News Briefs: The BBC Asks a James Bond Star to Be the New Doctor Who

IS THE DOCTOR IN? NEWS

... This is just an early report, but the BBC has allegedly offered the cherished and newly vacant role of Doctor Who's Doctor to Rory Kinnear. Kinnear played MI6 officer Bill Tanner in the James Bond movies Skyfall and Quantum of Solace. But this one of those "it's only preliminary" things, so don't get your biscuits in a bundle just yet! [Telegraph]


BUSINESS TIME

... In pretty much the shortest press release ever, NBC has confirmed that Dan Harmon will be returning to Community as the comedy's showrunner for Season 5. Joining him will be Chris McKenna, who will reprise his role as executive producer. Harmon previously announced on Twitter that he was returning to the show, but the official press release gives us a chance to celebrate again. [NBC via press release]

... Here's some good news for people who love trashy television: The Bachelor creator Mike Fleiss expects Bachelor Pad, the Bachelor and Bachelorette spinoff, to return next summer after a year off. That should give all the Bachelor and Bachelorette rejects plenty of time to let their cold sores heal. [EW]

... TNT's sci-fi alien-invasion series Falling Skies debuted its third season on Sunday (did you read MaryAnn's review?) and fell in the ratings slightly. The two-hour opener drew 4.2 million viewers, down from the 4.5 million who tuned in for last year's Season 2 premiere. The drop could easily have been a result of the Falling Skies premiere airing against the NBA finals and/or the Season 3 finale of Game of Thrones, but the stiff competition probably didn't affect it too badly. This show has been slipping since its debut two years ago. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Well, you may as well just shoot yourself in the face now. Rap metal disasters Insane Clown Posse are getting their own show. Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope will host Fuse's Insane Clown Posse Theater, a variety show that includes sketches, interviews, and their takes on popular culture. The series will premiere on July 24. [The Wrap]

... BBC America has ordered a second season of Wild Things With Dominic Monaghan, which features the Lost star traveling the world in search of the globe's most dangerous and rare animals, usually of the creepy crawly variety. [BBC America via press release]


CASTING NEWS

... Beauty Natalie Zea will drop by CBS's summer sci-fi drama Under the Dome in a recurring role. The Following star will show up late in the series, making her first appearance in the ninth episode as a shady character who may even be worse than the supposed Big Bad. [TV Guide

... Pop idol and current hot superstar Cher will perform during the live season finale of The Voice on June 18. Don't say I didn't warn you! [NBC via press release]

... HBO's pilot The Leftovers has expanded its cast, and one of the new additions is a Doctor! Former Doctor Who star Christopher Eccleston leads the names joining the Damon Lindelof project about those left behind after the Rapture. Also booked are Tony-winner Carrie Coon, Ann Dowd, and Amanda Warren. [THR]

... American Idol has booted longtime producer Nigel Lythgoe after several years of declining ratings. Taking over for him will be Per Blankens, who most recently served as the executive producer on the Swedish version of Idol. Great, now everyone one will only sing ABBA. [The Wrap]

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NO. Just NO
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Unless they're looking to go darker with the Doctor, he doesn't look the part at all. It'll be interesting to see who else they ask.
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Hey hey hey! Don't be hatin' on the Insane Clown Posse, Tim! I ask you to recall a certain episode of Workaholics...

But yeah, Insane Clown Posse Theater will probably suck a bag of dicks. Great guys personally, wonderful live entertainers, can't make a movie or a show (I know The Purple Show was Twiztid's thing, but I recall ICP having a finger or two in that pie) worth a good goddamn.
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The Leftovers sounds interesting, but if it's on HBO I probably won't watch if it's going to be another one of their many softcore porn series... If it isn't going to be like that(!!!!) then I will watch.
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Would you rather watch natural human nudity, or graphic violence. I know you didn't say anything about the latter, but I can't help but get annoyed at people who won't watch a show because it may have a boob or two and a butt but death and violence are totally ok! Guess what, your mom and dad got naked together one time, and you know what happened? You happened!
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So what? Graphic violence is fake, nudity is real in most occasions, especially the boobs. There are no problems for me or those around me from watching graphic violence. Nudity and pointless sex scenes on the other hand make men (and women) mentally cheat more than you realize. It encourages and allows "cheating" in their minds and it's good for nothing. It's also a lot more awkward to watch together with your parents or other family members because it is not family friendly. It's not even realistic sex for the most part + it's promiscuous. You shouldn't forget that the actors are real people who get paid to get naked. Sometimes more. That's basically filmed prostitution and it sickens me to even think of people willing to do that for a few bucks, in front of the whole world to see and to circle around the internet forever. That's not natural sex at all, it is emotionless and sold like a product to all the sad, horny people watching at home. Natural nudity is NOT what you get on TV - no, you get the fantasy version and no good comes from that. It's the same kind of disease as porn. What you are saying isn't a good argument at all as far as I'm concerned. Nudity and sex scenes never add to the STORY in a movie. Not even movies that are specifically about that subject needs to show everything in order to tell the story (if there ever is one because to me it's usually just an excuse to show more nudity to sell worthless crap)... Cheap tricks made to sell because "sex sells" - that's what HBO and other certain channels are all about.
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Not a good choice IMO.
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Ever since "Jekyll" I've thrown James Nesbitt into the ring for the next Doctor

I've been denied a couple of times now :-(

I just loved Hyde's wackiness. Sure, the Hyde personality Was WAY too dark of a persona for The Doctor... but the wackiness was there and almost seemed a solid fit.
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I take the denials with as much salt grain as the rumors itself. Remember Matt was also coming back for the next season but that turned out to be false. So until BBC says "this is the guy" anything is in play as possibly true.
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Nice to see the BBC isn't planning on casting a teenager as the next Doctor, and unlike Matt Smith or David Tennant, I've actually heard of Rory Kinnear (as well as his father, Roy Kinnear, who was in the last episode of The Avengers, which was also created by Sidney Neuman). But like you said, preliminary, so maybe I'm getting ahead of myself. Any information on whether Steven Moffatt is staying on as showrunner and, if not, who the new showrunner/head writer is expected to be?
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So, is Leftovers gonna be based on the Left Behind book series, or just ridiculously similar?
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For a second I thought they meant Ben Whishaw. Either of them would be fine, but it won't happen. The BBC won't report on people they're only considering, or that have been asked but haven't answered yet. The Doctor will be announced when it's final, everything else is just speculation.
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HBO's Leftovers sound interesting.
i hope it's gonna be good fantasy series without all the raunchy stuff..
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Fuse used to boast that they had more music than the other music channels. They seem to be ditching that for more non-music video-related content, like MTV and VH-1.
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The Doctor is not in...
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What? Daniel Craig isn't the next Doctor?! Oh, I'm so disappointed. You got my hopes up by mentioning Bond.
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Another bullshit from the "great" Lindelof.
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I hear he can't finish the job...
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He can finish the job, it's just that he flips the switch on the genre of TV show you're watching in the series finale.

I wonder if The Leftovers will turn from a religious/fantasy series into a science fiction show (the reversal of Lost's 'The End') when it ends
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I could complain about the erroneous Doctor news as some others have here so far, but I choose to not bundle my biscuits this early as per request.
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Apparently a friend of Rory Kinnear's family says there is no substance to the rumour about him being offered the part of The Doctor. Thank goodness! Nice enough actor but not right for the role. My choice would have to be Damien Molony who played the vampire Hal in Being Human (the original version). He is an excellent actor and really drew the audience into the story of the vampire, the werewolf and the ghost.
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JT_Kirk for Next Doctor
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Okey Dokey...
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So I guess Natalie Zea will play the pouty, dull woman who somehow still attracts multiple suitors like she usually does. C'mon, I know she's pretty but this is Tv not real life - a little personality goes a long way. Natalie Zea rant over and I apologize
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I'm hoping that she will be giving her groundbreaking academy award winning performance, that she delivered in Passions...

Girl was really giving Meryl Streep a run for the money lol!
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I will not believe any kind of Doctor-y news until it comes directly from the BBC. I have faith that they will not choose a nearly bald guy after having 2 Doctors with such fantastic hair!
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The BBC stated that this is not true. They have not approached him. Get your facts confirmed before posting these stories please.
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He's reporting what The Telegraph reported and may not have seen anything to the contrary when e posted.
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Just saying since the BBC will most likely follow this story the most I would of checked to see what the BBC said before posting something/
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Nooo I don't want this square to be the Doctor!! Not to mention you so rudely got my hopes up for Ben Whishaw at that Bond reference. Did they get bored of young charming nerd-handsome fellows?

And speaking of Doctors, I'm approximately a billion times more excited for The Leftovers now that Eccleston is on board! He was my favorite Doctor :D
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Mine's Dr J
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Who's with me?!

(Crickets)
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You forgot about Dre! (How could you?)
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or Dr. Pepper!
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An ABBA-only Idol might actually be an improvement. Just sayin'.
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that guy being approached about the doctor who role isn't based on the purist facts, a quick google of the person's name to find out who he is there is a few articles which are claiming that he wasn't approached about the role, that his agent hadn't been contacted and a self proclaimed friend of the family liz buckley said the actor is annoyed by the rumors.
i don't think it will be him, and i'm glad about that.
not glad, however about insane klowns being on my screen... that's one show i will without doubt not be tuning in to.

i'm a slacker and wayyyyyyy late and have just recently started to start watching community (i don't follow tv as most do when it airs, i usually wait until something airs for awhile and then watch it marathon style back to back to back.. i find it a much more enjoyable experience to be able to watch alot of it in one sitting instead of 1 episode a week, for example, i still have 2 seasons of game of thrones to watch) and the first season is truly brilliant, if that's any indication of dan harmon's creativity then i'm happy to see him back with the show and looking forward to continuing watching.

bachelor can suck it, won't be watching anything to do with that.
dominic monaghan should be on a good tv series, his talents are being wasted on some reality show.
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+1 with the marathon watching

Walton Goggins should be the next Doctor Who. And the next James Bond. AND the next President. I need a lie down...
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You definitely do!
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Sorry Dex. See you soon my friend
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Falling Skies also had to contend with the Tony awards as well as the Game of Thrones finale, and the fact that many people forgot it was back until the next day. But do you think the crowd for Falling Skies really cares that much about sports?
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Too late... my biscuits are in a bundle.
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I am really looking forward to this Leftovers show...damnit another reason to keep paying for that channel. I hope if it is more drama that it is not as morose and dark as that Rapture movie and if it is more comedy well I guess I don't want it to be pure comedy I almost would rather it have well for station equivalent a Six Feet Under vibe.
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