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Author: Patty Castillo

Why We’ll Miss Matt Smith: Saying Goodbye to Another Doctor

I’m a little ashamed to admit that I was none too eager and excited when Matt Smith came along as the Eleventh Doctor. As a newbie to the “Doctor Who” world, it hadn’t quite sunk in that I would have to say goodbye to someone whom I had been on so many adventures with. Sure, I already said goodbye to Christopher Eccleston, but for some reason I found the transition from the Ninth to the Tenth Doctor much easier. By the first episode with David Tennant, I was sold! I know I’m not alone in saying I found it hard to say goodbye to Tennant’s Doctor. My friends often remind me of the months it took me to finally give the Eleventh Doctor a chance. But, with time I did and I grew to love and appreciate Matt Smith and what he has brought to the character. So as soon as the announcement was made that Smith would be leaving and Peter Capaldi would be replacing him, the mourning period for the current Doctor began all over again. Fans around the world have been singing Smith’s praises and thanking him for his time as the Doctor as his time runs out. The Christmas Special is sure to bring tears as we once again welcome a new (re)generation of our favorite time-traveling hero. What will we miss the most about...

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Netflix’ Canadian Gem That You Should Start Watching Immediately

We are well aware of the fact that there are shows across the pond that have been and are growing incredibly popular here in the States. But, there are also some amazing shows just to the north of us that are also worthy of mention. One of these is one of many great Canadian shows on Netflix, Continuum, and thanks to the streaming service more viewers are now discovering it. I thought I was going to be able to write this without having to give any spoiler alerts. But that’s extremely difficult when describing a show full of plot twists and turns and flashbacks and flashforwards. So yeah, just to be safe: there will be spoilers. You have been warned. If you are a fan of science fiction and are looking for a new show to obsess over, then this might be the one for you. Time travel: check! Future technology: check! Allegorical commentary on the future of government and business and the devastating effects it could have for future generations: check and check. The plot of the show is given at the beginning of every episode, so here’s the gist: In the year 2077, a group of terrorists were sentenced to death. But, just as they are about to be executed, they set off a time travel device that sends them and law enforcement officer, Kiera Cameron, back...

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Top Shows From Across The Pond That You Should Be Watching

With streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu Plus, watching imported television programs has never been easier. But just because a show comes from across the pond doesn’t guarantee its success here in the States. So, what places the most popular shows above the rest? Let’s examine some of our favorite shows imported from the UK to see what sets them apart. Doctor Who The longest running science-fiction show in television history is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. What makes the show so appealing to audiences the world over? One factor may be that the Doctor regenerates every few years and new companions are constantly joining his adventures, allowing for new actors and a fresh take on story lines and mythologies. There really never is a dull moment, as plot twists and new mysteries abound. And there’s that whole time travel thing. That never gets old. Downton Abbey With a perfect blend of history, fashion, and drama, Downton Abbey has something for the whole family to enjoy. For the ladies, there’s the romance and strong female characters. Men can relate to Lord Crawley’s constant struggle to keep his household and finances under control. And anyone who has ever felt under appreciated at work might find they sympathize with the servants. A word of warning: The Crawley family has had its share of tragedy lately, so don’t get...

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Jimmy Fallon is Taking The Tonight Show Back To It’s Roots

Last week, NBC announced a successor to take over as host of The Tonight Show! Now, don’t start congratulating yourself for finally getting your time machine to work and take you back to the year 1991. I forgot to specify: NBC has announced a successor to take over for Jay Leno as host of The Tonight Show. Oh wait. It’s not 2004, either. All kidding aside, it was announced earlier this month that the legendary late night talk show would have a new host in 2014 — Jimmy Fallon. Tonight Show viewers may be curious about what to expect. And loyal fans of Late Night may wonder what will stay the same. Here’s what we know. The Band Since its early beginnings, music has been an integral part of the show. The NBC Orchestra was a standing tradition, beginning in 1954 when Steve Allen was the host. The small house band we are familiar with today was formed when Jay Leno took over in the nineties. Questlove told Fuse that they would remain with Fallon. “We’re not going to The Tonight Show; The Tonight Show is coming to us,” the Roots’ bandleader said. The Location Johnny Carson moved the Tonight Show from New York City to Burbank, California in 1972. It has remained there ever since. But it has been confirmed that the Tonight Show will return to New...

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How Streaming Media and Original Programming Is Helping Netflix Win Back Loyalty

In the summer of 2011, Netflix caused an outrage among its subscribers by separating its DVD and streaming media subscription plans. You might have been among those who vowed to cancel their accounts due to the sudden and abrupt price increase. Many disgruntled customers voiced their displeasure online, and the company lost 800,000 subscribers in a mere three months after the announcement was made. Would Netflix ever recover? Or would their reputation forever be marred? Things started looking brighter at the end of that same year with the announcement that Netflix would resurrect the critically acclaimed and short-lived television series, Arrested Development. According to a statement by Netflix Chief Content Officer, Ted Sarandos, “Arrested Development is one of the finest American comedies in TV history, and its return through Netflix is a perfect example of how we are working closely with studios and networks to provide consumers with entertainment they love.” Therefore, with this move, it appears that perhaps Netflix isn’t such an evil and greedy corporation after all. For many, Arrested Development had been taken off the air far too prematurely in 2006 after only three seasons. Now, Arrested Development is being given another chance to bring its fresh and distinctive style of humor to old fans and new audiences alike. And without the confines that can come with airing on networks where ratings matter. But can original...

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