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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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'Spartacus: War of the Damned' premiere: Will Gannicus be the next gladiator leader? -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

The final season of Spartacus — slugged with the subtitle War of the Damned — doesn’t premiere until this Friday, Jan. 25, at 9 p.m. on Starz, but EW has a sneak peek of the first episode for you.

In the clip, we find Spartacus (Liam McIntyre) and Gannicus (Dustin Clare) having a meeting of the minds, but what’s really going down is that Spartacus is trying to convince Gannicus to take a leadership role in the gladiators’ fight against the ruling Romans. “A greater number, still, would follow you in battle,” Spartacus tells Gannicus, who seems extremely apprehensive at the proposition. Spartacus ends the clip by assuring Gannicus he isn’t leading the fight for vanity or deification: “Victory against the Romans is my only concern.” Click through to watch.

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MTV2's 'Guy Code' tackles the gays: 'Everybody's a little bit gay' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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The third season of MTV2’s Guy Code premiered on Tuesday night to big numbers for the series and network — the episode was the highest rated and most watched original season premiere in the cable network’s history. In case you’re out of the loop: The reality-documentary mash-up show delves into everything surrounding the mythical special code that exists between bros, with input, quips, and jokes from pop culture entertainers, comics, sports folks, and other experts. (Like Best Week Ever but really dude-ed out.)

So what’s coming up on next week’s new installment? Gay stuff — and you know how EW likes that. Lucky for you, we have an exclusive clip from the coming Guy Code take on homosexuality when it comes to bros. As comedian Jordan Carlos says in the episode: “If you think about it…everybody’s a little bit gay.” True. Take a sneak peek at next week’s episode of Guy Code here:

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History's 'Vikings': How to decode the show's logo

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Viewers first glimpsed the logo for History’s Vikings series — which is set to premiere early this year — in the exclusive trailer posted here on EW.com about a month ago. And there it is above, again, in all it’s glory. At second glance, it’s a rather complicated logo. What’s behind it? EW did a little investigating, and History spilled the details about what’s inside the design. Here’s what we learned.

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AMC brings back 'The Killing'

It’s back after all! After announcing its cancellation in July, AMC pulled an about-face by announcing Tuesday that it has ordered a third season of The Killing — but this time, the drama will be resolved in 12 episodes. Mireille Enos will reprise her role as Sarah Linden and Joel Kinnaman will return as Stephen Holder.

Veena Sud will also be back as the show runner. Production will begin Feb. 25 in Vancouver.

In November, talks were revived to bring the show back for another year.

Here’s the logline for the new season: A year after closing the Rosie Larsen case, Sarah Linden is no longer a detective. But when her ex-partner Stephen Holder’s search for a runaway girl leads him to discover a gruesome string of murders that connects to a previous murder investigation by Linden, she is drawn back into the life she thought she’d left behind.

The Killing from Fox TV Studios first premiered to critical acclaim (and an audience of 2.7 million) in April of 2011. But AMC and Sud ended up angering fans by declining to solve a mystery that viewers believed would be cleared up by the end of the first season. Instead, viewers learned who killed Rosie Larsen in season two, when ratings dropped.

 

Six things to know about Cinemax's 'Banshee'

A studly New Zealand newcomer (who kind of looks like a younger Ray Stevenson from Rome) headlines Banshee, the latest drama from True Blood creator Alan Ball that bows tonight on Cinemax. We asked Executive Producer Greg Yaitanes to share six things that we need to know about the drama, which follows ex-thief Lucas Hood (Antony Starr, pictured above) who shows up to a fictional Pennsylvania town and ends up assuming the identity of the new town sheriff. (Crazy, right?)

 1. Why was Lucas Hood in prison? He got caught after committing a successful diamond heist many years ago. “As you invest in the series, you’ll learn why he got caught and who tipped off the police,” Yaitanes explains. “There is a 20-year mythology around it. There will be a back story to every character.”

2. Who is Carrie (Ivana Milicevic) and why is she dreaming of having sex with Lucas? She, like Lucas, was once his partner-in-crime but now she’s living under an assumed identity in Banshee — as the District Attorney’s wife. “They are upper middle class and living the life while raising their children. Then her past comes and finds her and their pasts collide .. Now he’s looking her for her, and wants the diamonds.” READ FULL STORY

'Pretty Little Liars' is back tonight: 'What does Mona's return mean for the girls?'

ABC Family’s addictive hit drama Pretty Little Liars returns at 8 p.m. tonight to finish the second half of its third season. As always, there’s a bevy of gnarly twists and turns to come — especially in tonight’s installment titled “She’s Better Now.” (There’s a big hint of what’s to come for you.)

We chronicled the coming season in our Winter TV Preview issue, which is available on newsstands now, but here are a few teases from the upcoming 11 episodes:

–Mona is back! You probably knew that, and you probably even saw our exclusive sneak peek at tonight’s season premiere over on our Facebook page (Like it for access to the clip if you haven’t!), but is Mona good… or still bad? “What does Mona’s return mean for Rosewood and the girls?” Whether she’ll still be secretly (or not so secretly?) terrorizing Aria (Lucy Hale), Hanna (Ashley Benson), Emily (Shay Mitchell), and Spencer (Troian Bellisario) remains to be seen, but executive producer Marlene King says her motives are still dark. “She’s a villain out walking amongst the PLLs,” she says. Adds executive producer Oliver Goldstick: “She’s not coming back as Polly Purebread.”

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'Leverage' to end run on TNT

Farewell, Timothy Hutton: TNT announced that its five-year-old drama starring the Ordinary People star will end its run on Christmas Day.

Leverage has thrilled audiences with its delightfully intricate plots, its stand up for the little guy attitude and its terrific performances
from stars Timothy Hutton, Gina Bellman, Christian Kane, Beth Riesgraf and Aldis Hodge,” a TNT spokeswoman said in a statement. “But after five wonderful years, it’s time to say goodbye. Leverage will come to a close on Christmas at 9 p.m., with a series finale that stands as one of the show’s best episodes.

We are honored to have worked with executive producer Dean Devlin, Electric Entertainment, creators John Rogers and Chris Downey, and all the cast and production crew on Leverage. We look forward to exploring new opportunities to work with them again in the future. We also want to thank the passionately devoted fans of Leverage, who have been the driving force behind its success.” READ FULL STORY

The first trailer for History's 'Vikings' series is here! -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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History scored earlier this year with a dramatic, mini-series retelling of the legendary drama between the dueling Hatfield and McCoy clans, and the cable network is once again dipping back into legend again with a new series Vikings, which will debut early next year. Following our first-look photo, EW has an exclusive sneak peek at the series — starring Gabriel Byrne, Travis Fimmel, Jessalyn Gilsig, Gustaf Skarsgard (yes, brother of Alexander and son of Stellan), Clive Standen, and Katheryn Winnick — via the debut trailer.

The 30-second promotional clip is a smorgasbord of beards, long hair, shields, weapons, and general savagery that — depending on how it all pans out in series format — looks like it could be quite the juicy, battle-filled dive into a long-gone world. In previous press releases, History calls the series — which is created and written by The Tudors creator Michael Hirst — “high on adventure, exploration, conflict, warfare, and bloodshed,” as well as a “family saga.” Specifically, the actions follows historical figure Ragnar Lothbrok (Fimmel) as he rises up the ranks to become King of the Viking tribes.

Promises the trailer: “A storm is coming.” Indeed. See for yourself here:

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TLC gets southern-fried with shows about gypsies, a trailer park

Is this what the Confederacy meant when it said the south will rise again?

The record-breaking successes of A&E’s Duck Dynasty and TLC’s Here Comes Honey Boo Boo — both of which trade on regional stereotypes to varying degrees — has paved the way for at least two more reality shows that aim to shed more light on the beasts of the Southern wild: Welcome to Myrtle Manor (early 2013), which chronicles life in a South Carolina trailer park, and Gypsy Sisters (Feb. 10), which takes a deeper look at the American gypsy subculture by exploring the lives of a family based in West Virginia. Both will air on TLC. READ FULL STORY

'American Horror Story': Dylan McDermott talks his 'Asylum' debut and playing Bloody Face -- EXCLUSIVE

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Ryan Murphy promised the actors of American Horror Story that if they returned for season 2, they would be playing completely different roles. That was certainly the case for Dylan McDermott who made his debut on AHS: Asylum last night as deranged serial killer Johnny Thredson, aka Bloody Face, a stark change from his role as sex-addicted therapist Ben Harmon last season. EW talked EXCLUSIVELY to McDermott about the shocking role and what’s in store ahead.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How did this all work out?
DYLAN MCDERMOTT:
I loved doing the show. It’s like being home for me. We talked about it I think early in the season. He [EP Ryan Murphy] called me over the summer and we were trying to figure out what was the best plan and in what capacity. I wasn’t sure myself and obviously he’s the master and the genius that figures this s— out. So the day the show premiered he called me and he explained it to me because I hadn’t read any of the scripts. He explained to me what my character was going to be and I was like, “Are you f—ing kidding me? I love this! I love this! It’s beyond!” To play the modern day Bloody Face and to have this whole back story of a guy who’s thrown away and aborted and still lived! It was just like, are you kidding me? It was music to my ears, maybe nobody else’s. But to me? I couldn’t believe it. It’s so twisted and dark and f—ed up. That’s why I’m on the show because I love stuff like that.
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'Snooki & JWoww' trailer: Watch Snooki give birth -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Jersey Shore may be ending its run on Dec. 20, but thankfully, besties Snooki and JWoww will be continuing the party on the second season of their MTV spin-off, appropriately titled, Snooki & JWoww, premiering Jan. 8 at 10 p.m. The new batch of episodes will feature Snooki not only giving birth to new son, Lorenzo, but also dealing with motherhood.

Meanwhile, JWoww and Roger will attempt to take their relationship to the next level. Plus, some very familiar faces from the Shore show up to celebrate the little guy’s arrival. Watch the exclusive trailer debut below… READ FULL STORY

'Prison Break' creator to pen Discovery miniseries

Discovery Channel is going into the scripted biz. The cabler is working with Scott Free TV (The Good Wife) and writer Paul Scheuring (Prison Break) on its first-ever scripted miniseries titled Klondike, which is based on Charlotte Gray’s novel Gold Diggers: Striking It Rich in the Klondike. The tome is aboutsix strangers and their collective fight for survival and wealth in a small, frontier town.

Scheuring will serve as executive producer, along with Ridley Scott and David W. Zucker. “We’ve been developing scripted for some time, but wanted to find the perfect fit.  When we read Gold Diggers, we knew we finally found it,” said Eileen O’Neill, Group President of Discovery and TLC Networks, in a statement. “Discovery created and owns the ‘gold’ narrative with several of our hit series and we’re elated to partner with Scott Free Television and eOne Television on a subject we know so well as our first, scripted project.”

Added Scott in a statement, “Klondike was the last great gold rush, one which triggered a flood of prospectors ill-equipped, emotionally or otherwise, for the extreme and grueling conditions of the remote Yukon wilderness. The personal adventures are as epic as the landscape, where ambition, greed, sex and murder, as well as their extraordinary efforts to literally strike it rich, are all chronicled by a young Jack London himself.”

Here’s the official logline from Discovery: Klondike follows the lives of two childhood best friends, Bill and Epstein, in the late 1890s as they undertake the next, gold rush capital in the untamed Yukon Territory. This man-versus-nature tale places our heroes in a land full of undiscovered wealth, but ravaged by harsh conditions, unpredictable weather and desperate, dangerous characters including greedy businessmen, seductive courtesans and native tribes witnessing the destruction of their people and land by opportunistic entrepreneurs.

Production begins in March on location in Alberta, Canada.

 

 

 

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