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Posted Friday 12/07/18 at 1:25PM EST
Doctor Who's ratings are up 47% in total viewers in Jodie Whittaker's first season
Whittaker has brought a surge in viewership this season. In addition to total viewers being up, Whittaker's first season is up 46% in adults 18-49 and 32 percent in adults 25-54 in comparison to last season.
Posted Wednesday 11/14/18 at 10:03PM EST
Doctor Who's New Year's Day special confirmed
Source: BBC America
The Doctor is skipping the traditional Christmas special in favor of a New Year's Day special. “We’re thrilled to be starting the New Year with a bang, as Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor and friends face a terrifying alien threat in an action-packed, hour long special adventure for all the family," said showrunner Chris Chibnall.
Posted Wednesday 10/31/18 at 1:31PM EDT
BBC America greenlights The Watch based on Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels
Source: TV Guide
The adaptation of the iconic British fantasy author's "punk rock thriller" will tell the story of the City Watch, the police force that patrols the dystopian city of Ankh-Morpork.
Posted Monday 10/22/18 at 10:08AM EDT
Doctor Who delivered with a Rosa Parks episode that was hard to pull off
Source: The A.V. Club
"I’m not sure Doctor Who has ever faced a higher level of difficulty than it did with 'Rosa,'" says Caroline Siede of Sunday's powerful and emotional episode that left viewers in tears. "I was incredibly nervous heading into this episode because there were so many ways it could fail. It could fall back on the sanitized myth that Rosa Parks was just an old woman who was too tired to give up her seat. It could inject wacky alien hijinks into a politically charged moment of history. Or, worst of all, it could rob Rosa of her real-life agency by presenting the Doctor as some kind of inspirational influence on her actions. But writers Malorie Blackman and Chris Chibnall are incredibly smart about how they structure the episode. 'Rosa' isn’t about the Doctor and her companions changing history, it’s about them guarding the timeline so that Rosa’s heroism itself can change the world."
Posted Tuesday 10/16/18 at 9:10PM EDT
BBC America releases high quality photos inside Doctor Who's new TARDIS console room
The new TARDIS contains a biscuit dispenser at Jodie Whittaker's request.
Posted Tuesday 10/09/18 at 6:10PM EDT
Jodie Whittaker's Doctor Who debut captures 1.4 million American viewers
While that's up from Peter Capaldi's final season, it's down 38% from his debut in 2014. Whittaker's BBC America numbers are still higher than the premiere of David Tennant and Matt Smith's Doctor Who seasons.
Posted Tuesday 10/09/18 at 12:15PM EDT
BBC America study: Female superheroes can boost the confidence in girls
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
BBC America partnered with the Women's Media Center for its "SuperPowering Girls" study that was timed for Jodie Whittaker's Doctor Who. It found that better onscreen representation of female superheroes can allow young girls to see themselves as leaders and heroes.
Posted Tuesday 10/09/18 at 12:15PM EDT
What made Jodie Whittaker's Doctor Who debut so impressive was that it was an extremely typical episode
"When Whittaker’s casting was announced, legions of Whovians made both their excitement and displeasure known," says Caroline Framke. "To some, this female Doctor is way overdue; to others, it represented a concession to wokeness by denigrating a classic character. 'The Woman Who Fell to Earth' doesn’t spend too much time trying to justify its existence to the latter camp, which is smart. Anyone who made up their mind based solely on her casting is unlikely to change it. But the script from new showrunner Chris Chibnall nonetheless squeezes in a few canny moments to acknowledge the shift, wink at the show’s past, and ably make its case. As the episode itself stipulates — both implicitly and even a little explicitly — it doesn’t actually matter what form the Doctor takes. The Doctor is an alien time traveler whose life spans thousands of years, regenerating when one form wears out like a snake shedding skin. The real question isn’t 'why does the new Doctor have to be a woman?', as some have gotten stuck on, but 'why has the Doctor always regenerated into a white British man?' If nothing else, the previous casting has showed a remarkable lack of creativity for a series that’s long prized itself for its incredible intergalactic imagination."
- The new Doctor Who plays it safe with too little dramatic tension -- perhaps a woman should've wrote it
- Jodie Whittaker is remarkable, but her first episode was not
- Whittaker's Doctor is energetic and full of heart
- Showrunner Chris Chibnall's Doctor Who puts the focus back on the humans
- Whittaker absolutely owns the part from moment she leaps into the frame
- The writers tried to minimize the impact of her sex change while also working to self-reflexively address it
- Whittaker gets a Doctor Who Barbie Doll
- When showrunner Chris Chibnall first pitched Doctor Who to Whittaker, she says "it was a complete curveball because we were just chatting as friends"
Posted Wednesday 9/26/18 at 2:44PM EDT
Jodie Whittaker's Doctor Who will debut at 1:45 p.m. ET on Oct. 7
Source: Entertainment Weekly
BBC America announced that the new season of Doctor Who will air the premiere simultaneously with the UK airing. The cable channel will also air an encore at 8 p.m. ET.
Posted Wednesday 9/05/18 at 3:54PM EDT
Killing Eve finally gets a premiere date on British TV
Source: Digital Spy
Phoebe Waller-Bridge's BBC America British-made drama will make its debut on BBC on Sept. 15.
Posted Wednesday 9/05/18 at 11:03AM EDT
Jodie Whittaker's Doctor Who premieres Oct. 7, with episodes now airing on Sundays
The BBC drama is moving to Sundays, and its premiere -- titled "The Woman Who Fell to Earth" -- will be simulcast on BBC America.
Posted Saturday 7/28/18 at 12:28AM EDT
Killing Eve gets a new writer and directors for Season 2
Emerald Fennell is taking over for Phoebe Waller-Bridge as lead writer. Waller-Bridge will continue to produce the BBC America, but she has other projects to juggle.
Posted Friday 7/13/18 at 11:36PM EDT
Sandra Oh's Killing Eve Emmy nomination is a "bittersweet joy" for actors of Asian descent
"It isn’t simply the Emmy committee’s fault that it has taken this long—this year is the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards—for an Asian American woman to be nominated for the top drama award," says Nicole Clark. "In a landscape devoid of major acting opportunities for Asians and Asian Americans, the lack of nominations and wins really isn’t surprising. To win an award, you need to have a good role, and those roles are in short supply for Asians. Only two Asian actors have won Emmys—Archie Panjabi in 2010 as supporting actress for The Good Wife and Riz Ahmed in 2017 as lead actor in HBO’s The Night Of."
Posted Thursday 7/12/18 at 5:29PM EDT
Sandra Oh reacts to her historic Emmy nomination as the first Asian leading woman for Killing Eve
Source: The New York Times
"You want to know what? Let’s celebrate it, man," said Oh, the first person of Asian descent to be nominated in the leading drama actress category. "I’m serious, just (expletive) celebrate it. It’s like, we’ve got to start somewhere, we’ve got to start somewhere. And I’m happy to get that ball rolling, because what I hope happens is that next year and the next year and the next year, we will have presence. And the presence will grow not only to Asian-Americans, you know, from yellow to brown, but to all our other sisters and brothers, you know, our First Nations sisters and brothers. Our sisters and brothers of different sizes and different shapes. If I can be a part of that change, like (expletive) yeah, let’s celebrate it." ALSO: Grey's Anatomy team celebrates Oh's nomination.
Posted Friday 6/29/18 at 10:56PM EDT
Why Sandra Oh is TV's best actress
The Killing Eve star's superior acting abilities are on display in ways "that are both obvious and subtle" on the BBC America series, says Matt Zoller Seitz. "It’s a tour de force performance, yet so self-effacing and invisible in its effects that you come away thinking that you’ve seen a crackling yarn with compelling characters rather than a cultural landmark. This is a magic trick of a high order." ALSO: Why Bill Hader is TV's best actor.