SBS2 Picks Up Orphan Black and The Walking Dead

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Tatiana Maslany as emotionally damaged Helena in SBS2’s Orphan Black

Finally!  I can happily say one of – if not the best new shows to air this year – BBC America’s sci-fi action drama Orphan Black is FINALLY coming to our screens and it’s thanks to SBS2 it was announced yesterday.  SBS2 also announced they will be airing slow-tracked episodes of The Walking Dead (the first on free-to-air in Australia) starting from season 1.

For those who are not in the loop, Orphan Black has been touted as literally one of the best new shows of 2013 and has generated a slow burn cult following that now has many many people (myself included) hanging for more.  The premise of Orphan Black see’s a down-on-her-luck Sarah Manning (the incredibly talented Tatiana Maslany who was clearly robbed of any sort of acting nomination) who’s life changes dramatically upon witnessing a woman of similar appearance to her, jump in front of an on-coming train.  Before she knows it, Sarah’s life is turned upside down and will never be the same again!

The show is incredibly fast-paced.  We learn something new with each episode, but end up with more questions (just to keep us hanging) and every single episode keeps smashing along with a bang while introducing an interesting array of characters, each with their own personalities that you’ll either love, hate or love to hate!  You’ll find yourself questioning who can and can’t be trusted!  Without spoiling too much, the theme of human cloning is the basis of this series.

The Walking Dead most of us know and love and i’m not going to rattle on too much about it, but for those, like me, who originally tried to watch the show when it first began and couldn’t understand the mix of drama and zombies, then this is the perfect opportunity to give it a second shot.  For those who have already seen it, this is a great chance to relive those classic first episodes!

The Walking Dead is slated to start Tuesday November 19th on SBS2 (Check your local guide for times) while Orphan Black begins early 2014 on SBS2!!

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MTV’s Scream Series to Feature Supernatural Themes

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Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox) and Ghostface from Scream

While the idea of ending the Scream movie franchise with a 5th installment is still being bounced around, it’s been revealed that the MTV small screen version will have no real overlap with the movie series as Harvey Weinstein noted that the series will be a new beginning for the franchise, pursuing a supernatural theme (i.e that Ghostface may actually be a ghost).

While originally there was some thought the series could be turned into a police procedural with Criminal Minds writers Dan Dworkin and Jay Beattie penning the script, Weinstein made it clear that was not the case.

While the supernatural elements worked well for TeenWolf (another series based off a movie) the whole premise behind the Scream series presented no supernatural themes at all.  Scream fans might scoff at the thought of adding actual ghosts into what has been a traditional horror franchise grounded in reality.  That said, launching a series with the Scream name but a very different tone and direction probably makes a lot more sense than trying to make what worked in the movies function in a TV show as well.

No actors have been attached to the project and MTV are still to announce a series pick-up.