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donderdag 28 juni 2012

'The Walking Dead' Showrunner Reveals How it Doesn't End

"Walking Dead" showrunner Glen Mazzara doesn't want to reveal too much about the upcoming third season of the show – but he will say, emphatically, how the entire series won't end.

We talked with Mazzara during a crucial day of filming of the third season -- which is set largely in a prison and features a vicious new villain called the Governor. We noted during the interview that there are generally three types of endings for zombie stories. One involves the survivors finding a safe haven, perhaps by taking a boat --

"No," Mazzara interjected, seeing where we were going. "There is no safe haven in this world. I want to make that clear. At the end of our season 2 finale that farm is overtaken and that farm was that last safe haven, and there's no safe haven in that world. I want to be very clear about that. No one is safe. There is no safe haven."

So Rick Grimes and the other survivors can't just catch a boat to France and --

"Nope. Nope. Nope," Mazzara said. "That's against our internal rules here."

So that settles that.

Mazzara and his cast will provide an extended look at the third season of the hit AMC drama at Comic-Con next month. In the meantime, he told us how closely season 3 will follow the comic books that inspired the show (written by "Walking Dead" executive producer Robert Kirkman), and what it was like to take over the series from original showrunner Frank Darabont.

He also explained why the prison where much of season 3 is set won't feel at all like a safe haven.

Without giving anything away, can you give us a taste of what you're shooting today?
We're actually shooting on a major scene for the entire season, and we're shooting on one of my favorite sets on any show ever.

Would that set be a prison?
Yeah. It's part of the prison set.

You've said that this season you'll be getting into the real meat of the series -- Michonne (left), the Governor, the prison. How closely are you sticking with the comics?
We're taking the major tentpole characters and storylines from the comics and adapting them to our alternate universe of the TV shows. So it will be just as surprising to comic-book fans as to non-comic-book fans as to how all of it lays out.

I loved how you stretched out and heightened the comics' Shane storyline. You really got every little bit of drama out of it that you could.
That's a great template for how we intend to use the comic-book's source material. We need to make it our own.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of shooting inside the prison for so much of the upcoming season?
The prison itself will be a threatening, malevolent character. It is a challenge to live in the prison. And I think we've really been able to get a lot of story out of it. So it will not feel like a safe corner keeping our characters away from central action. It will really play that they are in a shark cage. Life in a prison is life in a shark cage.

How soon before we meet the Governor?
He makes a surprising appearance. I don’t want to give anything away as to the exact episode, but the audience will certainly be ready for his appearance -- and they won't have to wait too long.

"The Rise of the Governor," the novel last year by Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga, made him a somewhat more sympathetic character than he is in the comics. Do you see him as a person who's not necessarily forgivable, but understandable?
We do. I haven't read the novel because I didn't want it to influence my concept of the TV show's version. But we're interested in having a very complex, nuanced, multi-layered character. This will not be simply an arch villain who is committing an evil act in every scene. That's too cartoonish for what we do here. We want that character to feel as real and human and fully developed as possible.

If you stick with what happens in the comics between him and Michonne, it's going to be the most brutal thing on a show that doesn't hold out on violence. Do you feel like you have to temper what's in the comics? Or do you expand on it? Does TV allow you to be more or less graphic?
Certainly there's challenging material in the comic book, and I would say there's equally challenging material on our TV show. I think at the end of season 2 we showed that we don't pull punches … We're not going to get soft now. However, we'll do things on our own time, or when it makes sense for the show. And we're definitely looking at this Governor-Michonne-Woodbury-prison storyline as a longterm arc.

You took over the show from Frank Darabont last season, and in my opinion, the show kept getting better and had some of its best moments. Did you have a sense of where Darabont wanted it to go? And do you ever keep in touch with him through back channels?
We were really focused on breaking season 2. So I think the material that we're using from the comic book, this is our design. I did not know of a longterm plan, so I've used the comic book as something to lean on. I think Robert's done great work there, and we're excited about getting to what I consider the heart of the matter. This Michonne-Governor-prison-Woodbury storyline to me is what equals "The Walking Dead."

There are some serial shows like "Lost," where you think, well, what I ultimately think of this show depends on how they resolve it. Does "The Walking Dead" feel to you like a show that needs a big answer at the end?
That's something that I think about obsessively. There's a component of this show where the audience wants to know, "What happens next? What happens next?" However, this is not a show that is based on revelation. This is a show that is based on character action. And I think as long as we stay true to our characters -- and the show rests on Rick's shoulders right now -- as long as we're true to the spirit of those characters and true to the spirit of Robert Kirkman's original work, I think that's how we should be judged.

It's not about necessarily having an answer that sums it all up with a pretty bow. This show is more about how these people survive in this apocalypse.

I know walkers aren't exactly zombies, but it seems like in zombie movies there are three ways to go: Everyone dies, you find our what caused the outbreak, or they get to some safe haven. You've already said you don't know what created the zombies. It sounds like something you don't worry about very much.
Robert is not interested in proposing a theory of what caused this apocalypse in his work, and that's something that I think is important for us. It's about surviving in this world. We're lucky in the sense that we're able to draw on a lot of great zombie films. And one of the things we really pride ourselves on is adding to that literature. Adding original bits with zombies that no one has ever seen.

When you look at possible endings, I really am interested in finding new territory and a new type of ending, a surprising ending for this series that no one's ever done before, that no one's ever thought of.

Ricky Gervais: "I'm not going to pander to the bullies"

Ricky Gervais has said that he will not pander to "bullies" who may give his new show Derek a bad reception.

The comic was criticised last year for his use of the word "mong" in his material and on Twitter. He later apologised, claiming that he had been "naïve".

Asked if he was worried about the response to Derek, which piloted earlier this year, Gervais told Metro: "I'm not going to pander to the bullies. Comedy is subjective and so is offence.

"There's nothing you can say that won't offend someone, somewhere. You just have to do what you think is right and hope people get it.

"Don't water down an art form because some people won't get it. I'm not going to pander to people who try to impose their views on me."

Of whether people are too quick to take offence, he added: "Yes. Offence can be taken - not given. You choose if you're offended or not.

"I'm not trying to offend people, I'm trying to make a point and the fact some people get it shows it's 'gettable'."

Gervais said that he never tries to be "offensive or controversial", adding: "When I deal with taboo subjects it's to try to make people think.

"I deal in comedy about race, religion, sexuality and disability but the targets are people's attitudes and middle-class angst. Enough people get the jokes or my career would be over."

Shark Week 25th Anniversary Extravaganza Plans Revealed

Amazingly, it's been nearly 25 years since Shark Week first sank its teeth into the public's imagination, and Discovery Channel plans to duly commemorate the occasion this summer with a packed schedule of predator-related programming.

This year's festivities kick off on Aug. 12 at 9 p.m. with "Air Jaws Apocalypse," which picks up where last year's "Ultimate Air Jaws" left off. On the new installment, shark expert Chris Fallos and natural history producer Jeff Kurr travel to Seal Island, South Africa, to explore the great white sharks there. The duo focus on one shark in particular, the 14-foot great white Colossus, the alpha shark in the area.

"Air Jaws Apocalypse" will be followed by "Shark Week's 25 Best Bites," airing Aug. 12 at 10 p.m., which will count down highlights from Shark Week's so-far-unsuccessful effort to capture a breaching great white shark.

Monday, Aug. 13 will bring "MythBusters' Awesome Shark Special," featuring Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman exploring the top 25 shark myths of all time, followed by "Sharkzilla," which will attempt to manufacture a replica of the medalodon, a 52-foot long shark that roamed the ocean in prehistoric times.

"How 'Jaws' Changed the World," a retrospective on the 1975 blockbuster shark film, and "Shark Fight," about shark-bite victims who've devoted their lives to saving their attackers, will air Tues., Aug 14.

"Great White Highway" (Aug. 15), which tracks the movements of the great whites of the Farallon Islands off the California coast, and "Adrift: 47 Days With Sharks" (Aug. 16), about two World War II servicemen who crashed in shark-infested waters and survived for more than a month at sea among the creatures, round out the festivities.

Don't Let Cable Broadband Plans Undercut Streaming Services, House Panel Told

Federal lawmakers should ensure that new broadband pricing schemes being rolled out by the cable TV industry aren’t used to discriminate against video streaming services, critics said Wednesday.

“There’s only one way to get Internet video and that is over an Internet pipe, and there are very few carriers that provide Internet video in some areas,” said David Hyman, general counsel of Netflix, the streaming video giant, during a hearing before the House Communications and Technology subcommittee.

“In some places there is only one carrier, and the ability to have competition in the marketplace is something you guys should be mindful of,” Hyman told the lawmakers.

“The key here is competition,” added Jim Funk, a senior vice president for Roku, a manufacturer of boxes that enable consumers to access streaming video services on their TV sets.

But Michael Powell, president of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, said the new pricing systems -- which essentially allow cable subscribers to buy additional broadband bandwidth each month -- were about fairness.

“You’re being allocated a portion of the costs consistent with your use,” Powell said of pricing models that Time Warner Cable and other operators have been rolling out recently. “And that is a very well established economic principle.”

Also during the hearing, Netflix’s Hyman made clear that the streaming video company remains particularly concerned by Comcast’s exemption of some of its own apps from data caps that apply to Netflix and other unaffiliated streaming companies.

“If you’re going to implement data caps . . . they should be applied equally or not at all, Hyman said.

“ISPs (Internet service providers) also own video services,” added Gigi Sohn, president of consumer watchdog group Public Knowledge. “There’s an incentive and an ability to discriminate against online video competitors.”

“I’m concerned about the potential impact of data caps on the growth the streaming video market,” added Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., noting that it has been widely reported that the Department of Justice is also looking into the issue. “While we don’t know the extent of this (DOJ) inquiry, it falls on this subcommittee to thoroughly examine the issue and ensure future innovation is not curtailed,” Eshoo said.

A Comcast spokeswoman declined comment. But David Cohen, Comcast executive vice president, has said that the company’s handling of its XfinityTV app is completely legal and appropriate.

During the hearing, NCTA’s Powell said the fact that Netflix has outstripped cable and satellite to become the nation’s largest provider of subscription video services offers proof that cable has not been keeping video streaming services down.

“Our policies, caps or pricing, have in no way thwarted the consumer’s ability to watch video stream content,” Powell said.

Under one of the new cable broadband pricing options, which Time Warner Cable is offering in Texas, consumers can save $5 a month for using less than 5 gigabytes a month, Alex Dudley, a TWC spokesman, told TheWrap.

Under this metered TWC option, customers who exceed the 5 gigabyte cap are billed an additional $1 a month for each extra gigabyte they use, Dudley said.

“Times are tough,” said Dudley, who also said TWC customers have the option of subscribing to more expensive monthly plans that give them unlimited bandwidth use. “Customers like options,” Dudley said.

Also during the hearings, which were called to assess whether the laws affecting the video industry need to be changed or scrapped, key Republican lawmakers made clear that they favored deregulating the video industry.

“I couldn’t tell you today what Roku is,” Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, during the hearing.

“In general, we’re better off having less regulation than more,” he added, however.

“Cable operators, satellite providers and broadcasters should be allowed just as much flexibility to respond to competition from the Internet players as we would like the Internet players to have to respond to competition from the traditional players,” added Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., the House telecommunications subcommittee’s chairman.

'Red or Black?' winner scoops record £1.5 million prize

A winner of the second series of ITV1's Red or Black? has scooped a record £1.5 million prize.

The Ant & Dec-hosted gameshow has tweaked its format since the first run in 2011, now being prerecorded and featuring a rollover of the main prize if there isn't a winner.

After two rollovers of £500,000, 30-year-old carpenter Graham won the 50/50 chance-based quiz and took home the British TV record prize fund.

The winner's challenges included predicting the number of belly dancer turns during a Ronan Keating performance and a cricket challenge with England stars Kevin Pietersen and Mark Ramprakash.

Last year's series, which had seven live shows stripped across a week, featured four £1 million winners - Nathan Hageman, Kevin Cartwright, Darren Thompson and Gary Brocklesby.

TV Tonight 28th of June 2012

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

Anger Management S01E02: "Charlie and the Slumpbuster"
    Anger Management S01E01: "Charlie Goes Back to Therapy"
    Auction Kings S03E15: "Motorized Bar Stool/Confederate Sword"
    Awkward S02E01: "Resolutions"
    Battle of the Brides S01E07: "Series 1, Episode 7"
    Behind Mansion Walls S02E04: "Kiss or Kill"
    Bethenny S01E14: "Justin Bieber"
    Big Brother (UK) S14E25: "BB 13, Episode 25"
    Big Brother's Bit on the Side S04E24: "Series 4, Show 24"
    Blockbusters (2012) S01E34: "Series 1, Show 34"
    Blood Relatives S01E04: "Sins & Spurs"
    Border Security S12E19: "Season 12, Episode 19"
    Brand X With Russell Brand S01E01: "Pilot"
    Breaking Pointe S01E05: "Bad Dress: Good Show"
    Burn Notice S06E03: "Last Rites"
    Cajun Justice S01E06: "Cursed"
    Cajun Justice S01E05: "A Real Drag"
    Chelsea Lately S06E106
    Cherry Healey: How to Get a Life S01E02: "Are We All Addicts?"
    Come Dine With Me S19E10: "Series 19, Episode 9"
    Conan S02E112: "Mark Wahlberg, Infantree"
    Country House Rescue S05E03: "Bantry House"
    D.U.I. S01E08: "Jerry & Dakota"
    D.U.I. S01E07: "Chantel & Kimberly"
    Days of our Lives S47E163: "Ep. #11873"
    Dead Boss S01E04: "Series 1, Episode 4"
    Deal Or No Deal (UK) S07E275: "Episode 1955"
    Dickinson's Real Deal S08E117: "Series 8, Episode 117"
    Duets S01E06: "Songs from the 2000's"
    Eagleheart S02E12: "Old Gary"
    Emmerdale S41E149: "June 28, 2012"
    Eureka Seven: AO S01E11: "Plateaux of Mirror (Mirror of the World)"
    Euro 2012 S01E35: "Highlights"
    Extraordinary People S11E03: "The Baby with a New Face"
    Figure It Out S04E14: "Featuring Ariana Grande"
    Final Offer S01E05: "Sink or Swim"
    Four In A Bed S03E39: "Park Farm Guest House"
    General Hospital (US) S50E63: "#12591"
    Goede Tijden, Slechte Tijden S22E214: "Season 22, Episode 214"
    Hamish & Andys Gap Year S02E03: "Season 2, Episode 3"
    Hollyoaks S18E129: "June 28, 2012"
    Hollywood Heights S01E09: "Loren Doesn't Make the Cut"
    Home and Away (AU) S25E114: "Episode 5549"
    House Hunters S50E03: "Newlyweds Can't Agree in Tennessee"
    House Hunters International S25E131: "Lima's Many Faces"
    Impact Wrestling S08E91: "Season 8, Episode 91"
    Jeopardy! S28E204: "Show #6409"
    Jimmy Kimmel Live S09E274: "Howie Mandel, Chris Bosh, Linkin Park"
    Kathy S01E11: "Jane Fonda and Sharon Osbourne"
    Lab Rats (2012) S01E12: "Chip Switch"
    Late Night with Jimmy Fallon S02E297
    Late Show with David Letterman S19E96
    Live at the Electric S01E05: "Episode 5"
    Live with Regis and Kelly S29E217
    Louie S03E01: "Something Is Wrong"
    Marco Pierre White's Kitchen Wars S01E04: "Episode 4"
    Masterchef Australia S04E47
    Match of The Day S47E80: "Euro 2012 - Semi Final"
    Men at Work S01E07: "Plan B"
    Mock The Week S11E03: "Gary Delaney, Marcus Brigstocke, Zoe Lyons"
    Motorcity S01E08: "Going Dutch"
    Mountain Men S01E05: "Surviving Winter"
    Naruto: Shippuuden S11E26: "Everyone's Fierce Battle!!"
    Natsu-iro Kiseki S01E12: "Endless Summer Vacation"
    Neighbours S28E124: "Episode 6434"
    On the Fly S01E11: "Gave My Seat Away!"
    P.O.V. S25E02: "Granito: How to Nail a Dictator"
    Question Time S32E37: "June 28, 2012"
    Real Rescues S08E14: "Series 8, Episode 14"
    River Cottage Everyday S01E13: "Three Go Mad"
    Rock Center with Brian Williams S01E31: "Season 1, Episode 31"
    Rookie Blue S03E04: "Girls' Night Out"
    Russell Howard's Good News S06E12: "Series 6, Episode 12"
    Sankarea S01E12: "That moment... I..."
    Saving Hope S01E04: "The Fight"
    Selling New York S05E03
    Snooki and JWoww vs. The World S01E02
    Suits S02E03: "Meet the New Boss"
    Swamp People S03E20: "Man Down"
    Take Me Out (US) S01E04: "Season 1, Episode 4"
    The Block S05E65: "Day 65"
    The Bold and the Beautiful S26E69: "Ep. #6353"
    The Choice S01E04
    The Colbert Report S08E84: "Aaron Sorkin"
    The Daily Show S17E122: "Tenacious D"
    The First 48 S12E18: "Night Shift/Mobbed"
    The Hour S08E185: "David Suzuki"
    The House the 50s Built S01E04: "Episode 4"
    The Jeremy Kyle Show S07E197: "June 28, 2012"
    The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson S08E107
    The Men Who Made Us Fat S01E03: "Episode 3"
    The Project S04E153: "Season 4, Episode 153"
    The Revolution (2012) S01E99: "Season 1, Episode 99"
    The Tonight Show with Jay Leno S20E112
    The View S15E192: "Taylor Kitsch"
    The Young and the Restless S40E68: "Ep. #9937"
    This Week (2003) S10E32: "June 28, 2012"
    Tonight S14E22: "Barking Mad?"
    Tron: Uprising S01E05: "Identity"
    Watch What Happens: Live S07E10
    Wilfred (US) S02E02: "Letting Go"
    Wipeout (US) S05E09: "Hotties versus Nerds 2.0"

Jessie J: 'Voice UK tour cancellation is a good thing'

Jessie J has looked on the bright side of The Voice UK cancelling its live tour, claiming that it will allow the acts on the show to "spread their wings".

The 'Price Tag' popstar suggested that taking acts on a tour, like The X Factor, Strictly, Britain's Got Talent and Pop Idol have done in the past, was against the ethos of the BBC talent show.

"It's always disappointing but you know what, it's not a bad thing I don't think," Jessie J told BBC Newsbeat.

"Personally, maybe I shouldn't say this but I will, I actually think it's a good thing. Not that it's been cancelled but that they've now got the opportunity to go out and do their own thing.

"For me it's a bit too similar to other TV shows to do that tour thing."

She continued: "I think actually the artists have the opportunity now to do gigs around London and really learn their craft.

"Going on tour can put you in a bubble too early on. It's now a chance for them to spread their wings."

Jessie J was also coy about whether she would return to the show next year, revealing that the decision would depend on how busy she was with her second album.

The Voice UK returns for a second series in 2013. The coaching lineup is not expected to be announced until later in the year.

BBC Two's 'Line of Duty' tops 9pm hour on Tuesday night

New BBC Two cop drama Line of Duty made an impressive start last night (June 26), topping the 9pm hour.

The hard-hitting thriller, starring Lennie James, launched with 3.35m (14.7%) on BBC Two and BBC HD.

Ranking as BBC Two's best-rated drama in 2012 to date, Line of Duty retained a steady audience from start to finish.

With viewers spread fairly evenly across the terrestrial channels, BBC One came second in the slot with 3.17m (13.9%) for new factual experiment series Turn Back Time: The Family.

Meanwhile, the concluding part of ITV1's Strictly Kosher - a programme following a Jewish community in Manchester - interested 2.36m (10.3%) and 210k (1.2%) on +1.

Gordon Ramsay's new Channel 4 cooking-in-prison vehicle Gordon Behind Bars beat ITV with 2.64m (11.6%) - adding 321k (1.8%) on timeshift.

Import CSI was last in the slot with 1.55m (6.8%) and 171k (0.9%) on +1, but Channel 5 had a solid night overall with 8pm's Killers Behind Bars (1.32m/6.1%) and 10pm's Big Brother (1.28m/7.2%).

Earlier in the 8pm hour, an hour-long Love Your Garden beat ITV1's usual slot average with 3.08m (14.2%) and 121k (0.5%) on timeshift, while Embarrassing Bodies grabbed 1.6m (7.4%) for Channel 4 (+1: 336k/1.5%), and Today at Wimbledon took 1.44m (6.7%) for BBC Two.

BBC Two's peak time share was boosted by early evening coverage of Wimbledon, which had 2.73m (14.4%) between 5.50pm and 8pm for Andy Murray's first round win.

Overall, BBC One topped primetime mostly thanks to the popularity of EastEnders and Holby City. ITV1 followed in second place with 13.5% (+1: 0.7%), ahead of BBC Two's 10.8%, Channel 4's 7.3% (+1: 1%), and Channel 5's 5.5% (+1: 0.3%).

Big Brother gets nearly 1,000 Ofcom complaints for Conor 'bullying'

Big Brother has picked up nearly 1,000 complaints following an incident of alleged bullying on the show between Conor McIntyre and Deana Uppal.

On the Monday, June 25 edition of the show, Conor was shown ranting about Deana and at one point claimed that he would punch her if she threw water over him.

According to Broadcast, the show had 356 complaints after the show finished and the number has continued growing to nearly 1,000.

Conor ranted about Deana after she was the only housemate to fail an eating challenge.

While holding Deana's epilator, Conor said: "Get your epilator and stick it up your arse. We don't give a f**k! Stick it up her f**king m**ge, stupid b**tard.

"I'm gonna play loads of pranks on her. F**king piece of s**t, I don't give a f**k if I'm pulled up to the Diary Room."

Conor was warned by Big Brother about his comments and has since apologised in the Diary Room.

Lydia Louisa has also complained in the Diary Room that she feels bullied by some of the men on this year's show. Deana and Lydia face the public vote and possible eviction this weekend.

A huge number of threads discussing the issue have appeared on the Digital Spy forums with the majority believing that Conor should be thrown off the show.

In a statement, a Channel 5 rep insisted that housemates were "closely monitored at all time" and said that "Conor's behaviour was not condoned by Big Brother or any of the housemates".

They added: "Having spoken to Conor, and bearing in mind our duty of care to the other housemates, we are satisfied that he should continue to participate in the programme."

Alex Trebek Released From Hospital After Heart Attack

"Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek has returned home after suffering a heart attack over the weekend.

A spokeswoman for Sony Pictures Television said Wednesday that Trebek, 71, had been released from the hospital following Saturday's heart attack.

"I am happy to report that Alex has been released from the hospital and is back at his home," she said.

The game-show host had been undergoing tests at Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute in Los Angeles.

Trebek, who has hosted the game show since 1984, is expected to be back at work when the next season of "Jeopardy!" begins production in July.

Earlier this year, Trebek hinted that he may retire from the show after his 30th year as host and focus instead on charity work.

'Countdown', 'Apprentice' Nick Hewer lands own series 'The Farm Fixer'

Apprentice star Nick Hewer wants to help out struggling farmers with new TV series The Farm Fixer.

Hewer will act as a trouble shooter for small family farms and will aim to boost their businesses in tough economic times.

The Countdown presenter said: "The small family farm is the backbone of the UK countryside. I wanted to use everything I had learnt, over the past 40 years of business, to help them come through this difficult time."

Hewer will offer his expertise to five farms, developing projects such as harvesting seaweed to brewing beer, producing flavoured pet water and entertaining cruise ship groups.

Lord Sugar's close aide's motto throughout the show is "doing nothing is not an option" and he faces stiff resistance from a number of the farms he works alongside.

The Farm Fixer starts on July 9 on BBC Two.

'Spider-Man' star Andrew Garfield 'honoured to be part of Doctor Who'

Andrew Garfield has admitted that it felt like "an honour" to be part of Doctor Who.

The actor - who plays the title role in The Amazing Spider-Man - appeared in two episodes of the BBC sci-fi drama in 2007.

One of the world's most popular characters is back on the big screen as a new chapter in the Spider-Man legacy is revealed in 'The Amazing Spider-Man'.

"The history of Doctor Who and the heritage and legacy of Doctor Who is huge," Garfield said, in the latest edition of Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo's Film Reviews on BBC Radio 5 live.

"It was an honour to be a part of that show, absolutely. And I'm so happy that everyone is now seeing Matt Smith for the incredible actor and Doctor that he is."

Garfield - who starred alongside Smith's predecessor David Tennant - called the current Doctor Who lead "a friend" and "a tremendous actor".

"I am so proud and happy for him," he said. "He... is being put to fantastic use, and giving so many people so much joy, God bless him. I'm honoured to be a part of that legacy."

The Amazing Spider-Man opens in cinemas on July 3, while Doctor Who is expected to return to BBC One this autumn.

TOWIE is absolute b*llocks, say 'Geordie Shore' stars

Geordie Shore stars Charlotte-Letitia Crosby and Rebecca Walker have sniped about their rival reality series The Only Way is Essex, declaring their recent summer special in Marbella "absolute b*llocks".

The girls, who are promoting their own MTV show's Chaos in Cancun spinoff, branded the ITV2 series dull and complained that the TOWIE females were too "prim and proper".

"Did you see the Marbella special? I would rather watch In the Night Garden. It was absolute b*llocks," Walker told Digital Spy.

Crosby added: "It was crap."

Walker continued: "When TOWIE is on, how many tweets do we get saying, 'We can't wait for Geordie Shore to be back on' and 'This is boring'?

"The girls in TOWIE are prim and proper all the time. [People] feel more comfortable watching us."

Crosby commented: "You watch our show and afterwards you sit and laugh about the best bits.

"After I watch TOWIE, I feel really bad about myself. I want to go on a diet, I'm not as nice as her, I'm not perfect and you pick holes in yourself."

Joking about the TOWIE girls' 'no carbs before Marbs motto', Crosby added: "Sometime I wish I could do no carbs before Marbs. But if I was going to Marbs, I'd do carbs in Marbs, before Marbs and after Marbs. And by the pool! The best carbs is a burger and a cocktail by the pool."

Don Grady, Robbie on 'My Three Sons,' Dies at 68

Don Grady, who played Robbie Douglas on the TV show "My Three Sons" and was one of the Mickey Mouse Club's original Mouseketeers, died Wednesday.

He was 68.

"My dear friend and TV brother Don Grady passed away today," posted his "My Three Sons" co-star Barry Livingston. "He was an inspiration to me in so many ways." Livingston played Ernie on the show.

Born Don Louis Agrati in in 1944, Grady was best known for his role as the middle son on the long-running series, which co-starred Fred MacMurray and William Demarest. Grady wrote some of the episodes and performed some of his own songs.

He appeared in a number of TV series, including "The Ann Southern Show," "Zane Grey Theater," "The Rifleman," "The Lucy Show" and "Simon and Simon."

Grady, who was signed to a composing, writing and singing contract by Capitol Records when he was 19, went on to a career as a composer following his TV career. He did the music for the  Blake Edwards comedy "Switch," the theme song for "The Phil Donahue Show" and music for the Las Vegas stage show "EFX."

He released two albums, "Boomer: JazRokPop" in 2008 and "Homegrown," via Elektra Records in 1973,