In case you had any questions about it, the BBC confirmed today that there will indeed be an eighth series of Doctor Who, and that Steven Moffat is returning as producer.
They also mention that a lot more is planned still to celebrate the 50th AnniversaryNot many details have been given (we already know about the special episode November 23rd and the An Adventure in Space and Time telefilm about the making of Doctor Who), but they also confirmed that there will be a Christmas episode as well.
Speaking of the 50th Anniversary episode, we know that David Tennant is returning, along with John Hurt (who appeared at the end of the series 7 finale), Jenna-Louise Coleman, plus Jemma Redgrave will return as Kate Stewart, daughter of the late Brigadeer Lethbridge-Stewart, but also Billie Piper will return!
Now we know what Dave Filoni has been working on since the announced ending of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. We knew it was a new animated series, and we knew it would be set at a time “untouched” so far in the movies and TV shows.
Star Wars Rebels will debut in the fall of 2014, starting as a one hour special on the Disney Channel, then as a series on Disney XD.
The action-filled series is set between the events of Episode III and IV — an era spanning almost two decades never-before explored on-screen. Star Wars Rebels takes place in a time where the Empire is securing its grip on the galaxy and hunting down the last of the Jedi Knights as a fledgling rebellion against the Empire is taking shape. Details about the show are a closely guarded secret at this point.
Leading the development of the series is a creative team of exceptional talent. Screenwriter/producer Simon Kinberg (X-Men: First Class, Sherlock Holmes, Mr. & Mrs. Smith) is an executive producer on Star Wars Rebels and will write the premiere episode. He is joined by Dave Filoni as executive producer, who served as supervising director of the Emmy nominated Star Wars: The Clone Wars since 2008. Executive producer Greg Weisman brings with him a wealth of animation experience with credits such as Young Justice, The Spectacular Spider-Man and Gargoyles.
Gary Marsh, president and chief creative officer, Disney Channels Worldwide, said, “The entire team at Lucasfilm has provided extraordinary creativity and innovation for over three decades, and we’re thrilled to be bringing the expansive and imaginative world of Star Wars to Disney XD’s viewers.”
“I couldn’t be more excited to explore new corners of the Star Wars universe,” said Kathleen Kennedy, president, Lucasfilm. “I think Star Wars Rebels will capture the look, feel and fun that both kids and their parents love about Star Wars.”
Star Wars Rebels will be produced by Lucasfilm Animation, featuring many of the key talents that made Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Fans attending Star Wars Celebration Europe will be the first to get an exclusive look at the new series. Casting will be announced at a later date. More information about this developing project will be found on StarWars.com and on Facebook at facebook.com/starwarsrebels.
Check out the quick video where Dave Filoni talks about it:
On tomorrow’s Warehouse 13, Pete and Myka head to Vegas to investigate murders that are tied to the world of high magic. Meanwhile, Claudia and Jinks search for an artifact used to rig horse races, while Artie meets the new B&B owner, Abigail Cho (Kelly Hu). Guest stars Joel Grey, Polly Walker, Nora Zehetner, & Steve Valentine.
Tune in at 10/9c on Syfy, and don’t forget to check out the clips below with the best lines from “The Big Snag”:
Star Wars Weekends have started at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – and this year, not only is the “Carbon-Freeze Me” back, but they’ve added a new one, and this one looks even better – you can have your head scanned and be made into a Stormtrooper figurine!
Inside The Magic’s Ricky Brigante is planning on doing it again this year…can’t wait to see the results! And follow us on Twitter as we’ll be there in a few weeks, and we’ll be taking lots of pictures, and perhaps see a few friends as well!
Update: Watch as Ricky gets his face scanned! Alas, production and delivery will take until July, so we’ll follow up with the results – but they look quite detailed.
You can already watch the first four minutes of Monday’s Defiance online here, but here is this weeks “Shooting the Shtako”, plus an interview with Grant Bowler and Julie Benz, and a clip behind the scenes of the VFX from last week’s episode.
Shooting the Shtako: Episode 5, Part 1
Kevin Murphy (EP) sits down with Stephanie Leonidas (Irisa) and discusses Episode 5
Word began to spread that Warehouse 13 must have been renewed when a union web site listed under their “Current Productions” “Warehouse 13 (final)”, with production dates of June 24th-Aug 20th, at the studio location in Toronto – but what was interesting is that isn’t enough time for even a 13 episode season.
Now it appears that Syfy has renewed it for a final season of only six episodes, according to Deadline [Doc: This is confirmed now - see below]. This is better than nothing, of course, and as far as it being the final season, it’s not surprising given the show’s apparent bubble status. At least we should get a good wrap up.
But I can’t help but think about what happened with Eureka, where an apparent 6th and final season of six episodes was planned, and then canceled…
Update 5/17: Syfy has confirmed the order for 6 episodes for a final season to air in 2014. From the press release:
Here’s a preview for tomorrow night’s episode of Merlin, and another chance at a giveaway with some cool items, including an actual prop map of Camelot!
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If our site gets the most tweets, one of you tweeters will receive:
- A Merlin Nintendo DS game
- A collector’s pack
- A signed 2013 calendar
- A Morgana collector’s figure
- A scroll map of Camelot – an actual prop from the set
And above all, watch “The Drawing of the Dark” at 10/9c on Syfy tomorrow!
Mordred finds himself torn between loyalty and love.
Check out this 30 second teaser for CW’s remake of The Tomorrow People!
Former Battlestar Galactica and Caprica executive producer David Eick is taking over the reins of Falling Skies from Remi Aubuchon as showrunner.
What is somewhat interesting is that Eick is taking over production for Season 4 – which has not been greenlit yet, with Season 3 set to debut on June 9th. Eick is expected to get together a writing squad for Season 4 right away in anticipation of pickup, due to the long production cycle of the show. But it is fully expected to get that Season 4 order, being the top scripted show on TNT with the younger demos, and also being fully owned by TNT, which means TNT gets all the income from international sales as well.
Aubuchon, who worked with Eick on Caprica, is leaving after serving in the role for two seasons.
Catch the first four minutes of the next episode of Defiance! A tracker who knows Nolan shows up in town on the tail of the Castithan, who seems to know something about Doc Yewll’s past “achievements” during the Pale Wars…
Find out what it is all about Monday at 9/8c on Syfy!