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'Orphan Black': The creators discuss the shocking return of [SPOILER]

WHAT THE HELL?!?!? That may have been your reaction upon watching Orphan Black’s season 2 premiere. So allow me to issue the standard SPOILER ALERT: Read on only if you have already watched Saturday’s Orphan Black season premiere.

Helena is not dead. REPEAT: Helena is not dead. And it turns out that was the master plan all along. Orphan Black creators Graeme Manson and John Fawcett explain why they insisted on lying through their teeth when they told anyone who asked that the Ukranian clone/clone killer was indeed a goner after being shot by her twin sister Sarah in last season’s finale. They also tell us about that intense diner shoot out, Alison’s foray into musical theater, and their big cameo!

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Tell me, how does it feel to be big fat stinking liars by going around telling everyone that Helena was dead?

JOHN FAWCETT: It feels great.

GRAEME MANSON: Evil master plan. Evil master plan the whole way. READ FULL STORY

'Orphan Black': Tatiana Maslany talks about that big premiere shocker


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eturned for season 2 tonight with a big shocker, and if you have yet to watch then you may not want to read any further. [SPOILER ALERT: Read on only if you have already watched Saturday’s season 2 premiere of Orphan Black.]

She’s baaaaaaaaaack! That’s right, Ukranian clone/clone killer Helena was thought to be dead after being shot by Sarah in last season’s finale and left to die in a pool of her own blood. But SURPRISE! She’s alive, and that was just one of the twists. Sarah impersonated Cosima to lay the smackdown on Rachel, and Alison got Aynsley’s part in the local community musical. (Who says watching your bestie choke via a garbage disposal doesn’t have its advantages?) We chatted with star Tatiana Maslany to get her thoughts on the big premiere episode. READ FULL STORY

'Orphan Black': Tatiana Maslany says to get ready for a 'high octane' season 2

It’s hard getting people to notice you when you are a new show on a small cable channel, but BBC America’s Orphan Black was able to gain a devoted fan base with its twisty tale of a woman discovering she is part of a clone conspiracy. Star Tatiana Maslany in particular gained industry recognition for her portrayal of seven different characters in season 1. So what will she and the show do for an encore when season 2 kicks off on tonight? Maslany already shared some intel on the new clone , told us what she thinks she can do even better in season 2, and also revealed her current favorite clone to play. Now she tells us what else to expect in season 2. READ FULL STORY

'Orphan Black': Creators reveal more secrets from the set (like that Delphine was originally a 'kooky Asian scientist')

How much of that science on Orphan Black is actually real? How long does it take to film a scene with multiple clones? What clones did Tatiana Maslany play in her audition? And which other OB cast member auditioned for the role of Sarah Manning? In part 2 of our joint conversation leading into the season 2 premiere on April 19, co-creators Graeme Manson and John Fawcett chatted about all this and more from their on-set office in Toronto. (Check out part 1 right here.)

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How much do you guys look at what is happening in the world of science and how much do you incorporate that?

GRAEME MANSON: We want it to be as grounded as possible in real science, but we aren’t afraid to take that one step over the line into science fiction. And part of that is having these characters react realistically to these concepts, not just having the scientific reality. So it’s something that we try very hard to do. When you keep at it, it’s strange how you do rub up against reality.

JOHN FAWCETT: Things are moving so quickly from the medical and science point of view, so the realities of things are so much closer than you would think. READ FULL STORY

'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

Syfy picks up Wil Wheaton's 'Talk Soup' for geeks'

Wil Wheaton has been given a new forum to discuss all things science fiction.

Syfy has picked up 12 episodes of The Wil Wheaton Project (working title), which the actor-blogger has dubbed “sort of like Talk Soup for geeks.” The half-hour show, hosted by Wheaton, will allow the geek hero to dissect the week’s biggest stories in sci-pop culture with the witty commentary that has made him a social media star. READ FULL STORY

'The Walking Dead': Alanna Masterson takes us inside Terminus' 'creepy' train car

Sunday’s season 4 finale of The Walking Dead ended with 12 of our heroes locked inside train car A by the folks at Terminus. That would seem to be advantage: bad guys. But our survivors have something the apparent cannibals do not: Rick Grimes, who delivered a slightly more family friendly version of one of his classic lines from the comic book on which the AMC drama is based: “They’re screwing with the wrong people!” The season ended right there on that cliffhanger, and now we have more intel on exactly how shooting that final scene went down. Alanna Masterson, who plays Tara, called into Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM, channel 105) this morning to chat all about the big finale and her time so far on the show, and she took us inside the train car to tell us all about the filming of that big scene.

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