Sci Fi TV News Briefs: New Orphan Black Series Is in the Works, The Gifted May Go Three Seasons at Best, and More

By | March 13, 2019

Sci Fi TV News Briefs: Quick hits keeping you updated on sci fi and fantasy television news.

Back to Black: AMC has announced that it will be doing a new series that will be based in the Orphan Black universe.  The network has not released any details at the moment, but according to Variety the new show “would not be a spinoff or reboot of the original series, but rather a completely new story set in the same world”. Temple Street Productions, the original production company, is onboard, but there is no confirmation that Orphan Black creators John Fawcett and Graeme Manson will be involved. AMC is currently looking for writers to pitch ideas for the series.

The original show starred Tatiana Maslany as a woman who gets pulled into a massive conspiracy after learning that she is one of multiple clones of the same person. It originally aired on BBC America (which is under the AMC umbrella) and ran for five seasons from 2013-17 totaling 50 episodes.

One More Season for The Gifted? According to the We Got This Covered website, an inside source has confirmed that FOX’s X-Men spin-off series will go three seasons at most. Because of the Disney buyout of FOX properties, allegedly the Mouse House wants to wipe the slate clean and start new with most if not all of the FOX material. The FX series Legion, which has ties to the X-Men universe, will be ending with its third season and it appears that is the most The Gifted will get as well. But that later series struggled in the ratings in its second year, and currently it looks like it may not survive past that unless fans make a strong Call to Action on the social nets.

The Final Six: The Game of Thrones fan site has claimed to have figured out the run times of the final six episodes that will comprise the upcoming eighth season, with the last three approaching feature length. Here are the episode lengths they have surmised:

801: 54 Minutes
802: 58 Minutes
803: 60 Minutes
804: 78 Minutes
805: 80 Minutes
806: 80 Minutes

The final season of Game of Thrones debuts on April 14th.

Boldly Moving Forward: A few more details have emerged about the upcoming Star Trek series that will focus on Jean-Luc Picard. It will go further in the future than any other Trek series, taking place twenty years after the last TNG film. It will also tie into the J.J. Abrams reboot films, incorporating the destruction of Romulus which resulted in the creation of a new timeline. Syfy Wire has also uncovered some casting descriptions that suggest that Picard will be leading an elite, undercover group.  The series is currently targeting a late-2019 debut on the CBS All Access streaming service.

As we head into the final months of the regular season, expect more news as well as renewal and cancellation announcements. Be sure to stay tuned to this site and the Cancelled Sci Fi Twitter Site for breaking news as well as the latest ratings results.

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