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Mindy Newell: A Doctor, A Princess, And Some Left Over

Some quick reviews this week. Well, not quite reviews, as I’m not going to get much into plot synopses, but as always I will express some definitely personal opinions. (You know me.) There will be S*P*O*I*L*E*R*S inferred, so caveat emptor!

The Lie of the Land” (Episode 8, Doctor Who, Series 10): The final episode of a three-episode arc – the first two being “Extremis” and “The Pyramid at the End of the World” – in which alien “monks” have taken over the world through the consent of Bill Potts, the Doctor’s newest companion. She did this in order to have the monks cure the Doctor’s blindness – which occurred in Episode 5, “Oxygen.”

I wasn’t sure where the show was going with this, and to tell you the truth, I wasn’t much engaged by our hero’s disability; I found it more annoying than anything else,
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TV News Roundup: Jeffrey Tambor Joins ‘Tangled’ Series; George Eads Cast in ‘MacGyver’ Reboot

TV News Roundup: Jeffrey Tambor Joins ‘Tangled’ Series; George Eads Cast in ‘MacGyver’ Reboot
In today’s news roundup, Disney’s “Tangled” series casts a “Transparent” star; Amazon’s “Sneaky Pete” gets a new showrunner; Freeform renews “Young & Hungry” and more…

Casting News:

Transparent” star Jeffrey Tambor and “Better Call Saul’s” Jonathan Banks are among the thesps lending their voices to Disney Channel’s upcoming animated series “Tangled: Before Ever After,” set between the events of the feature film and the start of the 2012 short film, “Tangled Ever After.” Also joining the film’s leads, Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi, are Ashley Judd as Rapunzel’s mother Queen Arianna; Broadway star Eden Espinosa as Rapunzel’s handmaiden and confidant, Cassandra; comedian Jeff Ross as Hook Hand’s brother Hook Foot; Richard Kind as Uncle Monty; Sean Hayes as Pete the Guard; Peter MacNicol as Nigel the Adviser; Clancy Brown as Rapunzel’s father King Frederic; Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as blacksmith Xavier; Diedrich Bader as
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Giuliana Rancic Leaving E! News

Giuliana Rancic Leaving E! News
It's been a rollercoaster year for Giuliana Rancic, and on Wednesday, the E! star was back in the news again.

The Fashion Police host is stepping down as the host of E! News on Aug. 10, the network confirmed in a press release. She will remain a co-host of Fashion Police and Live from the Red Carpet.

"For more than a decade, I was fortunate enough to play a role in the success of E! News and will miss my family at the show," Rancic said in a statement. "At the same time, I am excited to not only continue as
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Bill and Giuliana Rancic: Why Our House Is a Phone-Free Zone

Bill and Giuliana Rancic: Why Our House Is a Phone-Free Zone
Bill and Giuliana Rancic have a secret to a fresh marriage: a dish by their front door.

"The minute we come home, all our phones go in there," Bill, 44, tells People. "That way, we're not texting or emailing people at work. We're interacting with each other. It was hard at first, but we got used to it."

"When we are together, we try to keep the quality time at a 10," adds Giuliana, 40. "A lot of people, when they're home, they're not really there. They're checking their phones; they're distracted. We try not to let that happen. When we're home, we're home.
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Indie Spotlight

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We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting the recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes a trailer for The Devil’s Hand and Motivational Growth, screening details from Cub, the short film lineup from Screamfest, first details on The Nightmare, and more:

The Devil’s Hand Trailer and Release Date Announced: “When six girls are born on the sixth day of the sixth month to different mothers in the small, devout village of New Bethlehem an ancient prophecy is set in motion — on their 18th birthday one of the girls will become the Devil’s Hand. As the day approaches and one by one the young women begin to disappear, terror overtakes the quiet community and those remaining girls band together to uncover who or what is behind these treacherous acts.

The Devil’s Hand will be available OnDemand and open in theaters
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PopWatch Planner: The Oscars go live, 'Bates Motel' premieres, 'True Detective' ends, and more

PopWatch Planner: The Oscars go live, 'Bates Motel' premieres, 'True Detective' ends, and more
I sincerely hope your DVRs aren’t full, because this week has quite a few must-watch events. For starters, tonight features the most glamorous evening of the year — the Academy Awards. Speaking of which, be sure to check our site around showtime for all of your coverage needs.

And come Monday, it’s time to welcome back the Bates family for another season of mystery and general creepiness. Add in a new Pharrell album, Wes Anderson’s latest film, and the True Detective season finale, and we’d say your week is looking pretty good right about now.

Here your
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what’s on Netflix and Amazon Instant Video (from Feb 11)

What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream.

streaming now, while it’s still in theaters

After the Dark (formerly The Philosophers: a thrilling combination of drama, near-science-fiction, suspense, coming-of-age agita, and intellectual exploration of ideas — pity it derails itself [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video] A Field in England: Ben Wheatley’s head-scratcher about a band of English Civil War soldiers is an arty muddle [at Amazon Instant Video]

streaming now, before it’s on dvd

The Crash Reel: dazzling documentary portrait of a charismatic young man pushing himself to his limits, and challenging us to consider our own [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video] Gravity: stunningly accomplished space survival adventure: heartstopping and heartbreaking; the best film of 2013; just don’t call it science fiction [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

new to stream

How I Live Now: intense, grim teen adventure; Saoirse Ronan is amazing as an American girl struggling to survive in a Britain under martial law after
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Adele Lim Signs Overall Deal With CBS TV Studios, Joins ‘Star-Crossed’ As Co-Showrunner

Adele Lim (Private Practice, One Tree Hill) has signed an overall deal with CBS TV Studios. Under the pact, she will serve as executive producer/co-showrunner on the studio’s new CW drama series Star-Crossed (previously Oxygen) alongside the project’s writer-executive producer Meredith Averill. Star-Crossed chronicles the epic romance between a human girl and an alien boy when he and eight others of his kind are integrated into a suburban high school. Also executive producing the series are Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec, Scott Rosenberg, Richard Shepard and Bryan Furst. Star-Crossed reunites Lim with Applebaum, Nemec and Rosenberg. She started out as Applebaum and Nemec’s assistant and worked as a writer for them and Rosenberg on ABC’s Life On Mars and Happy Town. She spent the last three seasons on CBS/CBS TV Studios’ The Good Wife and previously worked with the studio and the CW on Life Unexpected.
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Mostly Great News from The CW on Series Orders and Season Renewals

Yes, it’s that time of year, kids. Before the official “Upfronts” get started next week, the networks are making the dreaded “sorry, but” phone calls to showrunners and pilot productions who didn’t make the cut, followed by the “hey guess what?!!” calls to those shows and series that are amongst the chosen to be on the network’s future schedules.

We now have a happy surprise, two disappointments, and a lot of good news on the pilot scene from The CW camp. First, a quick reminder for those of you with short memories, and to stave off the panic: The Vampire Diaries, Arrow, and Supernatural were already picked up for fall, as we told you back in February.

The happy surprise: Nikita has been picked up for another season, as has Beauty and the Beast. The disappointment: The Selection and Gothica will not move on to series level.
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Fall TV Scoop: The CW Orders 4 Dramas, Including Tomorrow People, The 100 and Reign

Fall TV Scoop: The CW Orders 4 Dramas, Including Tomorrow People, The 100 and Reign
It’s The CW’s turn in the pickup spotlight.

The network has handed series orders to the dramas Star-Crossed (formerly Oxygen), Tomorrow People, Reign, and The 100, TVLine has confirmed.

They join the previously ordered Vampire Diaries spin-off The Originals.

Related | Fall TV Preview: Your Guide to What’s New

Among the noteworthy pilots not getting the go-ahead from The CW was a second stab at adapting The Selection for TV. (The CW’s complete development slate can be found here.)

Here’s the logline/casting/pedigree info for each of the new series:

The 100 (Drama)

EPs | Jason Rothenberg,
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ICM Partners Signs ‘Love, Marilyn’ Helmer Liz Garbus

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Exclusive: ICM Partners has signed Emmy-winning director/producer Liz Garbus, whose most recently film, Love, Marilyn, made its world premiere at Toronto and was acquired by HBO for summer broadcast. Using a cast of actors that includes Adrien Brody, Glenn Close, Paul Giamatti, Uma Thurman and Viola Davis to read from Monroe’s private writings, Garbus brings a little known side of the bottle blonde bombshell to light. Garbus’s first film about prison life, The Farm: Angola, USA got an Oscar nom and won the Sundance Grand Jury prize and two Emmy Awards. Garbus then co-founded Moxie Firecracker Films with producer/director Rory Kennedy. They made the docu Girlhood and Garbus followed with the HBO docu Bobby Fischer Against The World and Killing In The Name. Garbus also has produced and directed multiple television specials for networks including Lifetime, MTV, A&E, Discovery, Court TV, Sundance Channel, Oxygen, and many others.
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ICM Partners Signs ‘Love, Marilyn’ Helmer Liz Garbus

Exclusive: ICM Partners has signed Emmy-winning director/producer Liz Garbus, whose most recently film, Love, Marilyn, made its world premiere at Toronto and was acquired by HBO for summer broadcast. Using a cast of actors that includes Adrien Brody, Glenn Close, Paul Giamatti, Uma Thurman and Viola Davis to read from Monroe’s private writings, Garbus brings a little known side of the bottle blonde bombshell to light. Garbus’s first film about prison life, The Farm: Angola, USA got an Oscar nom and won the Sundance Grand Jury prize and two Emmy Awards. Garbus then co-founded Moxie Firecracker Films with producer/director Rory Kennedy. They made the docu Girlhood and Garbus followed with the HBO docu Bobby Fischer Against The World and Killing In The Name. Garbus also has produced and directed multiple television specials for networks including Lifetime, MTV, A&E, Discovery, Court TV, Sundance Channel, Oxygen, and many others.
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Aimee Teegarden Toplines CW Pilot ‘Oxygen’

Exclusive: Friday Night Lights alumna Aimee Teegarden, who played the lead in the CW pilot The Selection last year, is back at the network as the star of a drama pilot. No, she is not reprising her role in the new Selection pilot. Instead, she is playing the lead in Oxygen. The project, written by Meredith Averill and directed by Gary Fleder, centers on Emery (Teegarden), a teen girl who falls in love with an alien boy, one of nine of his kind integrated into a suburban high school. CBS TV Studios produces; Averill, Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec, Scott Rosenberg, Richard Shepard, Bryan Furst, Sean Furst and Daniel Gutman exec produce. Teegarden is repped by Innovative.
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Four Pilots With Some Sci-Fi Flavor Heading Our Way

As Doctor Gash mentioned this morning, it's pilot season for the TV networks, and we have four more projects to report on, all of which bring with them some tasty sci-fi flavor.

First up, NBC has greenlit "Believe," a Jj Abrams project with Oscar-nominated filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón (Children of Men). "Believe" was written by Cuarón and Mark Friedman ("The Forgotten"). It is about the unlikely relationship between a girl in possession of a great gift/powers — which will come into their own in seven years — and the man who is sprung from prison to protect her from those trying to hunt her down. Cuarón, Friedman, Abrams, and Bryan Burk are executive producing for Warner Bros. TV and Abrams’ Bad Robot. Cuarón is attached to direct.

Don't like the sounds of that one but you're a big Abrams fan? Then switch the channel to Fox, which has an untitled new project
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Update: CW Picks Up 3 Pilots About Aliens, Human Survivors & Mary Queen of Scots

Update, 3:40 Pm: As expected, The CW picked up two more drama pilots: Reign, the untold story of Mary Queen of Scots’ rise to power, from writers/exec producers Stephanie Sengupta (Outlaw) and Laurie McCarthy (CSI: Miami); and Oxygen, written/exec produced by Meredith Averill, about an epic romance between a human girl and an alien boy when he and eight others of his kind are integrated into a suburban high school 10 years after they landed on Earth and were consigned to an internment camp. Reign, from CBS TV Studios, charts Mary Queen of Scots’ rise to power when she arrives in France as a 15-year-old, betrothed to Prince Francis, and with her three best friends as ladies-in-waiting. It details the secret history of survival at French Court amidst fierce foes, dark forces, and a world of sexual intrigue. Reign joins another CW costume drama pilot that is set in a kingdom,
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CW orders post-apocalyptic 'Lord of the Flies' pilot

The CW has given a green light to a sci-fi post-apocalyptic thriller called The Hundred.

Here’s the logline: “97 years after a nuclear war has destroyed civilization, a massive spaceship housing the lone human survivors sends 100 juvenile delinquents with dark secrets back to Earth to investigate the possibility of re-colonizing the planet.”

Intrigued? It’s based upon the forthcoming The Hundred young adult book series written by Kass Morgan. Jason Rothenberg is the writer and executive producer with Leslie Morgenstein and Gina Girolamo as exec prods. The show is bound to draw some comparisons to Lord of the Flies and
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CW Buys Alien Drama From Andre Nemec, Josh Appelbaum, Scott Rosenberg And Olé

Exclusive: The CW is boosting its sci-fi cred with Oxygen, an alien drama in the vein of District 9. It hails from Space Floor TV’s Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec and Scott Rosenberg and Olé’s Richard Shepard, Sean Furst and Bryan Furst. Written by Meredith Averill (The Good Wife) based on a format developed by Daniel Gutman of Pow Wow and Spanish producer Isla Producciones, Oxygen follows a high school pilot program, the first attempt to integrate a group of humanoid aliens stranded on earth who until now have been living in forced segregation. The program is complicated by the prejudices and competing agendas on all sides, and could be saved or destroyed by a burgeoning romance between a human girl and alien boy. CBS Studios, where Olé is under an overall deal, will produce. The studio reached out to the Space Floor trio to supervise and executive produce the pilot.
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TVLine Items: Maura Tierney Reports for Office Duty, Glee Project Open Casting Call and More

TVLine Items: Maura Tierney Reports for Office Duty, Glee Project Open Casting Call and More
Maura Tierney is going back to her workplace comedy roots.

The former NewsRadio leading lady will guest star on The Office as the wife of James Spader’s character, Sabre-Dunder Mifflin CEO Robert California, Zap2it reports.

Tierney is currently booked for just one episode, slated to air in late November or early December.

Ready for more of today’s TV dish? Well…

Oxygen has announced a casting call for Season 2 of The Glee Project. The search for the next Glee star begins online today and will feature a multi-city open casting call starting in November. Meanwhile, TV Guide Magazine
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TV's A-Listers to Present at 2010 Emmys

TV's A-Listers to Present at 2010 Emmys
The Television Academy of Arts & Sciences announced on Monday its presenters for the 2010 Primetime Emmy Awards -- and this year they're pairing showrunners with talent from nominated programs.

Some of the presenters announced today include Jane Lynch and Ryan Murphy ("Glee"), John Lithgow and Clyde Phillips ("Dexter"), Christina Hendricks and Matthew Weiner ("Mad Men"), Elizabeth Mitchell and Damon Lindelof ("Lost), Rico Rodriguez and Steve Levitan ("Modern Family"), Seth Meyers and Andy Samberg ("Saturday Night Live") and more.
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