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'Doctor Who' Season 8: Steve Thompson, Phil Ford confirmed as writers
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This month's "Doctor Who Magazine" has confirmed that Steve Thompson will be contributing to the latest series of "Doctor Who."
Thompson has written for the last two series of the show, penning 2011's "The Curse of The Black Spot" and 2013's "Journey to the Centre of the Tardis," as well as serving as one of the triumvirate of writers for Sherlock with Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss.
For series 8, he will write episode 5, directed by Douglas Mackinnon. Also overseen by Mackinnon - director of 2008's "The Sontaran Stratagem/The Poison Sky" and 2012's "The Power of Three" - is episode 4. It will be written by showrunner Steven Moffat and is set to introduce The History Boys actor Samuel Anderson as Danny Pink, Clara's colleague from Coal Hill School.
Moffat has also written episode 1, which will see Peter Capaldi's first full appearance as the Twelfth Doctor, as well as the return of the Paternoster Gang, »
TV Ratings: 'Grimm,' 'Enlisted' rise while 'Hannibal,' 'Shark Tank' fall
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Fast National ratings for Friday, March 8, 2014
Here's some good news for the underrated Fox comedy "Enlisted" -- it rose slightly in adults 18-49 from last week. "Grimm" also ticked up from last week in adults 18-49, while "Hannibal" lost some of its audience from last week's premiere.
CBS scored 9.9 million viewers and a 6.2 rating/11 share in households in primetime, beating ABC's 6.6 million and 4.3/7. NBC (5.2 million, 3.5/6) came in third. Fox (2.5 million, 1.6/3) came in fourth, and The CW (949,000 million, 0.6/1) came in last.
However, ABC won the night with adults 18-49. ABC earned a 1.6 rating, better than the 1.4 for second-place CBS and 1.3 for third-place NBC. Fox finished fourth with a 0.7, followed by The CW, 0.4.
CBS: "Undercover Boss" (7.461 million viewers, 4.6/8 households)
NBC: "Dateline: NBC" (7.457 million, 5.0/9)
ABC: "Last Man Standing" (6.1 million, 3.9/7)/"The Neighbors" (3.6 million, 2.3/4)
Fox: "Bones" rerun (3.3 million, 2.1/4)
'The Vampire Diaries' says goodbye to Katherine: Watch her best moments
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"The Vampire Diaries" said goodbye to one of the series' best characters on Thursday (March 6): Katherine Pierce.
She may have served her purpose as a villain for most of the time she was onscreen on The CW's supernatural series, but it can't be denied that Katherine got things done. There's a reason she survived over 500 years even though she was being hunted by an Original vampire the entire time: She was smart, she was logical, and she was efficient.
Unfortunately, that meant Katherine had to step on more than a few people to stay ahead of the game, and that caught up with her on her deathbed. Instead of going quietly into that good night (a.k.a. passing through Bonnie), she was violently sucked out of this world and thrust into a darker existence that we're calling The Dark Side (as opposed to the lighter Other Side that »
Amy Sedaris joins Jane Krakowski's Fox comedy pilot 'Dead Boss'
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The comedian has joined Fox's "Dead Boss" pilot, THR reports.
The half-hour single-camera comedy pilot starring "30 Rock" alum Krakowski is reportedly close to being ordered as a series production. It is based on the British series created by Sharon Horgan and Holly Walsh.
"Dead Boss" is a mystery about overachiever Helen Stephens (Krakowski), who is wrongfully convicted of murdering her boss. She is forced to rely on her "train wreck of a sister" to prove her innocence.
Sedaris take on the role of Mary, one of Helen's nosy, fault-finding co-workers and the gatekeeper to their boss. She secretly loves their boss and openly hates Helen.
Are you excited to see these two funnywomen together in one pilot? »
'The Flash': 'Arrow' spinoff casts Patrick Sabongui as Captain David Singh
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Although the role has a guest-starring status in the pilot episode, Sabongui's character could become recurring if the show is picked up to series by The CW (according to The Hollywood Reporter).
As a police captain, David Singh would be the boss of Barry Allen (Grant Gustin), the young man who becomes the titular Flash. Others cast in the pilot include Jesse L. Martin (Detective West), Candice Patton (Iris West), Tom Cavanagh (Harrison Wells), Danielle Panabaker (Caitlin Snow), Carlos Valdes (Cisco Ramon), Rick Cosnett (Detective Eddie Thawne) and John Wesley Shipp.
A stuntman as well as an actor, Sabongui has guest-starred in "Flash" executive producer Greg Berlanti's "Arrow" and "The Tomorrow People." He has also recently appeared on "Almost Human," "Nikita," "Psych" and more.
'Blue Bloods' Season 4, episode 16: A woman's vengeance and a school trip add 'Insult to Injury'
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Dangerous byproducts of car-accident deaths, plus the police commissioner's visit to a museum, meant another active day for the Reagans.
"Insult to Injury," Friday's (March 7) episode of CBS' "Blue Bloods" -- written by co-executive producer Daniel Truly, from a story by him and series script coordinator Andrew Raab -- made Frank (Tom Selleck) a chaperone for grandson Sean's (Andrew Terraciano) school field trip. The trek's main guide, Joyce Carpenter (guest star Annie Wersching), quickly proved herself something of a control freak.
"This isn't my first rodeo," she briskly informed Frank. "You're just to follow my lead." Clearly, she did not know Frank Reagan.
What looked to be a day of paperwork for Danny (Donnie Wahlberg) became something else when he took a call meant for a detective who had passed away. The distressed caller, named Jill (guest star Bess Rous), angrily told Danny that the NYPD and the justice system had failed her. »
'Grimm' Season 3: Reggie Lee discusses 'Mommy Dearest' shocker and Wu's first name reveal
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Warning: If you haven't watched Friday's (March 7) episode of "Grimm," you're about to be spoiled.
At long last, "Grimm" fans have gotten what they wanted for the character of Sergeant Wu. Not only did he discover the Wesen world, but viewers also learned his first name.
Except the whole Wesen storyline didn't exactly play out the way many people were likely expecting. Wu couldn't handle the fact that the Aswang was more than just a fairy-tale creature, and he ended up in a mental institution over it. Will he be able to come to terms with this supernatural world? That remains to be seen.
Zap2it spoke with Wu himself, Reggie Lee, about the seminal episode, what this means for his character and how they decided on the name of "Drew Wu."
Zap2it: What was your response to Wu having a mental breakdown over seeing a Wesen?
BBC America's 'Orphan Black' Season 2 clips hid a binary message from Walt Whitman
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Current favorite thing about the internet: The hardcore "Orphan Black" fans who decoded a secret binary message in the eight promo clips BBC America released via its Instagram in anticipation of the clone thriller's Season 2 premiere on April 19.
The eight teasers showed our very first glimpses at the show's upcoming second season, including Felix and Alison having a heart-to-heart, one of the clones attacking Rachel, sick Cosima, a new dude who makes out with Sarah and more, and before the "Orphan Black" logo flashed at the end of each one, a binary message came on screen.
After realizing each binary code that flashed was different, the Internet detectives at After Ellen decoded the message. It turned out to be quotes from from Walt Whitman's "Song of Myself."
Revisit the clips and each quote below. What does it all Mean?!
1. "I am large, I contain multitudes."
2. "Will you prove already too late? »
'Enlisted' star Angelique Cabral books lead NBC comedy pilot 'Two to Go'
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Here is your weekly reminder to watch "Enlisted," Fox's funniest sitcom of the season: Star Angelique Cabral, who plays Geoff Stults' nemesis/frenemy/flirt buddy on the comedy, has booked a lead role in a new NBC comedy pilot.
According to Deadline, Cabral will star in "Two To Go," a comedy about longtime best friends Kurt and Laura (Christine Woods), who struggle with "the challenges of modern-day dating" while their group of friends insist they should be together. Cabral will play Anne, the Pilates instructor wife to Echo Kellum's stay-at-home dad Nick.
Before you fret: Yes, it is in second position to "Enlisted" so if the show is picked up and "Enlisted" is renewed, she'll stay on the military comedy. And yes, this is a very common move for actors during their busiest staffing time of the year. But it's still kind of a bummer to remember that »
'Doctor Who': Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman say goodbye with jokes
18 hours ago
In a a behind-the-scenes video from The Wrap, which appears on the "Day of the Doctor" DVD release, Smith commandeers a camera to ask Coleman what she'll miss most about him. "The daily abuse," she answers.
Based on the hugs and jokes they share in the video, it's easy to see just how special their connection aboard the Tardis was. »
'New Girl,' 'The Following,' 'Mindy Project' and 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' all renewed for 2014-15 on Fox
18 hours ago
Fox has picked up three of its Tuesday-night comedies -- "New Girl," "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" and "The Mindy Project" -- for next season, along with drama "The Following."
Three of the four pickups seemed fairly likely: Ratings for "The Following" have been down some this season but it remains a solid performer, and "New Girl" and "Brooklyn" are the network's two top live-action comedies. The "Mindy" renewal is a mild surprise as its ratings are somewhat lower, and it's been on hiatus since January, with a return set for April 1.
The four shows join the already renewed "Bones," "Glee" and "Sleepy Hollow" on Fox's schedule for next season. The network also has made series commitments to several new shows, including dramas "Gotham" and "Backstrom" and comedies "Mulaney" and "Cabot College," for 2014-15.
Where they all end up on the schedule is very much an open question, as Fox is committing to »
'The Mentalist' Season 6, episode 13: Jane goes underground in 'Black Helicopters'
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After nearly two months off the air, "The Mentalist" returns to CBS Sunday (March 9). The show's first episode back finds Jane literally going underground to work a case.
Zap2it has an exclusive sneak peek at the episode, titled "Black Helicopters." The episode centers on the death of a U.S. attorney in Mexico, which leads Jane to a separatist compound near the border. In the clip, Jane (Simon Baker) calls Fischer (Emily Swallow) and Cho (Tim Kang) and asks them to trace his phone, but when they arrive, there's no sign of him -- just an angry guy with a shotgun.
The situation goes from tense to just when Jane, through Fischer's phone, asks everyone not to shoot and then pops out of a hole in the ground. Take a look:
"The Mentalist" airs at 10 p.m. Et/Pt Sunday on CBS. »
'True Blood' Season 7: Ryan Kwanten says fan-favorite characters will die
19 hours ago
When "True Blood" enters its seventh and final season this summer, not all of its characters will come out alive -- or still undead. Zap2it spoke with Ryan Kwanten while he was promoting his new movie "The Right Kind of Wrong," and he says some big surprises are in store in Season 7.
"There will have to be something, I dare say," Kwanten says. "Some more favorite [characters] are going to appear, and some more favorites are actually going to be on the chopping block."
Though Season 6 ended on a bit of a series reboot, Kwanten says Season 7 will harken back to earlier seasons. Because the show is coming to an end, he says the actors are »
'Cosmos': A 'stunning,' 'magical mystery tour' to revive popular science for the world
20 hours ago
The executive producers of "Cosmos" think big. Considering the show they're making, that's probably a good thing. Still, it's impressive to hear producers Seth MacFarlane, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Brannon Braga, Ann Druyan (original "Cosmos" creator Carl Sagan's partner and widow) and Mitchell Cannold talk about the scale of what they hope this revival will accomplish.
How big? Zap2it talked to the people behind "Cosmos" at the show's world premiere on Tuesday (March 4). Their thoughts are below.
"I have been a fan of 'Cosmos' since I was a kid.
"I was having lunch in New York with Neil a couple of years ago. And I said, 'Is there anything I can help out with? I'm a huge science enthusiast.' And he said, 'We're looking to reboot "Cosmos," we're looking at some of the science channels.' And I said, 'Do you mind if I »
'Turn': Meet Jamie Bell's Abe Woodhull and more in new character posters
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In anticipation of the premiere of AMC's new Revolutionary War drama "Turn," Zap2it has your first look at seven exclusive character posters and descriptions to viewers can meet the characters.
From Abraham Woodhull and his childhood love Anna Strong to Red Coats Major Hewlett and John Graves Simcoe, these are the characters drawn together during the creation of America's first spy ring. Check out all the character posters and descriptions here.
"So much about that period expects great tales of heroism and great tales of people stepping up to the plate against great odds, and this isn't," leading man Jamie Bell told Zap2it at the TCA winter press tour. "Because [Abraham] isn't [a hero], really. He retreats. He does kind of the exact opposite of what we expect someone to do."
"Turn's" 90-minute premiere airs Sunday, April 6 at 9 p.m. Et/Pt on AMC. »
'Sherlock' Season 4: Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss tease Moriarty's return, premiere date
22 hours ago
Perhaps most surprising out of the event is this from The Hollywood Reporter: "Sherlock" Season 4 is "expected" to debut in 2016, which obviously is a long wait and conflicts another report in January that said the show could be ready by this Christmas 2014.
BBC controller of drama commissioning Ben Stephenson was also on hand at Tuesday's event with "Sherlock's" creators, which may lend credence to 2016 being an accurate timeframe. While no one is quoted in THR's report, the creators do talk about the difficulty with scheduling because of the popularity of the show's stars, Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) and Martin Freeman (Watson).
Elsewhere during the event, Moffat and Gatiss hinted at what's to come for the two detectives in the new episodes. »
Katie Holmes cast to star in 'Dangerous Liaisons'-style pilot on ABC
22 hours ago
Katie Holmes may make her first regular return to television after "Dawson's Creek." The actress has been cast in a "Dangerous Liaisons"-like pilot on ABC from writer Richard Lagravenese ("Behind the Candelabra").
On the show, which is currently untitled, Holmes will play an educated and well-bred woman named Ann (according to TVLine). Basically a good and intelligent person, Ann and her husband even run a philanthropic organization.
It all changes when two "friends," Philip (Rufus Sewell) and Margot, bet that they can destroy Ann's perfect marriage and life. But when Ann learns to play this game herself, she becomes a match even for Philip.
'Mad Men' gets a groovy Season 7 poster from graphic artist Milton Glaser
22 hours ago
The Season 7 poster for "Mad Men" is here, and it puts Don Draper firmly in the psychedelic late 1960s.
In contrast to the relatively spare imagery in the show's first Season 7 teaser, the poster -- designed by renowned graphic artist Milton Glaser -- is a swirl of color, with a woman's face and a wine glass being filled standing out among the images behind the familiar silhouette of Don's head and arm.
"There is a dreamlike quality to it, and believe it or not, it is related to the show, and not because it's psychedelic," "Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner tells The New York Times. "That's not what it's about. What it's about is the material and the immaterial world, and that's what I loved."
As for how the art relates to the coming season, the spoiler-averse Weiner says, "This is related to the late '60s, which is all I will say about it. »
'Sons of Anarchy': Kurt Sutter wants Aaron Paul in Season 7
23 hours ago
Through that process, one name occurs to him: Former "Breaking Bad" star Aaron Paul. During a question and answer session with his Twitter followers, Sutter was asked who he would pick, if he could have any actor on "Sons."
"I think it would be fun to get @aaronpaul_8 on the show," he writes.
That would be a pretty great appearance on the show, and it's not like Paul wouldn't fit in with that world. He's well-versed in playing an outlaw. Plus, the chance to get him on a motorcycle -- Who would pass that up?
Now, everyone needs to take a moment to wish for this dream casting to actually happen. »
'Game of Thrones' Season 4: First four episode descriptions released
23 hours ago
After we dug into what will happen in "Game of Thrones" Season 4's first four episode based on their titles, now HBO has released their official synopses.
First up, here is how HBO describes Season 4 in a press release:
"Encouraged by the Red Wedding slaughter in the Riverlands that wiped out many of their Stark nemeses, the Lannisters' hold on the Iron Throne remains intact ... but can they survive their own egos, as well as new and ongoing threats from the south, north and east? While an unbowed Stannis Baratheon continues to rebuild his army in Dragonstone, a more immediate danger comes from the south, as Oberyn Martell, the Lannister-loathing 'Red Viper of Dorne,' arrives at King's Landing to attend Joffrey's wedding to Margaery Tyrell, and perhaps act on an ulterior agenda. In the north, a depleted Night's Watch seems overmatched against the inexorable Wall advances of Mance Rayder's army of wildlings, »
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