TVLine Items: Doctor Who's Spoiler-Proof 50th Plan, Witches Premiere, Scream News and More

Doctor Who 50th SimulcastIn a bold bid to avoid timey-wimey spoilers spreading ’round the Internet, Doctor Who‘s 50th anniversary special will be simulcast worldwide at the same time.

In other words, per (which kindly did the math for us), the milestone outing will, for example, air Saturday, Nov. 23 at 7 pm across the pond on BBC1, at 2 pm here in New York City and at 11 am for Whovians in Los Angeles. (Aussies, meanwhile, would first lay eyes on the Matt Smith/David Tennant meet-up that Sunday at 6am.)

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Ready for more TV dish? Well….

* Lifetime has announced that The Witches of East End, which is based on the Melissa de la Cruz novel and counts Julia Ormond, Mädchen Amick, Jenna Dewan Tatum, Rachel Boston, Eric Winter, Daniel DiTomasso, Jason George and Virginia Madsen among its cast, will premiere Sunday, Oct. 6.

* MTV’s Scream pilot will be penned by writing/producing partners Jay Beattie and Dan Dworkin (Criminal Minds, The Event, Revenge), the cabler revealed on Friday.

* In Loving Color alum Ali Wentworth will guest-star on CBS’ Blue Bloods this fall as a sexpot perpetually kvetching about her neighbors, reports.

* Disney XD has renewed Lab Rats for a third season, to premiere late in 2014.

Comments (15)

  • I’m very excited about the Doctor Who special being broadcast all around the world at the same time!! This means I won’t have to avoid the internet all afternoon!! Plus I can DVR and watch it again later in the day!

    Comment by Poppy – July 27, 2013 02:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • An interesting tactic. Hopefully I’m free that day. :)

    Comment by Badpenny – July 27, 2013 02:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Interesting. Cannot wait for it (even though it’s time for a new doctor)

    Comment by Tim – July 27, 2013 02:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • You’re getting a new doctor after the anniversary and Christmas specials, let Matt Smith bow out in style.

      Comment by pete – July 27, 2013 03:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • it’s time for a new showrunner!

      Comment by Maris – July 27, 2013 06:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Looking forward to Witches of East End, and I wish Kevin Williamson would at least write the pilot of Scream if nothing else.

    Comment by Cory – July 27, 2013 02:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Kevin Williamson and SCREAM have broken up forever, I think.

      Honestly, I think it’s best that way for both Williamson and SCREAM. Let new writers take SCREAM in something like the wild, fun direction that Jeff Davis took TEEN WOLF, and let Williamson do new things he’s more interested in.

      Anyway, the last time Williamson tried to do a weekly slasher series it didn’t really work.

      Comment by steve o (@ravenwing263) – July 27, 2013 06:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • but The Following is going on to season 2 and was a great show. Keep up the great work Williamson. He has definitely moved on from scream.

    Comment by jonathon – July 27, 2013 06:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Wonder what tine slot witches will have….I know it will be 10 but gdi 10 is already grossly overbooked for me.

    Comment by danielle h – July 27, 2013 06:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Can’t wait for the SCREAM pilot. This is a perfect franchise to take to MTV. Hopefully it will be just as good as Teen Wolf turned out to be.

    Comment by Jared – July 27, 2013 10:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Score! Now my internet-downloading brother can’t out-watch me!

    Comment by Sheila – July 28, 2013 08:39 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Doctor Who’s Spolier-free plan… Don’t send out DVDs in advance?

    Comment by ben – July 28, 2013 01:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Thank you! I was wondering how the worldwide simulcast was going to work. They weren’t kidding. It sounds like it’s going to be a great episode, which is very welcome after a somewhat lackluster season.

    Comment by Smithy – July 28, 2013 04:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’ll be interested to see Scream.

    Comment by Mikael – July 29, 2013 10:31 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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