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TV Newsround: Good News For Chuck And Visitors – Bad News For Heroes and Flashers


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As the flurry of renewals and cancellations stepped up a gear yesterday, there was good news for fans of V, the decent remake of the 1980s classic about alien invaders, and sci-fi spy comedy-drama Chuck.

V, starring Elizabeth Mitchell – previously best-known for playing Juliet in Lost – and Firefly‘s Morena Baccarin, has been renewed for a second season by US network ABC.

Meanwhile NBC has committed to a fourth season of the acclaimed, but ratings-starved, Chuck.

Bad news, however, for fans of FlashForward, which has reportedly been canceled and will not be back after season one ends – guess we should have seen that one coming…

However, we were always promised that season one would be self-contained and that any future seasons would deal with new flash forwards, so at least we should get a resolution of sorts to the story.

I’m very sad, but not surprised, also to report the demise of Heroes, a show whose five-seasons will, in the future, surely serve as a case study of how NOT to run a TV show.

During its first season, it was the hottest new property on network TV but it was systematically destroyed through a lack of any apparent show-running ability, poor creative decisions, dire plotting and convoluted story arcs that often went nowhere or made no sense. In the end, it seems, they couldn’t save the cheerleader.

It’s been a busy time over the past days and weeks for those who get to decide the future of your favourite TV shows, so here’s a quick rundown of what’s happening with the rest of your favourites on the five big networks: ABC, NBC, Fox, CBS and The CW.

Renewed: Castle, Cougar Town, Modern Family, The Middle, The Big Bang Theory, The Good Wife, How I Met Your Mother, Two And A Half Men, Family Guy, American Dad, The Cleveland Show, Bones, Fringe, Glee, Human Target, Lie To Me, The Simpsons, 30 Rock, Community, Friday Night Lights, Law & Order: SVU, The Office, Parenthood, Parks & Recreation, 90210, Gossip Girl, Smallville, Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries, NCIS: Los Angeles.

Canceled: Better Off Ted, Hank, Romantically Challenged, Scrubs, Ugly Betty, 24, Dollhouse, Past Life, ‘Til Death, Law & Order, Mercy, Trauma.

The following are those shows that have yet to have their futures decided. Those in green are generally considered dead certs or good bets for renewal, those in red long shots and those in black are thought to be 50/50:

The Bachelor, Brothers & Sisters, The Deep End, Desperate Housewives, The Forgotten, Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, Accidentally on Purpose, Cold Case, Criminal Minds, CSI, CSI: Miami, CSI: NY, Gary Unmarried, Ghost Whisperer, Medium, The Mentalist, NCIS, The New Adventures of Old Christine, Numb3rs, Rules of Engagement, Brothers, House, Life Unexpected, Melrose Place, One Tree Hill.

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Doctor Who – Matt Smith Teams Up With Two Former Companions*


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[*Or three if you count K9.]

Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith will cross over for a guest appearance in the forthcoming fourth season of Doctor Who spin-off show The Sarah Jane Adventures.

And in the latest crowd-pleasing blast from the past, actress Katy Manning will reprise her role as former companion Jo Grant in the show, alongside Smith and Elisabeth Sladen’s Sarah Jane.

Manning accompanied Third Doctor Jon Pertwee between 1971 and 1973.

She and Smith will appear in a two-episode run of the spin-off, which is aimed at a younger audience than the parent show.

Full BBC press release here.

Sarah Jane Smith (travelled in the TARDIS between 1973 and 1976, taking over as The Doctor’s companion after Manning left. She appeared alongside both Pertwee and fourth Doctor Tom Baker.

She was reunited with The Doctor (in the guise of David Tennant) during the second series of the revived Doctor Who in 2006. The character, arguably the show’s all-time favourite companion, was then given her own spin-off show, The Sarah Jane Adventures, which also included occasional appearances by the Doctor’s robot dog K-9 (who was reintroduced full-time in season three).

The Brigadier (Nicholas Courtney), another long-time Doctor Who mainstay who first appeared in the 1970s, has also appeared in The Sarah Jane Adventures.

Incidentally, Katy Manning famously caused a bit of a stir when, shortly after leaving Doctor Who, she posed naked with a Dalek for a saucy nude magazine photoshoot.

The photos are pretty tame by modern standards but possibly still NSFW, so click here, here, here, here, here and here to see them.

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Finally! First Official Photos Of Doctor Who’s New Season 5 TARDIS Interior


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At last, with less than a week to go before season five of Doctor Who launches (season five in post-revival terms, that is – season 31 overall) and Matt Smith‘s reign as the eleventh Doctor begins (the first episode airs in the UK on Easter Saturday, April 3, on April 17 in the US and Canada and on April 18 in Australia), we finally have our first proper look at the new TARDIS interior.

We already knew that the console room would be split over two levels and have been promised a look at some other rooms in the TARDIS but for now, all the shots are of the main level of the console room.

If, like me, you were a bit confused that the Doctor and Amy (played by Scots actress Karen Gillan) appear to be standing in front of two different versions of the Tardis console, in fact they are standing on the perspex platform in the top picture and down on the “Swiss-cheese”-style main floor in the others.

So, what do you think? Comments welcome.

More pics over at Radio Times.

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Inside Doctor Who’s New Tardis


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UPDATE: MARCH 30, 2010 – Click here for the first official photos of the new TARDIS interior!

The first episode of the new series of Doctor Who (the fifth since the series was revived), starring Matt Smith as the 11th Doctor, received its world premiere in Cardiff on Thursday night.

We already knew that the TARDIS gets a makeover, inside and out, during the first episode but the interior is still being kept a closely guarded secret.

However a few clues have slipped out – we know that the console room will be split over several levels, linked by a spiral staircase. We are also promised we will finally see some other of the TARDIS’s other rooms for the first time since the series was revived.

This is the view from outside the TARDIS looking in (a cloth backdrop is used during filming to give the impression of a large interior):

This is taken from the BBC trailer for the new series and appears to show The Doctor sitting in a swing seat on the upper level of the console room:

And finally, for now, from fan website Inside The Tardis, we have this, which appears to be the wardrobe room (EDIT: oops, just realised that this is actually the old (9th/10th Doctor) TARDIS, from the scene in The Christmas Invasion in which 10th Doctor David Tennant was choosing his new outfit):

Watch this space (including Time And Relative Dimensions)..!

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The Story Of Lost So Far… In 8 Minutes 15 Seconds


Looking forward to start of the sixth and final season of Lost next month?

Spent hours studying the official cast photograph for clues?

Want to remind yourself of the story so far, but don’t have the time to rewatch all of the last five seasons?

Fear not! Here is the official ABC recap of seasons one to five.

It’s concise yet extensive, pertinent yet witty – in short, everything you need to know about Lost  in just 8 minutes 15 seconds. See what they did there?

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The Lost Supper… Season 6 Cast Portrait


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The sixth and final season of Lost starts airing in the US on ABC on Tuesday, February 2.

The UK date, on Sky One, is yet to be confirmed but will be later that same week. Some sources are reporting it will begin on Friday, February 5. This would be a bit of a surprise, since it has been airing on Sunday nights since Sky One picked it up and also Friday night is not a night that attracts the big audiences.

In any case, the point of this post is to share with you the official final season promotional cast portraits.

Here they are (click on the photos to see larger versions):

As you can see in the first photo, like Battlestar Galactica and The Sopranos before them, the Lost producers have gone for an homage to Da Vinci’s The Last Supper (click here to see it).

That’s no big surprise, given the biblical allusions and symbols scattered throughout the Lost mythology.

Whether the portrait offers any clues as to plot twists or the fate of the characters remains to be seen. A few observations, however:

1. Claire (Emilie de Ravin, right) is back in the main cast, which isn’t surprising as producers Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof revealed some time ago that she would return to play a prominent role in Lost‘s final chapter.

2. Given Locke’s (Terry O’Quinn) story arc so far – the revelations in the final episode of season 5 notwithstanding – it’s no surprise to see him in the Christ role here.

3. The photo is not an exact recreation of Da Vinci’s painting of Christ and the apostles… however, the character who appears to be assuming the Judas pose is – surprisingly – Kate (Evangeline Lilly). Are they trying to tell us something?

4. Season-five newcomer Ilana (Zuleikha Robinson) is at the far left, next to the mysterious Richard Alpert (Nestor Carbonell, who, I think, also features in the main cast pic for the first time). Frank the pilot (Jeff Fahey, far right) is also upgraded, it seems, from supporting character to main cast.

5. These main cast returnees and newcomers mean that a few former regulars have been, well… Lost. Most disappointingly, from my point of view, both of my favourite characters are missing: Juliet (Elizabeth Mitchell, left) and Desmond (Henry Ian Cusick). I’m sure they won’t be entirely absent from season six but the portrait suggests that they won’t play a big part (note that I’ve been avoiding any spoilers for the final season, so the extent of their involvment – or lack thereof – may already be common knowledge).

6. Less surprising, but still disappointing, is the absence of Daniel (Jeremy Davies), another of my favourite characters. Charlotte (Rebecca Mader) is also missing. Now, given their fates during the course of last season, it’s perhaps not much of a shock – but we don’t know what effect the explosive ending to last season has had (if any) on the characters’ timelines, so they’re perhaps not gone for good?

7. Most of the characters remain in the same positions in both photos but two change sides (Claire and Miles (Ken Leung)), while Sun (Yunjin Kim) and Ben (Michael Emerson) switch places… is this significant in any way?

Sources/thanks: Dark UFO; io9.

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Doctor Who – First Photos From The Season Five Set And The New TARDIS


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UPDATE: MARCH 30, 2010 - Click here for the first official photos of the new TARDIS interior!

UPDATE: MARCH 19, 2010Click here to see Inside Doctor Who’s New TARDIS.

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The first pictures have emerged, courtesy of Blogtor Who, from today’s first day of filming on the set of Doctor Who season five.

Here are Matt Smith and Scottish actress Karen Gillan as the 11th Doctor and his new companion Amy Pond, standing in front of the new-look TARDIS exterior.

Hmmm… I know that the new series of Doctor Who is the first to be filmed in High Definition, and so – as I mentioned in this blog post – a new TARDIS exterior had to be built because the improved HD picture quality would have show up all the wear and tear and defects in the old one – but I can’t help thinking that the new TARDIS looks too shiny and, well, new.

It’s supposed to look a bit battered and battle-scarred, is it not, having been through so much during the Doctor’s lifetimes?

This one looks like it just dematerialised from the showroom!

Anyway, Blogtor Who also had a spoiler of sorts about a returning character from the Doctor’s recent past.

Don’t scroll down any further if you don’t want to know who is returning.

I mean it – there’s a photo and everything.

Last chance…

Yes, it appears that former ER star Alex Kingston is returning as River Song.

You will recall that she appeared in the season four episodes Silence In The Library and Forest Of The Dead, written by Steven Moffat, in which she recognised the 10th Doctor and seemed to have quite detailed and possibly intimate knowledge about him, his past and his future – even though he had no idea who she was.

Since Moffat is the new showrunner, taking over from Russell T Davies, it makes sense that he would bring her back for his first episode(s) in charge.

Will her appearance in season five reveal River’s first meeting (from her point of view) with The Doctor? Time will tell.

Many more photos from the first day of shooting can be found on Blogtor Who here, here and here.

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