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Deborah Watling, ‘Doctor Who’ Companion, Dies at 69

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Deborah Watling, the British actress who played the first companion on “Doctor Who,” has died after a short battle with cancer. She was 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. »


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‘Iron Fist’ Renewed for Season 2 at Netflix

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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 »


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Charlize Theron to Guest Star on Seth MacFarlane’s Sci-Fi Series ‘The Orville’

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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 … »


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‘The Gifted’ Won’t Cross Over With ‘X-Men’ Films, ‘Legion’

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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. »


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‘Scrubs’ Creator Bill Lawrence’s Plane Crashes in East River, No Injuries Reported

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Scrubs” creator Bill Lawrence was aboard a seaplane that crashed in New York City’s East River on Friday afternoon.

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. »


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‘Westworld’ Season 2 Casts Neil Jackson and Jonathan Tucker

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The “Westworld” Season 2 cast continues to grow. Neil Jackson and Jonathan Tucker have joined the show as a series regular and recurring cast member respectively, HBO announced Friday.

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

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Chris Hardwick Leads Comic-Con Moment of Silence for ‘Walking Dead’ Stuntman John Bernecker

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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

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Amazon US Streaming Deal for Sky’s Tim Roth, Christina Hendricks Series ‘Tin Star’

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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.

Rowan Joffe (“28 Weeks Later”) created ‘Tin Star,’ which is made by Endemol Shine-owned U.K. producer Kudos.

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

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‘Arrested Development’ Season Five Will Be a Very Bluth Murder Mystery

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Arrested Development” star Jason Bateman has revealed the fifth season’s plot will revolve around solving the murder of Liza Minelli’s character Lucille Austero, also known as Lucille Two.

“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: »


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John Boyega Slams ‘Game of Thrones’ For Lack of Diversity: ‘There Are No Black People’

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John Boyega, who shot to fame with his role as defector Storm Trooper Finn in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” minces no words when discussing Hollywood’s race problem.

“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.”

Much has been made of the racial politics of “Game of Thrones” following controversy around this week’s announcement of “Confederate,” the next project from creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. »


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TV Rating: ‘Big Brother,’ ‘Zoo’ Hold Steady for CBS Thursday Win

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New episodes of “Big Brother” and “Zoo” helped carry CBS to a win in the Thursday overnight ratings, according to Nielsen data.

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).

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Remote Controlled: Nicole Kidman on ‘Big Little Lies’ — ‘I Didn’t Realize How Disturbing It Was Going to Be’

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Welcome to “Remote Controlled,” a podcast from Variety featuring the best and brightest in television, both in front of and behind the camera.

In today’s episode, Variety’s executive editor of TV Debra Birnbaum talks with “Big Little Lies” star Nicole Kidman.

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

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And the Title of American Horror Story Season 7 Is...

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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 »


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‘Defenders’: Marvel Series Makes Surprise Premiere at Comic-Con

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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.

Loeb also on Friday presented first look footage of upcoming series “The Punisher.” The executive also announced that Netflix has renewed another of Marvel’s series, “Iron Fist,” for a second season.

The Defenders” 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.

The series stars Charlie Cox, Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter, and Finn Jones. Additional cast members include Academy-Award nominated actress Sigourney Weaver, Elodie Yung »


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Outlander @ Comic-Con: Secrets From the 'Surprising' Season 3 Premiere

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The Outlander cast and crew brought their fans the ultimate gift during the show’s Comic-Con panel on Friday: a preview of the entire Season 3 premiere.

VideosOutlander Cast, Author Talk Jamie-Claire Reunion (And All the Heartache That Precedes It)

TVLine has highlights from the screening and what to expect beyond the hour:

* The episode kicks off on the battlefield at Culloden, with dead bodies littered everywhere. The big confrontation between Jamie and Black Jack is “surprising” and might not be “what people expect,” star Tobias Menzies teased.

* Claire and Jamie are “apart for a lot of this season,” leading man Sam Heughan confessed. »


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Descendants 2 Director Breaks Down the Final Battle: What Does It Mean for Mal and Uma? (Plus, Grade the Movie)

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Warning: This interview reveals the ending of Descendants 2. If you don’t want to be spoiled, make like the villains and get lost.

If you just finished watching the premiere of Disney Channel’s Descendants 2, you’re probably thinking three things: (1) This was so much better than the first movie. (2) China Anne McClain is a gift unto us all. (3) And that final battle was quite possibly the craziest thing I’ve ever seen. For the sake of this article, let’s focus on that third one.

Following a flurry of plots, threats and Hamilton-inspired fight songs, the movie »


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Here Are 27 Questions We Asked While Watching Descendants 2

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The offspring of your favorite Disney villains and heroes are back for more singing and frenetic dancing in Descendants 2, the follow up to the 2015 musical.

As Evie (Sofia Carson), Carlos (Cameron Boyce) and Jay (BooBoo Stewart) continue to adjust to life in Auradon, Mal (Dove Cameron) struggles

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‘Vikings’ Gets Trailer & Season Premiere Date – Comic-Con

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Vikings will sail back to TV with a two-hour Season 5 premiere on Wednesday, November 29, History said at San Diego Comic-Con today. The network also unveiled a new trailer for the season. Jonathan Rhys Meyers (The Tudors) is an addition to the cast as Bishop Heahmund, joining series regulars Katheryn Winnick, Gustaf Skarsgård, Alexander Ludwig and Alex Høgh Andersen. “A civil war can only bring tragedy,” says one of the Vikings during the trailer, and the Season 5… »

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Vikings Season 5 Gets Premiere Date, Trailer Teasing 'The End of Our World'

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History’s Vikings not only announced a Season 5 premiere date at the San Diego Comic-Con, it also released a typically intense trailer that warns of A) a war between brothers, B) a civil war and, for good measure, C) no less than “the end of of world” (as Lagertha puts it).

RelatedCable/Streaming Scorecard: What’s Renewed? What’s Cancelled?

Returning Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 9/8c with a two-hour premiere, Vikings‘ new run features Jonathan Rhys Meyers (The Tudors) as Bishop Heahmund, joining series regulars Katheryn Winnick, Gustaf Skarsgård, Alexander Ludwig and Alex Høgh Andersen.

Related Olivia Munn Joins History’s Six

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The Vikings Season 5 Trailer Pits Brother Against Brother

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We finally have our first look at Vikings Season 5!

History dropped the trailer for the new season during the Vikings panel at San Diego Comic-Con on Friday, when they also revealed that the drama would return with a two-hour season premiere on Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 9/8c.

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