The networks presenting Planet Earth II are taking audience targeting to a new level.
AMC, SundanceTV and BBC America — owned or operated by AMC Networks — will simulcast Saturday’s premiere of Planet Earth II (9 ET/PT), a six-part event “celebrating the planet, its creatures and the universal stories that unite and transcend,” according to network executives.
The remaining five episodes of the nature series, the follow-up to the renowned 2006 series, will run Saturdays at 9 ET/PT on BBC America.
To personalize promotion for the different networks, three different versions of a new trailer, made available exclusively to USA TODAY, are narrated by a star associated with each network.
Tom Hiddleston, who won a Golden Globe for AMC’s The Night Manager, narrates the AMC version. Oscar winner Robert Redford, the famed Sundance Kid, provides the voiceover on SundanceTV, which he founded, and Tatiana Maslany, an Emmy winner for BBC America’s Orphan Black, is the narrator for the trailer playing on that network.
The nature series, put together from 2,089 shooting days across 117 filming trips in 40 countries, is narrated by Sir David Attenborough.
Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany, Schitt’s Creek leads Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara and Daniel Levy, and Sons of Anarchy alumnus Kim Coates will be among the presenters at this year’s Canadian Screen Awards.
Staged in Toronto on March 12, the awards honour the best in Canadian TV, film and digital media.
This year’s host will be comedian and America’s Got Talent judge Howie Mandel.
Other presenters are set to include:
Oscar-nominated director Atom Egoyan.
CBC satirist Rick Mercer.
Big Brother Canada host Arisa Cox.
Kim’s Convenience co-stars Jean Yoon and Paul Sun-Hyung Lee.
Comedian Sean Cullen.
Actors Wendy Crewson, Catherine Reitman and Stephan James.
Toronto singer Francesco Yates is lined up for a musical performance. The show will air on CBC-TV.
Prepare your goodbyes, sestras: Orphan Black‘s final season has a premiere date.
BBC America announced Tuesday the sci-fi drama’s fifth season will launch on Saturday, June 10 at 10 p.m. ET.
Additionally, BBC America revealed Tatiana Maslany, who won her first Emmy for fronting the show as several Leda clones in September, will join the full cast for a panel discussion at PaleyFest on Thursday, March 23 in Los Angeles. Jordan Gavaris (Felix), Maria Doyle Kennedy (Mrs. S), Kristian Bruun (Donnie), Kevin Hanchard (Detective Art Bell), Evelyne Brochu (Delphine), Ari Millen (Ira and Castor clones), and Maslany’s acting double, Kathryn Alexandre, will appear alongside the actress, as will series co-creator and writer, Graeme Manson.
Last June, the network confirmed the cult hit would conclude with season 5.
“We are excited to deliver an epic conclusion to the tale of Sarah and her clone sisters,” co-creators John Fawcett and Manson previously said in a joint statement. “The past four seasons have been a phenomenal adventure and we are eternally grateful to our loyal fans who have loved the twists and thrills of our weird little show. We are thankful to our partners at Temple Street, and to BBC America and Space for their support and giving us the opportunity to end on a high.”
Since premiering on BBC America in 2013, the program has aired 40 episodes and has garnered significant critical and industry praise, earning major nominations at the Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild Awards, and the GLAAD Media Awards in addition to Maslany’s Emmy victory.
The Women’s March movement can count the Clone Club among its supporters, according to Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany.
The Canadian actress posted several photos of herself in character on Instagram on Tuesday, along with the caption, “Some gals who wished they could’ve been at the #womensmarch and whose [hearts] are on fire for all those who were. #thefutureisfemale #cloneclub.”
The Emmy winner included photos of herself in character as scientist Cosima, former assassin Helena, and soccer mom-turned-criminal Alison — a handful of the 11 different clones the actress has played on the hit BBC series, which prominently features feminist themes.
The Instagram post follows a slew of social media updates from Maslany in support of the Women’s March on Washington and its sister marches around the globe on Saturday, the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration. On Saturday, Maslany posted an Instagram video from the Women’s March in Toronto, Canada. “My heart is pounding seeing all the beautiful images of protest and solidarity from around the world,” she wrote. She also tweeted, “Sending love solidarity strength to everyone across the world marching for human rights!!!”
More than 3 million women in the U.S. alone marched in support of the rights of women, people of color, and marginalized communities.
“The Other Half,” the indie drama that premiered at SXSW last year, has been picked up by distributor Brainstorm Media for release in U.S. theaters in March. Director and writer Joey Klein’s love story earned a strong review from Variety in its festival bow in 2016.
The storyline centers on a grieving young man, played by Tom Cullen (“Downton Abbey”), and his budding relationship with Emily, an artist depicted by “Orphan Black” star and Emmy winner Tatiana Maslany. Over the course of the film, Emily’s bipolar disorder brings trauma and tension to the already-precarious union.
“This film was a standout for us at SXSW, with such beautiful and intimate performances,” said Brainstorm Media president Meyer Shwarzstein. The distribution company will coordinate the U.S. release in theaters and on video-on-demand, both set for March 10.
Jonathan Bronfman from JoBro Productions and Nicole Hilliard-Forde and Joey Klein from Motel Pictures produced the film while JayJay Firestone, CEO of Prodigy Pictures, executive produced. Cullen and Maslany are also on the film’s team of executive producers.
Set to open the March 17-26 event is AMC’s The Walking Dead, with Grey’s Anatomy, Bob’s Burgers, The Late Late Show, NCIS: Los Angeles, Orphan Black, Pretty Little Liars, Scandal as well as a CW DC Super Hero event rounding out the schedule.
“For 34 years PaleyFest has grown in size, presence and prestige — solidifying its spot on the Los Angeles cultural and popular landscape,” Paley Center for Media CEO Maureen J. Reidy said in a statement announcing the lineup. “We are so proud to present this incredible PaleyFest 2017 lineup as the centerpiece in our year-round Paley Center programming. This year’s festival brings together fans and introduces new audiences to the stars and creators of television’s most talked about and popular shows.”
The newly announced programming joins a roster of previously announced panels including HBO’s Westworld, NBC’s This Is Us and American Horror Story: Roanoke.
Here’s the full schedule:
Friday, March 17: AMC’s The Walking Dead
Saturday, March 18 (matinee): Super Hero panel with stars from The CW’s Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow
Saturday, March 18 (evening): NBC’s This Is Us
Sunday, March 19: ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy
Tuesday, March 21: CBS’ NCIS: Los Angeles
Wednesday, March 22: CBS’ Late Late Show
Thursday, March 23: BBC America’s Orphan Black
Friday, March 24: Fox’s Bob’s Burgers
Saturday, March 25 (matinee): Freeform’s Pretty Little Liars
Saturday, March 25 (evening): HBO’s Westworld
Sunday, March 26 (matinee): ABC’s Scandal 100th episode celebration
Sunday, March 26 (evening): FX’s American Horror Story: Roanoke