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Lin Bolen Dead at 76

Lin Bolen Dead at 76
Lin Bolen, the first female VP of programming at a TV network and an influential force in daytime television fare, has died. She passed away on January 19 in a hospital in the San Fernando Valley, according to friend and former game-show host Jim MacKrell. She was 76.

Bolen worked for NBC in the 1970s and was responsible for commissioning the long-running game show Wheel of Fortune. She also is credited with bringing long-form narrative to soap operas, expanding them to hour-long formats.

It was long rumored that the ruthless Faye Dunaway character of Diana Christiansen in the 1976 satirical film Network was based on Bolen, something Bolen denied.

She was appointed VP of daytime programming at NBC in 1972, rising to become the VP of programming in Sept. 1975. NBC thrived under her leadership, becoming the No. 1 network in ratings.

She launched NBC soap opera How to Survive a Marriage in 1974, extended Another World
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New Dead By Daylight Video Examines the Lethal Traps & Creepy Killer of the Saw Chapter

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With the Pig Mask killer now slaying survivors in the Saw segment of the Dead by Daylight video game, a new spotlight video dives into the lethal traps and creepy villain of the latest chapter:

"Time to learn more about the set of rules that our new Killer The Pig brings to the Realm of the Enity.

In this Spotlight, we'll dive deeper into the world of The Pig, our new Survivor David Tapp and the Gideon Meat Plant.

Saw is a new Chapter for Dead by Daylight and is available now on Xbox One, Playstation 4 and Steam.

The Pig is here to create a whole new version of hell for all Survivors. Mentored by Jigsaw she comes caring Reverse Bear Traps into the Realm of the Entity. So if you’re gonna play, you have to accept that the stakes are high."

For those unfamiliar with Behaviour Interactive's Dead by Daylight,
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You, Me & The Apocalypse: backstage at the end of the world

Rhik Samadder heads to ‘Apocalypse’ Slough to meet the cast of Sky1’s new comedy-drama and try to find its star, Rob Lowe

It’s a triple-threat British day: cold, grey and wet. In the car park of a stately mansion in Aldermaston, a rat appears, running from the direction I’m headed. Does it know something I don’t? I’m here to watch filming on unfathomably unlikely Sky TV comedy-drama You, Me And The Apocalypse. Set 34 days before a comet hits Earth, it features an insanely diverse cast that includes Rob Lowe and Pauline Quirke attempting to find their way to a bunker underneath Slough, to see out Armageddon. (When I’m there, the working title is Apocalypse Slough, which is 400% better, if not for an American audience. But screw them.)

Over the next few hours, the show’s principals wander in and talk in a circumspect way about filming.
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‘Homeland’ Casts Max Beesley to Work Under Claire Danes (Exclusive)

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‘Homeland’ Casts Max Beesley to Work Under Claire Danes (Exclusive)
Claire Danes has a new “Homeland” underling — and she’ll probably want to keep an eye on this one. The Showtime drama just locked recurring “Suits” actor Max Beesley for one episode. He’ll play Mike Brown, an ex-Royal Marine turned private military contractor. Brown is described as smart, but he is not entirely comfortable working under Carrie Mathison (Danes). Beesley is best known for a variety of roles on British TV including “Hotel Babylon,” “Mad Dogs,” “Ordinary Lies” and “Survivors.” Film-wise, he was a co-lead with Mariah Carey in “Glitter,” and could also be seen in “The Emperor’s Wife” and “Pawn.
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Reviewed: Terry Nation’s Survivors Series 2

Alex Fitch is a writer at Kasterborous Doctor Who News and Reviews - All the latest Doctor Who news and reviews with our weekly podKast, features and interviews, and a long-running forum.

I watched Survivors at some point when I was young, repeated (I think) on UK Gold, and remember enjoying early episodes when the series really did feel like a fight for survival, a wilderness drama that used the tropes of John Wyndham stories to create a captivating post-apocalyptic narrative. Unfortunately this seemed to get side-lined...

The post Reviewed: Terry Nation’s Survivors Series 2 appeared first on Kasterborous Doctor Who News and Reviews.
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More Survivors for Big Finish in 2016!

Nick Kitchen is a writer at Kasterborous Doctor Who News and Reviews - All the latest Doctor Who news and reviews with our weekly podKast, features and interviews, and a long-running forum.

Big Finish has announced that, in addition to June’s Series 2 and this fall’s Series 3 of Survivors, plans are already underway for Series 4 and 5 in 2016! Success of the first series based on the works of Dalek creator, Terry Nation, factored into the ramp up according to Big Finish producer, David Richardson:...

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‘Penny Dreadful’ Leads Nominations for BAFTA Television Craft Awards

London — Psychological thriller “Penny Dreadful” leads the race for BAFTA’s Television Craft Awards with five nominations.

There are four nominations each for “The Honorable Woman,” starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, and documentary “Life & Death Row,” while “Strictly Come Dancing,” “Peaky Blinders” and “Da Vinci’s Demons” each received three nominations.

In the week that James Corden made his bow on “The Late Late Show” in the U.S., he and Mathew Baynton picked up a BAFTA nomination in the comedy writer category for “The Wrong Mans.”

Among free-tv networks, BBC led the chart with 46 nominations, while Channel 4 had 13, and ITV had 10, while pay TV operator Sky had six.

There were two nominations for “Ripper Street,” marking the first BAFTA nominations for a program shown exclusively on Amazon’s streaming platform, Prime Instant Video.

Vision mixer Hilary Briegel will receive the BAFTA Special Award at the ceremony, which will be held on April 26 at The Brewery,
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BBC’s Susan Hogg to Lead Drama at Studio Lambert as it Targets U.S. Scripted Market

London — Susan Hogg, a senior drama executive producer at the BBC, is set to join Studio Lambert as head of drama and president, scripted programming.

Hogg, who has been at the BBC for 14 years, has overseen a broad range of series including “Five Daughters,” “Lark Rise to Candleford,” “The Paradise,” “Survivors,” “Waking the Dead” and “The Fades.”

Hogg was previously head of drama at Granada Television, where she set up ITV series “Grafters” and “A&E.” Before that she was one of the founding executives of United Productions, where she oversaw the creation of “Where the Heart Is,” “Touching Evil” and “No Child of Mine,” which won a BAFTA.

Studio Lambert chief executive, Stephen Lambert, signed a new five-year deal with All3Media two weeks ago that provided the funding to launch a drama department at Studio Lambert. The company formerly focused on unscripted shows like “Undercover Boss.”

Studio Lambert
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Paterson Joseph interview: Good Omens, Doctor Who, Neil Gaiman

Paterson Joseph chats to us about Good Omens, Peep Show, being cut from Paddington, and why he'd "never say never" to playing the Doctor...

Where do you begin with Paterson Joseph? Be it on stage or the small screen, he’s popped up everywhere from Shakespeare to Survivors, from Casualty to Green Wing. To some, he’s the suave, sharply dressed and, latterly, lapsed alcoholic Alan Johnson in Peep Show. But to others, this writer included, he’ll always be the mysterious, flamboyant swashbuckler, the Marquis de Carabas, from Neil Gaiman’s rich sub-London fantasy Neverwhere.

Now, he’s appearing on BBC Radio 4 in a festive double bill of prestige productions. First, he’s giving voice to fast-food mogul and horseman of the apocalypse Famine in Good Omens, adapted from the novel by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. Then, on New Year’s Day, he’s Pierre, the passionate protagonist
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The evolution of the TV virus thriller

As Guillermo del Toro’s The Strain comes to the UK, we look back at how TV’s virus thrillers have mutated over the decades…

It was much so simpler when they’d just kill you. Once upon a time, viruses in TV dramas were straightforward slaughterers. The flu of 1975’s Survivors, for instance, cut a swathe through the UK, leaving well-spoken corpses wherever it went. Once infected, you’d cough, start sweating, and then drop dead - unless you numbered amongst the lucky immune, in which case it was time to brush up on your scouting badge survival skills and attempt to make your way in a post-plague world.

Nowadays, TV’s infected aren’t given anything like such an easy time of it. After the coughing, sweating, lurching - and often, dying - stage, more often than not, the virus transforms you. You mutate into something monstrous, one
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Acorn DVD Reviews: Secret State and Midsomer Murders Set 24

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The-Sicilian-Defence.-Midsomer-Murders. Rlj Entertainment/Acorn Media

Midsomer Murders is back on Acorn DVD with three all-new mysteries that debuted in the UK last year. If you haven’t been keeping up to speed with the long-running drama then you should know that these three stories feature Neil Dudgeon as John Barnaby rather than John Nettles as his cousin Tom. While the identity of the principal investigator has changed fairly recently, it seems like a long, long time since anyone other than Jason Hughes served as the top man’s sidekick. The good news is that Hughes does feature in the these three stories. The bad news is that this is the last you’ll see of him as he left the show in 2013.

Written in the Stars is the first mystery in Midsomer Murders Set 24. As the story begins, the whole community are giddy with excitement about an upcoming solar eclipse.
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Brief Ultron, X-Men, Daredevil, Guardians News

Avengers: Age of Ultron

Harley Davidson's Project LiveWire, the company's first electric motorcycle, is set to make its official big screen debut in next summer's "Avengers: Age of Ultron". The vehicle will feature as the main vehicle of Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow, with video and photos from the set featuring Black Widow's stunt double showing that the new bike model is already hard at work. [Source: Movieweb]

X-Men: Apocalypse

One person who'd be more than happy to reprise his role in the "X-Men" franchise is the older Beast himself Kelsey Grammar. The "X-Men: Last Stand" actor says: "I hope to do another. I hope they find some way to come up with a new story that involves Beast in my timeline." [Source: Cbr]

Daredevil

Farren Blackburn has been announced as one of the directors of Netflix's upcoming "Daredevil" TV series. Blackburn's previous credits include the 2013 film "Hammer of the Gods" along with
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Survivors – Series One Review

Villordsutch reviews Big Finish Audio Productions’ Survivors – Series One…

Written By Matt Fitton, Jonathan Morris, Andrew Smith, John Dorney.

Directed by Ken Bentley.

Sound Design by Neil Gardner.

Music by Nicholas Briggs.

Starring Lucy Fleming (Jenny Richards), Ian McCulloch (Greg Preston), John Banks (Daniel Connor), Louise Jameson (Jackie Burchall), Sinead Keenan (Susie Edwards), Caroline Langrishe (Helen Wiseman), Adrian Lukis (James Gillison), Chase Masterson (Maddie Price), Terry Molloy (John Redgrave), Camilla Power (Fiona Bell), Phil Mulryne (Phil Bailey), San Shella (Sayed) and Carolyn Seymour (Abby Grant).

I’m rather a big fan of Survivors, another classic Terry Nation original, though I hadn’t hit the age of four by the time it had finished its original run; I’d caught up with it some twenty or so years later and found it to be quite fantastic – granted it wavered in the final series, but it was still a fantastic show as a whole.
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New on Acorn DVD: Martin Clunes, George Gently and Prunella Scales

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Inspector George Gently

The latest batch of George Gently episodes come to DVD on 1 April and you’d be a fool to miss out on this boxset. As you will recall, season five ended with Gently and Bacchus, shot and wounded on the floor of Durham Cathedral. Would they recover? Would they ever work again? Well given that there is a season six I don’t think you can accuse me of releasing a “spoiler” if I tell you that the duo made a full recovery. However, it wasn’t an easy road, especially for Bacchus whose wallowing in self-pity eventually led him down an unhealthy path of booze and gambling. Older and wiser, Gently realized that work was the best therapy and he quickly got back to doing what he does best — solving murders.

Even by George Gently‘s own standards, season six features a lot of introspection as
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The Musketeers returning for series 2

News Louisa Mellor 9 Feb 2014 - 11:00

A second series of new BBC Sunday night drama The Musketeers is on its way...

Good news. The Musketeers' combination of period intrigue, impressive swordplay, handsome troubled heroes and a guest star parade of established UK talent has earned it a second series.

Writer Adrian Hodges (Survivors, Primeval) made it clear from the outset that his take on Alexandre Dumas' seventeenth century characters was not an adaptation of the original novel but in keeping with its spirit. The series' poetic license with the Dumas quartet meant that a second, and why not, a third and fourth series were all possibilities. If the show can maintain the ratings success of its first three episodes, which, between them, averaged over six million viewers in the overnights, it can look ahead to a robust future on BBC One. 

Series two will see the return of all four Musketeers,
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The Musketeers episode 1 review: Friends And Enemies

Review Rob Kemp 19 Jan 2014 - 22:00

Rob checks out the first episode of the BBC's new adventure drama, The Musketeers...

So the BBC has a problem. What can it use to plug the hole left by one of its most successful series? Step forward, The Musketeers.

The show's well-edited trailers have promised big budget period action and drama imbued with a style and energy that should attract even those who may feel uninspired by yet another adaptation of Dumas’ classic. However, punchy trailers do not a good show make, so the question remains; does the BBC still have a problem?

In some ways, The Musketeers would seem like a safe choice. It’s material that has been endlessly copied, re-imagined and revamped and with such wide popularity there is already a high level of recognition and understanding. People sitting down to watch this show are going to know exactly what they’re going to get.
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Roger Lloyd-Pack 1944-2014: Obituary of the Only Fools and Horses actor

Only Fools and Horses star Roger Lloyd-Pack has died at the age of 69.

The actor was born in Islington, North London on February 8, 1944. His father Charles Lloyd-Pack was known for several appearances in Hammer horror films.

At a young age he performed glove puppet shows, before his Hampshire school Bedales allowed him to take part in small theatre productions.

He began concentrating on acting during his studies, inspired by his drama teacher Rachel Carey-Field. Having achieved three A-levels, he successfully enrolled at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (Rada).

Lloyd-Pack made his stage debut in a Northampton production of The Shoemaker's Holiday by Thomas Dekker. After a number of stage productions across the UK, he made his screen debut in the 1968 film The Magus.

For the next three decades he played several small roles in films including The Go-Between, 1984 and Vanity Fair.

He finally had his breakthrough in 1981, when
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Roger Lloyd-Pack Dies

Roger Lloyd-Pack Dies
Being remembered for one beloved character is one thing, but Roger Lloyd-Pack, who has died at the age of 69, had a handful.Lloyd-Pack, who will forever be best known on these shores as Colin “Trigger” Ball in Only Fools And Horses, had a long and varied career on TV, the big screen and stage. Born and raised in Islington – his father Charles acted in Hammer Horror films – he was encouraged to hone his love of performing at Bedales boarding school, moving on to Rada where he trained alongside another future sitcom favourite, Richard Wilson.His first stage acting work came with The Shoemaker’s Holiday in Northampton, and he scored early TV work on the likes of The Avengers and Jason King. Through his career, he appeared on an incredible range of shows, spanning a variety of genres, including The Professionals, Survivors, Moving, Inspector Morse, Byker Grove, Boon, Lovejoy, Doctor Who,
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One for all: new Machiavellian role for Capaldi in BBC's Musketeers

Actor renowned for role of ruthless spin doctor Malcolm Tucker to play Cardinal Richelieu in adaptation of Dumas classic book

He gave the nation a glimpse of his role as Doctor Who on Christmas Day, but before that series returns viewers will first have a chance to re-examine the political machinations of Peter Capaldi, as he takes on the role of Cardinal Richelieu in BBC1's gritty, updated take on the tale of the Three Musketeers.

The 10-part drama, which will begin next month and appears destined for a Saturday-night slot, is a modern take on the Alexandre Dumas tale without doing what its writer Adrian Hodges described as the "full Sherlock".

The feathers and the tabards are gone – fans of the 1973 Richard Chamberlain film will be disappointed – and in their place is a world that is a "bit smelly, a bit dirty", said Hodges. "But it's still about heroes,
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Preview: McM Comic Con / Memorabilia Birmingham

This weekend (November 23rd & 24th) sees the McM Comic Con and Memorabilia show take place at the NEC in Birmingham. We’ll be there on the Saturday, checking out what’s happening at one of the UK’s biggest conventions. If you haven’t grabbed a ticket yet, what are you waiting for? Ok, ok, so some of you may still be undecided, so let me tempt you with a rundown of just some highlights of the guests attending the event this weekend…

Red Dwarf Reunion – Chris Barrie (Arnold Rimmer); Hattie Hayridge (Holly); Danny John-Jules (The Cat) and Robert Llewellyn (Kryten) from much-loved British sci-fi comedy Red Dwarf. Quadrophenia Reunion – Stars Phil Daniels (Jimmy); Toyah Willcox (Monkey) and Daniel Peacock (Danny) celebrate the ultimate mod movie, based on The Who’s 1973 rock opera.

Richard Donat and Kate Kelton from popular sci-fi series Haven. Donat plays Vince Teagues, leader of The
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