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BBC America is breaking into the original programming game with a period drama titled Copper, the network announced Thursday morning at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills.
The series centers on a young Irish police officer who lives in New York City in the 1860s. He'll have to learn to navigate the various communities, ranging from the Irish of the Five Points neighborhood to Manhattan high society to the nascent black community in Harlem.
Karen Gillan and Matt Smith
The Doctor Who panel at Comic-Con offered the opportunity for fans to get a taste of what's to come when the show returns to BBC America on Saturday, Aug. 27 at 9/8c.
Before debuting the show's new trailer — which teases the returning episode "Let's Kill Hitler," among others — series stars Matt Smith and Karen Gillan gave a few behind-the-scenes insights into what it's like to play the time-travelling Doctor and his companion...
News bloopers! They are so fun! Even when they're as dry as this one (via Mediaite), featuring writer and man-about-the-intellect Michael Wolff, who's mistakenly thrown to for a BBC story on Roger Clemens' trial. After blinking quizzically when introduced as Ben Walker, the baseball editor for the Associated Press, the anchor assumes that his beamed-in guest can't hear him. Then Wolff chimes in...
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Rejoice! The BBC has ordered 14 new episodes of Doctor Who starring Matt Smith, The Guardian reports. But only the Time Lord may know when they'll air.
It's not clear exactly when the episodes will be scheduled, but a "good chunk" of them will air in 2012 , a BBC spokesman told the paper. "The new commission is a big commitment, not many other shows have such a commitment so far in advance. We do not know yet how many will air in 2012," the spokesman said.
The Doctor's invasion of America has paid off.
The premiere of the new season of Doctor Who -- the first time the Time Lord filmed on American soil -- drew nearly 1.27 million viewers for BBC America on Saturday, making it the channel's highest-rated, most-watched telecast ever for live and same day viewing.
Doctor Who star Matt Smith says the show's new season will push boundaries with its storytelling. But it's pushing geographic boundaries as well.
For the first time, some of the adventures of the Doctor and his companions — River Song (Alex Kingston) and married couple Amy (Karen Gillan) and Rory (Arthur Darvill) — were filmed in America.
Elisabeth Sladen, who played one of the most popular Doctor Who companions in the franchise's history, has died. She was 63.
"It is with much sadness that we can announce Elisabeth Sladen, the much-loved actress best known for her role as Sarah Jane Smith in Doctor Who and CBBC's The Sarah Jane Adventures, passed away this morning," a BBC spokesman said Tuesday.
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Even for a busy summer, this is one hectic TV weekend. (And that's true even if you're not at Comic-Con.) It kicks off with Starz's The Pillars of the Earth (see review here), a throwback to the classic historical-epic miniseries, and continues Saturday as the latest reboot of BBC America's Doctor Who comes to a spectacular season finish while making room for a new season of the offbeat Being Human. And the jewel in the crown: AMC's Mad Men, returning Sunday for a fourth season in sensational form.
Some thoughts follow...