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

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... 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]


... 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]


... 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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