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Peter Jackson says he is still interested in directing an episode of 'Doctor Who' (and names his fee) -- EXCLUSIVE

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Peter Jackson has exclusively confirmed that he is still interested in directing an episode of Doctor Who. The Lord of the Rings filmmaker has also named his fee: a Dalek. The offer came in the course of Jackson’s appreciation of the British science fiction show that appears in the new issue of Entertainment Weekly.

Jackson is a diehard Who fan who has been watching the 50-year-old series almost since it began broadcasting and who first expressed his willingness to direct an episode last year. In the EW article, he reveals that he met current Who executive producer Steven Moffat over Christmas and assured him he wasn’t joking. “They don’t even have to pay me,” Jackson writes. READ FULL STORY

'The Secret Life of the American Teenager': Creator Brenda Hampton reflects on five wonderful seasons

After four seasons of drama, ABC Family’s The Secret Life of the American Teenager launches its final season tonight at 8 p.m. ET. What began as the story of high-schooler Amy Juergens (Shailene Woodley) becoming pregnant by Ricky Underwood (Daren Kagasoff) tonight finds Amy buying a wedding dress and — yes — a guest appearance by Chaz Bono as himself. At this momentous point in the show’s history, creator Brenda Hampton takes a little time to reflect on the highs and highers of working on the drama through the years and reveals a handful of “secrets” behind the production.

We had such a good time doing Secret Life, we hated to see production come to an end last fall. We were hoping to keep going until the baby grew up and graduated from college. We put together a wonderful cast and crew; it was a really great group of people, and we shot at the Warner’s Bros. Ranch, best lot in town. When Steve Schirripa (Leo) left the set for the last time, in thanking everyone, he repeatedly said it was the “best job I ever had in my life.” That made me feel really good because I strive to create an environment where everyone can enjoy the work and do their best, knowing that that’s really an impossible goal. I can get a show done on time and under budget; that’s always possible when you work with Lin Parsons (our line producer/unit production manager/director), but making a production a good experience where everyone still has time for a life… that’s a rare experience in Hollywood. And this was one of those rare experiences. I owe most of the credit to Lin and to Bill Asman (our jovial director of photography). I loved going to work every day, and though the job presented a lot of challenges, I’d have to say that The Secret Life of the American Teenager was also the best job of my life. READ FULL STORY

'Walking Dead' Q&A: Robert Kirkman talks the Governor, Andrea, and THAT shocking climax

Tonight’s episode of AMC‘s zombie saga the Walking Dead was a great one for fans who love Andrea — and arguably an even better one for those who don’t. Beware of SPOILERS.

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'Walking Dead' exec producer Robert Kirkman talks about tonight's show, 'Arrow on the Doorpost'

We always knew that when Rick Grimes and the Governor finally met the result would be war. But who could have imagined it would be a war of words?

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'Walking Dead' exec producer Robert Kirkman talks about tonight's show and the long-awaited return of Morgan

Tonight’s episode of AMC‘s undead saga the Walking Dead offered more evidence that reunions between acquaintances in the zombie apocalypse are rarely happy events. In real life, such occasions are all about “You look well” and “My son got into college.” But the long-awaited reunion of Andrew Lincoln’s Rick and Lennie James’ Morgan was more “You look insane” and “My son got turned into a zombie by his undead mom, who I then killed.”

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'Pretty Little Liars': Shay Mitchell shows love to her 'Mitchies' fan army -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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What’s a “Mitchie”? Apparently, that’s what fans of Pretty Little Liars star Shay Mitchell are called, a fact we discovered at our cover shoot for the ABC Family teen drama. EW posed the show’s four stars with several questions, including: “What has been your craziest fan encounter?” Mitchell’s three co-stars — Lucy Hale, Ashley Benson, and Troian Bellisario — almost immediately turned to her. “People get your face tattooed on them!” exclaimed Hale, before the foursome went on to explain what the “Mitchies” are.

Mitchell herself offered this: “There’s no face! But I’ve met a few fans from across the world who’ve had my name tattooed on them.” Then the whole Q&A basically devolves into a further lovefest for Mitchell and her insane fans. Get a look inside our cover shoot and interview session with the girls of PLL below, and click here to buy the issue.

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'Walking Dead' exec producer Robert Kirkman talks about tonight's show, 'I Ain't a Judas'

You know how sometimes you lose track of a friend? And they start shacking up with a deranged post-apocalyptic dictator who tortures a couple of your other pals, and wants you dead, and dumps a van full of human flesh-hungry zombies on your doorstep? And then your friend comes round to visit and things get a little, well, aw-kward? Then you will have been unsurprised by the most recent episode of AMC’s undead show the Walking Dead.

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'Doctor Who': Dalek designer Ray Cusick dies at 84

Ray Cusick, who designed the look of the genocidal Daleks for the longrunning science fiction show Doctor Who, has died at the age of 84, according to the BBC. Cusick’s daughter said he died in his sleep after a short illness.

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'Pretty Little Liars': Is Mona planning to target Emily next? -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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The answer to that question is yes, if you consider the clip below. EW has snatched about a minute from Tuesday’s forthcoming hour of ABC Family’s soapy teen mystery Pretty Little Liars EW’s cover subject this week — that finds Spencer (Troian Bellisario) forcefully warning Emily (Shay Mitchell) that she may be the next one to feel Mona and the “A” team’s wrath.

Holding an ominous funeral sash, Spencer — who has recently been getting it from Mona and the “A” team — points out that the only two letters in the words “deepest sympathy” that aren’t shiny are the E and the M. As in the first two letters of Emily. Remember: We saw one of the “A” minions laying the sash across flowers in the show-ending tag at the end of this week’s episode. “Mona is trying to tell us in her cryptic way,” Spencer warns, “that she’s targeting you next.” Emily brushes it off, but Spencer won’t give up. “She made it seem like something bad was going to happen to you tonight. Look, I’m gonna stay with you for the rest of the day. Do not ignore this!”

Should Emily ignore the supposed warning? Watch the clip and you decide. (And click here to buy this week’s PLL issue!)

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Reece Shearsmith cast as Patrick Troughton in 'Doctor Who' origins movie 'An Adventure in Space and Time'

Reece Shearsmith has been cast as actor Patrick Troughton in the TV movie An Adventure in Space and Time, which details the creation of Doctor Who. Troughton was the second actor to play the Time Lord in the long-running time travel show, taking over the role from William Hartnell in 1966. As previously announced, Harry Potter actor David Bradley has been cast as Hartnell.

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The Women Who Run TV: 'Homeland' writer Meredith Stiehm on Claire Danes, new FX pilot

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Writer Meredith Stiehm, 44, shares similarities with Homeland‘s Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes): both work in male-dominated places (Stiehm is the Showtime series’ sole female writer) and both have personal connections to bipolar disorder (Stiehm’s sister, like Carrie, suffers from the condition). Stiehm  has penned some of the series most acclaimed and talked about episodes, including season one’s “The Weekend,” where Brody (Damian Lewis) and Carrie go to her cabin in the woods, and season two’s “New Car Smell,” in which Carrie finally arrests Brody.

“I didn’t come in until like episode 4,” says Stiehm. “[Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa] created the character and the show. Around episode 4, they realized that there were all male writers and they had a female lead so they wanted a female writer.” Adds Danes, “She’s really incredible. Her voice is so distinctive and so honest and funny. She has a very wry sensibility that’s so in keeping with who Carrie is.  But she also is very warm and feeling and all of that translates into all her work. I owe an enormous amount to Meredith.”
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'Hot in Cleveland' taps 'Ugly Betty' alum Michael Urie for guest spot -- EXCLUSIVE

Although his show Partners was cancelled back in November, Michael Urie has found work on another comedy. EW has exclusively learned that Urie — who used to star as the beloved Marc St. James on ABC’s Ugly Betty — will guest star on the next season of TV Land’s hit Hot in Cleveland.

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'Harry Potter' actor cast as William Hartnell in 'Doctor Who' movie 'An Adventure in Space and Time'

Hogwarts will meet Who in the forthcoming TV movie An Adventure in Space and Time, which details the creation of the 50-year-old British science-fiction show Doctor Who. It has been announced that Harry Potter actor David Bradley, who played Hogwarts caretaker Argus Filch in the beloved film series, will portray “First Doctor” William Hartnell in the TV movie.

Meanwhile, Brian Cox (The Bourne Identity) is set to portray BBC Head of Drama Sydney Newman and Jessica Raine has been cast as Doctor Who producer Verity Lambert. BBC America — which is co-producing the film with BBC Cymru Wales — will premiere the movie in the U.S. later this year.

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