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If your New Year’s resolution is to watch less TV, you can pretty much consider it broken already. The networks are pulling out all the stops to lure you to the couch over the holiday weekend, lining up enough tantalizing marathons and specials to keep you glued to the tube until 2013, never mind 2012! What’s what, and when is it? Scroll down through our round-up — TVLine has you covered for everything except that pesky Jan. 1 hangover.
Sunday, Jan. 1
Ufc (Fuel TV, midnight – midnight) | Fuel TV kicks off its partnership with the Ultimate Fighting Championship with a 24-hour marathon. Which, »
- Vlada Gelman
We salute the best in television for the year 2011. Vote on your selections for Reader’s choice now!
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This is the fifth in a multi-part series, The Year in Television 2011.
Tastes in television can of course be very subjective. One show may be your cup of tea, but not for the person sitting next to you. For instance, I love Louie, but my husband can’t stand it. I thought Torchwood: Miracle Day was a yawner, and yet the show seemed to have its vocal fans right here on AfterElton.
But where reasonable people can differ on any number of shows, the list below we can probably All agree on. These are the true TV stinkers of 2011. Now there probably were worse shows in 2011 than what appears on this list (H8R for instance), but all the projects appearing below added insult to injury: they might actually have been good. Our list includes the new shows that totally botched a decent concept... or squandered a good cast. And »
Peter Capaldi has been cast in series two of BBC period drama The Hour. The actor - who won a BAFTA last year for his role as foul-mouthed political spin doctor Malcolm Tucker in BBC Two comedy The Thick of It - will play eccentric head of news Randall Brown when the 1950s newsroom drama returns in 2012. Capaldi has also recently portrayed civil servant John Frobisher in Torchwood: Children of Earth and appeared in a supporting role as Frank Ryland in the first series of Jimmy McGovern's acclaimed courtroom drama Accused. He is currently playing Professor Marcus in a stage version of Ealing comedy The Ladykillers adapted by The It Crowd creator Graham Linehan. Romola Garai, Ben Whishaw and Dominic West (more) »
- By Kate Goodacre
UTA has gone outside of the agency world for its latest agent hire. Lucinda Moorhead, Manager of Development at BBC Worldwide Prods., is joining UTA as an agent in the TV Literary Department. She will start at the beginning of the year. Moorhead, who has some agency experience (she started off as an assistant at CAA), spent the last 3 years at Los Angeles-based BBC Worldwide Prods.. There, she worked on the development of scripted series, including Starz’s Torchwood: Miracle Day; Starz’s upcoming drama series Da Vinci’s Demons, and the NBC drama project Borgen, based on the Danish format. “Lucinda is a passionate advocate for great television, and we know she will be a terrific agent and a major asset to our team,” UTA Managing Director Jay Sures said. Added Jane Tranter, Head of BBC Worldwide Prods., Lucinda has a rare combination of drive, creative passion, insight and wit. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Lucinda Moorhead, previously the manager of development at BBC Worldwide Productions in Los Angeles, will join UTA as a talent agent in the TV literary department. She begins work with the agency on Jan. 2. Moorhead had been with BBC Worldwide since 2008, and while there she worked on developing several programs for American audiences, including Starz's Torchwood: Miracle Day and the pay TV channel's forthcoming Da Vinci's Demons. She isn't the first BBC Worldwide executive to leave the production company for UTA in the last year or so: In October 2010, Allison Wallach, who had been senior vp of programming
- Daniel Miller
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Ausiello: Christmas has come early for you, Alannah: Sources confirm to me exclusively that Dan and Blair are (drumroll, please) moving the frak in together! In Monday’s fall finale, Blair —uncertain about her future and »
- Michael Ausiello
We’ve selected 12 new DVD and Blu-ray releases to check out for the week of Nov 29, 2011. TV fans will want to check out Smallville: The Complete Tenth Season, which is the final season of Smallville, as well as Torchwood: Miracle Day and 30 Rock Season 5. Our favorite big screen home video picks include Cave of Forgotten Dreams and 30 Minutes of Less. As for Anime, Chaos;Head: The Complete Series and Yu Yu Hakusho: Season Four top our list. What home videos are you checking out this week? Cave of Forgotten Dreams Starring Werner Herzog, Dominique Baffier 30 Minutes or Less Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Danny McBride Friends with Benefits Starring Justin Timberlake, Mila Kunis Adele Live At The Royal Albert Hall (Blu-ray/CD) Starring Adele The Smurfs / The Smurfs: Christmas Carol (Three-Disc Combo Blu-ray / DVD) Starring Neil Patrick Harris, Anton Yelchin Smallville: The Complete Tenth Season Starring Tom Welling, Erica Durance, »
- Bags H.
'Death Race 3' is due to crash its way onto DVD next year and already it appears to be shaping up be one of the more worthwhile direct-to-disc entries to look forward to. Roel Reine returns to the helm for this the third installment in the prison-based car action franchise which kicked off back in 2008 with Paul W.S. Anderson's 'Death Race'. Writer Tony Giglio has provided the first on-set pic from the shoot currently lensing in South Africa. Luke Goss returns as Carl 'Luke' Lucas (Aka Frankenstein) and is joined by returning players Ving Rhames ('Piranha 3Dd'), Danny Trejo ('Machete'), Robin Shou ('Deathe Race 2'), Fred Koehler ('Torchwood') and the sexy ex-model turned actress Tanit Phoenix (below). Actors Dougray Scott ('Dark Water', 'Mission: Impossible II') and Jeremy Crutchley ('The Scorpion King: Rise of a Warrior') are the newbies on board. »
The full list of nominees for the 2012 Broadcast Awards, due to be held in London in February, is as follows: Best Entertainment Programme
Celebrity Juice (ITV2)
Dynamo: Magician Impossible (Watch)
Strictly Come Dancing (BBC One)
The Apprentice: You're Fired (BBC Two)
The Million Pound Drop Live (Channel 4)
The Only Way Is Essex (ITV2) Best Documentary Programme
My Brother The Islamist (BBC Three)
Panorama 2011 - Undercover Care: The Abuse Exposed (BBC One)
Poor Kids (BBC One)
Sri Lanka's Killing Fields (Channel 4)
Terry Pratchett: Choosing To Die (BBC Two)
For Neda (More4) Best International Programme Sales
Jamie's 30 Minute Meals
Big Fat Gypsy Weddings
Doctor Who series six
Merlin series three
The Week The Women Went
Torchwood: Miracle Day Best Popular Factual Programme
An Idiot Abroad (Sky1)
Dambusters: (more) »
- By Catriona Wightman
But Comic-Con came and went with no such news, although the idea resurfaced in November 2009 when the then Doctor Who showrunner Russell T Davies was asked about a film and said he would like to "give it a whirl."
Two years later, it's been revealed that Harry Potter director David Yates (pictured above) is about to start work on developing a Doctor Who movie with Jane Tranter, head of BBC Worldwide in Los Angeles.
Yates told Variety: "We're looking at writers now. We're going to spend two to three years to get it right. It needs quite »
- David Bentley
The Celebrity line-up has been announced for this month's Winter Memorabilia Show at the NEC, near Birmingham.
Movie stars, TV personalities and sporting legends will be meeting fans and giving autographs at the UK convention.
Game of Thrones actors Finn Jones, Roxanne McKee, James Cosmo (above), Miltos Yerolemou (below) and Spencer Wilding will be among those in attendance - and they're bringing the hit fantasy series' iconic Iron Throne along with them.
James Cosmo (Braveheart, Highlander) plays Jeor Mormont, the 997th Lord Commander of the Night's Watch and the estranged father of Ser Jorah, while Roxanne McKee (Hollyoaks) plays Doreah, a handmaid and companion of Daenerys Targaryen who schools the young princess in the art of love.
Attending Memorabilia on November 19 only, Finn Jones plays the handsome Ser Loras Tyrell, a champion jouster known as the Knight of Flowers.
Miltos Yerolemou plays Syrio Forel, former First Sword of the Sealord of Braavos, »
- David Bentley
From sci-fi to soaps, cult TV to classic comedy, Memorabilia Birmingham is a Mecca for collectors, film buffs and sci-fi fans – and HeyUGuys has five pairs of Saturday early entry e-tickets to give away for the 19-20 November show at NEC Birmingham.
This year’s Memorabilia guest list includes Kai Owen (Torchwood); Sir Derek Jacobi (The King’s Speech, I Claudius); Colin Baker (Doctor Who); Arthur Darvill (Doctor Who); Bruce Boxleitner (Tron, Babylon 5); John Challis (Only Fools And Horses); Doctor Who companions Katy Manning, Sophie Aldred, Deborah Watling, Sarah Sutton and Louise Jameson and five of the cast of HBO fantasy hit Game of Thrones.
Other stars meeting fans and signing autographs at the show include Marshall Lancaster (Ashes To Ashes, Life On Mars); Anthony Valentine (Coronation Street); Ian Ogilvy (Return Of The Saint); Alexandra Bastedo (The Champions); Barry Howard (Hi-De-Hi!); Susan Jameson (New Tricks, Coronation Street); Peter Egan »
Torchwood star John Barrowman has described the show's status as "in limbo". Starz CEO Chris Albrecht has indicated that the sci-fi drama might not return for another season, following the conclusion of the ten-part Miracle Day. "We've pushed the pause button now because we don't know what's happening," Barrowman told RTÉ Ten. "I would love to do a new series and I will play Captain Jack as long as they want me to play Captain Jack." However, he added: "It's in limbo at the moment and beyond my control." Barrowman also suggested that Torchwood could return as a feature film. "I think that Torchwood, (more) »
- By Morgan Jeffery
Torchwood star Eve Myles has insisted that she will not be involved in the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who. The actress, who has appeared as Gwen Cooper in both shows, told The Independent that any further crossover seems unlikely. She explained: "We have lots of adult themes running in Torchwood and I think it would be inappropriate for us to have anything to do with Doctor Who because it's predominantly a family programme." Myles added that spinoff series Torchwood "deals with darker subjects" than its parent show. "If they want to do [a crossover], then fine but I can tell you that I'm not involved in it," she said. "They won't (more) »
- By Morgan Jeffery
Let's start the weekly round-up with Grimm.
Grimm's ratings dropped a little this week, but the show still won the 18-49 demo in its timeslot, finishing ahead of CSI: NY, Fringe and Supernatural, and rising by a full frakking ratings point (1.8) after Chuck (0.8). Wake up, Chuck.
Hitfix visited the set in Portland recently and posted a lengthy report. Here is a snippet:
Sasha Roiz on how his character will develop later in the series: "I’m not a Grimm descendent, but I'm a descendent of a long line that dates back just as Grimm does and we have a bit of a history and a past, so my line is a royal line and that will slowly unfold throughout the series."Collider has a longer interview with Sasha and Reggie Lee (more at the link):
It’s nice to see your character – like the main character – has the duality. »
John Barrowman, the star of the BBC/Starz series Torchwood, hasn't appeared on Doctor Who since his cameo appearance in "The End of Time," which saw the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) setting his character up with a potential new boyfriend, Alonso (Russell Tovey). While Captain Jack Harkness has returned since then as the lead in the fourth season of Torchwood, subtitled Miracle Day, he's been conspicuously absent from Matt Smith's tenure on Doctor Who. Strangely enough, though, it doesn't seem like Barrowman much wants to be with Smith's Doctor.
“Now if it was Doctor Who with David playing the Doctor – I’m going to get in trouble for saying this – I’d happily do a film with him," Barrowman told Rte.
While such a movie will probably never happen, it's interesting to note that Barrowman would apparently rather appear alongside Tennant (with whom he has appeared numerous times) than Matt Smith, »
- Sam McPherson
James has a performance in mind at his show in London this December that requires the acting talents of several people from the audience.
This is his only European event this year and he says he is determined to make it extra special. See my earlier article for more information and go to www.jamesmarsterslive.com for booking details.
In the run-up to the festive date, we had chance for an exclusive Q&A with James, where he shared his thoughts on the films and shows in which he's appeared - including Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Caprica, Torchwood and Smallville - as well as revealing his sci-fi favourites.
- David Bentley
Burt Reynolds will make a cameo appearance as himself on the third season of FX's animated series "Archer".
The lead character Sterling Archer has stated numerous times his love of the Burt, especially his "Deliverance" performance. [Source: The Live Feed]
The show is on track to become the highest-rated first season of any series ever on FX and, on a Live+7 basis, is averaging 4.2 million total viewers and 2.9 million 18-49 demo viewers per episode. [Source: ]
HBO will show the pilot episode of its horse racing drama "Luck" right after the season finale of "Boardwalk Empire" on December 11th.
The series itself doesn't start in full until January, the pilot will likely be repeated again that month. [Source: The Futon Critic]
Timothy Dalton lip-syncing to The Proclaimers? »
- Garth Franklin
Over the last few years, director Roland Emmerich has spoke a lot about a potential sequel (or two) to his 1996 box office hit, Independence Day. Back in early 2010 it was reported that Emmerich had signed on for two back-to-back sequels, and in late 2010 he was even dropping hints about the possible storyline saying, Will Smith‘s character may be the President of the United States in the sequels.
Emmerich said at the time,
“It’s an alternate reality kind of movie. We pick up the story, what would have happened after this kind of attack? Naturally, the alien technology has changed everything.”
Did they rebuild the White House? Who will be president?
“Or, who will be president? Who Will be president? See?”
Now it seems Will may not even be a part of the sequels. NYMag reports that Will Smith has reportedly asked 20th Century Fox for $50 million to star in the sequels, »
- Jason Moore
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