Are you ready for your weekends to get bigger (on the inside)? BBC America has announced that it will premiere the second half of the current season of the longrunning U.K. time travel Doctor Who on Saturday, March 30. The episodes will be showcased in the network’s “Supernatural Saturday” block of programming alongside Orphan Black — which stars Tatiana Maslany as a woman whose life changes dramatically after witnessing the suicide of someone who looks just like her — and a full season of the Chris Hardwick-hosted, comedy-variety talk show, The Nerdist.
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'Fringe': Michael Cerveris on the return of September and the series finale full of 'surprise and heartbreak'
As Fringe wraps up its universe- and timeline-jumping saga in Observer-controlled 2036 tonight, the show’s first Observer has become far more important than fans – and likely even the writers – ever imagined when he first appeared on the Fox show in 2008.
September, the once-mysterious bald man the Fringe team dubbed the Observer, played by Broadway alum Michael Cerveris, has developed into the rebel who has brushed aside his natural coding for emotionless logic in favor of the well-being of the man he now calls a friend, Walter Bishop.
Last week, after being absent for much of season 5, Cerveris returned as a September somewhat de-Observer-fied. The Fringe team learned about the part he plays in Walter’s plan to take the world back from the Observers, and they also learned about the connection between September (now known as Donald, thanks to his fondness for Singin’ in the Rain) and the Observer boy – turns out that Donald and Michael are now another of the show’s central father-son pairs.
Ahead of tonight’s series finale, Cerveris talked to EW about crafting that performance for the new, follicly blessed version of September, saying his goodbyes on the final day of shooting and how working on Fringe has more than made up for never getting to appear on The X-Files.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Is it wild to think about how much your role has grown from what was originally intended to be a one-off?
MICHAEL CERVERIS: Yeah, it’s been kind of astounding. It’s true that in the very beginning I understood it as just being a one-off. Almost before I started working actually, they had already started to feel differently. Both [executive producers] Jeff Pinkner and J.J. [Abrams] – they saw September as having a crucial role to play, a role that was going to continue to play out throughout the series as long as it lasted. But you never know when people say that – no matter how well-intentioned, how much they believe it themselves – you never know if that’s how things are actually gonna play out. I certainly never could have imagined that the fate of universes and the existence of humanity was going to be in September’s, Donald’s hands at the conclusion. READ FULL STORY
The End of 'Fringe': 'September's Notebook' documents the show's mythology, reveals secrets -- EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT
The end of Fringe comes with a parting gift for fans. Fringe: September’s Notebook – The Bishop Paradox, an officially licensed product published by Insight Editions, chronicles the history (or rather multiple histories) and maps the diverse and dynamic world (and parallel worlds) of the sci-fi saga starring Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, and John Noble. The well-designed 192-page art-heavy hardback tome – filled with photos, newspaper clippings, FBI case files and Massive Dynamic memorandums — is told through the perspective of Fringe’s signature Observer, September, that time traveling, hot sauce chugging 20th century fanboy, played by Michael Cerveris.
The notebook (glimpsed in the Jan. 11 episode “The Boy Must Live”) is presented as “in-world storytelling,” meaning that it has actual significance to the Fringe narrative. It even promises to provide “new insight into the series.” This Fringe fan hopes September can summarize The Pattern in a succinct, cohesive way, as well as supply intel on my favorite unresolved bit of Fringe lore: Whatever happened to Phillip Broyles’ original Fringe Division team that preceded Olivia, Peter, Walter and Astrid? (See: Season 1, Episode 2, Act One, Broyles’ first line.) #NEVERFORGETNAGGINGLOOSEENDS!
The book will retail for $27.50 and goes on sale in March. More info can be found here. But before you click away, check out our exclusive excerpt in the pages that follow. (For a closer look at each page, your cursor functions as a magnifying glass. Scroll and scrutinize!)
Norman Reedus and Michael Rooker bro down on the cover of 'The Walking Dead, The Official Magazine' issue #3 -- EXCLUSIVE
The recent midseason finale of The Walking Dead finally saw Daryl and Merle Dixon reunited shortly before the closing credits. It’s almost like the producers deliberately left fans wanting more!!! (Of course, as Walking Dead exec producer Robert Kirkman told yours truly, that was indeed their dastardly plan all along).
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.
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'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.”
'The Walking Dead': Showrunner Glen Mazzara breaks down the shocking midseason finale and tells you what to expect next
It was a fall finale filled with intense action, a wildly anticipated reunion, the introduction of a new key player, the killing of humans and zombies alike, and a super secret blast from the past. (SPOILER ALERT: If you have yet to watch Sunday’s Walking Dead episode, I suggest you stop right now before all is revealed. Seriously. Look away!) So we went to the man in charge, Walking Dead showrunner Glen Mazzara, for answers to all the burning questions. In the following Q&A, Mazzara discusses the reason for adding comic book favorite Tyreese into the mix now, how they got Jon Bernthal to return as Shane, the shocking — and blinding! — fight between Michonne and the Governor, as well as the long-awaited reunion between Merle and Daryl Dixon. Plus, he tells us what to expect when the show picks back up again in February. It’s as essential download of information for any Walking Dead fan. (Click through all three pages to read the entire interview and see additional photos.)
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Wow, I seriously don’t even know where to begin with everything that went down in this midseason finale. This had to be the most balls-to-the-wall hour of action you’ve ever done. I felt like I didn’t have a second to breath this entire episode.
GLEN MAZZARA: You’re not supposed to. I feel last week’s episode really amped it up and this is what we’ve been waiting for, these groups getting together. Remember how when Rick and company were on that farm they were the plague to Hershel and his family? Now, here’s Rick and the group acting as attackers to the town of Woodbury. They’re terrorists, as the Governor calls them. They just come in and, rightfully so, shoot it up to get Glenn and Maggie out. But to the town of Woodbury, they feel like they’re under attack. So it was kind of nice to muddy the line between who’s the good guy and who’s the bad guy because Rick and his crew definitely seem like the bad guys to the town of Woodbury. READ FULL STORY
And now the battle is joined. Rick Grimes and Co. infiltrated Woodbury in Sunday’s midseason Walking Dead finale and if you don’t want to know any more about it, then I suggest you stop reading right now. (SPOILER ALERT: Look away immediately unless you have already watched Sunday’s episode of The Walking Dead.) Not only did the two sides battle it out, but the episode also saw the return of Jon Bernthal as Shane, who appeared as a figment of Rick’s imagination during the fight. We talked to the man who plays Rick, Andrew Lincoln, about finally paying a visit to the town he and costar Norman Reedus had derisively dubbed “Woodbury 90210″, as well as his off-screen taunting with the man who plays the Governor, David Morrissey, and the super secret return of Shane.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: So, you finally got to pay a visit to Woodbury 90210. What did you think of the place?
ANDREW LINCOLN: I hate it there. [laughs] I just can’t bear it. It’s so funny because every time Norman and I have to shoot around there, we just go, “Ugh, I hate it!” I love the prison. I love the dirt. I love the fact that we never clean up. I don’t know, there’s just something not right about that place. It was great shooting the hell out of it! We took it to them. There weren’t as many of us but we took the battle directly to them. But it was weird because David and I – we still haven’t quite met yet in the season. He’s been texting me all the time when I’m not there, just saying certain things. And that’s all we’ve been doing is just texting derogatory things like “Get out of my prison!…Leave my friends alone…Get your creepy British hands off one of my friends.” It’s all that kind of stuff going on. So it’s good fun. READ FULL STORY
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
Things are heating up in the world of Doctor Who ahead of this year’s special Christmas episode — even as they are cooling all the way down.
The BBC recently debuted the trailer for this very chilly-looking adventure, called “The Snowmen,” and Who exec producer Stephen Moffat has dropped a few hints as to the show’s plot. We’ve also seen photos from the episode, including one of what we assume to be the titular, fanged, monsters and another of guest star Richard E. Grant.
Now, Who fans can check out the official poster for the Christmas special, which will feature the “proper” introduction of the Doctor’s new assistant Clara, played by Jenna-Louise Coleman. Coleman, of course, made a very surprising appearance as a character named Oswin in the premiere episode of the current season of the now 49-year-old British sci-fi series. That show raised a lot of questions about Ms. Coleman’s place in the world of Who, which may or may not be answered in the Christmas special. Meanwhile, looking at the new poster, here’s what we want to know: What on earth are the TARDIS’s heating bills like?
The Doctor Who Christmas special is airing on BBC America Dec. 25 at 9 p.m. You can see both the poster and the trailer below — and check back later in the week for an exclusive interview with Jenna-Louise Coleman herself. READ FULL STORY
There’s not much you can do when that inevitable turkey coma sets in today so instead of fighting those couch potato urges, indulge in some Thanksgiving TV. Fortunately, there are plenty of TV marathons to be thankful for this year. Whether you’re craving something manly, in a nostalgic state of mind, or schadenfreude is the name of the game, there’s something to feast your eyes on. READ FULL STORY
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.
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