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Showtime‘s wonderfully macabre Penny Dreadful is returning to TV screens everywhere in April. The show made Nerd Bastards’ list of the Top 10 Nerdy shows of 2014, and if you haven’t seen it, it is well worth catching up on before the second season premiere. Led by Timothy Dalton as adventurer Sir Malcolm Murray and the demon possessed Vanessa Ives played by Eva Green, the first season followed Victor Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway), his creature Caliban (Rory Kinnear), the depraved Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney), and American gun hand Ethan Chandler (Josh Hartnett) as they faced evil supernatural forces in Victorian England. But what evil awaits them now in season two? Showtime has now given us a trailer. (more…)

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Seemingly out of left field, the BBC and executive producer Sam Mendes (Skyfall) have developed an incredibly huge production within the Focus Features series. The Hollow Crown adapts William Shakespeare’s four classic plays, Richard II, Henry IV Parts 1 and 2, and Henry V, and brings them to the small screen with an excellent cast that includes Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, and Ben Whishaw, as the titular kings along with other notable stars Patrick Stewart, John Hurt, Simon Russell Beale, and Rory Kinnear.

Take a look at the trailer below and you’ll see how incredibly huge this production was, spanning the reigns of three kings with a total running time of over 500 minutes of screen time. The series has numerous nominations for BAFTAs (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) including Ben Whishaw for leading actor and Simon Russell Beale for supporting actor, and the Richard II episode for Best Single Drama.

The Hollow Crown will air on PBS’ Great Performances starting Friday September 20th, so set your DVR accordingly. The series will also be released on iTunes, VOD, and DVD on August 27th.

Via: Geek Tyrant

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There was a great disturbance in the Force last week for the Doctor Who fandom. Matt Smith announced that the Doctor Who Christmas special would be his last time appearing as the much beloved Time Lord. As can be imagined, this sparked a ferocious debate among fans on who should replace him.

Over the weekend there was a rumor a British newspaper would be outing the news on Smith’s replacement. The BBC was then said to be announcing this casting on Saturday night to preempt whichever paper it turned out to be. They quickly squashed that rumor,

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Next up was The Sunday Telegraph reporting that Rory Kinnear (Skyfall) was the next Doctor. It is interesting this news was not put on the front page, makes me wonder how confidant the paper is with the news. Looking at the front page for that day there were plenty of stories that could have been bumped for a front page spot.

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Here’s what the Telegraph had to say:

“He has been offered the part and we are waiting to hear if he will accept,” says my man in the Tardis. “He is the perfect choice.”

Liz Buckley, a friend of Kinnear’s family tweeted this,

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As always, you have to take each bit of news or Internet rumor with a huge grain of salt, until the BBC officially announces the casting it’s all just smoke and mirrors. The casting smokescreen sounds about right to me. Hey, Kinnear could be on a short list and he is a favorite among some of those pundits making lists of casting possibilities.

There are still many fans hoping the Doctor will regenerate as a woman. What do you think?

Via: Bleedingcool