Posted Thursday 7/19/18 at 6:20PM EDT
Jodie Whittaker's Doctor Who described as a "pillar of hope" at Comic-Con
“To me, the Doctor is a pillar of hope and striving for brightness and inclusion," said Whittaker, making her Comic-Con debut this afternoon. Showrunner Chris Chibnall also used "pillar of hope" to describe Whittaker's take on The Doctor. “It’s the Doctor you’ve known and loved, with just a fresh take,” he said. “The Doctor is still very much The Doctor. But we need a pillar of hope, and that pillar of hope is Jodie Whittaker.” The actress went on to describe her take on The Doctor: "I feel like this Doctor requires a lot of energy, a lot of childish wonder… I’m quite fidgety. There’s not a lot of stillness I’m afraid," she said. Chibnall recalled writing three "special scenes" for the new Doctor's audition, and Whittaker had the right energy for the part. “Fresh and very funny. It was very emotional,” Chibnall said.
- Watch Whittaker's official Doctor Who trailer: "All of this is new to me," says Whittaker's 13th Doctor
- The true brilliance of the trailer comes from Whittaker's Doctor not even batting an eye
- Whittaker said playing The Doctor was liberating as a woman: "The thing about this role, which is why it is so amazing for any actor to play the role, is that essentially gender is irrelevant, and that’s completely liberating"
- Whittaker recalls speaking to former Doctor Who David Tennant, her Broadchurch co-star, before the announcement
Star Wars: The Clone Wars is being revived for Disney's streaming service
Source: Entertainment Weekly
The announcement was made at Comic-Con's 10th anniversary panel for the animated series. “It’s an anniversary," creator Dave Filoni told the crowd. "It’s 10 years. And you guys deserve something for being so great. A present, if you will,” Filoni told the audience. “We got together and we thought, if there is one thing we could give you what would it be? So here you go.” Star Wars: The Clone Wars has been picked up for a 12-episode season.
Meghan Markle's estranged half-sister: I'm going on Britain's Celebrity Big Brother
Source: Inside Edition
"Why not?" said Samantha Markle, who frequently slams her half-sister in the media. "Life is about cashing in," she told Inside Edition. "You take opportunities as they arise and hopefully you enjoy the ride and make it as positive as you can. There's nothing wrong with it." Samantha Markle is expected to earn six figures from Celebrity Big Brother UK, which kicks off Aug. 17.
Robert Kirkman essentially confirms Andrew Lincoln's The Walking Dead departure
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Kirkman said "it's looking that way" when asked by Kevin Smith in an IMDb interview if Season 9 would be Lincoln's last on the AMC series. Kirkman added: "At the end of the day, it's all about Andrew Lincoln. This is a human being. This is someone I have known for almost a decade, somebody that I love. He's been sweating in Georgia, away from his family, for so long."
President Trump recalls The Apprentice at White House event to expand job training
Source: New York Magazine
Trump was speaking to a crowd at the White House for an event called Pledge to America's Workers when he came across prepared text that included the word "apprenticeships." “That’s an interesting word for me to be saying, right? The Apprentice," said the president. "I never actually put that together until just now.... that was a good experience, I'll tell you that," He went on to say to his daughter (and Apprentice co-star) Ivanka, "Isn't that strange? I never associated... but here we are."
Stargirl live-action TV series is coming to DC Universe, penned by Geoff Johns
After recently stepping down as DC chief creative officer, Johns has signed on to pen Stargirl, the DC Universe streaming service's fourth live-action series. Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter will serve as executive producers. “Obviously, Stargirl was (the) first character I created for DC,” Johns tells Deadline of Stargirl's 1999 debut as the stepdaughter of the Star-Spangled Kid. “Most important, Courtney Whitmore was inspired by my sister who passed away." He adds: "To have an opportunity to tell a story celebrating this superhero was literally the first thing I wanted to do because it is so personal to me. Also, a character that speaks to being young, to a legacy and to pushing forward seems so important to me nowadays.”
Oxygen announces a Golden State Killer special
The Aug. 4 special titled Golden State Killer: Main Suspect will look into the life of the accused serial killer Joseph James DeAngelo.
Bristol Palin is joining MTV's Teen Mom OG
Sarah Palin's eldest daughter, who was a teen mom but who turns 28 in October, is returning to reality TV this fall, starring on the MTV's Teen Mom OG, according to TMZ. Bristol Palin is no stranger to reality television, having appeared on Dancing with the Stars, Lifetime's Bristol Palin: Life's a Tripp and TLC's Sarah Palin's Alaska.
George R.R. Martin's Nightflyers releases its first official trailer
Source: The Verge
The first official trailer for Martin's "Psycho in space" drama is a reminder of the classic film series Alien. ALSO: Nightflyers star Jodie Turner-Smith says "it's exciting to be a brown girl in this space."
Whoopi Goldberg and Jeanine Pirro reportedly got into an explosive argument backstage at The View
Source: Page Six
“F*ck you, get the f*ck out!" Goldberg shouted at the Fox News host, according to Fox News sister publication New York Post. “I’ve done more for abused women than you will ever do,” Pirro reportedly shot back. Their argument followed a heated on-air discussion in which Goldberg tore into Pirro over her unwavering defense of President Trump. UPDATE: Pirro spoke about her backstage encounter on Sean Hannity's radio show.
Stephen Colbert had his biggest-ever spring audience
The Late Show's 3.63 million average viewership was up 5% over spring 2017. It also was way ahead of Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show (2.41 million) and Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2.10 million). Colbert is also getting closer to beating Fallon in the all-important 18-49 demo.
Boris Kodjoe goes from Code Black to Station 19
He'll recur on Season 2 of the Grey's Anatomy spinoff as a firefighter with a mysterious past.
Victoria Justice and Jennifer Westfeldt join Facebook Watch beauty pageant drama Queen America
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Justice will play the spoiled protégé of Catherine Zeta-Jones' ruthless pageant coach character. Westfeldt will play Zeta-Jones' lifelong nemesis, the reining pageant coach from Texas.
Lydia Hearst defends husband Chris Hardwick at Comic-Con, says he'll return to TV soon
"Yeah, I think fans can expect to see him back on the air soon, and maybe hopefully back at Comic-Con next year," the actress and model said in an interview with Variety.
Netflix orders zombie drama Black Summer starring Jaime King
The Hart of Dixie alum will play a mom who is torn from her daughter, and embarks on a harrowing journey to find her, amid the most deadly summer of a zombie apocalypse.
Apple's Are You Sleeping adds Moon Bloodgood
The Falling Skies and Code Black alum will play Octavia Spencer's best friend on the thriller inspired by true-crime podcasts.
Comedy Central acquires King of the Hill and The Cleveland Show reruns
The cable network has acquired all 13 seasons of King of the Hill reruns, which will premiere on Monday. Family Guy spinoff The Cleveland Show debuts on Comedy Central this fall.
- Jodie Whittaker's Doctor Who described as a "pillar of hope" at Comic-Con