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Oscar-Nominated Actor Biggest Professional Regret: Turning Down 'Doctor Who'

Ron Moody in Mel Brooks' 'The Twelve Chairs.' The 'Doctor Who' that never was. Ron Moody: 'Doctor Who' was biggest professional regret (See previous post: "Ron Moody: From Charles Dickens to Walt Disney – But No Harry Potter.") Ron Moody was featured in about 50 television productions, both in the U.K. and the U.S., from the late 1950s to 2012. These included guest roles in the series The Avengers, Gunsmoke, Starsky and Hutch, Hart to Hart, and Murder She Wrote, in addition to leads in the short-lived U.S. sitcom Nobody's Perfect (1980), starring Moody as a Scotland Yard detective transferred to the San Francisco Police Department, and in the British fantasy Into the Labyrinth (1981), with Moody as the noble sorcerer Rothgo. Throughout the decades, he could also be spotted in several TV movies, among them:[1] David Copperfield (1969). As Uriah Heep in this disappointing all-star showcase distributed theatrically in some countries.
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Nettheim family reconnects with Doctor Who

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Currently directing two episodes of Doctor Who, Daniel Nettheim has a family connection with the iconic BBC series.

Nettheim.s late uncle David Nettheim was as an actor who worked in the UK in the 1960s and 70s. In 1967 he played a villain opposite the second Doctor, Patrick Troughton.

.There's a lot of personal connection for me with this show," says Nettheim, who moved with his family to the UK in 2013 after a 15-year career in Oz, where he directed the feature The Hunter and multiple episodes of such shows as Dance Academy, Rush, Spirited, The Secret Life of Us and All Saints.

"I was obsessed with it as a kid when Tom Baker was the Doctor. And my own kids are obsessed with it now.. They convinced me to take the job, even though it means spending months away from the family because production takes place in Cardiff.
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Doctor Who 10 years on: Where are the class of 2005 now?

The world of Doctor Who has changed greatly in the space of just 10 years. The cast and crew have almost completely been replaced since 2005, including a number of new actors to play the errant Time Lord and his companions.

But what has happened to the class of '05? Where are Rose and Mickey now? What is the writer of 'Dalek' up to? And where can you see more work from the director of 'Rose'?

Here it is then, your guide to the main players of Doctor Who series one.

The Cast

After his three-month on-screen stint as the Doctor, Christopher Eccleston's career continued in much the same vein, taking in theatre, interesting television roles and the odd blockbuster.

Post-2005, the Northern actor went Stateside to take on the role of invisible man Claude in the Us series Heroes. From there, he popped up in a very amusing Doctor Who-esque cameo as Dr.
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What to Watch this Weekend: The Simpsons and 4 Other Finales, a Mad Man's Surprise and More

What to Watch this Weekend: The Simpsons and 4 Other Finales, a Mad Man's Surprise and More
On TV this weekend: Doctor Who‘s secret is revealed, Orphan Black has a civil war on its hands, a new class enters the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Ben Affleck is Mr. Saturday Night, a Family Guy moonlights on The Simpsons (and both of those shows end their seasons) and The Cleveland Show has its swan song. Here are 15 programs to keep on your radar.

Saturday, May 18

8 pm Doctor Who (BBC America) | Season finale: The Doctor’s secret is discovered. (If you want a hint about what he’s hiding, check this out.) (Next up: a 50th anniversary
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Christine Lahti To Co-Star In CBS’ ‘Beverly Hills Cop’ Pilot, Clark Johnson In Amazon’s ‘Alpha House’

Christine Lahti will co-star opposite Brandon T. Jackson in the CBS drama pilot Beverly Hills Cop. The project, written by Shawn Ryan and directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, is a continuation of the movie franchise and centers on Axel Foley’s police officer son Aaron (Jackson), who takes down the criminal elements of the rich and famous in Beverly Hills. Lahti will play Helen, the Captain of the Beverly Hills Police Department. Kevin Pollak, David Denman and Argo‘s Sheila Vand co-star. Lahti has kept a presence on CBS since her Emmy-winning starring turn on Chicago Hope. She has been recurring on Hawaii Five-0 and toplined the network’s 2011 pilot The Doctor. Director-actor Clark Johnson has been cast as a lead opposite John Goodman, Mark Consuelos and Matt Malloy in Amazon Studios‘ comedy pilot Alpha House, written by Garry Trudeau. Alpha House follows four senators (Goodman, Johnson, Malloy, Consuelos) who live
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William Hurt Photo: Golden Globes 2012 Red Carpet

William Hurt and guest Actor William Hurt, nominated for Best Actor in a Television Miniseries or Movie for his role in HBO's Too Big to Fail, and guest attend the 69th Annual Golden Globes Awards at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA on Sunday, January 15, 2012. Hurt's competition consisted of eventual winner Idris Elba for Luther, in addition to Hugh Bonneville for Downton Abbey, Bill Nighy for Page Eight, and Dominic West for The Hour. William Hurt won a Best Actor Academy Award in early 1986 for his performance as an imprisoned drag queen in Hector Babenco's Kiss of the Spider Woman, with Raul Julia. Hurt received two other Best Actor Oscar nominations: for Randa Haines' Children of a Lesser God, opposite Oscar winner Marlee Matlin, and for James L. Brooks' Broadcast News, with Holly Hunter and this year's Best Supporting Actor Golden Globe nominee Albert Brooks. Nearly two decades later,
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'Breaking Bad,' 'The Vampire Diaries' and more: Zap2it's favorite dramatic episodes of 2011

We've told you about our favorite guilty TV pleasures of 2011, and we've highlighted some of the underrated performances of the year. But what about the the stuff we just flat-out liked?

The episodes on this list -- which encompasses everything from "Breaking Bad" to "The X Factor" -- represent Zap2it's favorite dramatic episodes of 2011. Tell us yours in the comments.

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"The Vampire Diaries" - "Klaus": It took the better part of Season 2 to meet the ultimate bad guy threatening our favorite Mystic Falls residents, but it was so worth the wait. In "Klaus," we finally met the evil half-vampire, half-werewolf hybrid played by sexy Brit Joseph Morgan. And since the introduction happened via flashback, there was plenty of long, luxurious medieval hair to go around. Plus: Clueless Aunt Jenna finally (Finally) found out about the vampires in her midst. Although it wasn't as sensational as some of the series' other episodes,
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Sos Staff List: The Best TV of 2011

For the first time ever, we polled the entire Sos staff on their favorite TV of the last 12 months. We knew that, given the fact that our contributors are (principally) spread out across Canada, the Us, and Britain, that the results might well be a mixed bag. What we didn’t necessarily expect was the level of consensus surrounding the upper quartile of the list. There was a clear groundswell of support for our collective #1, but competition was fierce for the spots just behind it. Here are the 20 best TV shows of 2011, according to the staff as a whole; stay tuned for The Televerse’s year-end wrap-up, in which Kate Kulzick and Simon Howell discuss their respecive favorites – and least favorites – in greater detail.

20. The Amazing Race

The Amazing Race continues to be arguably the classiest, most reliably entertaining show the genre has yet to produce. It probably helps that
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Picture Perfect: A conversation with cinematographer John Seale

Trevor Hogg chats to the Academy Award-winning cinematographer John Seale...

“I came out of the Outback using a little 8mm camera to record all of my family activities,” states Australian cinematographer John Seale whose experience in making home movies led him to his calling. “I wanted to get into the ABC because I met a guy there who took me through and was very excited by it all. That’s when the Australian Broadcasting Commission, being a government-run station, had a lot of money. They had the best Steroflex cameras, and the latest of this and the latest of that, whereas the commercial companies were using old Second World War combat cameras.” After 18 months of persistence, the aspiring filmmaker was hired by the public broadcaster; he was mentored by a group of ex-World War II combat cameramen who taught him the fundamentals such as how to “pan and follow [racing horses] right
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Doctor Who complete reviews: Utopia

Right now, I'm disturbed by a hubbub outside the window. A whopping great tractor is trying and failing to park in a cul-de-sac just over the road. No great surprise about that in theory – except that I've seen bigger cul-de-sacs in Trumpton. Tractor guy's already getting grief from a couple of creaky old codgers waving their fists aloft like he's just threatened to crush their cottages to rubble with his clunky vehicle.

What's this got to do with Doctor Who, I hear you cry. Well now, it just so happens that I've reached the last story of the 2007 season, no less: the equivalent of an old school six-parter. A big finale that brings back The Doctor's wretched nemesis, The Master, who's now wreaking havoc in two forms: an apparently genial old fossil on a futuristic planet and then in a younger version who's evidently been living on a crash diet of chocolates,
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Spider-Man Producer Laura Ziskin Dead at 61

Laura Ziskin, producer of "Pretty Woman," "What About Bob?" and all four "Spider-Man" films, in addition to being a driving force behind the Stand Up to Cancer research movement and the first woman to produce the Academy Awards telecast alone, has died on Sunday from breast cancer. She was 61 years old. With the "Spider-Man" films, Ziskin has overseen one of the most successful film franchises in history. "Spider-Man" and "Spider-Man 2" have grossed more than $1.5 billion worldwide, and "Spider-Man 3" became the highest-grossing film in Sony's history with a worldwide take of more than $890 million. A rebooted "Spider-Man" film, also produced by Ziskin, just wrapped shooting in May for release next year. She also produced such films as "The Doctor," "Hero," "To Die For," "As Good As It Gets" and "Stealth." She was also nominated for three Emmy Awards - for her Oscar shows and for the 2002 HBO telefilm "Dinner With Friends.
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New TV Season Breakdown: CBS

The Fall TV Season presentations for all the new network shows take place this week with the fourth announced today. Here's a full breakdown of which concepts have made the final list over on CBS.

Still faring well, though not as indomitable as it used to be, CBS made headlines more this year for the antics of "Two and a Half Men" star Charlie Sheen than any of its other shows. With Ashton Kutcher now replacing Sheen, the new look 'Men' is staying in the same time slot and you can bet the network is desperately hoping it'll perform as well.

In any case, CBS is actually making some significant changes this year in terms of scheduling. Most notably the new J.J. Abrams series "Person of Interest" is getting the highly coveted Thursday 9pm slot which has been the home of the original "CSI" for the past decade,
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Fall 2011-12 drama and comedy pilots: What's the next hit (and what's headed to the trash bin)

Fall 2011-12 drama and comedy pilots: What's the next hit (and what's headed to the trash bin)
After spending untold amounts of cash on hundreds of dramas and comedies — most of which will never make it to your living rooms — the five broadcast networks will begin announcing in New York next week which projects are good enough to earn a coveted fall pickup. (NBC and Fox will present their fall schedule to advertisers on Monday, followed by ABC on Tuesday, CBS on Wednesday and the CW on Thursday).

Buzz is already strong for several projects (for more on the hot ones, click here). But every year, we always wonder what diamond-in-the-rough was left on the cutting room
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Fall 2011-12 pilots: What will make the cut for fall?

Fall 2011-12 pilots: What will make the cut for fall?
And they’re off! Casting is all but completed and production has already begun on scores of pilots for the five broadcast networks. But not every comedy and drama will go the distance. Which project has the right stuff? What pilot already has you feeling like you popped a Lunesta? Check out the mammoth slate for fall consideration. (And remember, all projects are whittled down in late April/early May before the nets present their fall slates to advertisers in New York):

CBS

The Doctor (Rina Mimoun, David Nutter). A mother (Christine Lahti) reconnects with her adult children when
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Fall TV Pilots: CBS

Here is the full list of the CBS fall pilots. Any new additions/updates are in bold. What looks good? What looks bad? Tell us what you think in the comments below. The Doctor Format: One-Hour Drama Network: CBS Studio: Warner Bros. Television Producers: Rina Mimoun, David Nutter Writer: Rina Mimoun Director: David Nutter Logline: A mother reconnects with her adult children when she joins the family medical practice. Cast: Christine Lahti as “Emily” Eva Amurri as “Natasha” Michael Boatman as “Dr. Brody” Scott Foley as “David” Kyle MacLachlan as “Jason” Hail Mary Format: One-Hour Drama Network: CBS Studio: Warner Bros. Television
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Foley, Boatman join 'The Doctor' pilot

Foley, Boatman join 'The Doctor' pilot
Scott Foley and Michael Boatman have reportedly landed roles in CBS's pilot The Doctor. The show stars Christine Lahti as a doctor who reconnects with her adult children when she joins the family medical practice. TV Line says that Foley has now signed up to play David, the son of Lahti's character. David is thought to be an arrogant cardiologist. Foley has appeared in this season of Grey's Anatomy as Henry and has previously had roles in shows including Cougar Town, (more)
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Pilot Season: The End Of Ageism?

Part of a series that takes an analytical look at the current broadcast pilot season and some of its trends and heroes. Maybe it's the Tom Selleck/Kathy Bates effect, but the broadcast networks seem more open than ever to shows fronted by older leads this pilot season. Until recently, actors in their 60s and late 50s were relegated to supporting parts as parents or grandparents of TV shows' main characters. Now they're the main attraction. Michael Patrick King's NBC drama pilot A Mann's World stars 62-year-old Don Johnson. CBS' pilot The Doctor is toplined by 61-year-old Christine Lahti. ABC has an untitled comedy pilot written for and starring 57-year-old Tim Allen. And ABC's drama pilot Grace is headlined by 55-year-old Eric Roberts. The trend started last year with several pilots going older with their leads than the characters had been originally written. Blue Bloods (then Reagan's Law) whose
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Scott Foley, Kyle McLachlan, Michael Boatman join CBS' 'The Doctor' pilot

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Scott Foley, Kyle McLachlan, Michael Boatman join CBS' 'The Doctor' pilot
CBS' upcoming medical drama "The Doctor" is staffing up. Scott Foley ("Grey's Anatomy," "Felicity"), Kyle MacLachlan ("Desperate Housewives," "Twin Peaks") and Michael Boatman ("Spin City," "Law & Order: Svu") have all been tapped to co-star in the pilot, alongside star Christine Lahti, according to Deadline.com. The pilot will be written by Rina Mimoun ("Privileged") and directed by David Nutter -- whose credits include "Entourage," "X-Files" and a number of pilots for hit shows. In "The Doctor," Lahti plays Emily, a woman who joins the family medical practice after her husband's death. There she reconnects with her children, played by Foley and...
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Pilot Scoop: Scott Foley to Play Doctor for CBS

Pilot Scoop: Scott Foley to Play Doctor for CBS
This is going to put a serious crimp in Teddy and Henry’s “marriage” on Grey’s Anatomy: Scott Foley is set to play Christine Lahti’s son in the CBS drama pilot The Doctor.

Foley — who is currently recurring as Kim Raver’s spouse of convenience on the ABC hit — will costar on Doctor as David, a cocky cardiologist and the son of Lahti’s lead character.

Doctor, written by Everwood/Privileged vet Rina Mimoun, centers on a mother (Lahti) who reconnects with her adult children when she joins the family medical practice.

Also joining the cast is The Good Wife‘s Michael Boatman.
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Scott Foley, Kyle MacLachlan & Michael Boatman Cast In CBS Pilot 'The Doctor'

Scott Foley, Kyle MacLachlan and Michael Boatman are set to co-star opposite Christine Lahti in CBS' medical-family drama pilot The Doctor. Written by Privileged creator Rina Mimoun and directed by David Nutter, the project, from Warner Bros. TV, centers on Emily (Lahti) a mother who reconnects with her two adult children - son David (Foley) and daughter Natasha (Eva Amurri) when she joins the family medical practice after the death of her husband Ben. Emily is taking over Ben's third of the practice, which he ran with his friend Jason (MacLachlan), a sympathetic pediatrician who has always harbored feelings for Emily, and David. Spin City alum Boatman will play the chief of staff at the hospital where Emily is doing her residency who becomes her mentor. Both Foley, repped by Paradigm, and MacLachlan, repped by Gersh and Management 360, recently did stints on hit ABC series: Grey's Anatomy and Desperate Housewives,
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