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‘Doctor Who’ Showrunner to Press: ‘Shut the Hell Up’ About Jodie Whittaker Backlash

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Outgoing “Doctor Who” showrunner Steven Moffat blames the media for what he says is a false narrative about backlash against the casting of a woman in the show’s title role.

“There has been so many press articles about the backlash among the ‘Doctor Who’ fandom against the casting of a female Doctor,” Moffat said Sunday at Comic-Con. “There has been no backlash at all. The story of the moment is that the notionally conservative ‘Doctor Who’ fandom has utterly embraced that change completely — 80 percent approval on social media, not that I check these things obsessively. And yet so many people wanted to pretend there’s a problem. There isn’t”

Jodie Whittaker will take over the role of the Doctor from Peter Capaldi beginning next season. Whitaker will be the 13th actor to play the character, and the first woman.

Doctor Who” fans, Moffat said, “are more excited by the fact that there’s going to »


- Daniel Holloway

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‘Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency’ Sneak Peek Hints at Season 2 Case

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Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency” was one of the final pop culture pieces to present at San Diego Comic-Con this year, but fans of the BBC America sci-fi series were not left disappointed.

That’s because a new sneak peek for Season 2 has officially dropped, featuring stars Samuel Barnett, Elijah Wood, and Jade Eshete.

In the clip, Barnett’s titular Dirk finds himself held captive in some sort of futuristic prison. Wood and Eshete then break into the building in an attempt to rescue their eccentric friend — complete with their same masks from Season 1. Unfortunately, it turns out just to be a bad dream with Dirk remaining in the clutches of his captors.

Dirk Gently” is based on novels by Douglas Adams, the beloved British author who wrote “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.” Max Landis created, primarily wrote, and exec produced the series.

Series regulars Fiona Dourif, Dustin Milligan »


- JD Knapp

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Disney’s Split With Jake Paul Spotlights Challenge for Social-Media Sensations

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Actor and vlogger Jake Paul had a good thing going: a burgeoning audience for his antics on social media and a group of die-hard fans who enjoyed his presence on the kooky Disney Channel program “Bizaardvark.” Playing to both crowds, however, may have posed a challenge.

Paul had recently asked executives associated with the program for more time away from the set to pursue his growing social-media fan base, according to people familiar with the situation. After some discussions between the Disney Channel and his representatives, his request was granted. Paul does not appear in every episode of the series, which follows two female best friends as they post funny songs and videos online. The show has already filmed 35 episodes over two seasons, with just five left to be produced in its second cycle, an insider confirmed.  The consensus among Disney Channel executives is that Paul had been good to work with, and »


- Brian Steinberg

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‘Insecure’ Boss on Season 2: Issa’s Single Life, Reuniting with Lawrence, and Going ‘Smaller’

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As the showrunner of “Insecure,” Prentice Penny spends a lot of time thinking about how to tell the stories of the young African-American woman at the center of the show — Issa Dee, played by Issa Rae — in a truthful, organic way. “Insecure” follows Issa as she tries to navigate relationships in her personal and professional life, from her best friend Molly (Yvonne Orji) to her now ex-boyfriend Lawrence (Jay Ellis) to co-workers like Frieda (Lisa Joyce). Though the show features a group of key characters, it is told from Issa’s point of view, often offering the audience a unique glimpse inside her mind during moments she would otherwise be alone.

“Issa’s our main character, and she’s our way into this world,” Penny tells Variety. “She’s single Issa now, and she hasn’t been that person before. It opens up a lot of new stories and new awkwardness and insecurity for season two.”

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- Danielle Turchiano

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‘Descendants 2’ Draws 13 Million Viewers Across 6 Networks

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The Disney Channel movie “Descendants 2” pulled in 13 million viewers across six networks on Friday night, according to Nielsen data.

The sequel, which follows the teenage children of infamous Disney villains, aired on Disney Channel, ABC, Disney Xd, Freeform, Lifetime and Lifetime Movies. Its telecast on Disney Channel was Friday’s number one scripted TV telecast in total viewers with 5.3 million.

It also broke social media records for Disney Channel, with 174.1 million video views, 90.8 million impressions, and 14.6 million engagements, making it the biggest social campaign in the network’s history.

The original “Descendants” drew 6.6 million viewers in Live+Same Day when it first aired in 2015. However, it aired only on the Disney Channel. The original eventually rose to 12.2 million viewers in Live+7.

The sequel saw the returns of Dove Cameron as Mal, Cameron Boyce as Carlos, Sofia Carson as Evie, Booboo Stewart as Jay and Mitchell Hope as King Ben; and ushered in new villains China Anne McClain as »


- Joe Otterson

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Jake Paul Exits Disney Channel’s ‘Bizaardvark’ Mid-Season

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YouTube star Jake Paul will be leaving the Disney Channel’s “Bizaardvark” in the middle of Season 2. Disney announced the casting news Saturday evening.

Paul then confirmed the news on Twitter in a written message to fans. “Long story short… my team, Disney Channel, and I have come to the agreement it’s finally time for me to move on from the Disney family and ‘Bizaardvark,” he began. “At this point in time I am wanting to focus more on my personal brand, my YouTube channel, business ventures, growing Team 10, and working on more adult acting roles.”

The 20-year-old (who has 8 million subscribers on YouTube) joined the Disney Channel Original Series when it first began last year. The sometimes musical sitcom spoof on Internet celebrities premiered last June and is currently airing its second season. However, Paul will no longer be part of “Bizaardvark” when it resumes production this coming week.

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- JD Knapp

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Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards: Complete Winners List

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The Television Academy has announced the winners for the 69th Los Angeles area Emmy Awards.

Kcet crushed the competition with ten wins, placing just above other multiple winners Kvea (eight wins), Kmex (seven wins), NBC4 (five wins), Spectrum SportsNet (five wins), KTLA5 (three wins), and PBS SoCal (two wins).

Bob Miller, the recently retired “Voice of the Kings”, was the recipient of the Governors Award.

Variety’s “Actors on Actors” on PBS was nominated for best entertainment programming at the Television Academy’s 69th Los Angeles area Emmy Awards, but did not win. The series previously won the category in 2015 and 2016.

The winners of this year’s L.A. Area Emmy Awards were announced Saturday night at the TV Academy’s newly renovated Wolf Theatre at the Saban Media Center in North Hollywood.

The complete winners list can be viewed below.

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Museo Del Barrio (Neighborhood Museum) (Noticias 34 Solo A Las Once), Kmex »


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‘Arrow’ Shoots and Scores With Season 6 Trailer, Teases Return of Katie Cassidy

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At the close of Season 5 of “Arrow,” there was a huge explosion on the island that left the status of Team Arrow in question. When the gang hit the Comic-Con stage two months later on Saturday, fans got to see an early sneak peek at what our heroes will be up to in the new season.

The panel included stars Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsay, Emily Bett Rickards, Willa Holland, Echo Kellum, Rick Gonzales, Juliana Harkavy, and Katie Cassidy, as well as executive producers Marc Guggenheim and Wendy Mericle.

Mericle opened the panel by talking about the explosion, “The explosion felt like the right way to wrap up Oliver’s story.” Guggenheim added, “Season 5 would end as the end to the last ten years of Oliver’s life. We’re not rebooting the show, we’ll double down on things that resonated with people in Season 5. We will see a different kind of Oliver Queen. We »


- Diane Gordon

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‘The Flash’ Team Teases Season 4: ‘It’s the Fastest Man Alive Against the Fastest Mind Alive’

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When “The Flash” returns, fans can expect a shift toward a lighter, funnier season.

A new trailer with exclusive footage ran at the top of the panel, which included executive producer Todd Helbing and cast members Kelynan Lonsdale, Jesse L Martin, Candice Patton, Grant Gustin, Tom Cavanagh, Danielle Panabaker, and Carlos Valdes. Amid intermittent shouts of “I love you!” from fans, the cast and Helbing dropped a few hints about the new season.

When we last left Team Flash, ​Barry Allen was trapped inside the speed force and the best team in the business was trying to free him. But at least Panabaker still had a great time filming last year’s darker season, proclaiming, “I loved playing Killer Frost!”

Gustin talked about the episode where he had to act against himself, “This guy Andrew Dunbar acted against me and Tom directed that episode, which made it a lot easier. It »


- Diane Gordon

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‘Black Lightning’ Cast and Crew Promise ‘An Authentic Black Voice’

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The new CW show “Black Lightning” came to Comic-Con to tease what the newest addition to the superhero lineup will be about when it debuts this fall.

The panel included executive producers Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil and cast members Cress Williams, Nafessa Williams, China Anne McClain, and Christine Adams.

Salim Akil explained, “It’s time [for Black Lightning.] Jefferson Pierce is the epitome of what black men are: He loves his wife, his children, and the community. This family is the Obamas of the superhero world. This show will have an authentic black voice. This character will add something to the conversation. We’ve always been character-based and we’ll continue to be character-based. It’s about when and how he uses his powers and why. We want people to get to know this family. Their powers, like their race, is only part of who they are. There’s definitely a problem with police brutality and we will »


- Diane Gordon

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‘Legends of Tomorrow’ Drops Season 3 Trailer, Explains Those Dinosaurs

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After rolling a new Season 3 trailer out at the top of the Warner Bros. panel, “Legends of Tomorrow” executive producers Marc Guggenheim and Phil Klemmer took the Comic-Con stage with cast members Tala Ashe, Dominic Purcell, Nick Zano, Caity Lotz, Brandon Routh, Maisie Richardson-Sellers, Victor Garber, and Franz Drameh.

Here’s what we learned: Guggenheim explained, “We won’t fix time immediately but we’ll see how dinosaurs in Los Angeles happened.” Klemmer added, “Last season, Legends were the only game in town. Now, Rip Hunter has constituted a new version of what Time Hunters are. Now, Legends are up against the best and brightest.”

About villains fans can expect in the new season, Klemmer teased, “We want to lean into that collection of villains from various DC shows, perhaps some non-human villains.” Guggenheim added, “We’re bringing Colassa from the CW Seed series onto the show and the inevitable confrontation between Maisie and her granddaughter.”

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- Diane Gordon

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‘Westworld’ Drops Early Season 2 Footage at Comic-Con

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The cast and creators of “Westworld” brought a very early look at Season 2 of the series to San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday.

Among the brief collections of images fans were treated to, Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) stands beside a river next to a dead tiger. In another, Delores (Evan Rachel Wood) and a man who appears to be Teddy (James Marsden) ride through a field on horseback, gunning down a group that is running from them. Season 2 is scheduled to air in 2018 on HBO.

The cast was also asked at the “Westworld” Comic-Con panel on Saturday how they felt about having the various twists in the series revealed to them in stages rather than at the beginning of filming.

While Thandie Newton said she appreciated the fact that creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy kept things from them to avoid confusion, Wright joked, “I just went on Reddit.”  Wright went on to say that Joy revealed to him »


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‘Lost’ Alum Michael Emerson Joins ‘Arrow’ Season 6, More CW Casting News

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Michael Emerson has been cast for the sixth season of “Arrow.”

Emerson – known for his roles as Ben Linus in ABC’s “Lost” and as Harold Finch in CBS’ “Person of Interest” – will have a recurring role as an unnamed mystery character.

The “Arrow” panel at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday also announced that fan-favorite guest star David Nykl, who plays Oliver’s Russian friend-turned-nemesis Anatoly Knyazev, will also be returning for Season 6. Oliver and Anatoly departed on rocky terms the last time the two saw each other in Season 5.

Arrow” returns for its sixth season on Thursday, Oct. 12.

The Flash” also announced that they have cast Danny Trejo, Neil Sandilands, and Kim Engelbrecht for the CW show’s upcoming fourth season.

Trejo — known for roles in films like “Machete,” “From Dusk Till Dawn,” and “Spy Kids” — has signed on to play the role of Breacher, a feared bounty hunter from Earth-19 and the imposing father to »


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Netflix Unveils New ‘Stranger Things’ Trailer at Comic-Con

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The cast and creators of “Stranger Things” arrived in Hall H, the biggest Comic-Con venue of all, on Saturday, and cracked up the assembled crowd for most of the hourlong panel. They also unveiled a new trailer. 

Executive producers Shawn Levy, Matt Duffer, and Ross Duffer, as well as cast members Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Finn Wolfhard, Caleb McLaughlin, David Harbour, Joe Keery, Charlie Heaton, Natalia Dyer, Sadie Sink, Sean Astin, Paul Reiser, and Dacre Montgomery were all on hand.

The new trailer is scored to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” using the creepy narration of Vincent Price. It starts out with the kids at a video arcade, playing Dragon’s Lair. Will sees a vision of the Upside Down outside the arcade, complete with a red, stormy, supernatural sky. Later, he says, “I saw something. I felt it everywhere.”

Eleven is glimpsed in the almost black-and-white Upside Down, and then puts her hand through back into »


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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Unveils Stellar New Trailer at Comic-Con (Watch)

22 July 2017 3:17 PM, PDT

Star Trek: Discovery” opened its panel at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday with a brand new look at the upcoming CBS All Access series.

In the clip, Lt. Commander Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) opens by saying, “All life is born from chaos. The world doesn’t always adhere to logic. Sometimes down is up. And sometimes when you’re lost, you’re found.”

It then shifts to the Klingons, whom viewers are told have been in disarray for years but are now reemerging for a war against Starfleet. A Klingon leader says, “We have been waiting for someone worthy of our attention.” The clip also teases that the series will explore the invention of warp drive, and gives fans their first glimpse of Rainn Wilson as interstellar huckster Harry Mudd.

Martin-Green also revealed that her character is the surrogate daughter of Vulcan ambassador Sarek who took her in after the murder of her parents, which »


- Joe Otterson

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‘Wynonna Earp’ Renewed for Third Season by Syfy

22 July 2017 2:45 PM, PDT

Syfy has renewed “Wynonna Earp” for a third season. The announcement was made during the show’s panel at San Diego Comic-Con.

Wynonna Earp,” which debuted in 2016, depicts the title character, who is played by Melanie Scrofano, as she attempts to put down demonic types in a small town called Purgatory. Starring alongside Scrofano are Shamier Anderson, Tim Rozon, Dominique Provost-Chalkley, Katherine Barrell, Varun Saranga and Tamara Duarte.

The second season of “Wynonna Earp” is underway, and Season 3 will arrive in 2018.

“We are so excited have this strong, female-led, witty action series return for another season and deliver something special to our passionate fans around the world,” said executive producer and showrunner Emily Andras.

“Fans have been passionately embracing ‘Wynonna Earp’ since its debut,” said David Ozer, president of entertainment for Idw, who made the announcement from the Comic-Con stage. “Syfy recognized that passion and when coupled with superior writing, acting »


- Maureen Ryan

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Tom Welling Joins Cast of ‘Lucifer’ for Season 3

22 July 2017 2:38 PM, PDT

Superman is now going to dance with the devil.

Tom Welling — best known for his 10-season run as Clark Kent on The CW’s “Smallville” — has signed on for the cast of Fox’s “Lucifer” for its third season.

Welling will play Marcus Pierce, an accomplished police lieutenant. While he’s reserved and well-respected, like Lucifer (Tom Ellis), he’s charming, charismatic and handsome. So when Pierce starts developing a connection with Decker (Lauren German), the devil comes out in Lucifer.

Welling, who starred in the film “The Choice,” also directed several episodes of “Smallville” and served as an executive producer on the series.

When “Lucifer” returns for season three, Lucifer has resolved the problem of Mom aka Charlotte (Tricia Helfer) — but he must confront the problem of figuring out who kidnapped him and why his angel wings have returned.

In its second season, “Lucifer” averaged a 1.1 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 3.83 viewers in Nielsen’s »


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‘Once Upon a Time’ Drops Season 7 Trailer Explaining Next Chapter

22 July 2017 1:54 PM, PDT

Disney finally dropped a trailer for “Once Upon a Time” Season 7 at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday. The new clip helps explain the next chapter in ABC’s fantasy drama now that five of the main cast have left the show.

Per the trailer, this fall’s new episodes start off nearly identically to how Season 1 began back in 2011. Andrew J. West portrays an adult version of Henry, who himself finds out he has a daughter (Alison Fernandez) he didn’t know about — just how Emma originally met her son. He is then thrust into the magical world of Storybrooke in a sort of a “reset” on the first six seasons.

The black-and-white flashback-laden trailer also introduces new cast members Gabrielle Anwar, Adelaide Kane, and Dania Ramirez, as well as other heroes and villains.

“Once Upon a Time” went through a major cast shakeup at the end of Season 6 when Jennifer Morison, Ginnifer Goodwin »


- JD Knapp

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‘Cold Justice’s’ Kelly Siegler on Getting A Second Life on Oxygen

22 July 2017 9:00 AM, PDT

In her previous career as a prosecutor, Kelly Siegler never had to tell a victim’s family that she couldn’t solve a case. Unfortunately, in her more recent role as executive producer and on-camera investigator on “Cold Justice,” where she digs into small town murder cold cases, she does not have the same luxury.

“The first time I ever sat down with a family and told them I didn’t solve a case, I was probably about 51. I was bawling; they were bawling; it was horrible. But [the other producers] said, ‘No Kelly, it’s fine, we have an ending,'” Siegler tells Variety. “It just wasn’t a happy one.”

That experience took place in the earlier seasons of “Cold Justice,” when the true crime procedural was on TNT. The Turner cabler cancelled the show after two years  in the fall of 2015, blindsiding Siegler, who had helped bring 30 arrests and 16 convictions in that time.

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- Danielle Turchiano

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O.J. Simpson Parole Hearing Draws 13 Million Viewers

22 July 2017 8:05 AM, PDT

The live broadcasts of O.J. Simpson’s parole hearing attracted 13 million total viewers across eight different networks, according to Nielsen data.

The hearing was carried live from 1 p.m to 3 p.m. Et on Thursday. For the broadcast networks, CBS was first with 3.1 million viewers. ABC was second with 2.3 million. NBC finished third with 1.9 million, and Fox was fourth with 1.3 million.

On cable, Fox News led the pack with 1.7 million, followed by CNN with 1.1 million. HLN clocked in with 559,000, and ESPN nabbed 471,000. It should be noted, however, these numbers do not reflect online streaming of the hearing.

The viewership is a far cry from the infamous white Bronco chase in which Simpson was involved in 1994, which drew an estimated 95 million viewers. Nor was it anywhere close to the 150 million people who tuned in for the verdict in Simpson’s murder trial in 1995.

Simpson was granted parole from a Nevada prison after serving over eight years of a »


- Joe Otterson

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