After rapturous reviews for the first season of “Orphan Black” in 2013, star Tatiana Maslany discusses the risks of a daunting second season, which debuts this Saturday on BBC America. She said they filmed the first episodes from last year wondering if anybody would even watch. Now with such huge expectations from rabid followers, she added, “We take the risks with the knowledge that people have an investment in these characters, and they’ll feel upset or they’ll feel excited and their reaction is so visceral and so present.” Her interview with Dalton Ross also includes her thoughts on the many clones she portrays, understanding the complex scripts, and what will be better about the second season. Entertainment Weekly.
Talk show host and comedian Ellen DeGeneres is once again named the most powerful gay celebrity in America. Out magazine places her at the top of their annual rankings, just ahead of Apple CEO Tim Cook. MSNBC host Rachel Maddow is in the third spot, followed by Senator Tammy Baldwin, journalist Glenn Greenwald, and producer Ryan Murphy. Other notables are Neil Patrick Harris (7), Andy Cohen (8), Robin Roberts (10), Anderson Cooper (14), and Jane Lynch (20). E! Online.
The sixth and final season of “Glee” next year will not be New York-centric after all. Even though the latter half of this season has been set there (and away from the original McKinley High School), creator Ryan Murphy has other plans. He said, “It really is a lovely, fitting season that dwells on the original people on the show and what happens to them and how they give back. We’ll revisit some of the new kids that came and went. He also promised a return in “a big way” of Jane Lynch and Matthew Morrison. Deadline.
Is Ricky Gervais bringing back his original David Brent character from the British version of “The Office”? A spin-off series is the subject of speculation from the BBC and Netflix for a return to TV. He resurrected the character to appear on Britain’s Comic Relief charity show last year. He is also currently touring the U.K. with his fictional band Foregone Conclusion, fronted by Brent. The last Christmas special for “The Office” was 11 years ago. Hollywood Reporter.
The present and the future will collide on April 22 when Stephen Colbert is a guest on “Late Show with David Letterman.” CBS announced last week that “The Colbert Report” host would replace Letterman sometime in 2015 after he retires. Colbert will leave his Emmy-winning program when his contract expires at the end of 2014. TV Line.
After David Letterman retires, what will happen with Craig Ferguson‘s show that currently produced by Letterman’s Worldwide Pants company? Of course, Ferguson could sign another deal, but Chelsea Handler has been holding very public talks with CBS recently. Her original conversations were about a possible syndication deal, but insiders now say she is discussing the “Late Late Show.” Network officials deny that idea is under discussion. Handler is not renewing her contract with E! to continue “Chelsea Lately.” The Wrap.
Just in time to make this year’s Emmy ballot, NBC will air a new Maya Rudolph variety special on May 19. The “Saturday Night Live‘ alum will welcome former co-stars Fred Armisen, Chris Parnell, and Andy Samberg as well as Kristen Bell, Sean Hayes, and Craig Robinson. The musical guest will be Janelle Monae. She could be competing against Emmy kingpin “Kennedy Center Honors” as Best Variety Special. Variety.
Watch the first trailer for “The Homesman,” the second film directed by Oscar-winning actor Tommy Lee Jones. It is an all-American western starring Jones and Oscar champs Hilary Swank and Meryl Streep. Adapted from the 1988 novel by Glendon Swarthout, the plot is about a man-of-the-land and pioneer woman who team up to escort three troubled women from Nebraska to Iowa. The movie will be released late this year. Thompson on Hollywood.