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Orphan Black Goes Dark – Season Three News!

Tatiana Maslanay as clone Cosima. Source: Provided
Tatiana Maslanay as ill-clone Cosima. Source: BBC America

“New Threats Come With Familiar Faces”

Time to unite together clone club members as our ‘sestras’ are in for a tough ride for Orphan Black’s third season with several new threats emerging from the shadows.

Revealed during the show’s TCA (Television Critics Association) panel on Saturday in Pasadena, one major threat will come in the form of Rudy aka scarface – one of the male clones revealed during the final episode of season two.

That final scene saw Sarah (Tatiana Maslany) come face to face with the crazy project castor clone, which immediately continues on in season three with the two talking and us discovering just how unhinged Rudy actually is.  “He likes to get under people’s skin.   He will just pick at you until you blow up and he’s won.” says Ari Millen during the TCA panel.

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Sarah and Rudy exchange words.  Image Credit: BBC America

Another new threat for the clones comes in the form of Topside (the organization that steers the DYAD group) agent or cleaner Ferdinand (James Frain) “He plays a really amazing, scary guy that’s come in from Topside,” EP John Fawcett said. “He’s a very dangerous threat to our girls.”

Things also get complicated for our favorite drinking mamma Alison when an ex-flame from high school comes to visit.  Played by Justin Chatwin, Alison’s ex, Jason Kellermen, is a savvy drug dealer who causes issues for Alison and husband Donnie.

Fawcett also let us all in on some news about Felix (Jordan Gavaris) for season three.  With the popularity between Felix and Alison played up during season two, we can expect Felix to connect with some of the other clones – namely Cosima who will be spending most of her time recovering in Felix’s apartment.

No word on what to expect with Helena, one eyed pro-clone Rachel, Mrs. S, Kira or any of the other side characters currently floating around the clone universe.

Orphan Black returns Saturday April 18th on BBC America in the US with airings expected to start shortly after on SBS 2 in Australia.

Orange is The New Black for Ruby Rose

Ruby Rose will be donning an Orange Jumpsuit for OITNB season 3
Ruby Rose will be donning an Orange Jumpsuit for OITNB season 3

How exciting!  The future is looking a little more orange for the stunning Aussie presenter/DJ/model Ruby Rose after announcing that she’ll be joining the cast for the hugely popular prison comedy/drama Orange is the New Black’s third season.

Making the announcement via US Elle magazine, Rose used twitter to let us all in on her characters name with the hashtag #StellaIsHere.

The upcoming third season will see Rose as Stella Carlin, an inmate “whose sarcastic sense of humor and captivating looks quickly draw the attention of some of Litchfield’s inmates.” including Alex Vause (Laura Prepon) and Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling).

The news of Ruby’s involvement in series three has already boosted the talented Aussie’s profile in the US with numerous news and entertainment outlets jumping on the Ruby Rose bandwagon.

Ruby Rose: 5 Things to Know About Orange Is the New Black‘s Newest Addition – People Magazine
Australian Model Ruby Rose Is The Newest Addition To The Orange Is The New Black Season 3 Cast! – Perez Hilton
Ruby Rose, model and DJ, set to appear on ‘Orange is the New Black’ Season 3 – New York Daily News
Meet the New Love Interest on Orange is the New Black – TIME

 

In addition to the casting of Rose to season three, familiar faces from season one and two including Samira Wiley (Poussey), Yael Stone (Morello), Dascha Polanco (Diaz), Selenis Leyva (Mendoza), Adrienne C. Moore (Black Cindy), and Nick Sandow (Caputo) have all been upgraded to series regulars!

Orange is the New Black doesn’t return until June where it will stream to Netflix subscribers while here in Australia, Foxtel channel Showcase airs the series.

SoHo Teases With A Wentworth Season 3 Promo

Nicole Da Silva, Danielle Cormack and Aaron Jeffrey
Nicole Da Silva, Danielle Cormack and Aaron Jeffrey

While it may not be much, SoHo dropped a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it promo for the highly anticipated third season of the excellent Wentworth back on Christmas Day.

Fans of the Wentworth Facebook page were treated to the Christmas gift in the form of a 20 second clip that reveals Bea (Cormack) taking her stand against Governor Ferguson (Pamela Rabe) with the words “You don’t run this prison….I do”.

Watch the clip here at Wentworth’s Facebook Page

The teaser clip comes off the back of the show becoming available to American audiences with seasons one and two now available on streaming service Netflix.  Along with the new audience, positive critical reviews are starting to stream out, praising the show, the writing and comparing it (somewhat) to the other women’s prison drama Orange is the New Black.

Wentworth returns for Season 3 in 2015 on SoHo.

A Place to Call Home Finds a New Home

Marta Dusseldorp and Noni Hazelhurst. Souce: Provided
Marta Dusseldorp and Noni Hazelhurst. Souce: Provided

Fans wanted it and now fans are getting it.  Axed channel 7 drama A Place to Call Home, which was suddenly cancelled after just one and a half seasons is back, but this time, on PayTV.

Foxtel, in a deal with Channel 7, are resurrecting the popular cancelled drama for at least a further two seasons after hearing the cries from fans annoyed at the shows cancellation.  While the show was a hit for the network, production costs saw Channel 7 make the decision not to continue with the show, much to the dismay of fans.

Foxtel executive director of television, Brian Walsh, said in a statement today: “A Place to Call Home is Australia’s most loved drama series and has captured the hearts of millions of fans across the country. We are proud to partner with the Seven Network on this landmark deal and ensure that audiences can continue to enjoy this beautifully crafted and elegantly produced series for a further two seasons.

“The Seven Network has produced Australian television’s most successful drama series of all time and we are delighted to partner with the highly experienced creative team at Seven, who will now work their magic for Foxtel subscribers.”

Fans will also be happy to hear that series originals Marta Dusseldorp, Noni Hazlehurst, Brett Climo and Craig Hall will all returning to the new series!

A Place to Call Home is expected to return to our screens sometime in 2015 on the SoHo Channel via Foxtel.

Please Like Me Season 2 Sneak Peek Plus Season 3 News!

Josh Thomas on set of Please Like Me's Second Season
Josh Thomas on set of Please Like Me’s Second Season. Source: Facebook

With the August 12th Australian premiere date looming ever so close, a new sneak peek look at the second season of Josh Thomas’ comedy Please Like Me has been released (finally!)

With the slew of behind the scenes photos being published via the shows official Facebook page, it’s nice to actually see a look at what to expect when the show returns next month.

Check it out below:

Tom (Thomas Ward) and Claire (Caitlin Stasey) are back along with Josh’s ex boyfriend Geoffrey (Wade Briggs) and a new housemate-slash-possible love interest in the form of Patrick (Charles Cottier – ex Dexter from Home and Away) is along for the ride!

Josh also used the Facebook Page to announce that not only will Please Like Me be starting on August 12th but that the show has already received a green light for a third season!  Not bad for a show that was delegated to ABC2’s digital channel and virtually left for dead after it’s first season.

The third season, consisting of a further ten episodes will begin production in 2015.

Please Like Me Season 2 begins August 8th on Pivot and August 12th on ABC2

A Place to Call Home Cancelled by Channel 7

Marta Dusseldorp and Noni Hazelhurst. Souce: Provided
Marta Dusseldorp and Noni Hazelhurst. Souce: Provided

Showing that even with strong ratings, nothing is safe, Channel 7 have officially announced period drama A Place to Call Home will not be returning for a third season.

“Starring Marta Dusseldorp and Noni Hazlehurst and set in rural Australia in the 1950s, A Place to Call Home is a sweeping drama of one woman’s journey to heal her soul and of a privileged family’s confrontation with a changing era.  A romantic saga based in the fictional town of Inverness – home to the Bligh family estate Ash Park – with a landscape as vast and dramatic as the people who live there.”

The Age reported only 5 days ago that even when ticking all the boxes (critical and public acclaim plus impressive ratings) any options to keep actors on the show past season two had ‘lapsed weeks ago’ leaving most to think the inevitable was coming.  Could explain why star Abby Earl (who plays Anna Bligh) stated that while in LA this month, she will be hunting HBO pilots and is also in line for the Heath Ledger Scholarship.

Fans can at least walk away knowing they’ll get to see the remaining episodes of season 2 on channel 7.

A Place to Call Home continues Sunday night, 8:40pm on Channel 7

Cancelled: The Carrie Diaries and More from the CW Network

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Looks like we’ll never get to really find out what happens to Carrie Bradshaw in those years between high school and her column in The New York Starr as the CW network finally announced they have pulled the pin on the Sex and the City prequel series.

The series which debuted two years ago followed a young Carrie Bradshaw (played by AnnaSophia Robb) in her teen years, struggling to find a balance between home life, romance and her aspirations of a successful writing career in New York.  The show never really reached the ratings highs the network had hoped for nor caught the interest of fans of the original series and most were genuinely surprised when the show was renewed for a second season.

The sad part is, the show was cancelled just as opportunities arose to really develop Carrie’s Manhattan back story with season two closing out with Carrie saying goodbye to home life in Connecticut to embark on a new life in New York.

Two other shows – The Tomorrow People and Star-Crossed have also suffered the same fate and will not return for a second season, though The 100, Hart of Dixie and Beauty and the Beast will return.

The CW’s full schedule including a complete list of cancellations, renewals and premiere shows will be announced next week. 

The Carrie Diaries, The Tomorrow People and Star-Crossed all aired on FOX8 through Foxtel here in Australia.

Bates Motel Back For Season 3

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Vera Farmiga in ‘Bates Motel’ A&E

Fans of FOX8’s creepy Psycho prequel series Bates Motel will be happy to hear that Norman (Freddie Highmore) and his mother Norma Bates (Vera Farmiga) will be back for a third season.

Currently midway through season 2, A&E (the show’s US channel) announced they have greenlit a 10 episode third season to begin production later this year.

Originally pitched as a prequel to Alfred Hitchcock’s film Psycho, Bates Motel has revealed itself to be not only the story of one boy’s damaged relationship with his mother, but also the story of a town that acted as a mirror for the Bates’ poisonous relationship and Norman’s fractured mind.

Bates Motel Season 2, airs Wednesday Nights, 9.30pm on FOX8

Looking Back: Girls Season 3

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We were promised a some-what lighter third season for Girls and it’s lead character Hannah Horvath (Lena Dunham) and for the most part, Dunham gave us what was promised, but true to form, Girls never dances too long in the light and breezy by showing us that when things start to look up, there’s something to drag you down lurking right around the corner.

I still dislike Hannah and no matter how hard I try to see things from her perspective, I still end up heading to that small place in my mind that wants to throttle the self-centredness right out of her.  I know I’m not alone here.  It’s funny to think that Girls, while incredibly well acted and highly intriguing, is literally about the life of a 25 year old woman who is so deplorable and loathsome that the other people in her world (Jessa the junkie or Elijah the enabler for instance) begin to look like shining beacons of light.

It’s clear Dunham has created Hannah to be particularly unlikeable to the point she’s practically shoving more things for us to hate about her down our throats.

*Hannah’s book editor David dies and at his funeral and proceeds too ask his widow for a contact for another editor.

*Adam’s eccentric and (probably) unstable sister Caroline (great casting of Gaby Hoffman) arrives and asks to stay.  Ignoring Adam’s CRYSTAL CLEAR instructions to not allow it, Hannah moves Caroline right on in.

*Hannah thrives doing advertorial work for GQ, in fact, she shows everyone else up with her quick thinking ability, but proceeds to self sabotage in order to be fired as she feels like, as a writer, she’s selling out.

*Marnie invites the girls over to her mother’s friends beach house where in town, Hannah bumps into Elijah and against Marnie’s wishes, invites Elijah and his friends to join them in order to avoid having to spend any actual time with her friends.

Are we really surprised?  This is Hannah after all.

Out of all the characters this season, Shoshanna grew on me the most.  Yes, I thought her decision to end things with Ray was a silly idea, but that, in itself, brought out a sexually empowered and vocally aggressive Shoshanna.  It didn’t hurt either when Shosh got to say not only what every viewer has wanted to say to Hannah, but also, the line of the entire show to date:

“You’re a fucking narcissist. Seriously, I’ve never met anyone else who thinks their own life is so fascinating. I wanted to fall asleep in my own vomit all day listening to you speak about how you bruise more easily than other people … [I don’t want to be like] you, like mentally ill and miserable.”

Yes! Thank you, Shoshana.

Even Adam, who I’ve never liked, actually began to grow on me.  I think it was around the time his sister arrived that I actually said to myself ‘things are bad when Adam is the sanest character in this show’.

So now, we’ve come to an end for season three.  Adam is flourishing on Broadway which meant he had zero time and zero patience for Hannah.  Shoshanna’s year of sex and debauchery leaves her flunking out of college and a failed attempt to win Ray back.  Jessa agreed to help wheelchair bound artist Beadie commit suicide (by actually hand feeding her pills) only for Beadie to freak out and scream for 911.  Marnie’s professional life is getting back on track, working as a gallery assistant and making some rather nice music with Desi, but of course, Marnie has always been one to blur the line between professional and romantic….and Hannah…well, with Adam pushing her aside for Broadway, it opens the door for her to take up the offer to attend the exclusive Iowa Writers Workshop (when did she apply for that by the way?)

What did you think of this third season of Girls?

Foxtel Announces Wentworth Season 3

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Season two hasn’t even finished filming, yet this afternoon, FOXTEL announced popular prison drama Wentworth will continue on for a third season.

Filming for the drama’s second season is due to wrap mid February with the cast and crew expected to return to begin filming season three in March and wrapping mid year.

Wentworth has been a major success story with the Prisoner re-boot now sold to over 20 countries (a German version is now in production) while the show drew over 2 million viewers in the UK alone.  Foxtel Executive Director of Television Brian Walsh said “Wentworth’s first season was a triumph with its remarkable performance and production qualities which enthralled our Australian audience and achieved such great international recognition. Since October, the cast and the production team, led by producer Amanda Crittenden, have been back on location delivering on the promise of season two’s gripping scripts and the storylines for season three are sensational.”

SoHo are still yet to announce a premiere date for Wentworth’s second season (announcement should be made very soon) but season one is currently being re-aired on the SoHo channel on Thursday nights 8:30pm

Update Dec 2014 – SoHo still to confirm Season 3 start date.