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Captain Jack coming to Wisteria Lane

by Allison Waldman, posted Jan 30th 2010 1:00PM
john_barrowman_torchwood_headshotRemember way back in July 2009? Of course you don't, but thank goodness for search engines. You see, on July 31st of last year, Bob wrote about a Torchwood character going to Wisteria Lane. Now, it's happening. John Barrowman will be appearing on Desperate Housewives. Captain Jack Harkness will be playing a villain, stirring up trouble for the ladies of the neighborhood.

Barrowman is expected to leave England in March to come to Los Angeles to begin filming. He'll appear on screen in April, and he's there for a mini-arc, at least five episodes. And he will be playing a malevolent man, i.e. a villain.

Ausiello reports that he's going to be involved with Angie's story. How will he impact on the Bolens, who are already brimming with angst and drama? Doesn't sound like it will be a positive impact.

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Review: Doctor Who - The End of Time, Part 2

by Brad Trechak, posted Jan 2nd 2010 10:00PM
Doctor WhoSo who cried at the end? I cried my eyes out.

It's very difficult to write about this episode without using any kind of spoiler. Excellent performances all around with a little more credit going to David Tennant for his final bow. They also broke out the remainder of the special effects budget for this one, probably spending more on this episode alone that an entire season of William Hartnell's era. There were also surprises galore along with some familiar faces at the end. Anybody that accuses me of spoiling the fact that this is Tennant's final episode has not been reading this site for the past six months.

Real spoilers follow ...

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Davies has a map for Torchwood

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 20th 2009 3:11PM
Torchwood MagazineEarlier this month, we asked you if you wanted a season four of Torchwood. Early responses seemed to say yes, and then we got deluged with people who were fed up with their favorite characters dying and who weren't entirely impressed with the Torchwood: Children of Earth mini-series that was season three.

Well, there is going to be a season four, and Torchwood Magazine got the scoop (Dammit! How'd they manage that?). According to the magazine, Torchwood creator and writer Russell T. Davies already has several storylines worked out, and knows what happens to the characters that did survive seasons two and three. He's not sure if it will be another mini-series or a 13-episode season, but he does know what he'd include.

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Do you want a Torchwood Season Four? A few fans speak...

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 8th 2009 1:00PM
TorchwoodA couple of weeks removed from the American showing of Torchwood: Children of Earth, the mini-series that served as the Dr. Who spinoff's third season, I am still thinking about what a season four would look like. I've been a fan of the show since the first series, and I have liked the Torchwood team and admired the writing.

But the ending of Children of Earth complicated things. At the end of season two, two major characters died, then COE killed off another. The immortal, normally untouchable Captain Jack Harkness had been compromised to the point where he had to leave the planet, and Gwen was pregnant and happily married. So what would a fourth season even look like?

I would hate to see Torchwood: Baby Boomer, with Gwen balancing the baby with fighting aliens, and all the clichés that come with the balancing-a-job-and-motherhood plots from movies and television past. But then, series creator and writer Russell T. Davies has done a fantastic job of avoiding the predictable, so I'd be willing to take that leap of faith to see what he comes up with. And Davies is already on record as saying that Captain Jack is "fundamental to Torchwood."

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Seven of TV's best replacements

by Nick Zaino, posted Feb 20th 2009 3:05PM
Law & OrderIt's hard to see beloved characters leave your favorite shows. You have created a bond with them, perhaps even projected their values onto yourself in an effort to raise the self esteem you had before, say, you fell down the Law & Order rabbit hole and started to believe the shows were actual news and not just "ripped from the headlines." But change is inevitable, and sometimes, it works out. Here are a few that worked (at least for me).

1. Current cast of Law & Order: I know, I know, who could replace Lenny Briscoe? No one, really. But the current pairing of Anthony Anderson and Jeremy Sisto as NYPD partners is the best the series has produced. They changed the feel of the show. Perhaps because we're still getting to know them, they are less predictable then previous tandems, and both evoke a certain hard-nosed quality that seems a bit more gritty and real. Plus, Anderson has chops as a stand-up comic, and could easily fill the wisecracker role, if need be.

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Five boxed sets for Valentine's Day

by Nick Zaino, posted Feb 10th 2009 10:03AM
Beauty and the BeastValentine's Day is on a Saturday this year, so why not eschew the whole dinner and a night out routine for a day in from the cold watching TV boxed sets on DVD? What better gift is there than an entire day of laziness catching up on those boxed sets you got for Christmas and have had no time to watch? But choose carefully. No one can take a whole day of Rock of Love or Matlock.

Beauty and the Beast: The Complete Series - A tolerable "chick flick" type series, you can probably get away with watching just the first two seasons, before Linda Hamilton left and her character was killed off. And once your significant other gets used to the idea of Ron Perlman in Beast make-up, maybe you can convince her to watch Hellboy with you.

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Michelle Ryan might be Doctor Who's next companion

by Mike Moody, posted Jan 21st 2009 3:02PM
Michelle RyanI wasn't a big fan of NBC's Bionic Woman remake. The best thing about it – besides Katee Sackhoff's guest turn – was star Michelle Ryan. The English actress not only looked the part, but her performance sometimes managed to make the show feel richer and more complex than it actually was. So I was happy to hear that she might play the new Doctor's companion on Doctor Who.

"Michelle's been in secret talks with BBC bosses," a source told the UK's Sunday Mirror. "They are likely to announce her as Doctor Who's new assistant very soon. She is perfect for the role. She is good looking and the right age to star alongside Matt (Smith). Everyone agrees they look great together and reckon fans will think they're the perfect team, too."

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Top TV Stories of 2008: Star departures - VIDEOS

by Mike Moody, posted Dec 24th 2008 10:02AM
csi william peterson

William Peterson is out and Lawrence Fishburne is in. That's the plan, anyway, over at CSI central.

Peterson's decision to say goodbye to CSI was one of the big stories of 2008. The actor's onscreen phase-out started earlier this month with the introduction of Laurence Fishburne as Dr. Raymond Langston, but he's not really saying goodbye. Peterson will remain on the hit CBS show as an executive producer and will likely appear as a guest star in future episodes. His final ep airs January 15.

Since CSI is one of those ever-lasting franchises, like Law & Order, I wouldn't rule out a complete return for Peterson a few years from now. Maybe he'll spin-off another show. I'm sure fans wouldn't mind seeing CSI: The Gil Grissom Chronicles.

Me, I don't really care. I don't watch CSI (I guess I'm not that intrigued by forensic science). So let's talk about the 2008 TV star departures that meant something to me.

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Doctor Who: Tooth and Claw

by Martin Conaghan, posted Apr 24th 2006 9:17AM
Rose Tyler - Doctor Who(S02E02) If there was any doubt in my mind last week about David Tennant's ability to occupy the role of The Doctor, it vanished completely with this week's episode Tooth and Claw.

Additionally, the weak start set down by last week's series opener was washed away with this fantastic tale of a werewolf stalking the Scottish highlands and included barrel-loads of in-jokes and subtle Doctor Who references.

This is really where Doctor Who -- and the BBC -- excel; period drama, carried off by quality actors, in lavishly-decorated sets and sumptuous locations. If the weaker episodes tend to be based in the future, the best ones are most definitely based in the past.

Warning: spoilers after the jump.

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Doctor Who: Dalek

by Richard Keller, posted Apr 15th 2006 12:33AM

The Ninth Doctor on Sci-Fi Channel(S01E06) All right, let's get this out of the way so we can proceed with the review. Here we go . . .

I didn't like Tom Baker as the fourth Doctor. Call it blasphemy, call it satanical, but I just didn't get the vibe with Baker as I did with some of the other doctors such as Jon Pertwee (third Doctor), Peter Davison (fifth Doctor) and Sylvester McCoy (seventh Doctor). Maybe it was the scarf.

Having said that, I am really enjoying these new Dr. Who adventures that are appearing on the Sci-Fi Channel while their normal Friday night schedule is taking a hiatus. To paraphrase... it's not your father's (or grandfather's) Dr. Who. While there are some occasional cheesy aliens and special effects, this version of the show is definitely the one of the most slickly produced in the series' 43-year history.

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Doctor Who series 2 previews

by Martin Conaghan, posted Apr 12th 2006 10:34AM
Doctor WhoPreviews for the new series of Doctor Who have started appearing on BBC ONE in the U.K., mixing footage from the interactive television special Attack of the Graske with segments from the forthcoming series.

You can catch the trailer in Real Media at the official Doctor Who website, in addition to some 'TARDISODES' for your mobile phone (UK only) and a look at the Sisters of Plenitude, cat-like nuns who will appear in the opening episode New Earth.

This week's Radio Times magazine also features a gate-fold sleeve with The Doctor and his assistant Rose Tyler on the front, plus numerous other supporting characters from the new series, including the return of Tom Baker's assistant Sarah Jane Smith (Elisabeth Sladen) and the robot dog K9.

The 16-page special gives enthusiasts a sneak preview of almost every episode in the new series, and some insights into David Tennant's incarnation of The Doctor (he often wears spectacles and varies the order of the buttons fastened on his suit jacket in every episode).

Check back here on Saturday night for a review of New Earth.

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Doctor Who and The Christmas Invasion reviewed

by Martin Conaghan, posted Dec 26th 2005 9:02AM
Doctor WhoFollowing a long wait since the departure of Christopher Eccleston from the title role of Doctor Who, viewers in the U.K. have been waiting patiently to find out if the hype and build-up to the Christmas special lived up to expectations -- especially the full introduction of Scots actor David Tennant as the 10th Doctor.

Well, I watched The Christmas Invasion last night, sitting on the couch stuffed full of turkey, and I can honestly say it ranks amongst the best 60 minutes of television on the BBC all year.

It had everything: maniacal Santas, invading aliens, a hard-nosed Prime Minister and The Doctor fighting a sword-battle in his pyjamas. Oh, and it was funny too.

Warning: Spoilers after the jump.
 

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