Torchwood & Dr. Who
SyFy Portal says here that a source tells them that it appears that the BBC is getting ready to make some wholesale changes to both "Dr. Who" and "Torchwood." Both David Tennant and John Barrowman are set to leave their shows, not to mention other cast members. Tennant will work through the 2009 specials leading up to the annual Christmas episode, then he will regenerate and change into actor Robert Carlyle (in negotiationsm but not signed yet), best known for "The Full Monty." The source says that the BBC has been approaching a more family friendly version of "Torchwood," and the new cast will come on board with that in mind. Now only five episodes have been commissioned out of the standard 13, without actors Burn Gorman (Owen Harper), Naoko Mori (Toshiko Sato) and Capt. Jack Harkness' John Barrowman. Moving in are former "Doctor Who" companion Freema Agyeman, Eve Myles as Gwen Cooper and Barrowman will be making guest appearances in the third season. They plan not to have two different series running at the same time, but for "Torchwood" to work as sort of a filler series for off periods of "Doctor Who," which only films a handful of episodes each year.
Confessions of a Shopaholic
Isla Fisher, Joan Cusack and John Goodman will star in "Confessions of a Shopaholic" Based on the novel by Sophie Kinsella, the story tells of a woman dealing with the stresses of mounting credit card debt. Goodman and Cusack play Fisher's parents. Hugh Dancy and Krysten Ritter also star. P.J. Hogan directing the currently underway film in New York and Connecticut.
TV DVD News
TVShowsOnDVD.com has posted info about "Arrest and Trial" (Best of) here, "Checkmate" (Best of) here, "Laredo" (Season 1, Vol. 2) here, "The Rat Patrol" (Complete Series) here, "McLeod's Daughters" (Season 6) here, "The New Adventures of Old Christine" (Season 2) here, "Burn Notice" (Season 1) here, "Inspector Gadget" (Best of) here and "Mannix" (Season 1) here.
Michael Ausiello says here in TV Guide that two cast members will not be returning as regulars for season eight. He said: "They are open to doing limited engagements, and those details are being worked out as we speak. Find a calendar and draw a circle around April 17. That's the day the show's first post-strike episode airs. It's also the day a long-running character -- a series regular - - takes his/her last breath. As in dies. For real. No cloning crap this time around."
The Food Network has announced the dismissal of "Dinner: Impossible's" Robert Irvine after learning he had lied on his résumé. Irvine claimed he had prepared meals for Britain's Royal Family and various U.S. presidents. Irvine said: "I am truly sorry for misleading people and misstating the facts." Food Network said: "We rely on the trust that our viewers have in the accuracy of the information we present, and Robert challenged that trust."
Comics Continuum has posted preview pages of
Lords of Avalon: Sword of Darkness #2,
Marvel Adventures Spider-Man #37,
Penance: Relentless #5,
& Punisher War Journal #17