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2017

The Expanse: Cascade

The ExpanseThe 20th episode of the science fiction series The Expanse, based on the series of novels by James S.A. Corey (a pseudonym for writers Ty Franck and Daniel Abraham), is broadcast on cable channel Syfy. Terry Chen (Continuum) and Byron Mann (Dark Angel) guest star.

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The Expanse: Here There Be Dragons

The ExpanseThe 21st episode of the science fiction series The Expanse, based on the series of novels by James S.A. Corey (a pseudonym for writers Ty Franck and Daniel Abraham), is broadcast on cable channel Syfy. Terry Chen (Continuum) guest stars.

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The Expanse: The Monster And The Rocket

The ExpanseThe 22nd episode of the science fiction series The Expanse, based on the series of novels by James S.A. Corey (a pseudonym for writers Ty Franck and Daniel Abraham), is broadcast on cable channel Syfy. Terry Chen (Continuum) guest stars.

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Doctor Who: The Pilot

Doctor WhoThe 830th episode of Doctor Who airs on BBC1 (the 131st episode since the series’ revival), beginning the revived series’ tenth season. Peter Capaldi, Pearl Mackie, and Matt Lucas star in a story introducing new companion Bill Potts.

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The Expanse: Caliban’s War

The ExpanseThe 23rd episode of the science fiction series The Expanse, based on the series of novels by James S.A. Corey (a pseudonym for writers Ty Franck and Daniel Abraham), is broadcast on cable channel Syfy. Terry Chen (Continuum) and Adam Savage (Mythbusters) guest star in the second season finale.

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Doctor Who: Smile

Doctor WhoThe 831st episode of Doctor Who airs on BBC1 (the 132nd episode since the series’ revival). Peter Capaldi, Pearl Mackie, and Matt Lucas star; Mina Anwar (The Sarah Jane Adventures) guest stars.

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Arrow: Dangerous Liaisons

ArrowThe 111th episode of Arrow, a modern-day reboot of DC Comics’ Green Arrow superhero starring Stephen Amell, airs on the CW.

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Doctor Who: Thin Ice

Doctor WhoThe 832nd episode of Doctor Who airs on BBC1 (the 133rd episode since the series’ revival). Peter Capaldi, Pearl Mackie, and Matt Lucas star. (This story is unrelated to an audio story of the same name based on a script for the unproduced 1990 television season of Doctor Who.)

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Arrow: Underneath

ArrowThe 112th episode of Arrow, a modern-day reboot of DC Comics’ Green Arrow superhero starring Stephen Amell, airs on the CW.

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Doctor Who: Knock Knock

Doctor WhoThe 833rd episode of Doctor Who airs on BBC1 (the 134th episode since the series’ revival). Peter Capaldi, Pearl Mackie, and Matt Lucas star. David Suchet (The Hercule Poirot Mysteries) guest stars.

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Douglas Netter, Babylon 5 producer, dies

Douglas NetterDouglas Netter, the executive producer of the science fiction series Babylon 5 and its various spinoffs after the series’ run, from Crusade through the 2007 direct-to-DVD project Babylon 5: The Lost Tales, dies at the age of 96. A former executive vice president of MGM in the early 1970s, Netter also produced such TV projects as The Sacketts, Five Mile Creek, Hypernauts, and Captain Power, the series which introduced him to future Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski.

Arrow: Honor Thy Fathers

ArrowThe 113th episode of Arrow, a modern-day reboot of DC Comics’ Green Arrow superhero starring Stephen Amell, airs on the CW.

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Doctor Who: Oxygen

Doctor WhoThe 834th episode of Doctor Who airs on BBC1 (the 135th episode since the series’ revival). Peter Capaldi, Pearl Mackie, and Matt Lucas star.

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Arrow: Missing

ArrowThe 114th episode of Arrow, a modern-day reboot of DC Comics’ Green Arrow superhero starring Stephen Amell, airs on the CW. Dolph Lundgren (Rocky IV, Masters Of The Universe, Universal Soldier) guest stars.

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Doctor Who: Extremis

Doctor WhoThe 835th episode of Doctor Who airs on BBC1 (the 136th episode since the series’ revival). Peter Capaldi, Pearl Mackie, and Matt Lucas star. Michelle Gomez guest stars.

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Jared Martin, actor, dies

Jared Martin in The Fantastic JourneyActor Jared Martin, star of the cult classic genre series The Fantastic Journey and War Of The Worlds, dies of pancreatic cancer at the age of 75. In the 1960s, Martin had the good fortune to befriend and room with fellow college student Brian De Palma, and was given a role in some of De Palma’s early films. He moved on to roles in such movies as Westworld, though he may best be known for a recurring role in the prime time soap Dallas. After leaving acting as a full-time profession, he continued to mentor younger filmmakers, especially those coming from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Arrow: Lian Yu

ArrowThe 115th episode of Arrow, a modern-day reboot of DC Comics’ Green Arrow superhero starring Stephen Amell, airs on the CW. This is the finale of the series’ fifth season.

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Doctor Who: The Pyramid At The End Of The World

Doctor WhoThe 836th episode of Doctor Who airs on BBC1 (the 137th episode since the series’ revival). Peter Capaldi, Pearl Mackie, and Matt Lucas star. Nigel Hastings guest stars.

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Doctor Who: The Lie Of The Land

Doctor WhoThe 837th episode of Doctor Who airs on BBC1 (the 138th episode since the series’ revival). Peter Capaldi, Pearl Mackie, and Matt Lucas star. Michelle Gomez guest stars.

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The maiden flight of GSLV Mark III

GSLV Mark IIIIndia’s space agency, ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization), successfully launches its first heavy-lift rocket, the GSLV Mark III, from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota. A massive launch vehicle capable of hefting 4-ton payloads into a geostationary orbit, GSLV Mark III’s first payload is the Indian government’s GSAT-19 communications satellite. ISRO also has its eyes on manned spaceflight, with later GSLV payloads potentially including a crewed vehicle to low Earth orbit.

Adam West, actor, dies

Adam West as BatmanActor Adam West, forever known to millions as the star of TV’s Batman in the 1960s, dies at the age of 88 after a short bout with leukemia. After years of paying his dues with guest starring roles, bit parts and commercial appearances, West beat out actors such as Lyle Waggoner for the role of Batman, but after three seasons on TV and a movie produced by the makers of the TV series, Batman had run its course, and West found himself battling typecasting, accepting work in subpar projects and returning to the role of Batman both as voice work (for the Super Friends animated series) and live action (the lamentable 1979 Legends Of The Superheroes specials). Voice work became a mainstay of West’s career, and he landed a long-running recurring role on Seth MacFarlane’s Family Guy animated series.

Stephen Furst, actor & director, dies

Stephen Furst as Vir in Babylon 5Actor and director Stephen Furst, well-known to the American viewing public as hapless Flounder from the 1970s frat movie Animal House and as Dr. Axelrod from St. Elsewhere, dies at the age of 63 from complications from a long battle with diabetes. Furst co-starred as much-put-upon Centauri diplomatic aide Vir Cotto in all five seasons of the 1990s science fiction series Babylon 5; he also directed episodes of Babylon 5 and its follow-up, Crusade, as well as voicing Booster in the animated Toy Story TV spinoff, Buzz Lightyear Of Star Command. He also directed (sometimes under a pseudonym) such Syfy original movies as Path Of Destruction and Basilisk: The Serpent King.

Trevor Baxter, actor, dies

Trevor BaxterBritish actor Trevor Baxter, best known in genre circles for a one-off appearance in the 1970s Doctor Who story The Talons Of Weng-Chiang as Professor George Litefoot, dies at the age of 84. Though his guest role on Doctor Who lasted six half-hour episodes, his double-act chemistry with fellow guest star Christopher Benjamin was memorable enough that there was brief discussion at the BBC of possibly launching the two Victorian-era characters in their own TV spinoff. That idea was quickly shelved, but Big Finish Productions, the makers of audio Doctor Who, would revive it in the 21st century, leading to the popular audio series Jago & Litefoot, which ran for nearly a decade. Baxter’s list of guest starring roles spans almost the entirety of classic British TV, and he acted on stage on the West End and with the Royal Shakespeare Company. He was also a prolific playwright in his own right.

Jodie Whittaker is the Doctor

Jodie WhittakerIn a specially shot trailer aired after BBC1’s live coverage of the Wimbledon men’s tennis finals, the first female Doctor Who is unveiled in the form of actress Jodie Whittaker (Broadchurch, Black Mirror, Attack The Block). Her first appearance in the role proper will presumably take place at the end of outgoing star Peter Capaldi’s final episode, to be aired on Christmas Day 2017. The transition to a new Doctor also includes the transition to new showrunner Chris Chibnall, whose first season will be broadcast in 2018.

Martin Landau, actor, dies

Martin Landau in Space: 1999Oscar-winning actor Martin Landau, a fixture of genre TV and movies since the late 1950s, dies at the age of 89. The star of such series as Mission: Impossible and Space: 1999, Landau was also a renowned acting teacher, and was in demand both before and after his TV heyday with roles in North By Northwest, Crimes And Misdemeanors, and Ed Wood, in which his portrayal of Bela Lugosi in his waning years brought him an Academy Award. He worked steadily through his eighties, in both on-screen roles and voice roles, with some projects yet to be released at the time of his death.

George Romero, director, dies

George RomeroPioneering horror film director George A. Romero dies at the age of 77 after a battle with lung cancer. In 1968, his low-budget shocker Night Of The Living Dead all but gave birth to the zombie horror genre. Some of his later films attempted to tackle different subject matter, meeting with box office indifference until he returned to the zombie genre with Dawn Of The Dead (1976), which earned back more than 100 times its production budget. High-profile works after that included the Stephen King-written Creepshow (1982), Monkey Shines (1988), and a third film in his zombie cycle, Day Of The Dead (1985). Sticking this time with his connection to the genre, Romero continued to be involved in spinoffs for comics, internet shorts, and further films, including Road Of The Dead, a movie he promoted shortly before his death. His movies remain immensely influential in the horror genre.

Deborah Watling, actress, dies

Deborah Watling as VictoriaActress Deborah Watling, best known for her 1960s stint as Victoria Waterfield, an orphaned girl taken aboard the TARDIS as a companion in Doctor Who, dies at the age of 69 from lung cancer, only six weeks after being diagnosed. Joining the show in the pivotal Evil Of The Daleks serial in 1967, and remaining through the end of the six-part Fury From The Deep in 1968, Watling was technically a series regular for only a year, though that time coincided with a run of stories now widely regarded as classics, pitting the TARDIS team again Cybermen, Ice Warriors and Yeti. She also appeared in Out Of The Unknown and Danger UXB, and reprised the role of Victoria in later Doctor Who projects such as Dimensions In Time (1993) and Downtime (1995).

The Tick: Season 1, Part 1

The TickStreaming service Amazon Prime Video premieres the first part of the first season of Ben Edlund’s live-action remake of The Tick, comprising five new episodes. Starring Peter Serafinowicz, Griffin Newman (Gravity) and Jackie Earle Haley (The Bad News Bears, Preacher), the new episodes make up only the first half of the season, the rest of which will be released in 2018.

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The Orville: Old Wounds

The OrvilleFox premieres the first episode of the science fiction comedy-drama The Orville, starring and created by Seth McFarlane. A number of Star Trek veterans participate both in front of and behind the cameras, and in a rarity for 21st century filmmaking (especially on a TV budget), the Orville itself is a physical model. Brian George (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Wars: The Clone Wars) and Victor Garber (Alias, Legends Of Tomorrow) guest star.

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The Orville: Command Performance

The OrvilleFox airs the second episode of the science fiction comedy-drama The Orville, starring and created by Seth McFarlane. Jeffrey Tambor (Max Headroom), J.D. Cullum (Star Trek: The Next Generation) and Ron Canada guest star.

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The Orville: About A Girl

The OrvilleFox airs the third episode of the science fiction comedy-drama The Orville, starring and created by Seth McFarlane. Deobia Oparei and Rena Owen guest star.

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Star Trek: Discovery premieres

Star Trek: DiscoveryCBS premieres the first episode of Star Trek: Discovery, the first new Star Trek TV series in 12 years, starring Sonequa Martin-Green (The Walking Dead) and Michelle Yeoh (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Marco Polo). The second episode also premieres, but instead of airing on CBS, it streams on CBS’ fledgling CBS All Access paid streaming service. Despite the unusual distribution arrangement for a two-parter, the premiere is watched by over nine million viewers.

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The Orville: If The Stars Should Appear

The OrvilleFox airs the fourth episode of the science fiction comedy-drama The Orville, starring and created by Seth McFarlane. James Morrison (Space: Above And Beyond) guest stars, and Liam Neeson (Star Wars Episode I) makes an unannounced, uncredited cameo appearance.

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Missions: Season 1

Star Wars: ResistanceFrench streaming service OCS releases the complete first season of the science fiction mystery series Missions, involving a conspiracy behind a European manned mission to Mars and a possible discovery of alien life. Hélène Viviès, Mathias Mlekuz, and Arben Bajraktaraj star. Despite the vast majority of the series’ dialogue being in French, American streaming service Shudder picks up the series and subtitles it for English-speaking audiences, and helps to finance a second season.

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Star Trek: Discovery: Context Is For Kings

Star Trek: DiscoveryStreaming service CBS All Access premieres the third episode of Star Trek: Discovery, starring Sonequa Martin-Green (The Walking Dead) and Jason Isaacs (the Harry Potter movies’ Lucius Malfoy). Rekha Sharma (Battlestar Galactica) guest stars.

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The Gifted: eXposed

The GiftedFox premieres the first episode of the Marvel superhero series The Gifted, a series set in the universe of 20th Century Fox’s X-Men movies. Stephen Moyer (True Blood), Amy Acker (Angel) and Coby Bell (Burn Notice) star in an episode directed by Bryan Singer (X-Men).

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The Orville: Pria

The OrvilleFox airs the fifth episode of the science fiction comedy-drama The Orville, starring and created by Seth McFarlane. Oscar winner Charlize Theron guest stars.

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Star Trek: Discovery: The Butcher’s Knife Cares Not…

Star Trek: DiscoveryStreaming service CBS All Access premieres The Butcher’s Knife Cares Not For The Lamb’s Cry, the fourth episode of Star Trek: Discovery, starring Sonequa Martin-Green (The Walking Dead) and Jason Isaacs (the Harry Potter movies’ Lucius Malfoy). Rekha Sharma (Battlestar Galactica) guest stars.

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The Gifted: rX

The GiftedFox airs the second episode of the Marvel superhero series The Gifted, a series set in the universe of 20th Century Fox’s X-Men movies. Sharon Gless (Cagney & Lacey) guest stars.

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Arrow: Fallout

ArrowThe 116th episode of Arrow, a modern-day reboot of DC Comics’ Green Arrow superhero starring Stephen Amell, airs on the CW. This is the premiere of the series’ sixth season.

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