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

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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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'Doctor Who': 'Grey's Anatomy' creator Shonda Rhimes talks about her 'psychotic' love for the Time Lord

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How much does Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice creator Shonda Rhimes love the British sci-fi show Doctor Who? “I feel the two highlights of my past five years are I got to meet (former Who executive producer) Russell Davies and I got to meet the star of (Who spin-off show) Torchwood, John Barrowman, who was in one of our pilots,” reveals the prolific TV showrunner. Indeed, an episode from the most recent season of Grey’s Anatomy featured a Who fan who lost his ear at a fan convention while rushing to get a model TARDIS signed by Davies.

Rhimes talked about her love for the show in last week’s Entertainment Weekly Doctor Who cover story (see above). But she had much, much more to say about the 49-year-old TV institution — whose new season debuts on BBC America later this summer — as you can read below.

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'Doctor Who' trailer: Daleks, cowboys, and dinosaurs on a spaceship

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We’ve recently been making rather of a fuss over the British science fiction show Doctor Who (see left) and watching the new trailer for the forthcoming season, which debuts on BBC America later this summer, I’m reminded why. Certainly it’s the only show that promises cowboys, scary statues, politely threatening giant robots, an army of Daleks, and dinosaurs on a spaceship. (Although, of course, you never know what Tavis Smiley might have up his sleeve.)

Check out the new teaser below. READ FULL STORY

'Merlin' stars Colin Morgan and Katie McGrath talk season 5, time jumps, and 'Game of Thrones'

Not so long ago, in a land of myth (a.k.a. San Diego) and a time of magic (mid-June 2012), the destiny of a great convention (Comic-Con) rested on the shoulders of a delightful young cast. Their show? Merlin.

Fantasy-faves Colin Morgan and Katie McGrath, two of the stars of BBC’s Merlin, which annually re-airs in the United States on Syfy, stopped by EW’s Comic-Con suite at the Hard Rock Hotel earlier this month to chat about their hit show and we’ve got footage for you to see!

And not just footage of the interview, either! Yesterday a trailer for the fantasy drama’s fifth season surfaced online, and it gives us glimpses of Queen Guinevere and the legendary Round Table. Check it out below: READ FULL STORY

'Doctor Who' exec producer Steven Moffat talks Time Lord film rumors: 'That was all some weird fantasy'

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Doctor Who executive producer Steven Moffat has told EW that, contrary to rumors, are no current plans to turn the British sci-fi show into a movie. According to Moffat, “That was all some weird fantasy.” You’ll find a full transcript of Moffat’s thoughts on the subject below.
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'Doctor Who' star Matt Smith previews the new season -- plus an exclusive behind-the-scenes photo

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Take a look at the new issue of Entertainment Weekly (left) and you’ll see that the travel-heavy habits ways of a certain Doctor have finally landed him on the cover of EW. Yes, the 49-year-old British time travel show Doctor Who has hit the big time — and in more ways than one, as stars Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, and Arthur Darvill and executive producer Steven Moffat reveal in the cover feature.

Alas, unlike the Doctor’s time- and spaceship the TARDIS, Entertainment Weekly is not “bigger on the inside,” which meant we couldn’t include everything Moffat and crew had to say. But worry ye not, Whovians! Over the next few days we’re going to post Q&As with the Who folks as well as notable super fans Craig Ferguson and Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes.

First up? The “Doctor” himself, Matt Smith, whom I spoke with earlier this month in his trailer while he was shooting a new, Victorian era-set episode of Doctor Who in South Wales. Below, Smith previews the new season (which BBC America will start screening later this summer), discusses his Who future, and recalls filming the final episode to feature the Doctor’s companions Amy and Rory. You’ll find an exclusive, behind-the-scenes shot from that episode at the bottom of the page.

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'Supernatural' panel at Comic-Con 2012: We live-blogged it!

Supernatural is in Hall H for a second year in a row. Follow all the fun here!

Pre-Panel

There were rumors shortly before the panel that Hall H was being shut down by the Fire Marshall, though it is unclear if they were true. The panel definitely kicked off a little late, and I hear that there are lot of people in line who didn’t get in.

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Sizzle reel showing! READ FULL STORY

'The Vampire Diaries' at Comic-Con: Cast on Elena as a vampire and 'True Blood' rivalry

There will be some big changes in Mystic Falls when The Vampire Diaries returns, since Elena was changed at the end of last season.

During an interview with EW’s Tim Stack at Comic-Con, Nina Dobrev explained that “we don’t know” what kind of vampire Elena will be.

But Ian Somherhalder ventured a guess. “Damon and Stefan have been known to be extremely volatile,” he said. “By virtue of the fact that Elena is such a solid human being, even though she’s sort of this beacon of light, and shepherd through the valley of darkness for other people — who’s to say that she’s going to be this way when she becomes a vampire.”

Plus how do they feel about that other vampire show — True Blood? Watch the full Comic-Con chat below to find out.

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'Glee' Comic-Con panel: Kurt joining Rachel in New York? Chord Overstreet returning?

The Panel: Lea Michele (Rachel), Cory Monteith (Finn), Darren Criss (Blaine), Kevin McHale (Artie), Jenna Ushkowitz (Tina), Naya Rivera (Santana), executive producers Brad Falchuk, Ian Brennan, Dante Diloreto.

The Big Revelations: The producers were mum on big revelations, but here are a few tidbits:

The next Britney Spears tribute will be the second episode of the season and feature Heather Morris heavily. The episode will also explore Rachel’s transition to New York. Fresh off her breakup with Finn, Ms. Berry will find herself as a big fish in a really, really big pond in New York City. Kate Hudson will play her negative-reinforcement-loving dance teacher.

The series regulars in season 3 will be back “in some capacity” for season 4, says Falchuk. Not every episode, though — the cast is too big to accommodate everyone on each episode. Chord Overstreet — recurring in season 3 — isn’t locked in to return as a season 4 series regular… yet. Producers are hopeful that a deal will come through, though. They feel the same way about Sam and Alex, contestants of The Glee Project, neither of whom are officially signed on for the new season.

Glee favorites will find themselves all over the place. Santana is cheerleading at the University of Louisville, Finn is prepping to join the army (which led the crowd to plead for Monteith not to shave his head), and Kurt is still in Lima, stuck in a bit of a rut. Will and Emma aren’t married yet, but they are living together, happily engaged, and “doing dirty things.”

We’ll be meeting Puck’s little brother this season, and if producer Ian Brennan has his way, Artie’s parents as well. While they haven’t been written into the show yet, he says he’s always dreamed of Artie’s mother being an obsessive hoarder. Kevin McHale says that if the character ever makes the show, he’d love to see Katey Sagal play his mom and Harry Connick Jr. play his dad.

Footage Screened: No new footage but they did show a fan-made tribute video that lasted TWELVE. FREAKING. MINUTES. The show’s fourth season starts production next week.

Most Incisive Audience Question: “Why did every couple except Kurt and Blaine get a featured kiss during the season finale?” Diloreto explained, “There is no conspiracy.” As he says, during the day they shot the confetti-drop scene, they had 50 actors on stage and had to set up 100 different shots. There was no intention to leave anyone out — it’s simply the nature of the beast when you’re dealing with a cast as big as Glee‘s. Falchuk reinforced this notion, saying that no one at Fox is demanding less gay kissing.

Least Incisive Audience Question: “Darren, have you ever read a script and been like, ‘What?’” Guess what, readers. He has.

The Winner of the Panel: Darren Criss, for his off-the-cuff comment after a fan wondered whether the show would represent “Jewishness” in a more effective way. Things got somewhat awkward as the producers skirted around the question, but Criss broke the tension. Joking about his facial scruff, which Lea Michele had already called out earlier in the panel, Criss laughed, “‘I’m actually a rabbi this season.”

'Glee' at Comic-Con: Cast geeks out over 'Game of Thrones,' teases season 4 -- VIDEO

The cast of Glee starts production on season 4 next week, and while they aren’t saying much, here’s what we know after their stop at EW.com’s studio at Comic-Con earlier today:

+ Rachel is headed to New York, but she will be back in Ohio more than we might think, according to Lea Michele.
+ Cory Monteith is training hard for next season — but stopped short of saying that Finn will be in military basic training.
+ Darren Criss has a beard.
+ The cast has at least three hardcore Game of Thrones fans.

Need details? Click below to watch their chat with EW’s Tim Stack, where they talk about all the above and envision a crazy season arc that pays homage to Sandra Bullock’s Speed. READ FULL STORY

'Grimm' Comic-Con panel: Footage from season 2 premiere reveals what's up with Nick's mom

The panel: David Giuntoli (Nick Burkhardt), Russel Hornsby (Hank Griffin, Bitsie Tulloch (Juliette Silverton), Silas Weir Mitchell (Monroe), Reggie Lee (Sgt. Wu), Sasha Roiz (Sean Renard), Bree Turner (Rosalee Calvert), Jim Kouf (executive producer/writer), David Greenwalt (executive producer/writer), Norberto Barba (executive producer/director), Sean Hayes (executive producer) and Todd Milliner (executive producer).

Big revelations: Not many. The whole Grimm gang must have had a strict no-spoilers talk beforehand because none of them were very forthcoming. Lots of questions were met with variations on “You’ll have to wait and see.” Kouf at one point said, “We have a lot of ideas where we want to go with it. We just don’t want to tell you.” Even things that we thought were done deals had an air of mystery breathed into them. On what’s next for characters who have had the Wesen world revealed to them, Greenwalt said, “Who said Hank finds out? And who said Juliette remembers?” READ FULL STORY

'Breaking Bad' cast looks ahead to their show's dark, eerie final run -- VIDEO

On the eve of the Breaking Bad final season premiere (eight episodes this summer, another eight next year), creator Vince Gilligan and the show’s cast came by EW.com’s Comic-Con lounge Saturday afternoon to talk about what they all agree could be the show’s darkest, grittiest, dirtiest season ever, led by the increasingly frightening and irredeemable anti-hero, Walter White. Watch our interviews with Gilligan, Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Dean Norris, Betsy Brandt, RJ Mitte, Bob Odenkirk, and Jonathan Banks below: READ FULL STORY

'True Blood' Comic-Con panel: Trailer and live blog

The True Blood panel begins in Ballroom 20! Executive Producer Alan Ball takes the stage.

4:38 p.m. Ball introduces a trailer of “sneak peeks of things to come.” What’s in it? Sookie’s inner-faerie comes out. Tara is stripping in tight black leather. Russell busts through a curtain and has a meal or two … or three. Someone throws Pam across the bar. Russell and Eric go at it. Bill gets a big, big bite out of Sookie in bed. Yowza.

4:39 p.m. Panel is introduced. Joe Manganiello (be still, female hearts), Ryan Kwanten, Deborah Ann Woll, Sam Trammel, Rutina Wesley, Christopher Meloni (wearing a funny green cap), Alex Skarsgard (ooh, the women go wild), Kristin Bauer von Straten, Stephen Moyer, Anna Paquin (rubbing her very pregnant belly), and Ball.

4:42 p.m. Moderator (and EW staffer) Tim Stack asks if the cast has a beef with Vampire Diaries, which did its panel earlier in the day in Ballroom 20. Moyer: “We don’t talk about them.” READ FULL STORY

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