TV Review: DOCTOR WHO – Series 8 – “Listen”

Peter Capaldi in DOCTOR WHO - Series 8 - "Listen" | ©2014 BBC/BBC Worldwide/Adrian Rogers

Stars: Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Samuel Anderson Writer: Steven Moffat Director: Douglas Mckinnon   Original Telecast: September 13, 2014 Network: BBC America Steven Moffat is a master of the DOCTOR WHO scare episode. He has a unique ability to create new foes for The Doctor that make your hackles go up, and make you want to hide behind the couch the same way you did when you were a kid watching the classic WHO serial “The Brain of Morbius.” First he gave us the Weeping Angels in “Blink”. Then we had to contend with the Vashta Nerada in “Silence in …Read On »

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BBC America executive Richard De Croce on DOCTOR WHO, ORPHAN BLACK and more – Exclusive Interview

Clara (Jenna Coleman), Robin (Tom Riley), and the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) in DOCTOR WHO - Series 8 - "Robot of Sherwood" | ©2014 BBC/BBC Worldwide/Adrian Rogers

BBC America’s senior vice-president of programming Richard De Croce has been with the network for nearly ten years. De Croce, who is American himself, is very upbeat about BBCA’s many recent successes, including the acclaim for and popularity of ORPHAN BLACK and the worldwide clamor for the new season of DOCTOR WHO. He’s also enthused about new series such as the science-fiction thriller INTRUDERS, currently airing Saturdays at 10 PM (just after DOCTOR WHO), and the upcoming spy thriller THE GAME. At a party thrown by BBC America for the Television Critics Association, De Croce talks about the whys and …Read On »

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TV Review: DOCTOR WHO – Series 8 – “Robot of Sherwood”

A robot in DOCTOR WHO - Series 8 - "Robot of Sherwood" | ©2014 BBC/BBC Worldwide/Adrian Rogers

Stars: Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Tom Riley, Ben Miller Writer: Mark Gatiss Director: Paul Murphy   Original Telecast: September 6, 2014 Network: BBC America “Robot of Sherwood” is the third adventure in this new season/ series of DOCTOR WHO, and now we’re really picking up steam as far as seeing who this new Doctor (Peter Capaldi) is. We’ve had bits and pieces of his personality and his idiosyncratic routines in the past couple of episodes, but this one really feels like we’re getting a solid look at The Doctor as he is now. The basic premise of this episode is …Read On »

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INTRUDERS actor John Simm on the new BBC America series – Exclusive Interview

John Simm in INTRUDERS - Season 1 | ©2014 BBC America/Cate Cameron

In the new BBC America series INTRUDERS, John Simm plays Jack Whelan, whose wife Amy (Mira Sorvino) begins acting very strangely, then disappears completely. Jack’s search for Amy leads him to some very strange phenomena. The series has been adapted from Michael Marshall Smith’s novel by Glen Morgan (of THE X-FILES and FINAL DESTINATION), who is also the show runner and one of INTRUDERS’ executive producers. This is Simm’s first job in the U.S. and his first American character. Originally from Yorkshire and raised in Lancashire, he’s a U.K. film and television veteran, with leading roles in the miniseries STATE …Read On »

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TV Review: DOCTOR WHO – Series 8 – “Into the Dalek”

Peter Capaldi as The Doctor vs. the Dalek in DOCTOR WHO - Series 8 | ©2014 BBC/BBC Worldwide/Ray Burmiston

Stars: Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Zawe Ashton, Michael Smiley, Samuel Anderson, Nicholas Briggs Writer: Steven Moffat & Phil Ford Director: Ben Wheatley  Original Telecast: August 30, 2014 Network: BBC America The first episode of DOCTOR WHO where a new regeneration of The Doctor is introduced is always a bit of a dicey phase. The Doctor is never really who is he is going to be with his new face, and you kind of have to get around all of the more unstable parts of his personality post regeneration. The second episode following a regeneration is typically where we really get …Read On »

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TV Review: DOCTOR WHO Series 8 Premiere Cinema Experience – “Deep Breath”

Peter Capaldi in DOCTOR WHO - Series 8 - "Deep Breath" | ©2014 BBC/BBC Worldwide/Ray Burmiston

Stars: Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Neve McIntosh, Catrin Stewart, Dan Starkey Writer: Steven Moffat Director: Ben Wheatley Original Telecast: August 23, 2014 Network: BBC America & in select cinemas At Christmas time Whovians were given their first look at the 12th (or, erm, maybe 13th or 14th?) Doctor, Peter Capaldi. As the newly regenerated Timelord stumbled around the control room of his TARDIS and asked his companion Clara (Jenna Coleman) if she had any idea how to fly the time and space ship. That was it. That was all. There were a handful of photographs released, and yes there was …Read On »

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DEFIANCE show runner Kevin Murphy talks Season 2 – Part 1 – Exclusive

Jesse Rath as Alak Tarr in DEFIANCE | © 2014 Ben Mark Holzberg/Syfy

DEFIANCE, now in its second season on Syfy Channel, concerns an Earth approximately thirty-five years after seven different types of aliens, known collectively as the Votan, crash-landed on Earth. The Votan have issues with each other, as well as with humans, who – as always – also have issues with one another. At the same time the TV series DEFIANCE began airing, Trion launched its online videogame DEFIANCE, which has story and characters that synch up at various points with the show. This poses a unique challenge for both the TV creative staff and the videogame personnel. DEFIANCE executive producer/co-creator/show …Read On »

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THE STRAIN creator Guillermo del Toro on his new nasty vamp series

Jack Kesy as Gabriel Bolivar in THE STRAIN | © 2014 Michael Gibson/FX

FX’s new series THE STRAIN, Sundays at 10 PM, brings horror back to the vampire mythology. Forget the charmers of TRUE BLOOD, BEING HUMAN, et al, or even Bela Lugosi – these things are hideous, terrifying and breeding like Ebola virus. Worse, they’re in New York City. Center for Disease Control researchers Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll) and Nora Martinez (Mia Maestro) want to combat the plague, but so far aren’t sure how to do so; pawn shop owner Abraham Setrakian (David Bradley), who’s had experience with the creatures before, and city exterminator Vasily Fet (Kevin Durand) may have some ideas. …Read On »

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THE HUNGER GAMES CATCHING FIRE Highlights this week in Blu-ray, DVD and VOD Releases

THE HUNGER GAMES CATCHING FIRE | THE LAST DAYS ON MARS | © 2014 Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Your time is short. We know this. So in order to expedite your buying and Netflix decision making, we provide you with a list of the cool and not-so-cool titles coming out for movies, television and everything in-between. So put your feet up, grab some popcorn and check out this week’s selections. Movies: THE HUNGER GAMES CATCHING FIRE – Hard not to highlight the sequel to THE HUNGER GAMES as the title of the week considering it was one of the largest grossing movies of 2013. The second adaptation to Suzanne Collin’s trilogy amps up the action big time as …Read On »

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Interview: SHERLOCK co-creator Steven Moffat is on the case for Season 3

Benedict Cumberbatch stars in SHERLOCK on PBS | © 2014 PBS

  SHERLOCK is back on the case in his third season on PBS, Sunday at 10 PM, albeit too briefly for most fans – this Sunday’s episode, the third of the current series, is also the season finale. With Benedict Cumberbatch as the famous detective who faked his own death at the end of last season and Martin Freeman as the often irate but loyal and smart Dr. John Watson, series creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss’ present-day take on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s London sleuth has its viewers begging for more. Moffat is in attendance for a Q&A held …Read On »

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