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Deborah Watling, ‘Doctor Who’ Companion, Dies at 69
The actress traveled across the galaxy with Patrick Troughton’s “second Doctor” in the BBC sci-fi series, playing Victoria Waterfield in 40 episodes between 1967 and 1968.
Her death was first reported by the BBC and her brother, Giles Watling, a Conservative politician, said she would be “sorely missed.” Born in Loughton in Essex, England, in 1948, Watling made her TV debut as a child in. »
- Debbie Emery
‘Iron Fist’ Renewed for Season 2 at Netflix
Netflix has renewed the Marvel series “Iron Fist” for Season 2.
Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb made the announcement at San Diego Comic-Con on Friday. In addition, Loeb hinted that Colleen Wing (Jessica Henwick) would team up with NYPD detective Misty Knight (Simone Missick), who first appeared in Season 1 of “Luke Cage.” The characters previously partnered together in the Marvel comic books.
“Iron Fist” stars “Game of Thrones” alum Finn Jones as Danny Rand, the heir to the multi-billion dollar Rand Corp. who returns to New York after training for years in the mysterious city of K’un-Lun. Through his training, he was chosen to be the living weapon known as the Iron Fist, which allows him to channel his chi energy into his fists.
In addition to Jones and Henwick, the series also starred Rosario Dawson, who has appeared as nurse Claire Temple in all of the Marvel-Netflix shows to date. Season »
- Joe Otterson
Charlize Theron to Guest Star on Seth MacFarlane’s Sci-Fi Series ‘The Orville’
Well, this is a surprise. Charlize Theron will reunite with her Million Ways to Die in the West co-star/director Seth MacFarlane for a guest starring role on his upcoming Fox sci-fi spoof series, The Orville. Per EW, the details of her role are being kept under wraps but her episode is expected to air in the fall. Theron has largely steered clear of the small screen throughout her career. She had a guest arc on Arrested Development in 2005 and executive produced the short-lived Netflix series Girlboss. She will also executive produce David Fincher's Netflix … »
- Haleigh Foutch
‘The Gifted’ Won’t Cross Over With ‘X-Men’ Films, ‘Legion’
Fox’s upcoming “X-Men” spinoff “The Gifted” will not cross over with the films produced by the company’s movie studio or its other TV series.
Speaking Friday at Comic-Con in San Diego, showrunner Matt Nix downplayed the potential for any crossover with other iterations of Marvel’s mutant franchise. “The Gifted,” according to Nix, takes place in its own unique timeline.
“One of the great favors that ‘Days of Future Past’ did for all of us is establish many streams,” Nix said, referring to the 2014 film directed by Bryan Singer. “I guess that one answer is that this is one of those many streams.”
“The Gifted,” he added, does “not share a universe with” the films or other “X-Men” series. »
- Daniel Holloway
‘Scrubs’ Creator Bill Lawrence’s Plane Crashes in East River, No Injuries Reported
The plane, which was headed to the Hamptons, experienced a broken pontoon and was disabled around 5:30 p.m. ET, according to WABC. Ten people, including passengers and crew, were evacuated by FDNY and taken to 23rd Street Marina on the East Side. No injuries were reported.
Lawrence later posted several photos of the incident on social media. “Wild day. Daughter and all ok. First plane crash. Thanks NYC emergency folks,” he wrote on Twitter. »
- Reid Nakamura
‘Westworld’ Season 2 Casts Neil Jackson and Jonathan Tucker
Jackson, best known for his roles on “Sleepy Hollow” and “Absentia,” will be playing Major Craddock, a commanding military officer. For the uninitiated, while the park was a private enterprise, it employed military staff members to oversee some of the responsibilities. . »
- Carli Velocci
Chris Hardwick Leads Comic-Con Moment of Silence for ‘Walking Dead’ Stuntman John Bernecker
Chris Hardwick started Friday’s “Fear The Walking Dead” Comic-Con panel in Hall H with a tribute to stuntman John Bernecker, who died July 15 after an accident during filming on the upcoming season of “The Walking Dead.” Hardwick also announced that in memory of Bernecker, the producers of “The Walking Dead” had decided to moderate the show’s Friday Hall H panel themselves. Hardwick continued to moderate the “Fear the Walking Dead” panel. “I think it’s important to just say it’s a horrible thing that’s happened, there’s not a silver lining I can see,” the host of “The Talking Dead” said. »
- Ross A. Lincoln
Amazon US Streaming Deal for Sky’s Tim Roth, Christina Hendricks Series ‘Tin Star’
Amazon has taken the US rights to “Tin Star,” the upcoming cop thriller starring Tim Roth and Christina Hendricks. It will play on the Amazon Prime Video streaming service later this year, after it bows on the Sky Atlantic channel in the U.K.
The series has Roth (“The Hateful Eight”) as Jim Worth, a British cop who moves the Rocky Mountains to start a new life as a local police chief in an idyllic rural community. He takes on an oil firm who are setting up locally, with disastrous consequences for his family, setting up a revenge plotline that plays out over the ten parts. Hendricks (“Mad Men”) plays a lobbyist working for the oil firm.
“We are thrilled to be adding ‘Tin Star’ to Prime Video in the U.S. this fall,” said »
- Stewart Clarke
‘Arrested Development’ Season Five Will Be a Very Bluth Murder Mystery
“The central spine of that story of is the death of Liza Minnelli’s character, and a bit of whodunit,” Bateman told Entertainment Weekly Radio. “That’s sort of a central thread around which [creator Mitch Hurwitz] is going to braid in all the colorful plot complications that he knows how to do.”
Read More‘Arrested Development’ Will Officially Return To Netflix For Season 5
Fans will recall that the fourth season ended with Lucille’s death, which appeared to be a murder. The show’s first season on Netflix after a long hiatus, the fourth season took a turn by telling each episode from a different character’s perspective, which received mixed reviews. Bateman opened up about the fourth season’s structural issues: »
- Jude Dry
John Boyega Slams ‘Game of Thrones’ For Lack of Diversity: ‘There Are No Black People’
“There are no black people on ‘Game of Thrones.’ You don’t see one black person in ‘Lord of the Rings,'” Boyega said in a recent interview with GQ. “I ain’t paying money to always see one type of person on-screen. Because you see different people from different backgrounds, different cultures, every day. Even if you’re a racist, you have to live with that. We can ruffle up some feathers.”
- Jude Dry
TV Rating: ‘Big Brother,’ ‘Zoo’ Hold Steady for CBS Thursday Win
Airing at 9 p.m., “Big Brother” averaged a 1.8 rating in adults 18-49 and 5.9 million viewers. At 10, “Zoo” averaged a 0.6 and 2.9 million viewers, with both shows holding steady from their airings last week.
On NBC, “Hollywood Game Night” (0.9, 2.9 million) suffered a drop in total viewers but was even in the demo. “The Wall” (1.1, 5 million) was also down in total viewers. “The Night Shift” (0.7, 4.2 million) was even at 10.
On ABC, “Boy Band” (0.5, 2.3 million) hit a new low in total viewers. “Battle of the Network Stars” (0.7, 2.5 million) was even, while “The Gong Show” (0.6, 2.7 million) took a hit in the key demo.
Fox’s “Beat Shazam” (0.8, 2.8 million) was down in the demo, while “Love Connection” (0.7, 2.3 million) improved in that measure.
“Penn & Teller: Fool Us” (0.4, 1.8 million) was even on The CW, as was “Hooten and the Lady” (0.2, 1 million).
CBS topped »
- Joe Otterson
Remote Controlled: Nicole Kidman on ‘Big Little Lies’ — ‘I Didn’t Realize How Disturbing It Was Going to Be’
Welcome to “Remote Controlled,” a podcast from Variety featuring the best and brightest in television, both in front of and behind the camera.
The project began because she and Reese Witherspoon, both of whom would ultimately serve as executive producers, weren’t finding enough compelling, complex roles to play. “This was born of Reese and I feeling frustrated that we weren’t being offered the roles that we wanted,” she says. “We were reading things and they just weren’t enough. So this was born out of not having an opportunity, and we got lucky. We were able to make it happen.”
Kidman says the first sense she got that the series was a success came from watching the episodes with her own husband. “When he started to say, ‘When does the next one get here?' »
- Debra Birnbaum
And the Title of American Horror Story Season 7 Is...
After sharing a multitude of teases for American Horror Story's seventh season -- ranging from bees to clowns to intriguing dye jobs -- producer Ryan Murphy finally revealed the title. So without further adieu, get ready for American Horror Story: Cult.
Clues were first teased at San Diego Comic-Con »
- Sadie Gennis
‘Defenders’: Marvel Series Makes Debut at Comic-Con with New Trailer (Watch)
Marvel and Netflix presented a surprise premiere of episode one of “The Defenders” Friday at Comic-Con in San Diego.
Thirty minutes into what was a panel for the show, Marvel head of television Jeph Loeb announced that the full episode would be screened. Loeb and the show’s executive producers and cast then exited the stage, and the episode began screening.
They also unveiled a new trailer for the show, which premieres globally on Netflix Aug. 18. The series brings together characters from Netflix’s four preceding Marvel superhero shows — “Daredevil,” “Jessica Jones,” “Luke Cage,” and “Iron Fist” — for the first time in order to save New York City.
- Daniel Holloway
5 Disturbing but Important Movies about Adolescence
Adolescence is a very confusing time in a kid’s life. It’s that transition point when you’re not yet an adult but you’re pretty far from being a child any longer. You want independence but chances are you’re not really ready to be out on your own. While your parents are busy stepping from one foot to the next trying to anticipate your next move you’re just trying to survive through each day without going completely nuts. Then, sometimes, you figure out that going nuts is just what you need to do. Sometimes it’s the only way to get back to
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‘The Defenders’: Cinematic Episode 1 Premieres at Comic-Con in Marvel Panel Full of Surprises
Marvel likes to catch people off guard, which it more than did today at Comic-Con with its highly anticipated event series “The Defenders.” After a short panel moderated by executive producer Jeph Loeb, featuring the massive cast of the Marvel crossover event, the actors “goaded” him into screening the first full episode of the series, which premieres August 18 on Netflix.
Before the screening, Loeb announced that “Iron Fist” was renewed for Season 2, and brought out “The Punisher” star Jon Bernthal to preview a clip from the upcoming “Daredevil” spinoff, one which featured Frank Castle in full-on vengeance mode, with no shortage of blood spilt.
“Frank’s very much in my heart,” Bernthal said. “I’m eternally grateful to get another crack at him.
Then, it was “Defenders” time. Developed by »
- Liz Shannon Miller
Alan Tudyk and Nathan Fillion's Web Series Con Man Gets TV Home on Syfy
The announcement was made on Friday evening during Syfy’s “Con Man: Cons and Fandom Culture” panel at San Diego Comic-Con, by creator, star and moderator Tudyk.
Psych Video: Dulé Hill and James Roday Tease Reunion Movie (Who's In It? What Isn't? Where Is C.C. Capwell?)
At least, that’s probably how Hill would frame what went down in TVLine’s Comic-Con interview suite, where he and Roday came to talk up the December TV-movie that brought together pretty much all of the USA Network series’ cast. With one small caveat.
RelatedPsych Revival Enlists New Love Interest for Gus
After all, fan-favorite Timothy Omundson suffered a stroke in late April, just as production on the movie was ramping up. »
Five Movies That Truly Capture the Culture of Los Angeles
Los Angeles is a unique city. It’s filled with cultures of all types and has been a very popular location for so long that many people have accepted it’s many different ups and downs. Being such a big city it definitely has its charm, but there are factors that serve as detractors as well. A place this big is bound to have a few issues now and again, and La has had more than it’s fair share of problems in the past. Overall though it is a city of wonders and a place where many people come to make their
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‘Twin Peaks’: David Lynch’s Short Film, The Cast Reacts to Dougie, and More Highlights From Comic-Con
And, as you can imagine, it was beyond words. But since the short film has yet to be released, we’ll try to do it justice.
Lynch’s message never got past a simple greeting — “Good afternoon ladies and gentleman” — but he made the most of a static camera in a dark room. Pointed at the director sitting in a wooden chair, Lynch kept getting distracted by action offscreen.
First, someone walked out a door and fell, presumably, to his death. Then Lynch showed off a clinched hand holding a golf ball Lynch described as “the last golf ball O.J. Simpson hit before going into prison in Nevada” before the camera cut out. When it started up again, a horse, a gun, »
- Ben Travers
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