News Briefs: Neil Gaiman Will Write a Cybermen Episode of Doctor Who

GEEK NEWS

... The Sandman author and graphic-novel god Neil Gaiman will write an episode of Doctor Who, his second, for the upcoming season. Gaiman's episode will run in the spring and—get this—feature the villainous tin cybogs known as the Cybermen. The Cybermen first debuted in 1966 and last appeared in the 2011 episode “Closing Time.” [BBC America via press release]


BUSINESS TIME

... Approximately 66.8 million viewers tuned in to watch election coverage last night, down slightly (6 percent) from the 2008 election. Maybe some people saw Barack Obama versus white guy and figured it was a repeat? Early numbers suggest NBC won the ratings war, with an average of 12.56 million viewers in primetime. CNN took home the cable prize with a 4.9 rating in the adult demo, but Fox News claimed most overall viewers with 11.6 million. No spoilers! Don't tell me who won yet, I still have it on my DVR. I'm going to watch it as soon I get through all these Super Bowls that I have piled up. [TV By the Numbers]

... The third season of Downton Abbey will premiere in the United States on January 6. That should be plenty of time for you to perfect your scoff at those who don't watch it. [Vulture]

... Two projects from Black List writer Thompson Evans are in the works. Fox is developing Night Hunters, about two cops who pose as cab drivers, and NBC is working on Max General, about the goings-on in the trauma center of a hospital. Cops and doctors! Doctors and cops! We get it, TV! [Deadline Hollywood]

... Chelsea Handler is getting behind another female comic by producing a new show. Fortune Feimster, who writes and co-stars in Handler's Chelsea Lately, will star in the project Discounted, about two half-sisters who try to keep their family furniture business running. The way Handler is sheparding projects for her Chelsea Lately crew, the janitor will have an NBC sitcom in no time. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Sundance Channel has unveiled its development slate for next season, and it features some very serious dramas. Valentines is based on the Olaf Olafsson novel and follows the love lives of a high-powered New York attorney and his three stunning daughters. Behind the Sun is set in mid-'80s Malibu and is about a family that discovers the only child is allergic to the sun. The Descendants is not based on the movie of the same name, and instead focuses on a sheriff who teams up with neighboring Native Americans after tragedy strikes his family. T looks at the life of a transgender man and his emotional present and flashes back to his days as a college lesbian. And Death in the Modern Age is about a man who fakes his own death to start over after his current life goes to shambles. [Sundance via press release]


CASTING NEWS

... Actor Benjamin Walker (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) has taken the lead in the HBO project The Missionary. He'll play a young American who gets tangled in the Cold War while in Germany. This was the role that Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul was set to take before scheduling commitments intervened. [Deadline]

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for a moment I thought, the missionary would be a really boring softcore porn.....
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Can't wait for Neil Gaiman's Doctor Who Episode!

Downtown Abbey!

Chelsea Handler is becoming quite the mogul!
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I hope the 2nd part of the season of Doctor Who won't suck like the 1st part.
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Neil Gaiman is an epic storyteller, I'm sure it'll be a great episode.

HBO's the Missionary sounds interesting!
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Gaiman's "The Doctors Wife" was one of my favorite episodes of the series so far so I am really excited to see what he will do with the Cybermen. The Doctors Wife was a deep character driven episode so I wonder if he will take that type of approach to the Cybermen, possibly looking at the suppressed emotions of a Cyberman.
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I wonder how much leeway they'll give Gaiman with the Cybermen. The Cybermen are really boring villains because they're the same exact thing every time, they're basically robot zombies, but the underlying concept has a lot of material for someone with a twisted vision like Gaiman to make a statement from, as he did with the TARDIS in his last episode.

Poor Fox News viewers having to watch the on-screen talent bicker and melt down over Obama winning. That was some hilarious stuff with Karl "incredulous" Rove buying into the hype rather than the numbers.

"Night Hunters" sounds kinda interesting, but not on Fox, it sounds too serious and slow and noir for the frenetic Fox network.
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I think you can do amazing things with the cybermen but almost every episode with them I dislike ...

Hopefully Gaiman gets it done, I love Sandman and American Gods!
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I want to watch (almost) everything from the Sundance Channel!
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I didn't actually enjoy Gaiman's 'The Doctor's Wife' all that much, and I'm not sure about the old series, but since their return in the new series the Cybermen haven't been very entertaining villians.
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Wow, The Doctor's Wife was easily my favorite Matt Smith episode of all time, I'm surprised to hear it's not liked.
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The reason why Fox News had most total viewers is obviously because the reasonable majority (as evidenced by who we re-elected) can just choose from amongst their favorite of the many truly fair and balanced networks while the crackpots only have Fox News.
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Karl Rove's meltdown was ratings gold.

Plus, I agree with Mac94102, after CNN called it, I switched to Fox to see if they had called it too, stayed for Karl Rove, and then switched back occasionally to watch them start to try and rationalize it.
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I watched Fox early on because I knew as soon as the most conservative news show called it for Obama, it would be official. Then I switched to MSNBC for intelligent commentary.
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Most liberals I know tuned into Fox at some point. Either to see how long it took them to admit they lost Ohio or to see Karl Rove's extended on-air meltdown.
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I loved Gaimans' other Doctor Who episode, so I've no doubt he'll hit this next one out of the park as well.

(though I won't be truly happy until Gaiman pulls off a 'Sandman' series)
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I'm looking forward to Gaiman's Doctor Who episode. The last one he wrote, The Doctor's Wife, was one of the best of New Who. I ended up watching election coverage on CNN. I liked their cool interactive map, but I missed Tim Russert's white board.
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Good news about Doctor Who! The Cybermen have seemed kind of lame to me lately. If there is anyone that can make them exciting again, it's Neil Gaiman.
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Ugh not another Chelsea Handler groomed comic getting their own show. And Fortune for that matter. Chelsea Handler shows are not funny. And will someone please cancel Whitney already, for crying out loud.
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If anyone can make Cybermen cool, it's him, but I'm not sure anyone can do that.
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