Matt Smith Remains Doctor Who For Another Season

... Hey you wacky Doctor Who fans, good news. 14 more episodes of the sci-fi show have been ordered for next year, and Matt Smith will remain on board as the good doctor. There had been some concerns that Smith would leave the show to become a big star, but for now, he's staying put. [io9]

... Last year I made the not-too-bold prediction that Game of Thrones would become a mega-beast for HBO, and it's slowly happening. Slowly. The HBO fantasy epic reached a series high in ratings this past week, with 3.6 million viewers for its two Sunday night airings. The audience has grown 22 percent since its premiere two months ago; that doesn't happen to shows that aren't going to be successes. [Deadline Hollywood]

... NBC's Harry's Law's cast's (four-possessives combo!) future will look different next season, as Brittany Snow and Aml Ameen have departed the show. Apparently the decision was mutual between the actors and the producers, but how mutual could it really be if an actor is leaving a steady gig on a primetime show? Hmmmm... [TV Line]

... Bravo has picked up The Real Housewives of New Jersey for a fourth season, and will be moving the show to Sundays. Zzzzzzzzzzzz. [THR]

... Big Love actress Chloe Sevigny has signed on to a new British series from Shameless creator Paul Abbott. The new series is called Hit and Miss and has a bizarre premise. Check this out: A transgender hit man (Sevigny) discovers he/she fathered several children when he/she was a man. Wow. Sign me up. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Futurama guest voices for season 6.5 include scientist Stephen Hawking and former astronaut Buzz Aldrin! They join previously announced guest voices Patton Oswalt and Simpsons star Dan Castellaneta. [UGO]

... It must be trash day because VH1 has announced the participants for its upcoming bout of Celebrity Rehab. Looking for help in the name of fame will be Michael "Lindsay's Dad" Lohan, actress Sean Young, former MLB pitcher Dwight Gooden, Long Island Lolita Amy Fisher, former Guns n' Roses guitarist Steven Adler, actress Bai Ling, Survivor's Jessica "Sugar" Kiper, and Baywatch's Jeremy Jackson. Who wants to start a Dead Pool? [US Magazine]


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Sorry Matt Smith and all the stories.. they made me not want anyone to watch those seasons if they were watching Dr Who for the first time... I am instead watching all the other seasons over and over...I was at the edge of my seat couldn't take a breath with some of those... "feed mee "
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I agree.. I was sooo dissapointed.. when I was just thinking this was the best show since I dont know when.. It made tv history in my book!
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Matt Smith is a crap Doctor. If it wasn't for Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) I would not be watching anymore.
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I've warmed to matt as the doctor, it's just a shame that this years stories have been a little on the rubbish side!
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can't believe some of the names that are on celebrity rehab... sean young used to be so beautiful (thinking back to blade runner) it's hard to believe she is now on the show - bai ling? she's extremely talented and jessica kiper from survivor who seemed like a pretty down to earth gal on the show. hard to believe these girls are in that bad of shape. i hate the show so i doubt i'll watch it but i wish the ladies to get better and get their lives on track.
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I came to like Matt as The Doctor but i was hoping a new one would come...
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Matt Smith is far better than David Tenant, as much as I liked his run with Rose (once she left it all got a bit silly), so I'm pleased to hear he's staying. In general I feel last season, and this one, have been the best in several years, certainly as far as direction and writing go, which hopefully continues...
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Let us just be thankful it isn't Colin Baker or Sylvester McCoy!
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At first I didn`t like him a bit but now he`s ok and glad that he`s still going to be the Doctor :)
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I just wish they hadn't spoiled that Matt's returing to Doctor Who; it kind of will lend a lack of drama to any danger in the season finale. But for stability's sake, it's great news.
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I love Matt Smith as the Doctor! So for me its good news lol :]
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Matt Smith makes a good Doctor, so its good news hes staying for another season. I do think he managed to find his way as the Doctor compared to Tennant. Which was critical, as he will never be able to be as great as David Tennant was. So shortly said, its different than Tennant but it works nicely, even if it can't be as good.
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re: doctor who as defined by matt smith...... if there was never a tennant, baker, pertwee, eccleston, davison......perhaps i would be more accepting of smith. as it is, smith's interpretation seems more clown than clever. nevertheless, i still watch because i like the ideal of the doctor. not to mislead, there have been a few good episodes. but, disappointing (to me) on the whole.
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Jeremy Jackson is so desperate for fame. First it was "I was a teenage Heartthrob" or "I want to be famous" or some or other lame reality show with a bunch of has-beens trying to get their career back on track and now Celebrity Rehab. Dude, find another line of work! This is why your kids should stay in school and have a backup plan for if the celebrity thing doesn't work out.
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Guest voice Stephen Hawkins? So how does that work? Someone types the lines into his machine or someone else types it in for him? Couldn't they just easily duplicate the voice with another machine?
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Well deserved too! :)
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Its funny.. When Matt Smith first started as The Doctor, I couldnt stand him. It was the same way with the 2nd doctor. Since then, I have come to love Matt Smith as The Doctor and really hope he gets to stick around. I dont see this show ending any time soon as they are able to bring in new main cast every couple seasons... Id like to see Matt stick around for at least 2 more seasons.
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yay for the Doctor!
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VERY glad Matt Smith is staying for another series; really like him as the Doctor. Not sure about Game of Thrones though; it was so slow I gave up with it in the end.
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I loathe Matt Smith's Doctor and was really hoping to get a new actor. Too bad.
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You do realise its deeply offensive to say he/she when referring to someone that is transgendered right??? You refer to them in the gender they idenitfy as even if they have fathered children in the past, hell even the orginal article managed to get it correct why couldn't you! Incidently it sounds like a good show, Paul Abbott is a legend and I am sure he will handle it with the right amount of sensitivity and pathos to go along with the obvious humour that could arise from the storyline. Chloe Sevigny is beautiful, she has a somewhat androgenous look about her though so I can see why she would be a good choice. Pleased about the news regarding Matt Smith aswell, my missus was worried his doctor was gonna regenerate given the storylines recently.
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It would be a shame for Matt smith to leave so soon especially after DT committed to such a long run SO i'm really glad he's staying. Anyone heard if Karen will be sticking round?
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I like Matt Smith as the Doctor and am happy to hear that he is sticking around even if it is with new companions, though I like Rory and Amy quite a bit also. I for one hope he stays for a while as he is quite good in the role. I doubt that he will try to beat the Tom Baker record of 8 years on screen, but I would not mind if he did as long as the story is good.
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I expected to hate Matt Smith's Doctor after the brilliant David Tennant one, but I think by now I like him almost equally. He's gone and done his own thing, and it works.
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Game of Thrones is simply put: amazing television
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That's awesome that Matt Smith is staying on. David Tennant is my favourite doctor but I do really love Matt Smith
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I am very happy about the changes in Harry's Law. I feel like that show got too bogged down with the side plots - especially with those two characters. Brittany Snow seems like a nice person, but her character was obnoxious and took away from what can be an otherwise great legal show.

That show DOES have some really likeable costars, though, like Christopher McDonald (or as I remember him, Happy Gilmore's "Shooter McGavin"), Johnny Ray Gill (who plays the street tough Damien) and the always funny Richard Kind. I hope those characters get more screen time in season two.

Most of all, I hope next season, Harry's Law focuses more on what made Boston Legal a great show: really well written courtroom scenes. Remember how amazing Alan Shore's closing arguments used to be? That's what I want from Harry's Law!
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Wow, Tim Surette didn't feel the need to give a "witty" opinion at the end of every single news story this time. He was holding back and actually reporting the news. I must give credit where credit is due.
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David Tenant was a FAR better Doctor Who in my opinion, but Matt Smith isn't terrible (just don't buy it when he gets angry).
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Chloe Sevigny as a transgender hitman? Yeah, I can see that. The woman is easily hideous enough. Gross.
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I think that the Brittany Snow twist was one of the things that helped to keep that show from being boring and like every other legal drama. Don't watch "Doctor Who", "Hit and Miss" sounds like it could be very interesting, and Points to Tim for the Four Possessives Combo.
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Matt Smith is an ok Doctor, but David Tennant is the best of all the doctors, by a long long ways.
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I don't like Matt Smiths doctor and hate amy as a companion, I say keep rory and river and get rid of the rest, especially amy who it seems only purpose is to add sex appeal to the show.
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it took me about half of season 5 to get used to Matt Smith but now i like him.. but i'm with wrpadk (and maybe others), David Tennant was 'my' doctor, i started watching the show well when he left actually so i knew from the start that the first guy was only on the first season of the "new" series and David's the one that grew on me most (i'm 23, i hadn't seen any Doctor Who before the 2005 series)
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It's ok for Matt to stay on, but he will never be my Doctor... I still miss my Doctor - David Tennant was the greatest of them all...
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Matt Smith is really good. That's great news :-)
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I would have been very happy if the previous actors to play the Doctor had stayed around longer. Matt Smith, not so much. I like Amy Pond and am very happy that Rory has become a significant character. I'm just not a huge fan of the current Doctor. Of course I'd be less negative if I liked the current season. Unfortunately, I've been very disappointed with the stories this season.
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I'm delighted Matt Smith will be on Doctor Who next season, and that the series gets a next season. The Harry's Law news isn't as happy. I'll miss seeing their characters in season two.
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The news about Harry's Law comes as no surprise. Knowing David E Kelley's history with his characters, I didn't expect these two to last long. I think it's for the best -- they were one of the weaker aspects of the show, in my opinion.
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Please don't leave Doctor Who just yet, Matt Smith. Stay on for many more years!! :)
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Harry's Law will die in the 18-49 ratings without Brittany and Aml
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Errr.... Harry's Law will be different without Brittany Snow. So I guess it'll only be a law practice now instead of doubling as a women's shoe store? They single-handedly threw out one of the interesting twists to the weirdness of the show.
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@tjaman

I was like you. I knew nothing about the show, just that it was releasing on HBO and that there was huge hype behind it. I then tuned in to the first ep and i was HOOKED! If you like Lord of the Rings epic environments and characters and great, great, i can't stress this enough, great story telling, then this show is for you. Just watch man, don't ask any questions and just watch.
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Someone, if this is possible, tell me anything at all about "Game of Thrones" beyond the fact that it exists? It's like being in a room where everyone's listening to the same thing on their iPods or something. What is it and why is it interesting? I know more about "Harry Potter" and I've been actively avoiding all knowledge of Harry Potter for years.
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Just a minor note, Steven Adler was not a guitarist for Guns N' Roses. He was, however, their drummer on Appetite for Destruction before being fired.
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