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BBC’s Intruders Outpaces Orphan Black’s Premiere Ratings

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IntrudersLast year BBC America established itself as a force to be reckoned with in the world of original scripted entertainment. That was when they launched Orphan Black into the world, and in the process gave us one of the most entertaining and addictive science fiction series in ages, not to mention a spectacular talent in the form of lead actress Tatiana Maslany. But BBCA wants to become a true power player on the cable landscape, they’ll need more awesomeness on their lineup. Now it looks like they’ve found a worthy new contender in Intruders, which is already boasting impressive ratings as part of BBCA’s “Supernatural Saturday” block.

As reported by Variety, Intruders had some 790,000 same-night viewers for its premiere on August 23, and that number jumps up to 1.5 million when you factor in the “Live-Plus-3” numbers. So what the hell is “Live-Plus-3?” Nielsen’s Live Plus service tracks DVR viewing of shows, an increasingly important metric as fewer and fewer people are watching things live. Live-Plus-Same-Day sorts out who watched the show live plus all the viewers who watched it time-shifted both on the day of original airing and the day that followed. Live-Plus-Three and Live-Plus-Seven do the same thing, but expand the DVR window to three days and seven days, respectively. So, when you factored in how many people watched Intruders’ first episode in the three days after its August 23 premiere, its numbers jumped up 54% (427,000 viewers).

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David Hasselhoff Reunites With A Jealous KITT In This New Commercial

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We’re still a long way out on that Chris Pratt-starring Knight Rider reboot—if it even happens that way now that he’s in the process of becoming a huge movie star and with what are sure to be extensive Marvel commitments—but the staple of 1980s television is never too far from our hearts and minds. And in that spirit, we’ve got a reunion of sorts on our hands, as stars David Hasselhoff and KITT get back together for this commercial, and it feels so right.

Hasselhoff’s slide into wing-nut lunacy has been well documented by the paparazzi, reality TV, and even his own videos that show his occasionally questionable eating habits, but it’s been a while since we caught up the Knight Industries Two-Thousand, better known as KITT. And apparently over the years, he’s become a wee bit kooky in his own right. If this video, a commercial for Samsung’s new “Smart Home,” is to be believed, he’s gone down a jealous, jealous path, one that apparently places him squarely in stalker territory if you ask me.

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James Gunn Wants More Female Characters In The Guardians Of The Galaxy World

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GamoraSuperhero movies are without a doubt a boys club. Despite the fact that there are tons of female superheroes out there on the pages of comic books, we’ve yet to see one of these films fronted by a woman (hopefully after she shows up in Superman V. Batman we’ll finally get a solo Wonder Woman movie). Hell, The Avengers and Captain America: The Winter Soldier are the only two I can think of where women play much of a role at all in the action, and both drive home the fact that we need a Black Widow movie.

James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy, while still primarily a sausage fest, is a step in the right direction. Not only is Gamora (Zoe Saldana) a key component of the titular team, we get more from her character and story than just about anyone else, and she’s as interesting, maybe even more so, as anyone else. (While Karen Gillan’s Nebula is awesome, she’s woefully underused, as are most of the villains.) And as Gunn and Marvel start to scheme about Guardians of the Galaxy 2, there are definite plans to include the wealth of female Marvel characters in the mix.

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Comic Review: Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor Issue #2

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Doctor WhoIf you’re an alien lord with two hearts in your body, the last of your kind, and you have the ability to travel through space and time, what’s the first thing you do when you make a new friend? That’s right, you take them someplace nice. And that’s exactly what the Doctor does in issue #2 of Titan Comics’ young series Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor, or at least that’s what he tries to do.

Now that he has acquired a fresh travelling companion, laid off librarian Alice Obiefune, the two-dimensional representation of Matt Smith’s Doctor wants to do something fun with her, you know, ease her into her new, alien in every sense of the word, lifestyle. She didn’t bat an eye seeing a weird, emotion-sucking dog bounding through London, nor question the bigger-on-the-inside physics of the TARDIS, but still, best to take things slow in these situations, lest you scare someone off.

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Star Wars Rebels Offers Up A Four-Minute Sneak Peek

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Moving forward, everything Disney and Lucasfilm produce is going to be a part of the official Star Wars canon, and the first piece we’re going to get is the upcoming animated series Star Wars Rebels. Okay, the novel Star Wars: A New Dawn (which tells the story of how two of the Rebels crew first comes together) is first up, but reading is hard. Though we’re still a few months off from seeing this, we now have another sneak peek of the series.

Set in the “Dark Period” that falls between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, Rebels tells the story of the seeds of what will ultimately become the Rebel Alliance of the original trilogy. As the Galactic Empire tightens its grip on the galaxy, pockets of rebellion appear, including the one featured in Rebels.

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Star Wars Characters Get A Long Shadow Flat Design Makeover

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Star WarsOver the course of the next few years, and by few I mean between now and 2020, a massive tidal wave of Star Wars is about to crash down on top of us. Between the animated series Star Wars Rebels, J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII, and the standalone movies directed by the likes of Gareth Edwards and Josh Trank, it makes sense that long dormant fandoms are being reignited and celebrated. Nowhere is that more clear than in the world of fan art, and these flat look renderings of your favorite characters from that far, far away galaxy are pretty damn fantastic.

This is an aesthetic approach that’s very popular in the graphic design world right now. It’s a simple, minimalistic approach that offers clean lines and uncluttered presentations. Artist Filipe Carvalho has translated all of the most iconic of the Star Wars characters, and we all know there are a ton of iconic characters in the franchise. Presented in this style, he takes each individual’s defining visual characteristics and distills his or her appearance down to the most basic identifying elements.