For a year or two there Orphan Black was on the cusp of being the hot new show. It threatened to cross-over as a mainstream hit with a swell of strong critical support and huge fan enthusiasm. But then all of that seemed to evaporate and the show quietly went on to its finale. I'm not sure what happened.
But, the show was a success and in today's market that means there's the opportunity for a brand extension. Hence the launch of a sequel series. Orphan Black: Echoes is set to debut in 2023.
And ironically for this series about clones, it mostly just sounds like they are repeating what they did the first time around.
Echoes will focus on an entirely new set of clones discovering and meeting one another, but will be set in the future of the existing series, which, through the reality of it being made a few years ago, is in the past.
Echoes is set in the near future and will take “a deep dive into the exploration of the scientific manipulation of human existence,” per AMC’s description. The new series will follow a group of women who work their way into each other’s lives unravel the mystery of their identity and uncover a wrenching story of love and betrayal.
- Bob Odenkirk will star in a new show for AMC after Better Call Saul concludes. Expect to see Straight Man on TV in 2023. Read: The AV Club
- Locke & Key will end with its third season on Netflix. Read: Deadline
- Adam Scott series Severance has been renewed for a second season on Apple TV+. Read: TV Line
- Somebody Feed Phil will return for season 5 on Netflix May 25. Read: thefutoncritic
- The Lincoln Lawyer TV series will debut May 13 on Netflix. Read: The Wrap
- A spin-off series from Killing Eve, likely a prequel series about Fiona Shaw's character, is in early development. Read: Deadline
- Congratulations to Peter Jackson, he's now a billionaire. Read: Variety AU
- Disney+ Hotstar is remaking Doctor Foster in Indonesia. Read: TBI Vision
- Are you looking to read an oral history of the King of The Hill episode Bobby Goes Nuts? Look no further... Read: Mel Magazine
- Always Be Watching will watch any show starring Victor Rasuk. That includes the not-great-sounding Reasonable Doubt (No, not that show - it's another show with that name). It enters production for Hulu as part of Disney's Onyx Collective brand (a brand surrounding Disney's TV shows created and starring people of colour). Read: Deadline
- Rob Lowe will star alongside his son in a new Netflix show from Better Off Ted creator Victor Fresco. The show is called Unstable. Does Lowe Jr have a name? Probably. Read: TV Line
- More WarnerMedia execs are out the door ahead of the Discovery merger. Read: Deadline
The Baby debuts April 24 on HBO and Sky.
The Wilds returns for season 2 on Amazon Prime Video May 6.
Operation Mincemeat debuts May 11 on Netflix.
Crush debuts on Hulu April 29.
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