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Posted Friday 5/25/18 at 10:33AM EDT
Poldark producer defends Aidan Turner making more money than co-star Eleanor Tomlinson
Tomlinson recently pointed out the unequal pay, telling Red magazine: "While at the beginning that might have been okay – he was a bigger star than me – now I don't think so," she said. "We're equal leads of the show, so I'd be pretty upset if the gap hadn't closed." Poldark producer Mammoth Screen defended its decision to pay Turner more, noting that Turner is playing the title character of Ross Poldark and he has "significantly more screen time than any other character."
Posted Thursday 5/24/18 at 4:10AM EDT
BBC teams with Twitch to stream 500 classic Doctor Who episodes
The 500 episodes from 1963 to 1989 will stream on Twitch for seven weeks starting on May 29.
Posted Wednesday 5/23/18 at 7:10PM EDT
John Malkovich joins Rupert Grint on Agatha Christie's The ABC Murders for Amazon and BBC
Malkovich will play the lead role as Hercule Poirot in the three-part adaptation of Christie's 1936 classic novel.
Posted Tuesday 5/22/18 at 10:30PM EDT
Richard Gere signs on for his first major TV role, playing a media baron on BBC's MotherFatherSon
Gere will play a self-made American mogul with media outlets around the world, including in London, where his character's self-destructive son runs one of his newspapers. "It’s been almost 30 years since I worked in television," said Gere. "I’m so pleased to be working now with the BBC on this extraordinary eight-hour project with such talented people and which resonates so much to the time we live in.” Gere will be joined on the eight-part series by Helen McCrory as his estranged British heiress wife and Billy Howle as his 30-year-old son.
Posted Sunday 5/20/18 at 4:34AM EDT
Royal Wedding was a tremendous TV experience: "How long has it been since we’ve watched live TV that was this giddy, this besotted?"
"Did we even realize how much we needed this: the predawn escape to Fairy Tale Land, the sneaking out of bed to let indifferent spouses snooze?" says Hank Stuever of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding that was shown live on a number of networks. He adds: "Usually it’s Sarah Huckabee Sanders scowling at us, followed by pundits scowling some more, with TV anchors whose heads shake permanently back and forth in exasperated surrender. Even the awards shows lately have been fraught with careful messaging. But on Saturday, from network to network, coverage of the royal marriage of Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle was technically flawless, surprisingly thoughtful, happily effervescent and unabashedly over the top. The combined force of it briefly created a safe space for dreamers and optimists, whether a viewer opted for the pure dosage of the BBC feed (on PBS and BBC America), or for something more pedestrian."
- Twitter outshined TV: "The television coverage suggested an industry that has lost its monopoly on the international conversation"
- The wedding "was admittedly a wonderful — and charmingly made-for-TV — diversion" from the bad news in the U.S.
- Oprah Winfrey attended the wedding, as did Prince Harry's friend James Corden
- BBC trolls Trump over inauguration crowd size in a royal wedding tweet
- Watch Bishop Michael Curry's electrifying speech that was the talk of the wedding
- SNL spoofed the royal wedding with a Prince Harry reception video and Kenan Thompson as Bishop Curry
- Kristen Wiig crashed HBO's Cord & Tish royal wedding coverage as "Sir Albert Langham-Kingsley"
- Watch Suits superfan Cord join Tish in gushing over the royal wedding
- How a British newspaper covered America's TV coverage of the royal wedding
- Suits creator Aaron Korsh tweeted: "Just a little stroll in the countryside. No reason. Just felt like coming England"
- "Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex!" tweeted Suits' official Twitter account
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Posted Friday 5/18/18 at 11:54PM EDT
Starz's Howards End is the anti-Handmaid's Tale
While The Handmaid's Tale may leave you feeling miserable, says Kat Stoeffel, "there is another way to substantive, high-budget, strong-female-lead storytelling. One you won’t need to look away from, but you can occasionally look away from, because not that much happens. It is the BBC’s new adaptation of Howards End, which became available on Starz last month, and I wish I could watch all four hours again tonight for the first time."
Posted Thursday 5/10/18 at 9:39PM EDT
Hugh Grant could've been Doctor Who, but the 2004 offer never made it past his agent
Russell T. Davies, who helmed Doctor Who from 2005 to 2010, is finally getting to work with Grant on the BBC miniseries A Very English Scandal. Davies originally wanted Grant for Doctor Who, but the actor has no recollection of the offer. "We did ask him to be Doctor Who in 2004," says Davies. I have to say, that never got past his agent. I told him this. He was completely oblivious. With that level of star, you approach the agent and they just kick it out the window. 'Would Hugh like to come to Cardiff for a year?' 'No!'"
Posted Wednesday 5/09/18 at 10:52PM EDT
British networks BBC, Channel 4 and ITV may partner with NBC Universal on a streaming service to combat Netflix and Amazon
According to The Guardian, "the early-stage talks, which are also understood to involve NBC Universal, the US TV and film group that owns the maker of Downton Abbey, are focusing on how the UK’s main broadcasters and makers of top shows can work together to create a streaming rival to the popular and deep-pocketed newcomers that have transformed broadcasting."
Posted Monday 5/07/18 at 10:00PM EDT
Take a look at Jodie Whittaker's Doctor Who comic book debut
Whittaker gets one page teasing her debut as the 13th Doctor.
Posted Friday 5/04/18 at 7:23PM EDT
Martin Freeman clarifies his comments about Sherlock fans following Benedict Cumberbatch's heated response
“My point with Sherlock was that those expectations can be heavy,” he told The Daily Beast after Cumberbatch called his original comments about fans hurting the show "pretty pathetic." “There’s a certain aspect that some fans are going to run with the ball and make their own thing out of your show - which is completely fair enough, as long as we all acknowledge that that is what is happening."
Posted Wednesday 5/02/18 at 10:57PM EDT
Riz Ahmed is returning to UK TV with Englistan, a British Pakistani family drama
The Emmy-winning The Night Of and Girls alum has created and will co-star on the BBC2 drama in "a generational story about the impact that sweeping changes to British society have had one one family of Pakistani immigrants."
Posted Wednesday 5/02/18 at 4:40PM EDT
BBC picks up Poldark for Season 5
Poldark star Eleanor Tomlinson announced the pickup of the historical drama that airs on PBS' Masterpiece in a video on the show's official Twitter account.
Posted Tuesday 5/01/18 at 11:02PM EDT
BBC renews McMafia for Season 2
AMC has yet to decide if it will also pick up the second season of the crime drama for American viewers
Posted Monday 4/30/18 at 8:42PM EDT
Netflix and BBC team for Project Interiors designer reality competition
Project Interiors is described as The Great British Bake Off for interior design.
Posted Monday 4/30/18 at 8:42PM EDT
A 1975 Doctor Who episode is coming to theaters for one night only
"Genesis of the Daleks," one of the most memorable and frightening episodes featuring the Fourth Doctor Tom Baker, will be screened in American cinemas on June 11.