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Doctor Who's Peter Capaldi Says 'Get Lots of Hankies Ready,' Plus More TV News

by | November 4, 2015 | Comments

This week in TV news, Peter Capaldi warns Doctor Who fans about a very sad-but-clever departure, while Sean Bean theorizes about the fate of Game of Thrones‘ Jon Snow. Plus, Vice launches a 24-hour cable network, USA green-lights a new show with Dana Carvey, and The Muppets reboot with a new showrunner!


PETER CAPALDI SAYS CLARA’S DEPARTURE FROM DOCTOR WHO WILL BE CLEVER, BUT SAD

Get your hankies ready. Doctor Who’s Peter Capaldi says that the exit of his co-star Jenna Coleman has left him weepy. Coleman, who plays Clara in the current BBC America series, announced in September that she would be leaving the show to take the role as Queen Elizabeth in an upcoming ITV drama. Ending her character on the show has been done in a sad-but-clever manner according to Capaldi, who spoke on the UK’s Radio 1 Breakfast Show Wednesday morning. “It’s not quite what you think is gonna happen,” Capaldi told host Nick Grimshaw. “You think what’s gonna happen is gonna happen and then something else happens… It’s always clever the way these things are done on Doctor Who, so get lots of hankies ready. It’s sad over a number of weeks.” [Update: This post has been edited to remove possible spoilers] Additionally, showrunner Stephen Moffat said in an interview with Movie Player, “Clara is gone and will never return… I can only say that what will happen will shock, surprise and terrify. Strictly in that order.”


SHOWRUNNER EXITS THE MUPPETS

The Muppets, which came into the fall as one of the season’s most anticipated shows, has had a rocky go of it so far. First, the ratings, while better than last year’s Tuesday night show Selfie, are not as stellar as ABC had hoped. Then, critics were not so enthusiastic about the pilot, giving it a low Fresh score of 64 percent on the Rotten Tomatoes’ Tomatometer. Now, just days after news that ABC has ordered three more episodes of The Muppets, it surfaces that showrunner Bob Kushell is leaving. According to insiders, there was a creative clash between Kushell and the reboot’s executive producer Bill Prady, who got his showbiz start working for Jim Henson. Galavant showrunner Kristin Newman is expected to take over for the season’s back half, which will air after the winter hiatus and serve as a creative reboot for the show.


SEAN BEAN WEIGHS IN ON HIS BASTARD’S FATE

[WARNING: Season five Game of Thrones spoilers ahead!] Sean Bean who played Ned Stark on the first season of Game of Thrones shared his theory about the fate of his character’s bastard son, Jon Snow (Kit Harington). Bean, whose own character met an untimely and jaw-dropping demise in season one, spoke to the final episode of season five, “Mother’s Mercy,” which ended with Jon Snow taking multiple knives, Julius Caesar-style, to the chest and lying face-up and staring dead-eyed into the sky. During a press conference for The Frankenstein Chronicles, Bean addressed whether or not Jon survived the attack, saying, “It kind of didn’t look like it, I have to admit, but who knows? Anything could happen. I guess that’s the big question… It used to be: ‘Who’s Jon Snow’s dad?’ Now it’s: ‘Is Jon Snow really dead?’ But I think he probably is. What do I know?” Season six of Game of Thrones is expected to return to HBO the first week of May.


VICE IS LAUNCHING A TV CHANNEL

Vice Media announced this week the launch of its new 24-hour cable network, VICELAND. “We’ve been shooting and cutting for months, and we can’t wait to share with you our vision of what television should look like,” VICE posted on its website Wednesday. “The new shows are awesome. When we started making them, collaborating with our friends in the extended VICE family, we really didn’t know how they would come together to create a TV channel. But when we saw what we had, we knew we were on to something really special.” Part of the aforementioned “VICE family” includes Spike Jonze, who has been working with the media company on the new channel. “We wanted VICELAND to be different, to feel like everything on there has a reason to exist and a strong point of view,” Jonze said. VICE released a nine-minute trailer to tease its upcoming programming offerings, including series hosted by Ellen Page and Michael K. Williams. 


USA NETWORK GREENLIGHTS DANA CARVEY’S FIRST IMPRESSIONS

USA Network announced Thursday that it has green-lit the new series First Impressions, an unscripted half-hour comedy that pits amateur impressionists against each other in a weekly battle of celebrity send-ups. Saturday Night Live alum Dana Carvey, whose presidential impressions are for the ages, will be the “expert-in-residence,” mentoring contestants and participating in game play himself. “There are so many great impressionists and First Impressions gives them an opportunity to showcase their talents,” Carvey said in a statement. “Besides, I’ve always enjoyed watching an impressionist nail somebody….as in capture their voice.  Now I get paid to watch.” 
  • Bevan C

    Way to spoil Doctor Who, RT. I know Jenna’s leaving, but you didn’t have to give away HOW she was.

  • Spy Captain

    I doubt anyone is too surprised by Clara’s upcoming death – the majority opinion was that there was nothing else to do with the character after the last season had ended anyway.

  • Andy H

    You have got to be kidding with the Doctor Who story. What the hell is wrong with you? People might actually want to NOT KNOW WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN. This site doesn’t deserve the traffic, goodbye.

  • Bolan K

    I come to Rt for news not spoilers. There wasn’t even a spoiler warning. It was right there in the title. What amaturish hack writing. FU RT

  • Rabbit

    Peter never said that Clara is going to die. He said that he got weepy at Clara’s exit because he has enjoyed working with Clara ( Jenna Coleman ) so much. He said it is a very sad ending and hankies will be needed and her exit will be a sad but clever one but that does not mean Clara will die. I think that will be too simple an ending. She may end up in another universe and is separated from the Doctor and unable to get back to the Dr which causes the sad and emotional ending between them. There are lots of possible sad emotional endings for Clara to leave without her death and I will be very surprised if Clara dies.

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