Some crucial details are revealed about the monsters in Doctor Who's latest Christmas special. Check out a five-minute sneak peak for the steampunky Three Musketeers. Prepare for Peter's return on Fringe. Plus more videos for Supernatural, Chuck, and more!
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Bryan Singer's new film reboot of the original 1978 show has reportedly found a screenwriter in John Orloff, the writer behind Zack Snyder's owl martial arts epic Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole as well as the upcoming Anonymous, Roland Emmerich's attempt to make the works of William Shakespeare explode in an inferno of lies. In case that somehow doesn't fill you with confidence, Orloff also did Emmy-nominated work on HBO's Band of Brothers, so this could totally still work out. [Deadline]
Here are some more new promo images from Tarsem Singh's upcoming mythological epic. [ComingSoon.net]
Here's a sneak peek.
Here's the first five minutes from Paul W.S. Anderson's fantastical, steampunk-y take on the Alexandre Dumas novel, which if nothing else has a pretty good cast: Christoph Waltz, Ray Stevenson, Matthew Macfadyen, Luke Evans, Mads Mikkelsen, James Corden, Juno Temple, Logan Lerman, Milla Jovovich, and Orlando Bloom.
There's a few more details on the upcoming Christmas special from Doctor Who Magazine. The characters played by Bill Bailey and Arabella Weir are named Dorxil and Billis, they're a pair of Space Harvesters, and they're possibly aliens and definitely from the future, at least relative to the special's World War II setting. It's also still thought, despite a bunch of conflicting reports, that Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill will indeed be in the special, but only in a cameo capacity...although we're still waiting for confirmation on that one. [Life, Doctor Who, and Combom]
Here's a sneak peek for Peter's return in the October 28 episode. There's some analysis at the link. [BuddyTV]
Here are a bunch of set photos. [Susan Gittins on Flickr]
George R.R. Martin explains the challenges the show will have to navigate in coming seasons:
There are certainly challenges that lie ahead, and as the show goes on, the challenges will get greater. I wanted to write a book as big as my imagination. Now David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss] are faced with the very real challenge of how do you translate this complex thing with a cast of thousands and giant castles and dragons and walls of ice - serious production challenges that get bigger with every book. I think one of biggest challenges is budgets and shooting time. We had ten hours for the first season, and the same for the second. Boardwalk Empire has twelve, Treme has twelve - if we'd had two more hours we could have told a lot more of the story. Storm of Swords [the third book] is enormous and it will have to be broken up into two seasons, I think. But David and Dan are great people and they've assembled a great team, so if anyone can do it, they will.
The other thing that concerns me is what I call the butterfly effect. If you're familiar with the Ray Bradbury short story, you'll know what I mean. On TV, we saw the death of Mago, but we will see him in the books - he's still alive. It will have to be different in the book than in the show, because they killed him on TV. These are the kind of ripple effects that can happen.
There's more at the link, mostly discussing Martin's upcoming books. [Vulture]
Here's a pair of sneak peeks for the season five premiere, "Chuck vs. the Zoom." You can also check out the link for some additional speculation on what to expect. [BuddyTV]
Here are some promo photos for the second episode, "Chuck vs. the Bearded Bandit." [BuddyTV]
If you're interested in a glowing, pretty much spoiler-free review of the first three episodes, then check out the link. [ChuckTV]
Here's two sneak peeks for tonight's episode, "Shut Up, Dr. Phil!", featuring the reunion of Buffy the Vampire Slayer alums Charisma Carpenter and James Marsters.
And here's a clip from the rough cut of the episode.
Here's the official description for episode eight, "Season 7, Time For a Wedding!":
HERE COMES THE GROOM; PLUS DJ QUALLS GUEST STARS —- While on a hunt, Sam (Jared Padalecki) runs into someone from his past and a confrontation ensues. Meanwhile, Dean reluctantly teams up with a quirky, laid-back hunter named Garth (guest star DJ Qualls), when he finds himself in a situation that he just cannot explain.
Here's a promo for next week's episode, "Halloween."
Episodes actress Kathleen Rose Perkins will reportedly appear as Peggy, the supportive lesbian friend of Zachary Quinto's gay interior designer Chad, one of the house's previous owners who is set to first appear in the upcoming Halloween two-parter. [EW]
Here's a promo for the next episode, "Ghost World."
Here's the official description for episode nine, "Homecoming":
ROCK BAND MY MORNING JACKET PERFORMS —- On the night of the Homecoming dance, Rebekah (guest star Claire Holt) opens up to Elena (Nina Dobrev) about why the evening is so important to her, leaving Elena with conflicting emotions. Caroline (Candice Accola) and Matt (Zach Roerig) are both shocked at Tyler's (Michael Trevino) behavior throughout the evening. The night takes a surreal turn when Klaus (Joseph Morgan) puts his latest plan into action. Determined to outsmart Klaus, Damon (Ian Somerhalder) enters into a dangerous partnership, leading to a terrifying turn of events. The band My Morning Jacket performs in the party scenes.
Here's a promo for episode seven, "Masked."
And here are some set photos for episode eight, "Beneath."
Here's the synopsis for episode nine, "Balcoin":
FAYE STIRS UP TROUBLE FOR CASSIE AND JAKE —- Cassie (Britt Robertson) and Jake (guest star Chris Zylka) look into her father's side of the family, hoping to discover more about her lineage and why she has powers separate from the Circle. Meanwhile, Adam (Thomas Dekker) becomes protective of Cassie when Faye (Phoebe Tonkin) reveals that Jake might be hiding something dangerous from them. At the same time, Adam's equally concerned when Melissa's (Jessica Parker Kennedy) cousin Holden (guest star Arlen Escarpeta) comes to town and catches Diana's (Shelley Hennig) eye. A power shift forms between Charles (Gale Harold) and Dawn (Natasha Henstridge) that threatens to destroy their plan.
Executive producer Andrew Miller explains the decision to kill off Nick and what it means going forward:
Because there are only three [books] and because the story of the books is so specific and goes to such a specific place, we were always going to have to make some kind of a departure. We'd already reduced the circle in numbers [Editor's note: The novels feature a coven of 12], which was painful to do. We just felt that to really make the stakes of what these guys are dealing with feel real, to really ground it in an emotional reality, they just couldn't be walking around doing magic like it was no big deal. Unfortunately, there was just no better way to explore this idea of action and consequences than one of their own dying.
How will Nick's death affect the circle, and especially Melissa (Jessica Parker Kennedy)?
He starts off as such a douche with her and you hate him to some degree for treating Melissa the way he does, but she keeps coming back to him and he keeps pushing her away. Then, over the course of these last four episodes, he just turns such a corner and opens himself up to her and lets her come in. In doing so, we felt that it really empowered Melissa and she's stepped out of Faye's shadow for the first time in probably their whole lives.
There's more at the link. [TV Guide]
Elsewhere, Miller discusses a possible replacement for Nick in the form of his brother Jake:
Everyone hates him in the Circle from knowing him two years ago. But Cassie, because she's new to town, can only deal with what she sees on the surface, which is an incredibly sexy, very charming, troubled guy, who shares a similar pain that she does. Both his parents are gone, too. They develop a relationship that's different from anyone else because of that. That relationship will make life very, very hard for Adam, and then ultimately very hard for Diana because as much as they all can't stand Jake, he inserts themselves into their lives through Cassie. It just makes it difficult for all of them.
Could Jake complete the Circle again, since he's Nick's brother?
Well, the reality is, without Nick they're just a weakened Circle, and in this week's episode, we're gonna explore exactly what that means, what it means to be a broken Circle, and how to change that. Jake will definitely figure into that, but the problem is, they all hate him. And if Jake becoming a part of the Circle, if that's even an option, is something that could destroy them quicker than they could possibly know.
Additional reporting by Natalie Baaklini and Charlie Jane Anders.