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'Orphan Black': Jordan Gavaris talks Felix and his lack of pants

We’ll be seeing a lot of Sarah’s sassy foster brother Felix when Orphan Black returns for season 2 on April 19. But then again, we always see a lot of Felix…especially when he happens to be wearing an apron (with nothing else). So exactly…um, how much more of Felix will we be seeing? We caught up with Jordan Gavaris, who plays Fe, in his trailer during a break in filming to get some scoop on what we can expect from Felix when season 2 premieres on BBC America on April 19. (Also make sure to check out Part 1 of our interview, in which Gavaris talks about perfecting his fake English accent and working with all the various clones.)

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: So, most important question first: Will we have more pantless Felix in season 2?
JORDAN GAVARIS: They love my bum! I don’t know why. I mean I do a bit of work on my bum, but, like, I don’t have a Dylan Bruce bum. They love Felix’s bum so much and I’m so proud that they’re using my body as a means of comedy. That makes me feel really sexually secure. READ FULL STORY

'Orphan Black': Sarah was not originally British (and more fun facts from the creators)

In what city does Orphan Black take place? What is the process of mapping out an entire season? And why the heck is Sarah British? While sitting in their joint office on the Toronto set, show creators John Fawcett and Graeme Manson shed light on all of these topics as well as several others in preparation for season 2, which premieres April 19 on BBC America. READ FULL STORY

'Orphan Black': Tatiana Maslany on what she can do even better in season 2

When Tatiana Maslany reported to duty for season 1 of Orphan Black, she didn’t know if anyone would even take notice. After all, it was a new show from Canada airing on a channel (BBC America) that had only recently jumped into the original programming game. She could only guess what the reaction would be as she filmed that first season. That was certainly not the case when the cast and crew reunited for filming on season 2 (which premieres April 19). Rapturous reviews and a devoted #CloneClub let them know that there was indeed an audience following their every move. So how did that change the vibe on set for the second go-round of episodes? We asked Maslany that and more when we sat down on the Felix’s loft set during a break in filming. READ FULL STORY

'Orphan Black': Creator shares scoop on the new villains

Watch out, Sarah! Because there will be some new baddies on the scene when Orphan Black returns for season 2 on April 19. And these baddies could very well be coming from different directions. On one hand, we will be introduced to a new, more dangerous breed of Prolethean. And on the other, we will go higher up on the Dyad Institute food chain to meet “Rachel’s creepy boss.” Orphan Black co-creator John Fawcett sat down with us to share some intel on all the new faces — including one who may or may not be friendly. He also spoke about meeting Orphan Black fans up close for the very first time and what else to expect in season 2. READ FULL STORY

'Orphan Black': Tatiana Maslany reveals her favorite clone

We all have our favorite clone on Orphan Black. For many, it is funky bisexual scientist Cosima. For others — like myself — stressed out soccer mom Alison gets top billing. And still others gravitate toward punk protagonist Sarah. But if you ask the woman who plays them all, Tatiana Maslany, who her favorite clone is lately, you’ll get a surprising answer: Rachel. READ FULL STORY

'Orphan Black': Creator spills season 2 intel on Felix and all the non-clone characters

There have been plenty of hints and teases about what’s to come for your favorite clones when Orphan Black returns for season 2 on April 19. And you will get more such teases below. But what about all those non-clone characters on the show? What of Felix? And Mrs. S? And Paul? And Delphine? And Art? WHAT OF THEM, DAMMIT?!? Well, we went straight to the source to find out. EW chatted with Orphan Black co-creator Graeme Manson to get the scoop on those folks as well as some other primo intel on season 2. Read on, Clone Club!

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: So, I know you guys are really looking to expand the world more in season 2.
GRAEME MANSON: That was part of the mandate. Shooting earlier was part of our M.O. We wanted to shoot outside more, so we needed the warm weather to use some locations and get out of the urban feel — not lose it, but we like our different worlds. We had a lot of success portraying those in the first season so we felt confident that we could add more worlds. But come November, it’s like, no more going outside! READ FULL STORY

'Orphan Black': Tatiana Maslany shares intel on the new clone

We spilled the beans about the brand new Orphan Black clone a few weeks back. We gave you all the details on poor Jennifer Fitzsimmons, including some of her video diaries that show the nasty progression of her illness. Now, star Tatiana Maslany talks about shooting those video diaries and playing what becomes her eighth different character on the show.

It’s strange because we shot her in pre-production,” says Maslany of Jennifer’s video journal entries. “So we shot her in like a day in pre-production, the first day of shooting basically before the crew was even there. So it was an intense day because we went through her whole illness, from health to sickness, in a succinct amount of time. Of course, to me she is her own person, but I talked with [creators] John and Graeme a lot about how she sheds light on Cosima, and what she woke up in Cosima, and what Cosima is able to see of herself in this girl. In that way, she’s a lot like Katja. She is a facilitator of change in someone else. “ READ FULL STORY

BBC America orders first original comedy-reality series 'Almost Royal'

America just can’t get enough of the royals.

BBC America has ordered Almost Royal, the network’s first original comedy series about two young British aristocrats traveling to America for the first time. Ed Gamble and Amy Hoggart will play Georgie and Poppy Carlton respectively, heirs to the Caunty Manor estate in Norfolk, England.

According to the network’s description, Georgie and Poppy, as distant descendants to the British Royal Family, leave their privileged lives behind to allow a camera crew to follow them on their unofficial royal tour of the U.S.  – which will also serve to commemorate their late father. The two, who have never done anything for themselves, try to evolve on their journey. Georgie tries to become more “manly” and live up to his Father’s legacy, while Poppy pursues a career of finding fame any way possible.

Almost Royal will “not be a straight sitcom,” according to the network, as it will feature the actors interacting with real Americans who are not actors. And there will likely be some mistaking the lookalike royals for another famous British couple with a crown, though baby George is nowhere in sight.

Almost Royal will premiere Saturday, June 21 at 10 p.m. ET following the Orphan Black season 2 finale.

Almost Royal is produced by Burning Bright Productions and distributed by BBC Worldwide. BBC America’s other comedies include British imports Absolutely Fabulous, Twenty Twelve, The Inbetweeners, The Thick of It and The Office.

InsideTV Podcast: 'Orphan Black' creators promise new bad guys and new clones

We already made the big reveal last week that about a new clone named Jennifer Fitzsimmons being introduced on season 2 of Orphan Black, but the creators of the show — Graeme Manson and John Fawcett — may not be stopping there. The duo called into Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM, channel 105), and when asked whether there may be even more clones introduced in season 2, they indicated that there indeed could be hope for additional sightings. “If one were going to go fishing for a new clone in our pond,” says Manson, “you might have a chance of catching another.” READ FULL STORY

'Orphan Black': Maria Doyle Kennedy talks about the mysterious past of Mrs. S

Orphan Black is a show about an unraveling mystery involving clones. But the most mysterious character of all may be Sarah’s foster mother, Mrs. S. As if Mrs. S’ relationship with Sarah is not complicated enough, questions were raised at the end of season 1 as to whether she may have been involved in something called Project LEDA that may be somehow connected to the creation of the clones. EW sat down with Maria Doyle Kennedy — who plays Mrs. S (or Siobhan) — on a couch in Felix’s loft during a break in filming on season 2 (which premieres April 19 on BBC America) to chat about her character’s past, present, and future. READ FULL STORY

'Orphan Black': Jordan Gavaris talks Felix and having the best fake accent on TV

When people meet Jordan Gavaris for the first time, the reaction is usually the same: “Wait, you’re not British?” But don’t feel sorry for Gavaris. He brought this all on himself with his flawlessly flamboyant portrayal of Sarah’s foster brother Felix on BBC America’s Orphan Black. The accent employed by Canadian born and bred Gavaris to play the English Felix is so convincing, in fact, that even after hanging out several times on and off set with Gavaris, I’m still not entirely convinced that it’s not his normal accent that he’s faking. The distinction became even murkier when I caught up with the actor in his trailer on set of filming for season 2 on Orphan Black (which returns on BBC America April 19), because when Gavaris is filming scenes as Felix, he stays in accent all day long rather than flipping back and forth. He also uses different words and employs many of Felix’s mannerisms to help stay in character. So, essentially, you’re talking to Jordan as Felix. Or is it Felix as Jordan? Like I said…confusing. In any event, here’s part of our chat in which Gavaris talks about meeting the fans, understanding the scripts, and trying to convince people on his show that he’s not actually from the U.K.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Do people still get freaked out when they find out that you’re not actually British and that is just a phony accent you use for Felix?
JORDAN GAVARIS: Oh, yeah. Michiel Huisman is playing a character on the show and he was notably frightened when I turned it off at the end of the day. At the read through I’m also in character because…well, I’m just a weirdo. Even the way I interact with people and the gestures I use are different. But to answer your question that I’ve prattled on about, yes, they get weird. READ FULL STORY

'Orphan Black' season 2 trailer: 'I've only just begun' -- VIDEO

The last time Orphan Black fans saw their precious clones, Sarah Manning was being introduced to the idea that she was a part of a copyrighted human cloning trial. They all were. And as we’ve seen in a teaser trailer for the show’s second season, Sarah doesn’t take too well to the idea, nor does she seem to enjoy the company of the newest clone, Rachel Duncan, a.k.a. “Proclone.”

But what does the show’s sophomore season have in store for us? Well, we know that Suits star Patrick J. Adams will make an appearance, as well as a few other tidbits we learned from show creators John Fawcett and Graeme Manson, including more on Cosima’s illness and Neolution.

And thanks to the first full trailer below, we now know that this is only the beginning. With the introduction of new characters, at least one clone in the morgue, and a Proclone who “wants everything,” there’s no more time for games, or so says Paul.

Watch the new trailer for season 2 below: READ FULL STORY

Amazon nabs rights to BBC America drama 'Ripper Street'

Ripper Street, a London-set period drama, was canceled due to poor ratings in its second season. But it looks like it’s getting a second chance: Amazon acquired streaming rights to the show, which was and will continue to be co-produced by BBC America, and we’ll get to see a third season of Ripper Street after all.

The show stars Matthew Macfadyen and centers on the more crime-ridden areas of London’s East End in the late 1800s. Its first two seasons have already aired in the U.K., but the second season is currently airing on American television with a new episode this Saturday at 9 p.m. ET on BBC America. There is no date set for the Amazon Prime Instant Video premiere of the third season yet.

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