TVLine Items: Doctor Who Christmas Special Sets Date, Grey's Alum Enters Secret Circle and More!

Who‘s ready for a holiday treat?

BBC America has officially announced that Doctor Who: The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe –  the cult hit’s Christmas special for 2011 — is set to premiere Sunday, Dec. 25.

“There’s a Narnia-esque shape and feel to the telling of this story,” star Matt Smith tells RadioTimes (via BBC America) of the installment. “Whereas last year felt more like a Christmas romp, there’s a slow-burning, ethereal magic to this.”

As part of a 48-hour countdown to the main event, BBC America is presenting Doctor Who: Best of the Christmas Specials on Saturday, December 24, at 8 pm. Take a peek at The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe here:

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Ready for more of today’s TV dish? Well…

• Lauren Stamile aka Grey’s Anatomy‘s stabby Rose is joining The Secret Circle in the recurring role of a psychic with ties to Cassie’s dead momma and John Blackwell, Zap2It reports. Stamile, whose other TV credits include Burn Notice and Community, debuts on the CW series in Episode 12.

Eastbound & Down‘s third season will premiere Feb. 19 on HBO.

• Liev Schreiber (Scream) has been tapped to star in Showtime’s drama pilot Ray Donovan. The potential series centers on a professional “fixer” of the Hollywood elite.

• The inaugural season of Project Runway All Stars is set to premiere Thursday, Jan. 5 at 9/8c on Lifetime, and has an exclusive first look at all of the unfashionable dramarama.

• Oxygen announced Tuesday the development of three (more!) new docu-series: All the Right Moves will follow the life of So You Think You Can Dance choreographer Travis Wall and his dancer friends; That’s D’Amore features the D’Amore sisters — Caroline, Bonnie and Christie — maintaining their family business in California’s beachy Malibu; and Taking NY stars four female friends — beauty director Leigh Cherrier, former E! Online writer Marianne Garvey, designer Leila Shams and publicist Kelly Brady — striving to “have it all” in New York.

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Comments (10)

  • I’m stupid excited for the Travis Wall show!!! More than any grown woman should admit. Also excited PR All-Stars (or what I like to call, Down With Kenley) has a premiere date.

    Comment by Melissa Miller – November 29, 2011 01:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m excited for the Doctor Who Christmas special, but I really do need them to give me more real serial episodes soon. Doctor WHO????? (amazing.)

    Comment by Rachel – November 29, 2011 01:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yess!!! I am such a whovian. It made me laugh that they said the Christmas special’s premier was set for dec 25. Is it not always on Christmas day??

      Comment by Sonja – November 30, 2011 07:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Aye! Can January 5th hurry up and get here? I miss The Vampire Diaries and The Secret Circle so much!

    From all the casting scoop, including Lauren Stamile, that makes 4 new roles for Episode 12. This should lead to an amazing episode, especially what is said about it!

    Comment by Anonymous – November 29, 2011 03:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m a little disappointed that the third D’Amore sister isn’t named Elena.

    Comment by Jordan – November 29, 2011 03:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Omg!!!!!! I’m beyond ecstatic for Travis Wall’s new show!!!!!!

    Comment by Jared – November 29, 2011 05:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I don’t get BBC America, so I’ll have to download it when it becomes available.

    Comment by robinepowell – November 29, 2011 06:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • IT should be noted that Stamile’s character Lucy on The Secret Circle will be in Episode 112, but Stamile will make her debut in Ep 113. *hint hint* On what’s to come.

    Comment by Anonymous – November 30, 2011 04:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • lol Did they REALLY need to say when the Doctor Who Christmas Special was airing? It airs the same time every year…on Christmas. In the UK anyway. :) Right after Eastenders…don’t quote me because it’s been a while. :)

    Comment by Jewels – November 30, 2011 06:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Sadly, in the US, that has not always been the case. There was a time when we had to wait months for episodes that had previously aired in the UK.

      Yes, even the Christmas episodes.

      Then they realized that Who fans aren’t the type to wait around if there are alternative viewing methods.

      Comment by magicant – December 10, 2011 06:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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