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'Orange is the New Black' Meets 'Orphan Black' in 'Orphan is the New Black' Mash-Up

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood August 5, 2013 at 8:00AM

Here is an amusing collision of two fantastic female-centric new series--Netflix's "Orange is the New Black," and BBC America's "Orphan Black."

Here is an amusing collision of two fantastic new series with coincidentally similar titles--Netflix's "Orange is the New Black" and BBC America's "Orphan Black" have become "Orphan is the New Black."  

Both of these new shows also share female-centric themes and atypical roles for women in television. In Netflix's series, a preppy Brooklyn resident leaves her chic soap-making company to serve time in a penitentiary, paying penance for a crime she committed ten years earlier. The half-grueling, half-hilarious series uses its thirteen episode arc to focus on a different prisoner's back-story per episode, creating an exceedingly well-rounded ensemble. 

In BBC's innovative critics' favorite "Orphan Black," a young woman comes to the realization that she is part of a human cloning experiment (all clones are played by the talented Tatiana Maslany, sadly overlooked by Emmy voters). Both trailers are below, if you need a little refresher. (Our appreciation of Maslany is here.)

This imaginative mash-up imagines Maslany's various clones as different characters from Netflix's new series. The image quality leaves quite a bit to be desired, but the character matching is amusing.


This article is related to: Television, TV, TV Videos, Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black, Orange is the New Black

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.