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In 2013, Digital Spy has embraced all that UK and Us television has to offer - from the very best of comedy and drama, to the merely middling, to the absolute stinkers.
But now it's time to celebrate only the finest cuts - it's our top TV shows of the year, concluding now our top five picks.
There was much for Doctor Who fans to enjoy as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations - 'The Day of the Doctor' of course, but also Paul McGann's return in online outing 'The Night of the Doctor' and Peter Davison's 'Five(Ish) Doctors Reboot' comedy skit. But the standout - the jewel in the BBC's crown - was this lovingly-crafted biopic from Mark Gatiss.
Recreating an exciting and inspiring world of early television production now lost to us, An Adventure in Space and Time told not »
"You know what, I actually feel like it's good," Britton tells Vanity Fair. "I think that the decision needed to be made, and there's been so much going back and forth about it now for so long. And I feel like the only way that was ever going to work is if it just fell into place beautifully, and if everybody was on board, because we couldn't do anything to risk what 'Friday Night Lights' has already been."
She's absolutely right, of course. It's time for fans to cherish the all-too-rare perfectly planned ending to the series and not greedily hope for more. And "Fnl" isn't the only series where fans would be better served by just letting go. »
Mads Mikkelsen, as handsome as you like, lowers himself into a seat, rolls a cigarette and stares handsomely out over the sea. Did I mention he was handsome? Not only is he wearing the kind of shiny suit that only the handsomest among us can get away with, he's also sporting a radioactive tan that sets off his handsomely glittering eyes. The tan, he says, is because he's just come back from shooting a western in South Africa, not, I'm relieved to discover, the latest manifestation of the World Conspiracy of Handsomeness.
Oh well. It's safe to say that the way Mikkelsen, 48, looks has not hurt him in his quest to become a well-known and successful actor. »
- Andrew Pulver
Having had great success in the past few years from "Casino Royale" and "After the Wedding" to "The Hunt" and "Valhalla Rising," actor Mads Mikkelsen is also delivering a fascinating reinterpretation of Hannibal Lecter on NBC's underrated and under watched "Hannibal" series.
Attending the recent Marrakech Film Festival, Mikkelsen spoke about the latter with The Playlist, saying "ideally it’s six months" in terms of filming a thirteen episode season of "Hannibal", though that doesn’t always work out. He was asked what he could tell us about the second season:
"Not much because it’s a secret other than the character of Will Graham is now in jail, the tables are turned and he has to play me now to see if he can get out. The question is how much I’m aware of that. It’s quite explosive and quite dramatic what happens in the second season. »
- Garth Franklin
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week
"Fast & Furious 6"
What's It About? Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Vin Diesel, and the late Paul Walker reunite with Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Jordana Brewster, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, and future Wonder Woman Gal Gadot to put the pedal to the medal in the sixth iteration of this car-racing series. Can our favorite speed freaks outwit and outdrive a gang of drivers led by a British baddie named Shaw (Luke Evans)?
Why We're In: Besides the fact that some of the DVD earnings will be donated to the late Paul Walker's charity Reach Out Worldwide, this is the perfect guilty-pleasure action film to pop on with a bunch of friends. It's worth it for the runway scene alone.
Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week
"Big" (25th Anniversary Edition)
What's It About? Before Tom Hanks saved "Mr. Banks," he won our hearts as a little »
- Jenni Miller
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Jason Priestley will direct four half-hours of the 12-episode series, which follows The Engel family as they band together to keep their heads above water when their breadwinner father passes away, leaving them with a mountain of debt. They pick up where he left off, running his storefront law firm even though only one member of the »
- Vlada Gelman
Marrakech -- When he's not starring as the world's most tasteful serial killer on NBC's Hannibal, Danish star Mads Mikkelsen has an impressive international résumé, working in both his home country and the U.S. He won the best actor trophy at Cannes last year for his turn as a persecuted teacher in Thomas Vinterberg's wrenching drama The Hunt. His next film, the "Danish Western" The Salvation comes out next year, and he's slated to take part in the third Kung Fu Panda movie as well as Danish director Anders Thomas Jensen's tentatively-titled dark comedy Men and Chicken. In Morocco, as
- Rhonda Richford
A ripped, waxed bisexual Santa with an appetite for hot, buttered rum and grand larceny. A Supremes tribute featuring a sequined and pregnant transgendered student birthing out the Messiah — to the beat of “Love Child.” A living nativity kicked off with the announcement, “Virgin in the house, bitches!”
Nope, Glee‘s “Previously Unaired Christmas” wasn’t exactly traditional — and in some corners might be labeled blasphemous — but would you forgive me if I admitted to a couple of genuine belly laughs during the whole crazy, probably misguided hour?
For those of »
- Michael Slezak
Following up on the announcement that Eddie Izzard ('The Munsters') would indeed be returning alongside Will Graham and the notorious 'Hannibal' in the second season of the hit NBC series another cast member has now been confirmed for a return. 'The X-Files' star Gillian Anderson (below) will be back as Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier, Hannibal's psychiatrist, for the first two episodes in the new series airing early next year. Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Laurence Fishburne ('The Matrix'), Scott Thompson, Aaron Abrams, Hettienne Park and Caroline Dhavernas all star in the new season. Izzard is already confirmed to return as Dr. Abel Gideon. »
As part of its most recent "Ask Ausiello" spoilers column, TVLine shed a bit of light on the upcoming Season 2 of "Hannibal," including when we'll next see fan favorite Gillian Anderson on the show...
Joining her this season are the already announced guest stars Martin Donovan ("Weeds") as Jack Crawford's (Laurence Fishburne) FBI shrink while Cynthia Nixon ("Sex and the City") will appear as Kade Purnell, an employee of the Office of the Inspector General in FBI Oversight who will be putting Jack under a microscope for his involvement with recent events involving Will (Hugh Dancy).
Speaking of Fishburne, TVLine confirmed that while he has signed on to an HBO project that's in its early stages, it will have no impact on his Season 2 "Hannibal" schedule. »
- Debi Moore
NBC is betting big that Eddie Izzard will be the network’s next leading man.
The Peacock has signed a one-year talent holding deal with the English comedian, who recently appeared on NBC’s “Hannibal” as Dr. Abel Gideon. As a part of the pact, Izzard will receive an exec producer credit on a series if he is cast as the lead.
Izzard’s U.S. TV credits include “The Good Wife” and “United States of Tara,” but the actor-scribe has yet to secure a breakout television role Stateside. Known for cross-dressing, Izzard rose to fame in the late ’90s with stand-up spesh “Dressed to Kill,” which earned him a Primetime Emmy.
He is repped by Apa and Conway van Gelder.
- AJ Marechal
Eddie Izzard is heading back to NBC. The Mockingbird Lane star has inked a one-year talent holding deal with the network, NBC announced Wednesday. Under the pact, Izzard will receive an executive producer credit if he is cast as the lead of a series. Photos: NBC's 'Munsters': Meet the New Residents of 'Mockingbird Lane' The casting continues Izzard's relationship with the network, where he most recently had a two-episode arc on Bryan Fuller's Hannibal and after he starred in the Pushing Daisies creator's ill-fated Munsters reboot. The comedian's TV credits also include FX's The Riches, United
- Lesley Goldberg
British comedian and actor Eddie Izzard has signed a one-year talent holding deal with NBC Entertainment. In the deal, Izzard will receive executive producer credit if cast as the lead in a series. Also read: ‘Blacklist’ Renewed for Season 2 by NBC Best known for his multiple cross-dressing comedy specials, Izzard has appeared and starred on several American TV series, including Showtime’s “United States of Tara,” FX’s “The Riches,” which he also served as executive producer, and recently on NBC’s “Hannibal.” Previously, he played the Grandpa role on the NBC failed pilot-turned-tv-movie, “Mockingbird Lane,” Bryan Fuller’s “Munsters” reboot. »
- Jethro Nededog
Eddie Izzard, who starred in NBC‘s Mockingbird Lane pilot last season and has been recurring on NBC’s Hannibal, is formalizing his relationship with the network via a talent holding deal. Under the one-year pact, he will receive an executive producer credit if cast in the lead of an NBC series. The Emmy winner is repped by Apa and UK’s Conway van Gelder. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
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Ausiello: I’m not feeling it. Besides, if my hunch is correct (tee-hee, when isn’t it?!), the new fortysomething character the show is currently casting — a handsome, charismatic fella named Andrew — will be keeping company with Bellamy Young’s love-starved Flotus. And, if this is who they end up hiring, we deserve some kind of trophy or medal. Or something.
- Michael Ausiello
If we sat all the millions of Tumblr users with their 150 million-plus blogs in one room and asked them to compile their list of this year’s top entertainers, it would look like this:
Fine, bad idea. Instead, the minds at Tumblr HQ compiled a 2013 Year in Review, listing the top reblogged names in each category, including actors, actresses, bands, and solo artists.
But we at EW HQ have a bone to pick with Tumblr users: Out of the 100 entertainers listed as the most popular, only three names match our list: Jennifer Lawrence, Miley Cyrus, and Macklemore. With that discovery, »
- Shirley Li
Post by Fishlove.
PETA has garnered attention for years for their ads featuring nude celebrities saying they'd rather go naked than wear fur. Now Fishlove is getting in on the act, though "I'd rather go naked than wear seafood" doesn't exactly have the same ring to it.
But the U.K. organization, set up in 2009 by Moshimo restaurant owner Nicholas Rohl and actress Greta Scacchi, is designed to raise awareness of the unsustainable fishing done worldwide that is ruining the earth's marine ecosystem.
Above, you can see "X Files" and "Hannibal" actress Gillian Anderson posing with a Conger eel draped over her bosom, and below model/actress Elizabeth "Lizzie" Jagger (daughter of Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger and model Jerry Hall) rides a yellowfin tuna in the buff.
Well now, here's something to be thankful for: Eddie Izzard has confirmed that he will be returning in Season 2 of NBC's "Hannibal"! All we need now is for the network to finally announce the show's return date, and we'll be really happy.
"I will be back," Izzard told Digital Spy while promoting his latest comedy tour, "Force Majeure." "Everyone's given me great feedback on 'Hannibal,' and I've only done two episodes - I really let go in that one!"
"Hannibal" will return in early 2014 with a 13-episode season that begins with Episode 2.01, “Kaiseki” (a traditional multi-course Japanese dinner).
“Hannibal,” starring Hugh Dancy as Will Graham and Mads Mikkelsen as Hannibal Lecter, was developed for television by Bryan Fuller, who also serves as writer and executive producer. In addition to Fuller, Martha De Laurentiis, Jesse Alexander, Chris Brancato, Sara Colleton, Katie O’Connell, Elisa Roth, Sidonie Dumas, and Christophe Riandee »
- Debi Moore
I'm not sure how well a remake of Jacob's Ladder would work, given the fact that so much of the experience is reliant on the twist at the end, but that's not stopping Hollywood from having a go at it. They're calling it an homage, rather than a remake, and a director has just been tapped to helm the project.
Read on for the skinny!
As per The Wrap, James Foley has signed on to direct the so-called homage. Foley was the director of 1992's Glengarry Glen Ross and he has recently directed episodes of Netflix's "House of Cards" and NBC's "Hannibal."
Mickey Liddell and Ld Entertainment’s Jennifer Monroe are producing the project with Michael Gaeta and Alison Rosenzweig. Jeff Buhler, who wrote the Clive Barker adaptation The Midnight Meat Train, is penning a script building upon an earlier draft by Jake Wade Wall, the scribe behind the 2006 remake of When a Stranger Calls. »
- John Squires
Fall 2013 has been a damn good season for horror game soundtrack fans, with a variety of entertaining scores coming down the pipe – ranging from purely fun entries like the hard-rocking Zombie Squash to big studio-quality symphonic epics like Castlevania: Lords of Shadow. An even more colorful variety of styles comes together in the soundtrack for Dead Rising 3, the latest entry in Capcom's hit zombie-slaying game series that began as a Dawn of the Dead homage and quickly expanded to World War Z proportions. The third chapter takes the music to the next level, involving not only acclaimed composers like Brian Reitzell (30 Days of Night, Hannibal), Jeremy Soule (Elder Scrolls, the Harry Potter game series) and returning Dead Rising composer Oleksa Lozowchuk, but also a host of talented cyber-rockers including FEARnet fave Celldweller. The standard edition album weighs in at 40 tracks across two CDs, the bulk of which is dedicated to Lozowchuk's score and source cues, »
- Gregory Burkart
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