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John Hurt is planning to sink his teeth into The Strain, FX’s vampire-virus pilot.
Hurt will play Professor Abraham Setrakian, a Holocaust survivor who emigrated to America after World War II. His character runs a pawn shop in Spanish Harlem and may be the only one with answers once the bloodsucking virus breaks out.
The Strain stars »
- Kimberly Roots
Yesterday The Telegraph claimed that the BBC had made an offer to Quantum of Solace and Skyfall star Rory Kinnear to succeed Matt Smith as the latest incarnation of the Doctor in the long-running British sci-fi institution Doctor Who, but it seems the newspaper was wide of the mark with its report - at least, according to the BBC itself. "Speculation around the identity of who will be next to step in to the Tardis is rife," reads a statement from the Corporation, via BBC Newsbeat. "The search has only just begun and all will be revealed over the coming months."
Kinnear has been the bookmakers' favourite to follow Matt Smith as the Twelfth Doctor, however a host of other names have been mentioned as potential candidates, including Domhnall Gleeson (Dredd), Daniel Kaluuya (Welcome to the Punch), Dominic Cooper (Captain America: The First Avenger), Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers), Russell Brand »
- Flickering Myth
The magic of Merlin is coming to an end. It's been announced that season five will be the last for the Syfy TV series but it's still fun to watch the ratings. Will more people tune in this year to say goodbye?
Below are the TV show's ratings, ordinarily the best way to tell if Merlin would be cancelled or renewed for another season. These figures will be updated as the weeks progress so be sure to bookmark and return to this page:
Final season averages: 0.4 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 1.44 million total viewers.
Episode 05-13: Friday, 05/30/13
0.3 demo rating (0% change) with »
To quote the great Maroon 5, it's so hard to keep you satisfied - every week, the readers of the Tube Talk Q&A unleash a barrage of new TV-related queries and questions, but - as ever - we're gonna do our damnedest to answer them all...
Today, there's scoop on sci-fi favourites Doctor Who and Falling Skies, plus UK air dates for the likes of The White Queen, Starlings, Happy Endings and Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 - read on!
Will Starlings be back on Sky1 soon?
Very soon - next month, in fact. Yes, Sky1's cosy comedy-drama - co-written by Peep Show's Super Hans, Matt King, would you believe - returns to our screens in July with eight new episodes.
Now that Matt Smith has saddened legions of fans with his decision to quit Doctor Who, the BBC is searching for his replacement, who will debut in the X-Mas special this year. Who should be the twelfth Doctor?
The race is on to find a new Doctor to replace the departing Matt Smith. The annual Doctor Who Christmas special will begin filming very soon and the next Doctor will be unveiled during that story. The BBC has said that the new Doctor will be announced sometime in July, which is not far away. Therefore, Show-Runner/Producer/Writer Steven Moffat will have to cast Smith’s replacement rather quickly. Who should it be?
He might go for a relative unknown, as he did when he cast Matt Smith. On the other hand, Christopher Eccleston was already a well-known and respected actor when he was cast in the role. David Tennant was somewhere in the middle, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
If you’re still saddened by the news that Matt Smith is leaving Doctor Who, take heart. BBC is expected to announce a new Doctor by July. So we may see the 12th Doctor in action in the closing specials of 2013, similar to David Tennant’s exit from the series, when he passed the torch to Smith after the 10th Doctor’s famous Time Lord showdown.
Although Smith is leaving, showrunner Steven Moffat, who is noted for bringing a darker atmosphere to the series, is expected »
- Bags Hooper
Theories range from the wacky (former companion Billie Piper!?) to the preposterous (Benedict Cumberbatch, who is a little busy making a ton of movies, not to mention "Sherlock"), but the frontrunners have narrowed down to a credible bunch.
Topping the list is "Law & Order UK" star Ben Daniels (pictured above, left), who at 48 years old would be a notable departure from recent younger Doctors including the youngest ever, Smith. Best known for his work in British TV (including "Cutting It," "The State Within" and "Merlin") and theater, Daniels also recently co-starred as Adam Galloway on Netflix's "House of Cards."
Daniels currently leads the odds by a large margin on UK betting site SkyBet.com and his name has quickly circulated »
The 48-year-old actor's odds have shortened dramatically in the last 24 hours since Smith's departure from the show was confirmed by the BBC.
The 30-year-old said that it has been "an honour" to be a part of the long-running series.
Matt Smith is leaving Doctor Who and whoever takes the helm of the Tardis next will have big shoes to fill - 30-year-old Smith is not just a brilliant actor but also a fantastic ambassador for the BBC's sci-fi smash and his clear love for what he was doing was always evident on screen.
Digital Spy will be bringing you more platitudes and tributes to Matt in the week ahead, but we all know that - just as the recently-dumped can console themselves by embracing single life again - so the only way to get over losing one Doctor is to dream who the next one might be...
With the bookies already touting odds on a number of unlikely (Helen Mirren) or impractical (Benedict Cumberbatch) choices, we'd like to offer a look at a few actors who actually fit the bill and might stand a shot of becoming the 12th Doctor. »
The conclusion I came to was a resounding 'no' - one era of cult TV was ending, but another was just around the corner, with the likes of BBC One's Atlantis and BBC Three's In The Flesh both gearing up to launch.
So last week, I asked Digital Spy readers to vote on which cult TV event of 2013-14 they were most excited for - below are the results of the poll, plus a few bonus suggestions from cult-savvy commenters...
> Week in Geek - Agents of S.H.I.E.Ld., Dracula: Our take on Us TV's new cult shows
Anyone who has ever read a comic book has at one point or another visualized what they are reading in movie form. Comic books are being adapted into films and TV series’ at a steady pace these days, but is there one particulate comic, character or arc you’ve longed to see translated from page to screen that still hasn’t? We tasked the writers from the Sound On Sight Comics Section to answer that very question. Here’s what they came up with…
by Alex McKinnon
In the wide, wide world of superheroes, nobody’s been the butt of more jokes than Arthur Curry, better known as Aquaman. With his bright get-up and absurd powers, the folks over at DC comics have tried again and again to re-brand him as a first grade badass, but the uninitiated of the world would likely need a lot of convincing before »
- Tony Nunes
The Paradise has begun shooting its second series.
"Tom's a fascinating animal and will certainly be ruffling a few feathers (and silks!) along the way," said Daniels. "I'm really looking forward to the next few months of filming."
Other new cast additions include Lisa Millett (Five Daughters) as bawdy but kind-hearted cook Myrtle, Katie Moore (Merlin) as Susy, Edie Whitehead as Tom's daughter Flora and Adrian Scarborough (Upstairs, Downstairs) as Fenton.
Joanna Vanderham (Denise Lovett), Emun Elliott (Moray), Matthew McNulty (Dudley), Sarah Lancashire (Miss Audrey), Stephen Wight (Sam) and Sonya Cassidy (Clara) will all reprise their roles for series two, which is set one year after the first run.
A&E has cancelled the long-running reality show Intervention. That puts the end to a pretty remarkable run that helped 156 people turn sober and stay sober.
In the Flesh doesn’t make its stateside debut for a couple more weeks, but you won’t have to worry about how it ends. BBC Three just ordered a second season (or commissioned a second series to follow the UK TV terms) of the zombie drama.
At the very least, appalling reality TV gives the chance to give critics a chance to write epic takedowns. This time, NPR’s Linda Holmes goes after Fox’s Does Someone Have to Go?, which turns out to be so much worse than I imagined.
Speaking of appalling reality programming, »
- Lyle Masaki
Branagh will play the title role and act as co-director alongside Rob Ashford, while Kingston will play the role of Lady Macbeth.
Macbeth will be broadcast via a one-off live relay on a big screen in central Manchester on Saturday 20 July at 8.30pm. »
Notorious for playing characters with positions of power, his deep edgy voice has helped him scoop several prestigious awards in his lifetime before landing him the new role.
Although we have to wait months to find out what's behind the Doctor, in the meantime, we've bunched up ten juicy facts about the star.
1. John Vincent Hurt was born on January 22, 1940 in Chesterfield. His father Arnould Herbert Hurt was a Vicar and mother Phyllis was an amateur actress and engineer. He is the youngest of three children. Hurt's older brother Br. Anselm (christened Michael) was a Roman Catholic convert who became a monk. His sister Monica was adopted by his parents and is now living in Australia.
2. The British actor has had a strict upbringing. »
Earlier this year, it might've seemed like fans of UK sci-fi and fantasy would go wanting in 2013-14 - Merlin was gone, Being Human was on its way out and while new cult offerings were still emerging, it felt like slim pickings...
> Merlin, Being Human bid farewell - Is cult TV dying out?
At just three hours, the first series of BBC Three's offbeat zombie drama In The Flesh was a mere tease. But now, with a longer second series confirmed, it's looking like this year and next won't come up short after all.
But which cult event of 2013-14 are you most excited about? Another visit to Roarton for In The Flesh chapter two? Or perhaps you're psyched for the return of the Jack Bauer Power Hour - or 24 as some know it.
Then there's Doctor Who's 50th anniversary in November, of course, plus the launch of the »
Spoiler alert! If you haven’t watched the Doctor Who season finale, stop reading now. My recap is over there, but here’s a quick sketch.
I kid — I think. After half a season of standalone episodes, all strung together by the question of what cosmic force kept bringing companion Clara back to life in different times and on different planets, the finale circled back to some of »
- Adam Carlson
After giving us our first look at Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Bram Stoker's legendary creation, NBC and Sky Living have now released a trailer for the upcoming Gothic romance Dracula; watch the trailer after the official synopsis for the 10-part series...
"Golden Globe winner Jonathan Rhys Meyers (The Tudors) stars in this provocative new drama as one of the world’s most iconic characters. It’s the late 19th century and the mysterious Dracula (Rhys Meyers) has arrived in London, posing as an American entrepreneur who wants to bring modern science to Victorian society. He’s especially interested in the new technology of electricity, which promises to brighten the night — useful for someone who avoids the sun. But he has another reason for his travels: He hopes to take revenge on those who cursed him with immortality centuries earlier. Everything seems to be going according to plan… until he »
- Flickering Myth
The networks are revealing their upcoming schedules this week and with it comes first looks at their new shows. One of the shows I am most looking forward to this fall is NBC's telling of Dracula. Starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers as the titular vampire, NBC's version looks opulent and cinematic, the kind of show that would be more at home on HBO than a broadcast network. That could be because the head of NBC, Bob Greenblatt - who ordered Dracula straight to series without the traditional "let's start with a pilot" step - came from Showtime. With Dracula and Hannibal and midseason's pirate show Crossbones, maybe he is trying to bring a pay-cable aesthetic to a broadcast network.
Anyway, check out the official trailer and synopsis below. Dracula premieres this fall on Fridays at 10pm, following Grimm (which returns to its original 9pm slot).
Dracula Official Trailer - NBC
- Alyse Wax
It’s here! One of the busiest times of the year for those of us who follow news about TV, if not TV news. It’s the annual Upfronts, when networks announce who is staying, who is going, and when we’ll be seeing what. First up, NBC, home of Grimm and Revolution, and now home as well to Dracula and J.J. Abrams and Alfonso Cuaron‘s Believe.
We have the new NBC synopsis for Dracula today, along with the first, quite lovely, trailer. We also have the new synopsis for Believe, which features just a few little tweaks compared to the version we posted last week, And the schedule for our four favorite NBC shows. Ready?
- Erin Willard
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