TV News: Orphan, Netflix, Vampire, Schitt, End

Orphan Black
BBC America has released a new photo from the upcoming third season of “Orphan Black,” a shot showcasing the clone ‘Rudy’ (aka. ‘Scarface’). Justin Chatwin and James Frain join the third season of the show, Frain plays an antagonist while Chatwin plays a new character in Alison’s world. [Source: Variety]

Netflix is reportedly dropping many of its BBC series from its subscription streaming service at the end of the month. Amongst those that will vanish from the service are the likes of “Doctor Who” (reboot & classic), “Luther,” “Torchwood,” “Top Gear,” “Wallander,” “Fawlty Towers,” “Blackadder,” “MI-5” (aka. “Spooks”), “Primeval,” “Red Dwarf,” “Copper,” “Fawlty Towers” and the original “House of Cards”. [Source: What’s on Netflix]

Vampire Diaries/Teen Titans
“The Vampire Diaries” showrunner Julie Plec has confirmed that actor Steven R. McQueen is leaving as a series regular in the fourteenth episode. Plec confirms the departure is not a death scene, leaving room for him to return.

McQueen has long wanted to play the role of Nightwing/Dick Grayson in some capacity, and is rumored to be doing so for the upcoming TNT series “Teen Titans” based on the DC Comics title. Could his departure relate to that project? [Source: THR]

Schitt’s Creek
Ahead of its series premiere tomorrow in Canada, CBC has renewed the half-hour comedy “Schitt’s Creek” for a second season to debut early 2016. Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara star in the show which has been picked up by Pop (currently TVGN) for a U.S. debut on February 11th. [Source: Deadline]

Childhood’s End
Colm Meaney (“Hell On Wheels”) and Charlotte Nicdao (“Please Like Me” ) have been cast in Syfy’s six-hour miniseries “Childhood’s End” based on Arthur C. Clarke’s classic story. Meaney will play a major news organization’s owner, Nicdao will play a brilliant and energetic zoologist.

Matthew Graham (“Life on Mars”) adapted and will produce the project which follows a peaceful alien invasion of Earth, an arrival that begins decades of apparent utopia under indirect alien rule. However, it comes at the cost of human identity and culture. Julian McMahon, Daisy Betts, Mike Vogel, Charles Dance, Ashley Zuckerman, Osy Ikhile,and Yael Stone also star. [Source: Deadline]