See what Emmy voters got wrong with both seasons of 'Orphan Black'

Akron Beacon JournalJuly 17, 2014 

  • New Releases

    These titles were released on home video this week:

    Films: Rio 2 (Anne Hathaway and Jesse Eisenberg reprise their voice roles as Jewel and Blu; other voice actors include Jamie Foxx, Tracy Morgan and Jemaine Clement); Under the Skin (Scarlett Johansson plays an alien who seduces and kills people); Hank and Asha (a best feature winner at small film festivals); The Face of Love (starring Annette Bening and Ed Harris); What Would You Do For Love? (made-for-TV family film); Northern Light (documentary on a three families in Michigan's Upper Peninsula and the snowmobile race that connects them); A Night in Old Mexico (with Robert Duvall); A Day Late and a Dollar Short (Whoopi Goldberg and Mekhi Phifer in TV movie based on a Terry McMillan novel); Scanners (1981, director David Cronenberg classic); Pickpocket (1959, by French master Robert Bresson); The Last Days (Spain); Labyrinth (CW time-travel miniseries); Sx—Tape (horror film directed by Bernard Rose); Open Grave, 100 Years of WWI (History Channel miniseries); Hercules: Hero, God, Warrior (three History specials); Barney: A Super-Dee-Duper Day; David Suchet: In the Footsteps of St. Paul (BBC documentary on Christianity's early years).

    TV Series: America's Test Kitchen: Season 14 (PBS); Hell on Wheels: Season 3 (AMC); How the West Was Won: Second Season (1978, six-disc set); Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove: Season One (Hallmark Channel); Black Dynamite Season One (Cartoon Network's Adult Swim); Caillou: Fun and Games With Caillou (PBS Kids); Case Histories, Series 2 (U.S. debut of Scottish drama series).

When the Emmy nominations came out last week, there were the usual howls over the voters' errors in judgment. And the loudest howls might well have been over the lack of a nomination for Tatiana Maslany, who has dazzled critics with her work on the BBC America series Orphan Black. Maslany has played not one character but many, all clones with distinctly different personalities and agendas.

One tweet about the snub apologized on behalf of all of America, saying "we're just ... not that bright." Another claimed that, because of her diverse roles, Maslany deserved four nominations for drama acting and another for comedy acting. And one TV critic joked that she was not overlooked because she actually was playing the nominated Woody Harrelson in True Detective.

To understand the outrage, you can see the first season of Orphan Black, which has been out on DVD and Blu-ray (and digital), and the second-season, released Tuesday on DVD and Blu-ray (The second season also is available digitally, including through iTunes and Amazon Instant Video). Besides Maslany's performance, which is pretty amazing, the set includes several making-of pieces, among them one about a major scene in the second-season finale. And once you're hooked on this, be aware that a third season is in the works for 2015.

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