Diane Haithman contributes to Deadline’s TCA coverage.
BBC America’s drama Orphan Black stars Tatiana Maslany as young woman who witnesses the suicide of her clone. Series co-creator (with John Fawcett) and writer Graeme Manson described the show as “near-fi” not “sci-fi” today at TCA. “We’re a sci-fi show, but we’re set in the here and the now,” he said. “That’s really important to us, that the juice feels real. It’s not space ships and warp drives.”
Mason said the show began gestating about 10 years ago, when creative partner Fawcett said. “Wouldn’t it be cool if you were standing in a train station and you looked across the tracks and you saw yourself, and then your eyes met and yourself stepped in front of a train?” He added that the pair had tried to make the project work as a feature film but “we just couldn’t contain the story in a couple hours of a feature. As the cable TV landscape changed around us, we realized it would be a great series.”