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'Orphan Black' Gaining Traction in Season Two

"Orphan Black," the BBC's cult hit starring the chameleon-like Tatiana Maslany in many different guises, nabbed 719,000 viewers for its second episode of Season Two, which aired April 26. While still niche numbers, this is a good 15% increase from this season's premiere episode, which scored 620,000 viewers.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 29, 2014 12:46 PM
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'Cosmos' Writer-Director Ann Druyan Is Coming to AFI's 2014 Sloan Seminar

The AFI Conservatory’s 2014 Sloan Seminar guest will be Ann Druyan, who writes, executive producers and directs the buzzy science documentary series “Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey,” which follows up on the original Carl Sagan PBS series from 1980.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 24, 2014 2:58 PM
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'Orange Is the New Black' Covers EW, Showrunner Kohan Speaks Her Mind on Awards, Rejection, Beauty Standards and More

The Litchfield ladies of Netflix's "Orange Is the New Black" cover this week's edition of Entertainment Weekly. Inside, showrunner Jenji Kohan ("Weeds") speaks her mind about the series being initially rejected by HBO and Showtime, about the show's dramedy aspects making it hard to categorize for awards, and how she wanted to get away from the "summer-campy" leanings of Season One.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 24, 2014 11:55 AM
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J.K. Rowling's 'Casual Vacancy' Will Be an HBO Mini-Series

Author J.K. Rowling is bringing her bestseller "The Casual Vacancy," her first novel following the "Harry Potter" series, to HBO and the BBC for a three-hour miniseries.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 24, 2014 11:28 AM
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Emmy Hopeful Tatiana Maslany Returns in 'Orphan Black' Season Two (TRAILER)

Last year, an awards-season backlash seemed to be developing against the underdog BBC America clone conspiracy drama "Orphan Black," even though the frontlash for this absorbing Canadian production, which kicked off its second season over the weekend, continues to gather steam. Could Golden Globe-nominated chameleon Tatiana Maslany pull off an Emmy nod this year when nominees are announced on July 10?
  • By David Chute
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  • April 22, 2014 3:11 PM
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HBO Renews 'Veep' and 'Silicon Valley'

It's a good day for HBO's two strongest comedies, "Veep" and "Silicon Valley." Both got renewed for additional seasons.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 21, 2014 3:01 PM
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Get Ready for Showtime's Supernatural Chiller 'Penny Dreadful' with Creepy New Trailer (REVIEW)

Showtime's new smart horror series "Penny Dreadful" debuts May 11. Watch a new trailer here, plus read our SXSW review.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 21, 2014 1:12 PM
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Who Should Play Garbo and Dietrich?

A new project financed by billionaire scion Megan Ellison looks into the love affairs of Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich. Some have long fantasized that they loved each other, but they claimed never to have met. Who should play them in a new TV series?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 18, 2014 9:11 PM
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WATCH: Trailer for 'Scandal' Star Tony Goldwyn's New Legal Drama 'The Divide'

Tony Goldwyn -- aka POTUS from "Scandal" -- has a new show in the works now that the most recent season of the guilty-pleasure series starring Kerry Washington has wrapped. But he won't be acting. He's writing and producing.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 18, 2014 4:40 PM
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WATCH: It's All Hitting the Fan in New Trailer for 'Orange Is the New Black' Season Two

Taylor Schilling and Uzo Aduba in 'Orange Is the New Black' on Netflix
For those of you who were big fans of Netflix's rollicking women-behind-bars dramedy "Orange Is the New Black," a new full-length trailer is here for the second season, which arrives with all episodes on June 6. As the trailer song cries, the ladies in orange (or beige) are going "into the jungle," i.e. the tension in prison is heating up and boiling over, though it's hard to say from this spot exactly what that entails.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 17, 2014 2:04 PM
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