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Inside Peter Capaldi's Wild First Season of Doctor Who

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Peter Capaldi remembers the car that came to his London home last August to drive him to the live TV special that revealed him to be Doctor Who's newest star. Because it only took him to a parking lot. "Like in a cheap British spy movie, I was dropped off and told to wait for another car to pick me up," says the actor, whose first full episode in the title role is the Season 8 premiere, airing August 23. "Then I was put in the backseat, covered in a blanket, and taken away to become the Doctor. This is a true story."

Here's the thing about Doctor Who: Its hero is a time-traveling alien (species: Time Lord) who periodically regenerates into a whole new being. Many actors have portrayed the "numbered" Docs — First... read more

CW Sets Finale Dates for Vampire Diaries, Supernatural and More

Paul Wesley, Nina Dobrev

The CW announced finale dates for all of its current series Wednesday, includingThe Vampire Diaries and Supernatural.

The Vampire Diaries will finish out its season on Thursday, May 15, two days after its spin-off The Originals ends its freshman run. Supernatural's Season 9 finale will air the following Tuesday, May 20.

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The CW Orders Holy Grail-Inspired Miniseries, Two New Reality Series

Jessica Brown Findlay

The CW is on the hunt for the Holy Grail.

The network has ordered a four-hour miniseries, titled Labyrinth, that follows two women — one in modern-day France and the other in medieval France — who are united in their search for the Grail.

An adaptation of Kate Mosse's best-selling novel of the same name, Labyrinth stars Downton Abbey alum Jessica Brown-Findlay as Alaïs, a 17-year-old in the year... read more

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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FX Orders Guillermo del Toro, Carlton Cuse Drama The Strain

The Strain

FX has given a 13-episode order for The Strain from Guillermo del Toro,Carlton Cuse and author Chuck Hogan, the network announcedTuesday.

The drama is based on the vampire novel trilogy of the same name written by del Toro and Hogan, who co-wrote the pilot, which del Toro will also direct. The series will star Corey Stoll as Dr. Ephraim Goodweather, the head of the Center for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City. When a viral outbreak of ancient vampirism begins to spread, Eph, his team and a group of average New Yorkers will fight for humanity's future.

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Inside Doctor Who's 50th Anniversary Special

Dr. Who

Can you keep a secret? Probably not as well as Doctor Who executive producer Steven Moffat's two sons, Joshua, 13, and Louis, 11. These days, nearly every television producer, director, writer, actor and caterer is apprehensive about revealing details and plot points from unaired episodes of their shows. But Moffat is the master. He even gave one of the series' characters the catchphrase "No spoilers." He purposely misleads the press. "I lied my arse off," Moffat told 6,500 attendees at this year's San Diego Comic-Con regarding the content of an upcoming episode. He also runs a tight spaceship: Nondisclosure agreements are as ubiquitous as silver alien masks on the British science-fiction show's set.

Joshua, however, is the first to... read more

VIDEO: Watch the First Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Trailer

Matt Smith, David Tennant, John Hurt

The first trailer for the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special is a delightful trip through time.

The promo features glimpses at past Doctors and their companions, but no new footage from the upcoming episode. While details of the special are being kept tightly underwraps, it is known that Matt SmithDavid Tennant and John Hurt will all appear as The Doctor.

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FX Casts Billy Bob Thornton in Fargo Series; FXX Aims for Younger Viewers

Billy Bob Thornton

FX will drop in on Minnesota next spring.

The network has cast Oscar winner Billy Bob Thornton to star in its Fargo limited series, adapted from the 1996 award-winning movie of the same name by Joel and Ethan Coen, FX CEO John Landgraf announced at the Television Critics Association fall previews on Friday. "It will do justice too the classic Coen Brothers film," Landgraf said.

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John Hurt Joins FX's Vampire Thriller The Strain

John Hurt

John Hurt has joined the cast of The Strain, FX announced Monday.

Based on the best-selling vampire novel trilogy, the pilot is a high concept thriller about Dr. Ephraim "Eph" Goodweather (Corey Stoll), the head of the Center for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City.  He and his team investigate a... read more

Doctor Who Renewed for Season 8

Doctor Who

The BBC has renewed Doctor Who for an eighth season, the company announced in conjunction with Saturday's Season 7 finale.

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