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Weekend Playlist: Doctor Who and Other TV Legends (Burnett, Cosby), Plus: Red John!

Matt Smith, David Tennant

Who knew? Few could have foreseen the enduring success of Doctor Who given its inauspicious origins a half-century ago — a fascinating story of pluck, luck and imagination delightfully rendered in An Adventure in Space and Time, a new TV movie (Friday, 9/8c) airing as part of BBC America's 50th-anniversary Who celebration this weekend.

You don't have to be a Whovian to appreciate this jaunty re-creation of a simpler, scrappier time in TV history. A "year-ometer" (cute touch) dials back to 1963, when the staid BBC's brash new head of drama, Canadian showman Sydney Newman (a marvelously uncouth Brian Cox), greenlights a new sci-fi serial to appeal to kids and fickle sports fans. With a miniscule budget, an overheated "broom cupboard" of a studio and an edict of "no tin robots or BEM (bug-eyed monsters)," Newman appoints an unorthodox team to realize his vision: Verity Lambert (Call the Midwife's Jessica Raine), an ambitious pioneering female producer, and Waris Hussein (Sacha Dhawan), a novice Indian director.

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NBC's Hannibal: Not Just Another Serial Killer Show

Hugh Dancy, Laurence Fishburne, Mads Mikkelsen

In a year that's already given us Fox's The Following and A&E's Bates Motel, some might argue that we don't need another serial killer TV show. And they'd probably be right.

But NBC's Hannibal isn't just another serial killer show.

Spring Preview: Gets scoop on all the must-see new shows

Taking characters from the Thomas Harris novels that inspired a film series that includes Manhunter, The Silence of the Lambs and Red Dragon, executive producer Bryan Fuller (Wonderfalls, Pushing Daisies) has created a sophisticated drama that doesn't glorify the violence of mass murder but rather examines the toll that hunting serial killers takes on the minds and souls of those who hunt. In fact, even though the show is named after Dr. Hannibal Lecter, who was immortalized as one of the greatest pop culture villains of all time thanks to Anthony Hopkins' Oscar-winning portrayal, the series — at least initially — isn't entirely focused on the cannibal in the three-piece suit... read more

The Guide to Weekend TV: Syfy's Neverland, Michael J. Fox on The Good Wife and More!

Charlie Rowe

First, a few words about fairy tales, one of the more unexpectedly hot trends of this TV season ...
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Kiefer Sutherland to Make Broadway Debut

Kiefer Sutherland

Kiefer Sutherland will make his Broadway debut in That Championship Season, Playbill reports.

The 24 alum will play James Daley in a remake of the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning 1972 drama. The play is set in Scranton, Pa., and follows a team of high school basketball players who reunite on the anniversary of their winning game.

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Showtime Taps Cox, Whalley for Two New Series

Brian Cox and Joanne Whalley

Showtime has cast Brian Cox and Joanne Whalley in two upcoming series, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Cox, 64, will recur on The Big C as the father of... read more

Mega Buzz on Lost, CSI, NCIS, Fringe, Grey's & More

Matthew Fox (Lost), Liz Vassey (CSI) and Michael Weatherly (NCIS)

Every week, senior editors Matt Mitovich, Mickey O'Connor and Tim Molloy satisfy your need for TV scoop. Send all questions to mega_scoop@tvguide.com.

I miss seeing Jack and Juliet together on Lost. Is there anything to look forward to? — Maria
MATT: It's a good thing spring has sprung, because, I am sad to say, it looks like you won't have any "Jacket" to keep you warm. When I asked Elizabeth Mitchell about what's ahead for Juliet and Jack, she said, "We very rarely have anything to do together anymore, but we do have a few moments, and they are very rich and full." So get while the getting is good, 'shippers. 

Are CSI's Wendy and Hodges ever going to get more face time? Together? — Angelic
TIM: They will indeed. In a Battlestar-studded April episode, as they investigate a murder at a sci-fi convention, Wendy and Hodges discover their mutual love ... read more

Brian Cox Snags Two Roles on NBC

Brian Cox

Emmy winner Brian Cox has landed two major roles on NBC: the first to co-star opposite Katee Sackhoff on Dick Wolf-produced drama pilot Lost and Found, and the second is a juicy four-episode arc on the midseason drama series Kings.

As TVGuide.com reported previously, Lost and Found centers on Sackhoff's character... read more

At the Movies: X-Men Pair Go Trick-or-Treating

Per Variety, Brian Cox, Anna Paquin, Dylan Baker and Leslie Bibb will star in Trick 'r Treat, a Halloween-set, Bryan Singer-produced horror pic.... Per the Hollywood Reporter, Venezuelan actor Edgar Ramirez (Domino) will play a superkiller in The Bourne Ultimatum.... Alan Arkin, hot off the success of Little Miss Sunshine, is in talks to join Rendition, playing a senator who tries to help a pregnant woman (Reese Witherspoon) find her missing CIA analyst husband (Jake Gyllenhaal)..... Lionsgate has nabbed U.S. distribution rights to a live-action feature based on the Bratz dolls. Production starts in February, no casting has been announced. (Hurry, Mary-Kate and Ashley, hurry!) read more

Can you please share when ...

Question: Can you please share when HBO's awesome Deadwood will return? Any scoopage as well too, please.


Answer: Season 3 is debuting next summer, and try as I did to wrestle scoop out of Ian McShane (Swearengen) and Paula Malcomson (Trixie) at the Emmys last week, all they divulged was that Brian Cox was slated to start work as gay theater producer Jack Langrish the next morning, Sept. 19. "He's amazing," Malcomson raved. "And the writing for it is so great…. We need a gay man in Deadwood." Asked whether Swearengen will return to his pure evil ways after last season's detour to relative niceness, McShane said, "He's a mixture. He's not one thing or the other. But usually within the course of a scene he changes from one to the other. So, a kinder, gentler, more angry, v read more

WHEN IN ROME

HBO's $100 million swords-and-sandals drama Rome drew a respectable 3.8 million in its debut Sunday night. It marked the pay-cabler's best series premiere since March 2004, when Deadwood bowed with 5.8 million viewers. Speaking of Deadwood, actor Brian Cox has been cast as theater owner Jack Langrishe, the town's first openly gay citizen. What's that? Oh, Calamity Jane just corrected me: He's Deadwood's second openly gay citizen. Sorry 'bout that, Jane. read more

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