HBO is going to a dark place with Guillermo del Toro. The Hollywood Reporters writes that the premium cable network has optioned Corinne May Botz’s “Nutshell Studies,” a Hitchcockian drama about a 1950s small-town housewife who becomes obsessed with solving brutal crimes. Del Toro will serve as an executive producer as well as director on the project, with novelist Sara Gran (“Southland”) on board to write and co-executive produce.
Canadian thesp Tatiana Maslany will topline in 10-episode sci-fi series “Orphan Black,” reports Variety. “In “Orphan” Maslany plays a street-wise orphan who witnesses the suicide of a woman whom she learns is her clone. Soon she and other clones realize an assassin is killing them off one by one.” The series starts lensing in Toronto next month. “Orphan” is co-created by writer Graeme Manson (“Flashpoint”) and director John Fawcett (“Spartacus”).
In addition, Showtime also shared a second promo teasing the forthcoming premiere of “Dexter” Season 7, premiering Sep. 30. In the video, Dexter (Michael C. Hall) tells Deborah (Jennifer Carpenter), “Nothing has changed, I’m still your brother.” Here’s the recently revealed synopsis for Episode 7.01: “Are You….?” “After witnessing her brother kill Travis Marshall, Debra (Jennifer Carpenter) attempts to reconcile with Dexter (Michael C. Hall) while struggling to cover up their involvement with the murder. Meanwhile, Detective Mike Anderson has an unfortunate run-in, Quinn and Batista begin to make amends, and LaGuerta finds evidence that causes her to re-think the closed Bay Harbor Butcher case.”