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Bring on the Witches, Bitches! Five Things You May Not Have Heard About This Week

By Cindy Davis | Seriously Random Lists | July 28, 2013 | Comments ()


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So much Important Stuffitude.

5. BBC Worldwide Announced the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special Will Be Broadcast Around the World…at the Same Time.

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New Images from the Special:

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To avoid spoilers/plot leaks, worldwide broadcasters have agreed to simultaneously air the special; the 3D episode is currently scheduled at 8pm on BBC1 November 23rd.


4. Charles Dance Went All Doctor Frankenstein on Poor Patrick.

Paired with Matron Rachel Griffiths, Dance’s dastardly doctor is not one I’d want treating any of my ailments, major or minor. (These two would have been great on “American Horror Story: Asylum”.) Comatose Patrick (Jackson Gallagher) may be both psychopathic and psychic, but that doesn’t mean he deserves the electric…bed. Luckily he has a new nurse (Sharni Vinson) on his side. This Aussie thriller hits theaters in time for an Oz Halloween, which means we’ll probably have to wait until Easter (apropos?)

3. And George R. R. Martin Possibly Spoiled His Next A Song of Ice and Fire Installment.

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But really, it seems more a semantic stretch; people reading a bit too much into an innocuous statement. Swipe to read, and for the sake of fellow Pajibans, please don’t discuss in the comments: Martin was quoted thusly: “You introduce characters, and sometimes they take on a life of their own. Some major characters — yes, I always had plans, what Tyrion’s arc was gonna be through this, what Arya’s arc was gonna be through this, what Jon Snow’s arc is gonna be. I knew what the principal deaths were gonna be, and when they were coming. That would be the closest thing.”

So speculators have decided that because Martin used “is,” that means Jon Snow lives—which I think plenty of people believe regardless. “Is that it?” you ask? Yes, that’s it.”

2. We Met Agent Melinda May.

The latest clip from “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” features our first look at Ming-Na Wen’s reluctant Melinda May. The show premieres on ABC September 24th.

1. Cable’s Gone Wild! AMC Nabbed Lee Pace…

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The Hobbit, Lincoln and “Pushing Daisies” vet will star as a “visionary” around which “Halt & Catch Fire” is centered; the 80s drama series is set during the personal computer industry boom and also features Scoot McNairy and Maggie Elizabeth Jones. “Southland’s” Jonathan Lisco will serve as showrunner.


and Jamie Bell…

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AMC also announced “Turn” (based on Alexander Rose’s Washington’s Spies: The Story of America’s First Spy Ring) starring Jamie Bell as “spymaster” Abraham Woodhull, who in 1778 formed George Washington’s spy network, The Culper Ring. “Turn” also stars Burn Gorman, JJ Feild and Kevin McNally and is executive produced by Barry Josephson.


Cinemax Reeled in Steven Soderbergh and Clive Owen…

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“Retired” film director, Soderbergh continues his television roll with a new hospital series: “The Knick,” starring Owen (presumably) as one of the “the groundbreaking surgeons, nurses and staff, who push the bounds of medicine in a time of astonishingly high mortality rates and zero antibiotics.”


And Showtime Landed Philip Seymour Hoffman.

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The Oscar winner will star as ad executive Thom Payne in “Trending Down,” which follows Payne’s decline after his agency is taken over. Co-starring Kathryn Hahn (“Parks and Recreation”), Showtime calls the series a “…blistering attack on our youth-obsessed culture, and a darkly comic examination of what it means to matter. Or matter not.”


Finally, Ryan Murphy Just Announced the Delighful Denis O’Hare Has Joined “American Horror Story: Coven.”

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You should be able to hear my excited screams wherever you are. O’Hare joins Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Lily Rabe, Frances Conroy, Evan Peters, Taissa Farmiga, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Emma Roberts, Patti LuPone and Gabourey Sidibe. Witches, bitches!


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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not


  • Great, now I may actually have to watch "AHS: Coven". Denis O'Hare you scamp.

  • John G.

    oh thank god, for a second there, I thought the wonderful Charles Dance had somehow been cursed to be on the worse thing to ever be on television, American Horror Story.

  • John G.
    Swipe to read

    Um...how do I do this with my mouse?

  • foolsage

    Left click just before the text begins and drag to the end of the text (i.e. do not release the mouse button until you have highlighted all the text you want highlighted, then release). The text should now be highlighted and visible.

  • toblerone

    YAY! We get to have Lee Pace back on TV every week (well 13 weeks anyways). Thanks AMC.

  • BWeaves

    The Daleks, again. I was kinda hoping for something new we hadn't seen before.

  • foolsage

    Daleks are so central to the Doctor's story that it'd feel a bit odd not to have them, honestly. I'm also hoping for an appearance from the Master, just because the 50th anniversary and the death of the 11th really ought to be something extra special.

  • BWeaves

    I know, I know, and I agree, BUT, the only people watching a special are already Doctor Who fanatics (me, me, me) and I just hate the goofy, cram 15 cameos into a show specials. I was hoping they would actually give us a really new, fantastic episode that just happened to have a bunch of the other Doctors in it.

  • foolsage

    Fair enough. I do love original material as well, e.g. the weeping angels and the Silence were pretty damned nifty. It's just that the 50th anniversary kind of needs to be a celebration of what's come before, which means it needs to involve preexisting plot lines and villains. There's room for new stuff as well of course, but I think most fans would be very disappointed if there were no Daleks and no Master.

    There's also the fact that we're going to learn about the John Hurt non-Doctor. His whole story is about the Time War and what he did to end it (i.e. kill/remove from time all the Daleks and all the Time Lords). Daleks are absolutely crucial to understanding this "new" character. They *must* be part of the story.

  • BWeaves

    Anything that brings John Hurt into the story is OK by me.

  • foolsage

    I'm really looking forward to the show changing direction and trying something new, especially Hurt's non-Doctor. I think Doctor Who is at its best when the producers aren't afraid to shake things up. Plus, John Hurt is always wonderful in every role he takes. The man is amazing.

  • Pat Sponaugle

    So, as I scrolling down and saw the Daleks, I first thought (FOR ONLY A SECOND, OKAY) that they were R2-D2 droids. That thought delighted and terrified me.

  • You can't have a Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special without the Daleks in it, that's just crazy talk.

    EDIT: Whoops, betrayed by tablet keyboard. That comment was meant for BWeaves.

  • Pat Sponaugle

    No worries, Quartermain my man.

  • There are peaks in the Himalayas that look less high than Lee Pace in that picture.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    By "around the world", they of course mean "only in English speaking countries".

  • Everybody knows that only those are the ones that really count, anyway

  • IngridToday

    He considered all the illegal downloading/streaming, 'around the world' would be accurate.

  • Chris

    So, are they just going to jump past the entire recent season they haven't shown yet? Law abiding Swedish viewers gonna be all "Whoa, where's Amy and Rory?"

    What I'm actually saying is: BBC Entertainment international, man up and realize that your content is pointless when you are two years behind.

  • Irina

    All Swedish viewers are law-abiding. Swedes are so vanilla, the mere though of chocolate chips is enough to to boggle their minds.

  • foolsage

    We REALLY need a new distribution model for film and TV content online. It's a freaking mess.

    http://theoatmeal.com/comics/g...

  • L.O.V.E.

    #6. Sam Elliott will play Ron Swanson's Eagleton rival on Parks & Rec! Perfect casting.

    That calls for some Sioux City Sarsaparilla.

  • Mrs. Julien

    [faints with joy]

  • emmalita

    Mustache vs. Mustache

  • I've had mixed reactions to AHS, ranging from "Stop molesting Mrs. Coach!" to "Oh. My. God. Evan Peters can ACT." to "EEEWWWW. Oh no they didn't." I didn't think I would be, but with that cast I'm kinda looking forward to the next season.

    ETA: and, YES TO LEE PACE IN EVERYTHING.

  • Uriah_Creep

    As long as the fantastic Lily Rabe is on AHS, I'm good to go. For me, she was my big revelation from the second season as Devil Eunice. But the rest of the cast is great, as usual.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I have to say that I did indeed think the header pic was from the upcoming AHS - and I thought Rachel Griffiths was an aged-down Frances Conroy. The ingenue in Patrick (great title graphic for that movie) looks just like Carey Mulligan, yes?

    Btw, I'm thinking spy ring was 1778, not 1178. Does sound like a sweet premise for a show though.

  • Kala

    I do believe Jamie Bell has had some sort of altercation with a razor. He did not emerge victorious.

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    So, as I scrolling down and saw
    the Daleks, I first thought (FOR ONLY A SECOND, OKAY) that they were
    R2-D2 droids. That thought delighted and terrified me.

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