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'Doctor Who': Check out the new trailer for this year's special Christmas show -- VIDEO

Does anything evoke Christmas better than a lizard lady, a sepulchral Richard E. Grant, and the threatened destruction of mankind? Heavens, yes — tons of things, in fact. But the aforementioned items do nevertheless all feature in the new trailer for the special Christmas episode of Doctor Who, which premieres on BBC America Dec. 25 at 9 p.m. Also? New companion Jenna-Louise Coleman, frighteningly-teethed snowmen (which are quite Christmassy, if you ignore the frightening teeth), and much more.

Check out the clip below and tell us what you think.

'Walking Dead': Robert Kirkman talks about tonight's midseason finale and the surprise return of [SPOILER]

While tonight’s midseason finale of AMC’s drama The Walking Dead technically belonged in the zombie genre there were times when it looked more like an old school war movie as Rick and his fellow prison-dwellers made their move on Woodbury. “I was there for the filming of this episode,” says Walking Dead executive producer and Walking Dead comic writer Robert Kirkman. “We filmed what I like to call ‘the machine gun scenes’ from two to four in the morning. We got some complaints.”


'Doctor Who': Jenna-Louise Coleman talks about becoming the Doctor's new companion -- EXCLUSIVE

Even by the standards of a show whose central character travels through time and space in a craft disguised as a ‘50s era British police phone box, 2012 has been an interesting year for Doctor Who, the BBC sci-fi series that stars Matt Smith.

Back in March, executive producer Steven Moffat announced that the Doctor’s new assistant (or “companion”) would be played by Jenna-Louise Coleman and that the British actress was set to make her debut in this year’s special Christmas episode, which BBC America is screening on Dec. 25 at 9 p.m. So Who fans were taken by surprise when, this September, Coleman appeared in “Asylum of the Daleks,” the first episode of the current season of Doctor Who, which also starred the Time Lord’s now (dearly) departed companions Amy (Karen Gillan) and Rory (Arthur Darvill).

More bewildering still, Coleman didn’t seem to be playing the role of the Doctor’s new companion — whose name we now know to be Clara — but rather a character named Oswin Oswald who had been converted into one of the dreaded Daleks and who seemingly died at the end of the show.

In the new issue of ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, Coleman talks, exclusively, about keeping her role in “Asylum of the Daleks” a secret and when fans might get some answers with regards to the Oswin/Clara conundrum. Below, the actress, whose previous credits include the Julian Fellowes-penned Titanic miniseries, ruminates further on these subjects — as well as discussing the forthcoming Doctor Who Christmas show and revealing where Karen Gillan recommends you should eat next time you’re in, uh, Cardiff. READ FULL STORY

'Walking Dead' executive producer Robert Kirkman talks about tonight's show, 'When the Dead Come Knocking'

Matters turned grim on tonight’s Walking Dead — which is rather impressive for a show which tends to feature more zombie mayhem before its opening credits than Downton Abbey does in an entire season (come on, you lazy aristocratic bastards!).


'Walking Dead' executive producer Robert Kirkman talks about tonight's show, 'Hounded'

Love was in the air during tonight’s episode of the Walking Dead – and that’s not a sentence you get to write too often. But Andrea and the Governor’s taking of their relationship to the next level wasn’t the only big news as Merle and his goons made the mistake of trying to take down Michonne and we found out just who has been calling Rick.


Watch 'Walking Dead' writer Robert Kirkman's cameo on 'Robot Chicken' -- EXCLUSIVE

Given the Robot Chicken team’s fondness for all things gory and/or comic-related, it was probably just a matter of time before Walking Dead comic writer (and Walking Dead TV show exec producer) Robert Kirkman made an appearance on the Adult Swim animated show.

As it turns out, that time is coming Sunday at midnight when the zombie overlord will make his acting debut on the sketch show, which Stoopid Monkey Productions head honchos Seth Green and Matthew Senreich create at their Stoopid Buddy Stoodios studio.

That’s the good news. The even better news? You can see said appearance below and read Kirkman’s thoughts about the experience. READ FULL STORY

'Walking Dead' exec producer Robert Kirkman talks about tonight's shock-filled episode

It was only a few weeks ago that Walking Dead executive producer Robert Kirkman spelled out to EW one of the guiding principles of AMC’s zombie saga. “People have to die!” declared Kirkman, who also writes the Walking Dead comic. That idea was doubly — triply? — confirmed in the course of tonight’s show, which featured the demise of Sarah Wayne Callies’ Lori and IronE Singleton’s T-Dog while also replacing the headscarf of Melissa McBride’s Carol with a is-she-or-ain’t-she-zombie-chow? question mark.


'Walking Dead' executive producer Robert Kirkman talks about tonight's action-packed episode 'Walk With Me'

Tonight’s episode of The Walking Dead had pretty much everything a fan of AMC’s zombie show — and the original comic book series — could want. The long-awaited return of Michael Rooker’s maimed maniac Merle? Check. The long-awaited introduction of David Morrissey’s power-crazed villain The Governor? Check. The long-awaited appearance of decapitated zombie heads bobbing around in tanks of water? Hell, this show might as well have been called “Decapitated Zombie Heads Bobbing Around In Tanks Of Water.”


'Fringe' promo art features Joshua Jackson, Anna Torv and John Noble as rebel icons... or the next great punk rock trio

With the premiere of Fringe’s fifth and final season almost here, Fox is launching a new promotional campaign that sets the tone for the sci-fi saga’s last hurrah. If you’ve been keeping up with the intel coming out of the Fringe camp since Comic-Con and through the Fall TV preview season, then you know that the show’s climactic chapter will take place in the year 2036, when/where The Observers rule the Earth as uppity overlords, and the former agents of Fringe division are freedom fighters questing to sweep away their powdery-skinned time traveling oppressors, perhaps back to the environmentally wrecked far future epoch from which those damn fedora’d fascists hail.

Fox’s key art speaks to that premise, via an image that also slyly symbolizes Fringe itself, a cult fave that could never quite connect with the masses, that got exiled to the rough streets of Friday night and yet survived, that found a dedicated audience and a compelling identity by being as Fringe-y as possible.

Or maybe I read too much into things. You be the judge:


'Walking Dead' writer Robert Kirkman confirms New York Comic-Con plans


Walking Dead comic writer — and Walking Dead TV show executive producer – Robert Kirkman will participate in a string of panels and signing events during this year’s New York Comic-Con, which runs at the Javits Center, October 11-14.


Check out the special New York Comic-Con cover of the 'Walking Dead' magazine -- EXCLUSIVE


Who would have dreamed the zombie apocalypse would involve so much reading? Well, Walking Dead TV show exec producer Robert Kirkman, for one. The undead drama is, of course, based on Kirkman’s longrunning comic — which recently celebrated its 100th issue — while the franchise has also spawned a series of novel prequels, the second of which, The Road To Woodbury, will be published Oct. 16, two days after the show’s third season premieres on AMC.

But don’t take off those reading glasses yet! This October will also see the debut of the The Walking Dead, The Official Magazine, a quarterly title featuring interviews with the cast, crew, and producers and other assorted behind-the-scenes malarkey.

The magazine hits stores Oct. 23, but those attending New York Comic-Con on Oct. 11 will be able to buy a special copy of the publication with a cover by Walking Dead artist Charlie Adlard, featuring the much loved zombie-decapitating character Michonne. The mag will be available for purchase at the Titan Entertainment booth (#832), but you can exclusively check out Adlard’s cover above and, in larger format, below. READ FULL STORY

'Doctor Who': New season to premiere on BBC America Sept. 1

BBC America has announced that the new season of Doctor Who will debut on September 1 at 9 p.m. ET, EW has confirmed. The network will broadcast five episodes of the 49-year-old British science fiction show this fall, starting with season premiere, “Asylum of the Daleks” and ending with an episode which will feature both the Weeping Angels and the departure of the Doctor’s companions Amy and Rory. The second half of the season is set to be broadcast next year.

“We have, I think, our biggest range of stories EVER,” Doctor Who executive producer Steven Moffat said in a statement. “We’ve got the return of the Daleks AND the Weeping Angels — both of them poll-topping Doctor Who adversaries — in cracking new stories, we’ve got ‘Dinosaurs on a Spaceship’ (it’s what you’ve always wanted), we’ve got a glorious western with a Cyborg Gunslinger, the most unusual invasion Earth story EVER, and location shooting in New York for the Pond finale.”

BBC America has also released a new Doctor Who trailer, which you can see below. READ FULL STORY

Richard E. Grant cast in this year's 'Doctor Who' Christmas special


Richard E. Grant (Withnail & I) and Tom Ward (the British crime series Silent Witness) have been cast in the 2012 Doctor Who Christmas special, which starts filming this week in Cardiff, Wales. This is not Grant’s first experience in the Who universe. The actor previously played the time-traveling Doctor himself in the 2003 animated series, Scream of the Shalka (while his Withnail & I costar Paul McGann essayed the role in a 1996 TV movie.).

As previously announced, the Doctor Who Christmas special will introduce the Doctor’s new “companion,” played by Jenna-Louise Coleman. The special has been penned by Who executive producer Steven Moffat and will be directed by Saul Metzstein, who has already overseen several episodes of the forthcoming season of Doctor Who. That new season will debut on BBC America later this summer with Matt Smith continuing in the role of the “Eleventh Doctor” and Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill playing his companions.

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