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Spielberg/Halle Berry series 'Extant' gets mysterious trailer -- VIDEO

What, exactly, is Extant? According to the dictionary, it’s an adjective meaning “still in existence” or “the opposite of extinct.” According to CBS, it’s a method by which Oscar winners are lured to network television. And according to the following 25-second teaser, it’s a mysterious upcoming drama about mitosis, flowers, creepy children’s laughter, and the entirety of the human condition… or something.

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Peter Capaldi starts shooting new season of 'Doctor Who' -- PHOTO

It was way back in August of last year that the BBC announced Peter Capaldi would replace Matt Smith as the star of Doctor Who — although of course the intervening five months are but the blink of an eye in life of a Time Lord and, for that matter, the life of the now half century-old British sci-fi show.

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The biggest TV stories of 2013

It was the mother of all years when it came to major TV stories, which made it difficult to whittle them down for a Top 10. So we went with 15, instead!

In no apparent order (though honestly, does any story top the Duck Dynasty one?) here are the year’s 15 biggest newsmakers.

Phil Robertson on Duck Dynasty. Journalists loved the scandal; it gave us something to write about during the dog days of winter. Conservatives (and A&E) hated it because of claims that Duck Dynasty’s home network was squashing Robertson’s right to speak his mind. Ultimately, the Bible-thumping patriarch prevailed, order was restored, and the DD news cycle became the gift that kept giving long after Christmas Day.

'Doctor Who' special Christmas episode: What did you think about Matt Smith's final show?

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Doctor Who executive producer Steven Moffat is always keen to point out that the now 50-year-old sci-fi show is at heart an easy-to-understand saga. But the wily scribe has no problem with having his lead character remind fans — or explain to newcomers — just what the bloody hell the show is all about. Take, for example, the point in tonight’s special Christmas episode, “The Time of the Doctor,” when Matt Smith’s semi-titular, two-hearted hero introduced himself to a couple of strangers thusly: “I’m the Doctor. I’m a Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey. I stole a time machine and ran away and I’ve been flouting the principal law of my own people ever since!”

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'Orphan Black': See the new season 2 teaser trailer! -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Much in the same way the clones themselves have had to piece together little bits of information to understand the conspiracy that led to their very existence, fans of Orphan Black have been getting some tantalizing teases about season 2 over the past few weeks they can use to piece together what awaits them when the drama returns on April 19 (on BBC America here in the United States, and Space in Canada). First we had that super-rad first look image with Sarah and Rachel doing battle, complete with fresh intel courtesy of show creators Graeme Manson and John Fawcett. Then came word that Suits star (and Orphan Black admirer) Patrick J. Adams would be showing up in a guest spot.

Well, we now have a brand new season 2 Orphan Black teaser to add to the mix. The trailer will air during the big Doctor Who Christmas special on December 25, but we have an early Christmas present for you right here and right now as you can view it in full below! “I’m part of a sisterhood like no other,” says actress extraordinaire Tatiana Maslany in the trailer, while test tubes representing her various clones begin turning into DNA strands. “A piece of a puzzle I can barely comprehend. My life is someone else’s experiment.”

Of course, fans will pore over every second for any hints or clues as to what season 2 has in store, while also counting down the days (not-so) patiently until the show’s return on April 19. In the meantime, take a view for yourself by clicking on the video below. And for more Orphan Black scoop, follow me on Twitter @DaltonRoss. READ FULL STORY

'The Walking Dead': Robert Kirkman on when we might see comic book villain Negan on the show

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The Governor met his demise in the midseason finale of The Walking Dead through a combination of Michonne’s sword, Lilly’s gun, and his own warped thirst for power and revenge. Once he stopped stumbling around like a homeless hippie and got his evil, power-hungry mojo back, the Governor doomed himself and now we won’t have to look at his sorry face again. (Blame Lilly for that, for had she not shot him in the head, we at least had the possibility of seeing him come back as the first ever eye-patched pirate zombie, which would be only, like, the raddest thing ever. Yes, even radder than the baseball player and Hare Krishna zombies from the original Dawn of the Dead.) READ FULL STORY

'Doctor Who': New trailer features monsters galore! -- VIDEO

Doctor Who executive producer Steven Moffat seems determined to fit as many monsters as is humanly — or Gallifreyanly — possible into this year’s special Christmas show, which debuts Dec. 25 on BBC America. Cybermen. The Silence. A Dalek. A Weeping Angel (or at the very least, a spooky-looking statue): All feature in the new trailer for the episode, which will also see Matt Smith’s Eleventh Doctor into Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth.
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'The Walking Dead': Creator Robert Kirkman on the killer midseason finale and what's next

[SPOILER ALERT: Read on only if you have already watched Sunday's episode of The Walking Dead.]

Destruction, terror and mayhem are not just the lyrics to an awesome LL Cool J song. They also properly describe what went down on last night’s midseason finale of The Walking Dead. In his thirst for revenge, the Governor took Hershel and Michonne hostage, and then sliced off Hershel’s head when Rick refused to have his people leave the safety behind the fence. The Governor then stormed the prison with his tank before being killed himself through a combination of Rick’s fists, Michonne’s sword, and Lilly’s gun. Now, the prison survivors are scattered and we will have to wait until the show returns on Feb. 9, 2014 for answers. Or will we? We chatted with Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman to get his thoughts on what went down, why it went down, and what to expect next. Read on for all the intel! (Also check out our interview with Scott Wilson, who played the dearly departed Hershel.)

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Okay, you bastard. How could you do that to poor Hershel?
ROBERT KIRKMAN: He was the moral compass of the group and it’s always good to lose the moral compass. It will all become clear when we finally show you the back half of season 4. It wasn’t enough for these characters to lose the prison. They also had to feel some kind of loss over something important and Hershel was that thing that was important to each and every character, so it made the most sense to take him off the table and see how it affects the characters, which we’ll see when we come back in a bit. So there’s a lot of cool stuff ahead because of that. READ FULL STORY

'The Walking Dead': Scott Wilson on Hershel's shocking scene

[SPOILER ALERT: Read on only if you have already watched Sunday's episode of The Walking Dead.]

He is often referred to as the moral compass of the group but that compass was sliced and diced by a katana-wielding maniac on last night’s episode of The Walking Dead. Yes, the unthinkable happened as kindly veterinarian/farmer Hershel Greene was killed by the Governor after Rick refused to acquiesce to demands that they evacuate the prison. It was a brutal slaying, with the Governor taking several chops at Hershel’s neck. (Although the Governor would be on the receiving end of that sword himself shortly after.) We spoke to the man who played Hershel, Scott Wilson, about how he learned of Hershel’s demise, details on his last day of filming, and what’s it like watching your own head get chopped off. (Also make sure to read our Q&A with Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman, who explains why Hershel had to go as well as what’s to come next.) READ FULL STORY

'The Walking Dead': Chad Coleman talks about the 'jaw-dropping' midseason finale

Even before this season of The Walking Dead started, Andrew Lincoln was warning us about the midseason finale on Sunday, Dec. 1 — saying that it was the doozy to end all doozies. Well, that day is finally here, and Chad Coleman (who plays Tyreese) called into Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM, channel 105) to concur with his castmate, warning viewers to “fasten their seat belts” for an episode he promises is “gut-wrenching, epic, jaw-dropping, all of the above.” Now you can hear our entire conversation with the man who plays Tyreese by clicking on the video player below. READ FULL STORY

'The Walking Dead': David Morrissey explains why the Governor just did what he did

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'Doctor Who': Check out a new webisode with some old enemies -- VIDEO

Following last week’s “The Night of the Doctor” webisode the BBC has released to iTunes another mini-tale ahead of this Saturday’s 50th-anniversary special show. The new story — ominously titled “The Last Day” — doesn’t feature the Doctor himself but does boast some familiar faces. Did I say “faces”? That may not have been quite the word I was looking for.
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'Doctor Who' Check out the trailer for TV movie 'An Adventure in Space and Time' -- VIDEO

Incredible thought it may be think, there was a time when the idea of a show called Doctor Who, about a weirdo who travels through space and time in a British police phone box battling metal death machines shaped like pepper pots, was not considered a slam dunk. The new TV movie An Adventure in Space and Time details how producer Verity Lambert (played by Jessica Raine), BBC Head of Drama Sydney Newman (Brian Cox), and actor William Hartnell (David Bradley), among others, overcame the doubts of naysayers to come up with the one of the most fervently beloved TV shows of all-time.

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