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maandag 25 juni 2012

'Doctor Who' star Neve McIntosh dismisses Madame Vastra return rumours

Neve McIntosh has played down reports suggesting that her character Madame Vastra is in line to return to Doctor Who.

The Daily Star recently claimed that McIntosh's Silurian warrior, who appeared in 2011 episode 'A Good Man Goes To War', would become infatuated with Jenna-Louise Coleman's new companion during the sci-fi's upcoming seventh series.

A source allegedly said: "[Showrunner] Steven Moffat loves to shake up the show. What better way than a lesbian storyline?"

However, McIntosh has since taken to Twitter to dismiss the rumours, posting: "Just to say I have no idea WHAT the Star is talking about! No-one's asked me..."

After a fan enquired about the possibility of a return for Madame Vastra, she replied: "I wish... Still thinking up plot lines to pitch to mr Moffat."

When another user pointed out that many Doctor Who fans wouldn't believe her denial, she admitted: "I know cos even if it's true I can't say! But really we're talking about the daily star...."

Moffat previously told SFX that he was keen to revisit the characters of Madame Vastra and her maidservant Jenny (Catrin Stewart).

"I think I might revisit them," Moffat said. "They were great fun to write... I was pleased by the reaction to them, but not surprised. They really cut through as characters, given how little screentime they had.

"I certainly wouldn't be averse to them returning. It's just a thing that worked, isn't it? I love that Victorian setting, and having kicked it out of Sherlock Holmes I can always kick it in somewhere else!"

Earlier this month, the Daily Star also reported that classic villains the Ice Warriors are due to feature in series seven.

Doctor Who will return to BBC One in the UK and BBC America in the US later this year.

Big Brother Ashleigh Hughes: 'Is the UK in Africa?'

Ashleigh Hughes has shocked her fellow Big Brother housemates with her horrendous geography skills.

Ashleigh's love interest in the house, Luke Scrase, quizzed the Essex barmaid about continents of the world, but the 20-year-old struggled to name any beyond Asia.

"Asia, Australia, Australia! Argentinia?" guessed Ashleigh.

When Luke asked which continent they live in, she replied: "Africa? United Kingdom... f**k knows... the world."

Trying to help out, Luke suggested that she thought about the currency of the Euro, but this just confused Ashleigh further.

"What the f**k's a currency? Do you mean the tide in the river?" she puzzled.

'Twilight's Kellan Lutz to voice Meg's crush in 'Family Guy'

The Twilight star will voice a high school jock who becomes Meg's (voiced by Mila Kunis) crush on the animated show, reports Entertainment Weekly.

The pair apparently end up going on a date but it is revealed that Lutz's character is interested in a non-female member of the Griffin family.

Lutz will make his debut this fall when Family Guy comes back for its 11th season.

He was recently cast in the upcoming Tarzan movie, where he will play the title role.

Resident Evil actress Spencer Locke is in negotiations to portray Tarzan's female lead role Jane.

Lucy Griffiths on 'True Blood' role: 'Nora's loyal to Eric'

Lucy Griffiths has opened up about her role on True Blood.

The Robin Hood actress, who plays Eric Northman's (Alexander SkarsgÄrd) sister on the HBO series, insisted that her character is loyal to her brother.

"She certainly has loyalty to Eric," Griffiths told Collider.

"I think she's actually a very loyal character, but some of her loyalties and trusts are misplaced," she continued. "She's selfish in the way that beings are selfish, but she's not in it for what she can get, to the detriment of people around her.

"She is excited by the prospect of the power that her faith will bring her," Griffiths said.

The 25-year-old went on to speak about her first experience with wearing fangs, saying that her mouth is made for the sharp teeth.

"I know this sounds funny, but I think it depends on how your mouth is shaped," she said. "I don't know whether mine was built for fangs or what, but I didn't have too much of a problem. I did get the giggles the first day I put them in, but they're okay."

England Euro 2012 penalty heartbreak watched by over 23 million

England's Euro 2012 exit on penalties was watched by a peak audience of over 23.2 million viewers last night (June 24), overnight data has revealed.

Roy Hodgson's England lost 4-2 on penalties after the game finished 0-0, following 90 minutes and extra time. The audience figures peaked at over 23 million (77% share) for the spot kicks, which ended in heartbreak for English fans after Ashley Young and Ashley Cole fluffed their chances.

The game averaged 20.3 million (68% share) viewers between its 7.45pm kick-off and the end of the shoot-out at 10.20pm. The whole coverage of the event including punditry from the Gary Lineker-anchored BBC team averaged 17.4 million (62 %).

TV critic Ian Hyland joked on Twitter about the huge ratings: "23m watched England go out on penalties last night. That's one of the highest ever TV audiences for a repeat."

Ratings were increased considerably from the first-round matches with Ukraine, France and Sweden, which reached averages of 16.1 million, 12.3 million and 14.1 million viewers respectively.

Last night's viewing figures topped last year's royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, which peaked at 19.27 million for BBC. However, the royal occasion was watched by a higher number (26.1m - 92.4%) across all channels.

England's defeats means that the semi-finals on Wednesday (June 27) and Thursday (June 28) will now feature Spain v Portugal and Germany v Italy.

Benedict Cumberbatch: 'Sherlock fell for Irene Adler'

Benedict Cumberbatch has revealed that his character Sherlock fell in love with Irene Adler in 'A Scandal in Belgravia'.

In the first episode of the second series of Sherlock, Cumberbatch's detective matched wits against the iconic character, played by Lara Pulver, who was reimagined as a seductress for the updated show.

Benedict Cumberbatch leaving the premiere of The Amazing Spider-Man, held at Odeon Leicester Square. London

The 35-year-old spoke about the challenges of shooting the episode, confirming that Sherlock was charmed by Irene and ultimately fell for her over the course of the instalment.

"Well, he's supposedly an asexual, emotionless machine, and has cut off feelings of attraction or sensory enjoyment or interest in the female form other than to gain information," Cumberbatch told Deadline.

"So it was [about] how to get the audience to believe that you could possibly be in a position that was vulnerable - how could he possibly be feeling something for this woman?" he explained.

"But the thing about [Irene] that is very obvious when you read [the 1891 short story by Arthur Conan Doyle] is Sherlock definitely does fall for her and he does lose his cool," Cumberbatch continued.

"He's no longer the logical machine. He fell for her charms. And so it was a balancing act, but it was so deftly written [by Steven Moffat] that it was so easy to do," he concluded.

Sherlock is expected to begin shooting its third series in January.

This Week's Must-See TV: 5 Shows You Shouldn't Miss

There's still plenty of sport on the telly for those of you who enjoy that sort of thing - Euro 2012 continues in earnest and Wimbledon kicks off on Monday, June 25. But for any non-sporting folk, there's still plenty of quality TV to enjoy...

Over the next seven days, you've got some of the very best in British comedy and drama to look forward to, plus some good old-fashioned guilty pleasure television! Read on for all the details...

Alan Partridge - Welcome to the Places of My Life: Monday (June 25) at 9pm on Sky Atlantic
A-ha! Sorry, but we had to - Steve Coogan's genius comic creation Partridge is back, following an extended absence, in the first of two specials for Sky Atlantic. Norfolk's most notorious broadcaster takes us on a "Partridge pilgrimage" or "Partrimage" - acting as a tour guide around his favourite destinations. The appeal of Partridge hasn't lessened with time and Welcome to the Places of My Life is filled with some classic one-liners ("If you get The Guardian, you get a free chocolate bar." "Yes... and you also get The Guardian.") - it's good to have you back, Alan!

Veep: Monday (June 25) at 10pm on Sky Atlantic
It's an Armando Iannucci double bill on Monday night - stay tuned once Partridge has wrapped for the series premiere of the Thick of It creator's new US political satire. Veep stars Seinfeld legend Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer, the somewhat unwilling Vice-President - or 'Veep' - of the United States. Iannucci's razor-sharp scripts and a strong ensemble cast - including Arrested Development's Tony Hale - ensure that the laughs keep coming thick and fast. Plus, a second season has already been confirmed, so there's plenty more to come from Meyer and co. in the future!

Line of Duty: Tuesday (June 26) at 9pm on BBC Two
If you're gutted that Silk is over, worry not - the show's Tuesday 9pm slot is being filled for the next five weeks by stylish cop thriller Line of Duty. Acclaimed Brit actor Lennie James is centre stage as corrupt detective Tony Gates, head of an elite police unit that may be manipulating facts for their own ends. James is backed by a strong cast - including This Is England's Vicky McClure, Sweet Sixteen's Martin Compston, and, in a rare dramatic role, Neil Morrissey - in this solid drama from Bodies creator Jed Mercurio.

The Bachelor: Friday (June 29) at 10pm on Channel 5
Alright, we'll admit it, this is guilty pleasure telly at its worst, but we're so excited for series two of The Bachelor UK! Following in the footsteps of Gavin Henson - who found love... erm... briefly... last year - Made in Chelsea star Spencer Matthews is looking for Mrs Right and we're sure going to enjoy watching as he narrows down his options from 24 lovely ladies to The One! Car crash telly? Certainly. But enormous fun? Definitely.

The Hollow Crown - Richard II: Saturday (June 30) at 9pm on BBC Two
If you're feeling a little dirty after The Bachelor, why not restore the credibility of your TV-watching a little with the BBC's new Shakespeare adaptations? The first of four new films, Richard II stars The Hour's Ben Whishaw in the title role and boasts an incredible supporting cast, including Patrick Stewart, Rory Kinnear, David Suchet, Lindsay Duncan and David Morrissey. Watch out for the next instalment too - Henry IV starring Jeremy Irons and Thor's Tom Hiddleston, who will also play the lead in Henry V. Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Skyfall) is executive producer on this classy, absorbing film quartet.

Alex Trebek, 'Jeopardy!' Host, Suffers Heart Attack

Alex Trebek, host of the game show "Jeopardy!," has been hospitalized and is under observation after suffering a mild heart attack Saturday.

Trebek, 71, was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and is undergoing further testing, according to a statement from Sony Pictures Entertainment, which produces the show.

Sony said Sunday that he was in good spirits and is expected to fully recover and be back at "Jeopardy!" when production begins taping in July for the new season, the show's 29th.

The Canadian-born Trebek has been the syndicated show's since 1984, and previously hosted game shows "High Rollers" and "Pitfall."

which character is returning to Doctor Who?

It’s been leaked that a popular character is making their return in series 7 of Doctor Who. Those who want to stay spoiler-free, look away now…

A Doctor Who relationship rumour has been doing the rounds this morning involving the Doctor’s new companion and a season 6 character who’s set to make a return for season 7.

That character? Madame Vastra, the Silurian warrior-turned Victorian crime-fighter who first appeared in A Good Man Goes to War. The Evening Standard, via er, The Daily Star, has it that Vastra “will reportedly fall for the Doctor’s new sidekick Clara, played by Jenna-Louise Coleman” in the latter half of the new series.

We wonder how Vastra’s own companion Jenny will feel about that? Or, if it turns out to be true, whether her feelings for the Doctor’s new companion are reciprocated?

Coincidentally, the ever-hard-to-pin-down Steven Moffat introduced his Twitter followers last week to Vastra actress Neve McIntosh’s new account with the following words “Madame Vastra has come out to play with the mammals @McIntoshNeve”.

When asked by a fan on Twitter whether she was to be recast as Madame Vastra however, McIntosh replied “I wish…Still thinking up plot lines to pitch to Mr Moffat” which either means the rumour’s bunkum, or she's just as good as Moffat at keeping us all guessing.

TV Tonight 25th of June 2012

The daily list in alphabetical order, of all the new episodes airing.

A Question of Sport S43E24: "June 25, 2012"
    Adventure Time with Finn and Jake S04E13: "Princess Cookies"
    America's Got Talent S07E11: "Las Vegas Round (Part 1)"
    American Ninja Warrior S04E18: "Finals: Region 6"
    American Pickers S04E21: "Love 'em and Leave 'em"
    Antiques Roadshow (US) S16E20: "Vintage Secaucus"
    Australian Story S17E21: "Light On Diana"
    Bethenny S01E11: "Kris Jenner"
    Big Brother (UK) S14E22: "BB 13, Episode 22"
    Big Brother's Bit on the Side S05E21: "Series 5, Show 21"
    Blockbusters (2012) S01E31: "Series 1, Show 31"
    Bunheads S01E03: "Inherit the Wind"
    Cake Boss S05E08: "Presidents, Peanut Butter & Popping-in"
    Chelsea Lately S06E104
    Chicagolicious S01E03: "Photo Shop Flop"
    Come Dine With Me S19E07: "Series 19, Episode 6"
    Conan S02E109: "Mila Kunis, Joel Stein, Rory Scovel"
    Coronation Street S53E121: "Mon Jun 25, 2012 [Episode 2]"
    Coronation Street S53E120: "Mon Jun 25, 2012 [Episode 1]"
    Danger by Design S01E04: "Exploding Box, Return to Puerto Rico"
    Danger by Design S01E03: "Wheel of Death"
    Days of our Lives S47E160: "Ep. #11870"
    Deal Or No Deal (UK) S07E272: "Episode 1952"
    Dickinson's Real Deal S08E114: "Series 8, Episode 114"
    Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives S14E11: "Belly Up"
    Dispatches S26E08: "Undercover Undertaker"
    EastEnders S28E99: "June 25, 2012"
    Emmerdale S41E146: "June 25, 2012"
    Eureka S05E10: "The Honeymooners"
    Extreme Couponing S03E08: "Krista & Amanda"
    Family Time S01E02: "No Happy Ending"
    Figure It Out S04E11: "Featuring Big Time Rush"
    Four Corners (AU) S52E21: "Gina Rinehart - The Power of One"
    Four In A Bed S03E36: "Harmony"
    Freakonomics S01E02: "Episode 2"
    Gene Simmons Family Jewels S07E10: "Gene's Other Children, Part 2"
    Gene Simmons Family Jewels S07E09: "Gene's Other Children, Part 1"
    General Hospital (US) S50E60: "#12588"
    Gok Cooks Chinese S01E06: "The Ultimate Chinese Celebratory Feast"
    Hell's Kitchen (US) S10E07: "13 Chefs Compete, Part 2"
    Hollyoaks S18E126: "June 25, 2012"
    Hollywood Heights S01E06: "Loren Makes the Top 25"
    Home and Away (AU) S25E111: "Episode 5546"
    Hotel Impossible S01E10: "Newport Spa & Whirlpool Suites - Newport, RI"
    House Hunters S48E125: "Gut Jobs and Golf Courses in West Palm Beach"
    House Hunters International S25E128
    Hurricane Hunters S01E04: "Nate (Birth of a Storm)"
    Hyouka S01E10: "Human's Blind Spot"
    Jeopardy! S28E201: "Show #6406"
    Jimmy Kimmel Live S09E271: "Katy Perry, the Offspring"
    Jimmy's Food Factory S03E01: "Just Add Water"
    Kickin' It S01E30: "Dojo Day Care"
    Kimi to Boku S02E13: "Navel and Dignity"
    Late Night with Jimmy Fallon S02E294
    Late Show with David Letterman S19E93
    Live with Regis and Kelly S29E214
    Lizard Lick Towing S02E16: "Season 2, Episode 16"
    Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta S01E02: "Pregnito"
    Mad S03E05: "I Am Lorax; Modern Family Circus"
    Made S12E14: "Roller Derby: Aly"
    Made S12E13: "Professional Actress: Rita"
    Masterchef (US) S03E07: "Top 14 Compete"
    Masterchef Australia S04E44: "Monday - Week 8"
    Metalocalypse S04E09: "Going Downklok"
    Monster In-Laws S02E09: "Auntie Dearest"
    Mr. Young S02E15: "Mr. Summer Vacation Part 1"
    Neighbours S28E121: "Episode 6431"
    Off Limits S02E10
    Pair of Kings S03E02
    Panorama S60E21: "Life & Debt: A Greek Tragedy"
    Pawn Star$ S05E07: "Stalled Deals"
    Pawn Star$ S05E06: "Love Me Spender"
    Push Girls S01E05: "How Did I Get Here?"
    Real Rescues S08E11: "Series 8, Episode 11"
    Regular Show S03E32: "Out of Commission"
    RuPaul's Drag U S03E02: "Heroes to Hotties"
    Saki (JP) S02E11: "Episode 11"
    Single Ladies S02E05: "The Fabric of Our Lives"
    Snog, Marry, Avoid? S05E07: "Series 5, Episode 7"
    Sousei no Aquarion S02E26: "Episode 26"
    Strictly Kosher S01E02: "Episode 2"
    Tanisha Gets Married S01E07: "The Good, the Bad Girl and the Ugly"
    Teen Wolf S02E05: "Venomous"
    The Amazing Race Australia S02E05: "Leg 5
    The Annoying Orange S05E23: "Night of the Veggie Zombies"
    The Bachelorette S08E07: "Week 7 (S8)"
    The Block S05E62: "Shelly Craft's Challenge"
    The Bold and the Beautiful S26E66: "Ep. #6350"
    The Colbert Report S08E81: "Frank Deford"
    The Daily Show S17E119: "Sen. Marco Rubio"
    The Eric Andre Show S01E06: "Sinbad"
    The Glass House (US) S01E02: "Season 1, Episode 2"
    The Hour S08E182: "Alan Doyle"
    The Jeremy Kyle Show S07E194: "June 25, 2012"
    The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson S08E104
    The Project S04E150: "Season 4, Episode 150"
    The Real Housewives of New York City S05E04: "Diss-Invite"
    The Restaurant Inspector S02E06: "Nooks and Harbour"
    The Revolution (2012) S01E96: "Season 1, Episode 96"
    The Secret Life of the American Teenager S05E03: "I Do and I Don't…"
    The Secret Millionaire S10E07: "Andrew Feldman"
    The Tonight Show with Jay Leno S20E109
    The View S15E189
    The Young and the Restless S40E65: "Ep. #9934"
    Tia & Tamera S02E03: "Are You Jealous?"
    Traffic Cops S13E03: "In the Doghouse"
    Tricky Business (AU) S01E08: "Episode 8"
    Undercover Stings S01E08: "Pawn Busters"
    Watch What Happens: Live S07E07
    Wild Justice S02E13: "Bear-ly Legal"
    World's Wildest Police Videos S05E07: "Season 5, Episode 7"
    WWE Raw S20E26: "Episode #996"
    Zetman S01E13: "Funeral Procession"

24 Alum Riley Smith to Steam Up Season 5 of 90210

It looks like the time is right for Annie to fall in love again.

24 alum Riley Smith has landed a recurring role on 90210's upcoming fifth season as a love interest for Shenae Grimes' character, TVLine reports.

Last fans saw Annie, she had fallen for a priest (Caleb) shortly after she worked as a prostitute to pay her college bills. She and Caleb exchanged "I love you's" but he returned to the seminary at the end of Season 4.

Smith, 34, played Kyle Singer on the third season of 24 and also recurred on Freaks and Geeks and Joan of Arcadia. He most recently guest-starred on The Closer and The Glades.

Do you think Smith will be a good match for Annie?

American Horror Story: Details on Jessica Lange and Adam Levine's New Roles

Little is known about American Horror Story's upcoming season. Set in a different time and place, Season 2 will feature a whole new cast of characters, but there will be at least one familiar face in the crowd. Season 1 favorite Jessica Lange will be returning to the Ryan Murphy drama and MTV shared the details on her new role!

Series writer Tim Minear talked to MTV about Lange's reinvention. "She's not playing this kind of ersatz Tennessee Williams character this time," Minear said. "She's playing something that's a little more East Coast, a little more patrician."

In fact, Lange will do a complete 180 from the dark and twisted lush she played last season. "She's playing a nun," Minear said. "She's playing an administrator of a facility. It's different. In this instance, she's a bride of Christ."

Lange's turn as a nun isn't the only intriguing aspect of Season 2. Maroon 5 frontman and The Voice coach Adam Levine will be playing one of "The Lovers." Minear described Levine's character as "kind of a nod to contemporary sensibilities, as opposed to something from the mid-century.

In addition to Lange, Levine will join other returning cast members Zachary Quinto, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters and Lily Rabe

American Horror Story returns to FX this fall.