BBC America Presents ‘Orphan Black’ and ‘Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell’ [TCA 2015]

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Day Four of the Televisions Critics Association (TCA) Winter 2015 Press Tour also featured BBC America‘s presentation.

Orphan Black

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Orphan Black returns for its third season following the revelation that a line of male clones had also been created.

Here are some highlights from the panel:

– Co-creator and executive producer John Fawcett shared that “Project Caster was always part of our original plans.’ He added, “we knew there was going to be a male faction in the overall puzzle.”

– Fawcett also revealed that they originally were going to kill the character of Mark. He continued that it was an organic process to choose who was going to be the face of Caster, which of course ended up being Ari Millen who plays Mark.

– Tatiana Maslany said there are more bloopers this season than any other seasons.

– Maslany shared that she does have a say in who the clones she plays are and who’s coming next. She described her relationship with creators John Fawcett and Graeme Manson as “very collaborative.”

– “It gave me a chance to have some three day weekends.” – Tatiana Maslany on Ari Millen having his own male clones now.

– Jordan Gavaris said he uses the fact that he feels tired for the character because they have gone through so much.

– Felix’s relationship with the other clones will be developed in Season 3 beyond Alison, especially with Cosima.

– James Frain will be in the first episode of the new season and plays a very scary character. In addition a new character called James Kellerman, who happens to be Alison’s old high school fling, will enter her life and cause trouble for her and Donnie.

– Fawcett says that they think about what’s the next cool thing they can do that people aren’t expecting.

– They have an “incredible season end,” according to Fawcett. He added, “I think probably the best yet.”

– “Rudy is a threat to the sisters,” Fawcett said. He added, “Rudy is a dangerous character who is very smart and very ruthless.”

Orphan Black returns on Saturday April 18th.

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

Based on Susanna Clark’s novel, BBC America’s seven-part miniseries, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, takes place in England during the Napoleonic Wars and explores the forgotten world of magic which is about to return with two magicians facing off.

Here are some highlights from the panel:

– Writer Peter Harness explained that the magic int he show is something you have no idea how to control. He added that it’s something that will do something completely different than you expect it to do. The characters will have to deal with the consequences of that.

– Even though the series features real magic, the interesting thing about it is that it is set in a world populated with people you’d recognize.

– Producer Nick Hirschkorn explained that in adapting the series from the book, they looked at “what’s the best way to keep our audience engaged,” so there are things that have been lost from the book but other things have been enhanced.

– Harness said that he is happy for people to watch the show because of the magic or the period piece, but that they mainly focused on making “gripping drama.”

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell will premiere in Spring 2015.