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TV Blog Buzz: 'Orphan Black' gets no Emmy nominations but much web love

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There are no Emmy nominations for sci-fi critical darling "Orphan Black" once again this year but the show's cast and crew can take solace in the online outrage that followed the snub.

New York magazine's Vulture blog tries to explain for fans why star Tatiana Maslany was passed over yet again and notes that Emmy voters traditionally don't give the time of day to sci-fi fare, favouring big, hyped dramas.

"Maslany may be a superstar shape-shifter in your heart, but picking up votes in the drama categories is notoriously difficult unless you're on a prestige show, or in the case of 'Scandal''s Kerry Washington, the hottest show on television," says Vulture.

"Maslany has online buzz by the boatload, and famous outspoken champions like Damon Lindelof and Patton Oswalt, but none of that adds up to actual star power.

"But take heart, 'Orphan Black' fans. Tatiana Maslany is in good company: Emmys voters ignored 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer''s Sarah Michelle Gellar for years."

http://vult.re/1rZ22A4

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Gawker makes a similar argument and warns fans that they should probably get used to "Orphan Black" being ignored by the Emmys.

"Shows whose plot engines involve vague international genetic-research consortia, or vampires, or spaceships, tend to be disqualified from the category of 'good television,'" says Gawker, while also citing "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" as a criminally underappreciated show come Emmy time.

http://bit.ly/1lXHcZD

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New York magazine also honoured Maslany by calling her character Helena "TV's best female monster yet."

"Orphan Black" lulls the viewer into thinking Helena is just a mishmash of horror villain tropes before revealing something much deeper, argues the magazine.

"In 'Orphan Black,' the victim becomes the monster becomes the victim again with bewildering and humorous ease. Just when you think you've settled, the camera cocks its head, says 'don't be baby,' and refuses to let things be so simple. The camera confounds our relationship to Helena by seesawing the horror script, and in doing so, makes us rethink what a female monster can be. You're forced to shift your sympathies on a shot-by-shot basis."

http://thecut.io/TVtpMu

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The "Seinfeld" 25-year anniversary retrospectives keep coming with Larry David sitting down to chat with Rolling Stone magazine.

Interestingly, he recalls the idea for the show about nothing originated from some bantering with Jerry Seinfeld in a supermarket.

"We were in a grocery store and talking about the different products on the shelves. And we were making each other laugh. Then we both realized that this is the kind of dialogue we never really heard on television, or even movies, for that matter. So that was sort of the basis — that was just the way we communicated and the things that we talked about."

http://rol.st/1kaqIhf

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