. What a happy surprise - I nearly deleted it from the DVR without watching any of it. That would have been a mistake because I enjoyed it a lot.
I kept expecting it to collapse on its own premise, but it just got better and better with each episode.
The story is really well told, but part of the appeal of the show is the actress playing all of those characters. She's great, and each of those roles are distinctive and interesting.
I'm happy that there will be a second season.
Wow! DL actually likes something!
Love it. Have spent numerous hours on the show's wiki and various online forums reading through people's interpretations and observations.
[quote]WTF is a "campy guy"?
Defined by effeminacy.
Tatiana Maslany won the Critics Choice Award for best actress (didn't see that mentioned here yet)
She beat 2-year running winner Claire Daines, Vera Farmiga, and Elizabeth Moss
It's funny to see industry types jumping on the Orphan Black bandwagon, now that Tatiana is actually a contender to be the next A-List tv star
I'm so glad she won! Totally deserving -it's a kick-ass performance and it must be grueling to film.
That's fantastic! She so deserves it. It's a brilliant performance.
For the definition of camp, read Susan Sontag.
If you really don't know anything about camp, please turn in your gay card.
Tatiana answered a few questions for HuffPo (I know, I know) after her Critics Choice win.
Hopefully the Emmys won't ignore her performance because it is basically a sci-fi program. It's kind of borderline sci-fi anyway. I mean the science they speak of isn't that far away from being science fact. The guy with the tail pushes it in the sci-fi direction a bit.
Clonesbians must be the term for fans of the show. I can't figure out if the word is specific to lesbo fans, or can anyone be a Clonesbian? Though like Allison, I'm not a fan of the "C" word.
Allison reminds me of a combination between the Mariah Carey social worker character in Precious (probably just the hair style) and the character Nancy on Hollyoaks (if anyone is familiar). Allison is very Nancy in both looks and behavior.
Short clip of Maslany accepting her Critic's Choice Award. I wonder how many people in the crowd were even aware of the show - she doesn't get very enthusiastic applause. Eric Stonestreet is making a face like "Who?" as she walks past him on the way up to the stage.
She had solid competition too, so I bet lots of folks were surprised since Tatiana is an absolute unknown compared to the rest of these nominees...
Claire Danes (Homeland)
Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel)
Julianna Marguilis (Good Wife)
Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men...maybe should have been nominated for Top of the Lake instead)
Keri Russell (The Americans)
[quote]Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men...maybe should have been nominated for Top of the Lake instead)
Never mind that comment from my previous post. Moss was nominated separately in Best Miniseries/Movie for Top of the Lake - and she won that one.
I don't get Elizabeth Moss? She's alright on Mad Men but her acting is one-note. She was more interesting earlier seasons. She does look so much better with the blond do.
Tatiana is amazing on this show.
This show is fucking amazing. I've fallen in love with the lead actress. She's that good.
Tatiana Maslany is amazing. Funny, Alison (soccer mom) looks thinner than the other clones.
Totally loved it...one of my fave shows this past season
I love Cosima so I was sad about the finale reveal. I cannot believe all of these characters are played by the same actress. Just got a friend hooked on the ho this weekend.
I'm sick of her face.
I love Cosima.
Fingers crossed for some Emmy love this morning.
At the very least a best actress (drama) nomination for Tatiana if nothing else. After the Critic's Choice win, the Emmys will look really out of touch if they snub her.
No Emmy nomination for Tatiana.
I don't watch all the shows of the women that got nominated instead of her, but I strongly feel that neither Connie Briton (Nashville) or Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey) did anything more impressive than Maslany does in this show.
Michelle Dockery can't hold a candle to Tatiana's performance. She is in a different sphere entirely.
Dammit, she was snubbed. No justice in this world. Glad to see there is a 2nd season. Perhaps they'll give her a Sorry We Snubbed You Last Year Emmy next year.
You might be right, r31. At least that would be some consolation.
But you know the old blue hairs responsible for nominations seem to have an aversion to anything with even a hint of sci fi. I wonder how many of them even bothered to check out the screeners for a show they don't want to have to think a little bit to comprehend.
Also, they seem far more likely to recognize work from actors that they already know and have opinions about. Orphan Black is all relative unknowns, and that probably works against it at awards time. If there were even one bigger named star involved in this show, it would be far more likely that the voters would take it seriously and check it out.
This HuffPo writer liken the Emmy snub to Kerry Washington being left out a year ago. They came around to the show and nominated her this year - just you like suggest might happen with Maslany next year.
I loved TM playing Alison playing Sarah, especially when the daughter realized that she wasn't Sarah.
Tatiana, Jordan Gavaris (Felix), and Dylan Bruce (Paul) did Comic-con last week.
This video is their panel from the simultaneous Nerd HQ across the street from the convention center inside Padres stadium. I usually prefer these to the actual Comic-con panels (maybe because Zach Levi usually hosts and he’s a good time), but they are very similar.
It’s all audience questions. Video starts at about the 10 minute mark.
The crowd is all nerds, of course, but largely lesbo nerds, also of course. Although sometimes with nerds it’s hard to tell. I suppose there could be lots of straighties in the crowd.
The one that asks a question about a dialect coach, but really just wants to say that she’s Team Cosima and that her wife is a scientist from UC Berkeley - she's a dandy.
There are very few questions about where the story might be going, which is fine because they probably wouldn’t even be able to answer those if they did know…which they probably don’t since they haven’t started filming the new season yet. The majority of queries seem to be about playing and switching between the multiple characters.
They do get a big cheer when one of the questions mentions that they were wrongly overlooked by the Emmys.
Season 2 will start up next April. A long time away.
Just watched the first episode today, and I loved it. I definitely want to see more.
I love this show.
The only problem I have with OB is that they (like most other shows) gave more screen time and showed more PDA between the lesbian characters than the gay characters. I think they could have involved her gay foster brother a bit more in it. Maybe he could have had a relationship with someone that would end up being involved in the clone thing too.
But anyway.. I digress. I do really like the show. I think Tatiana is an amazing actress, and I'm already looking forward to the next season. Her critics choice win was well deserved too. Glad to see her get some recognition. She should have at least been nominated for an Emmy, but they probably snubbed her just because it's a sic-fi show. It sucks.
She is winning a lot of awards otherwise so OB and Tatiana are getting a lot of recognition. Dylan Bruce is fine.
Dylan Bruce is also going to be on Arrow next season. Sounds like the role will be more than just a one-episode appearance.
So if he doesn't have some shocking death on Orphan Black, he'll be featured in 2 current shows in the same season - at least for a while.
When watching a lot of tv shows or movies, I can't seem to tell actors apart. Even once they start talking, I have to wait for context to tell whether this character is the same character or a different character. Is this the boyfriend or the brother? Is this the boss or the guy from the club?
When watching Maslany play all of the clones, I'm never lost. She's created distinct personalities for each one of them. From their speech patterns to to their body language. She's amazing. They struck gold with her.
R41 - You're right. I can always tell who is who.
Dylan Bruce was the guest on Chelsea Lately tonight. Attached is a partial clip of the interview - a vid of the entire thing will likely be available later.
Chelsea is on vacation and this is the week that Lindsay Lohan is filling in as guest host for her.
Just got through the entire season. Chiming in that Tatiana Maslany is fucking amazing - love how she managed to create distinct personas with speech patterns and body language, and I love the subtle shifts she does when one character has to pretend to be another. But more than the acting affectations, she manages to give each character depth and heart - especially Allison (who grows beyond the comic soccer mom stereotype, though I thought in the finale she went a little "Desperate Housewives").
I could have done without the "Neolution" club silliness and the tail (up until then there was a real gritty thriller feel to the show, but that was straight out of a campy sci-fi movie, like The Fifth Element or something), but in general thought the pacing and plotting and management of suspense were excellent. Really looking forward to the second season.
Regina King and Kevin Bacon both praised her on twitter, to name a few.
She truly deserved at least an Emmy nom for her performance in the series.
As a fan of both shows I think this news is great.
Maslany has a guest role on the upcoming season of Parks and Recreation. Her character will be dating Tom Haverford - awesome.
I just finished the season. It's really good and she is great. I read it takes 17 hours to film when all three clones are together.
Here in Blighty we finally got the first two episodes on BBC 3 last night, loved it! Anyone else think Sarah sounded a bit Australian?! Full marks for effort though.
That'll be me in on Friday nights with the cat and the doughnuts then...
Well that's at twist, r49.
Brits having to wait to watch a buzzed-about series that originally aired on BBC America?!
R49 I thought it sounded a little of-kilter for a british accent too, but then I realized she's an expat that's been living in north America since she was young, so it makes sense if her accent becomes a little diluted or harder to place.
According to Amazon UK it's not out on DVD in Britain until August 2014!
R50, that's because it's actually a Canadian show (Canadian creators, writers, actors) that partnered with BBC America to get produced. It would have been better to air it in all 3 countries at once, but I can understand why they did
it the way they did.
Jordan Garavis (Felix) played a gay guy a couple of years ago on Degrassi.
He wasn't on for long (only 2 shows according to the attached) but as a gay myself I have a very visual memory of the first of those episodes.
Football jock Riley was still very closeted and he had a covert meeting with Jordan's character Nathan in the woods. They had a clumsy hook-up while Nathan was out for a trail run.
I've been getting into this show & just have a couple episodes left to watch. Normally I do not like sci-fi, so I agree with R45 that some bits like Neolution & the guy w/a tail are a little hard to swallow, but I can deal with the basic concept of human cloning. The show moves at a fairly brisk pace & has more humor than I expected. I wish the music was better, though.
Add me to the chorus, R45 and R55. That Neolution business came thisclose to sinking the whole thing for me, but damn if Tatiana Maslany didn't keep me watching.
My housemate is into the show and he got me totaly hooked even tho I only started watching halfway thru the season. Glad BBC America is rerunning it. I kinda liked the Neolution/guy with a tail thing, but then I hadn't seen all of the episodes before that.
The tail getting cut off was awesome!
R58, I agree. It was done with enough humor too. Especially the scene where her Ukranian crazy clone is dancing with the tail in the air and then flings it. I was laughing my ass off.
Don't mess with the Ukranian crazy clone!
I'm looking forward to knowing more about "ProClone," the blonde bitch working inside the organization, who was seen in the finale.
But yeah, the crazy Ukranian is a trip.
How about season three: the rise of the Felix clones?
When does the next season start?
Season 2 won't begin airing until April, r63.
Attached is some info on casting announcements made this month.
Maslany had her guest spot on Parks & Recreation last week. She was really good and pretty darn funny working with Aziz Ansari.
Just finished watching. Great show!! So after ten episodes it feels like it's just starting. Can't wait for April.
Brava to Tatiana!
I love Cosima.
Is this show on Netflix yet?
It's on iTunes.
At first glance a read the thread title as "Oprah Black" on BBC. Damn dyslexia.
Damn fine series.
I just watched the whole season for the 2nd time. It's really one of the all time greatest performances. I can't think if any actor who could pull off what TM does.
Sarah Michelle Gellar did well playing twins on Ringer, but this is a whole new level.
Bumping for a BBCAmerica special with the cast coming up Saturday night, in advance of the second season premiere on Saturday 4/19.
Have been rewatching the last few episodes from last year; I can't wait to see where it goes from here.