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The End of The Prisoner: Who Is No. 1?

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In the old and new versions of The Prisoner, Six wants Two to answer the burning question: Who is No. 1?

In AMC's updated six-part version of the '60s cult classic, an answer comes from a schoolgirl in Monday's Episode 3. Her rote response sounds as if it's had been drummed into her head:

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The paranormal drama about creepy spirits, dark unknowns and a psychic soccer mom who sees dead people does some strange channeling: Canceled by NBC, the show now rematerializes on CBS, completing a ghostly night on the Eye network. (Ghost Whisperer precedes the show.) In the Season 6 opener, Allison struggles through the aftermath of her brain surgery and its potential lasting impact on her life. This also being a crime drama, there's some bad-guy intrigue: A TV-station owner enlists Devalos and Scanlon to probe the purported stalking of his station's sportscaster — who also happens to be his wife. Natalie Zea and Pruitt Taylor Vince guest star.

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The Game Season 1 and Other Announced Releases

The Game - Season 1

New releases announced today, June 8:

Astro Boy (2003) - Volumes 1 through 5 will be coming out August 18

The Game - The 1st Season will be coming out September 1

The Prisoner - Complete Series (Blu-ray) will be coming out October 27

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Season 8 will be coming out September 1

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TV's Secret Agent and The Prisoner Star, Patrick McGoohan, Is Dead at 80

Patrick McGoohan

Two-time Emmy-award winning actor Patrick McGoohan, the star of TV hits Secret Agent and The Prisoner, has died. He was 80, and passed away in Santa Monica, Calif. after a brief illness, his family told the L.A. Times.

McGoohan was born in New York to Irish parents who returned to Ireland when he was several months old, and later settled in England.

His rise to fame in American pop culture began in 1961, when he starred as John Drake in CBS' British-produced Danger Man. In 1965, he reprised the role in Private Agent, an expansion of the show about a spy working for the English government.

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AMC's The Prisoner Adds New Inmates

Lennie James by Albert L. Ortega/

Following the recent announcement of Jim Caviezel and Ian McKellen as the stars of AMC's miniseries reimagining of the 1960s series The Prisoner, the network has named a few more actors it plans to lock up.Joining Caviezel's Number Six and McKellen's Number Two (insert childish joke here!) are Golden Globe-nominated actress Ruth Wilson (Jane Eyre, Capturing Mary) as Number 313, Hayley Atwell (Mansfield Park) as Number 41-5, Lennie James (Jericho) as Number 147 and Jamie Campbell-Bower (Sweeney Todd) as Number 11-12. The miniseries is updating the original — an espionage thriller set during the Cold War — to focus on security and surveillance while retaining the franchise's trademark socio-economic commentary. The six-part event is set to debut in 2009. — Adam BryantRelated:• Caviezel, McKellen Locked Up for AMC's The Prisoner• The Joy of 6: A First Look at the Return of The Prisoner• AMC to Set The Prisoner Free in 2008 read more

The Joy of 6: A First Look at the Return of The Prisoner

Patrick McGoohan in The Prisoner

If the words, "I am not a number, I am a free man!" make your heart all a-flutter, here's some happy news: Number 6 is coming back to TV in January ‘08. AMC, along with the U.K. companies Granada and Sky One, is reviving The Prisoner, the four-decade-old sci-fi cult favorite. "This is truly an iconic piece of television and will fit well side-by-side with the classic cinematic works of all time," Charlie Collier, the mostly movie network's executive vice president and general manager tells TV Guide. For those whose familiarity with TV incarcerations begins with Oz, The Prisoner is a British series about a former government operative who is drugged and taken to a surreal seaside village where everyone is monitored 24/7, no one can leave, an read more

AMC to Set The Prisoner Free in 2008

AMC has announced a spring 2007 production start for its remake of the 1960s series The Prisoner. The redo, targeted for a January 2008 debut, will feature a premise similar to the original, in which a man known only as Number Six finds himself trapped in "The Village" with others who also have no memory of their previous existence outside of civilization. Per Reuters, AMC is thinking a minimum of six to eight episodes, and will air the original series (which starred Patrick McGoohan) around the time of the remake's launch. read more

Lost Boss Tackles Star Trek Enterprise

J.J. Abrams (inset) has "incredible" plans for Star Trek.

J.J. Abrams, the man behind Lost, Alias and Mission: Impossible III, is about to add another sci-fi classic to his résumé. Paramount recently handed the 40-year-old writer-producer-director the reins to one of its most revered projects: the next Star Trek film. Abrams will produce the movie with Lost cocreator (and fellow Trekker) Damon Lindelof. Abrams recently called from his Pacific Palisades, California, home, where he was hanging with kids (and budding sci-fi fans) Henry, Gracie and baby August, to chat about sci-fi, the th read more

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