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Could the 9th Doctor return for a multi-doctor special during the 50th Anniversary? Quite possibly.
Christopher Eccleston, who played the 9th Doctor for 13 episodes of its first ‘revived’ series has spoken of ‘more to do’ with his incarnation of the famous Time Lord.
Eccleston, who is notoriously cagey when asked about his time on Doctor Who, was speaking at a Q&A session at the National Theatre earlier this week where is starring as Creon in the play Antigone.
When asked by an attendee whether he felt he had taken the character of The Doctor as far as he could Eccleston is reported as having said, somewhat surprisingly, ‘no.’
A Doctor Who fan who was present wrote about the event on his blog:
[He] felt that one series isn’t enough to get under the skin of the character and that if he’d had two or three series he’d have developed the role considerably.
He said that if you looked at the other Doctors (with the exception of Tom Baker) you can see them working out how to play the character through their first series because it’s such a complex and challenging role.
He said several times that there was more for him to do with the character….
With the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who airing next year (with a slew of specials in place of a regular series) I can’t help but hope (in vain, most likely) that the 9th Doctor is somehow featured.
Ecclecakes, do not get my hopes up only to crush them DON'T. DO IT.
and lol is that some shade he just threw at Tom Baker or a compliment
whatever whatever Doctor Who party time
Quick! Name the female leads of the Jack Ryan movies! Yeah, that's what we thought, but those previous efforts are generally such testosterone-driven sausage parties, you can be forgiven for forgetting if any actresses were involved. But in rebooting the character for a whole new generation, Paramount is hoping to give Jack Ryan someone to snuggle with at the end of the night.
Keira Knightley is reportedly in the frontrunner position for the female lead, with Felicity Jones and Evangeline Lilly also in the mix. The part will find the winning actress playing the role of Jack Ryan's future wife (aka Anne Archer in the Harrison Ford movies), but let's hope the part requires more than just a beautiful face, which these three do quite easily anyway. While Knightley might seem an odd fit, remember she's done the blockbuster thing in the 'Pirates Of The Caribbean' movies, as well as tried on an action role with Tony Scott's "Domino." In that regard, Jones probably has the least experience of the trio (though if the part doesn't require kicking ass, that won't be an issue), while Lilly has already proven she can do rugged and sensitive thanks to "Lost."
As you know, Chris Pine takes the lead with Kenneth Branagh directing and taking the villain role, because that's just how he does it. The film formerly known as "Moscow" will still maintain its Russian setting, and finds Jack Ryan now working as an analyst in Moscow who uncovers a plot by the company he works for to launch a terrorist attack and bring down the economy of the United States. Real world issues y'all!
Whoever wins the gig will also be optioned for two more movies, because this is a franchise, duh. No word yet on when this forever gestating movie might shoot, but it seems it's getting much closer to happening than it ever has before.
David Guetta has unveiled a new song titled 'Falling To Pieces'. The track was played during a live gig in Belgium (July 29) and features Australian singer-songwriter Sia.Sia previously co-wrote and sang vocals on Guetta's 'Titanium', which topped the charts in the UK earlier this year and currently sits at number seven in the US.
Discussing working with Sia, Guetta recently told Digital Spy: "Yes, she's amazing! Definitely, 100%. We worked together on 'Wild Ones', you know, and also we've been playing other records together and she's just incredible."
It was recently reported that the French DJ and producer is working on Rihanna's next studio album.
I need a studio version NOW.
Phillip Phillips' "Home" is finally here:
and omg, he looks soo good. If the folks at Interscope know what they're doing then they'll keep exploiting his beautiful face.
Phillip Phillips' 'Home' Sales Surge Thanks to Olympic Gymnasts
"Home," the coronation song by 2012 "American Idol" winner Phillip Phillips, is getting a second life -- thanks to the Olympics.
The song, first released in May, has been used repeatedly as a theme during NBC's broadcast of its women's gymnastics coverage.
Industry sources are forecasting that the song could sell around 200,000 downloads by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, Aug. 5. To put that in perspective, in the most recent week (ending July 29), only one song sold more than 200,000: Flo Rida's "Whistle," with 237,000.
"Home" first started getting play on NBC last weekend, so we've already seen it post some major sales gains. In the week ending July 29, it earned a 69% increase in downloads, selling 40,000 for the week (up from 24,000 a week earlier).
In turn, it reentered the Digital Songs chart at No. 47 and the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 84.
Now, following the U.S. team's win during the team competition on July 31, the song is selling at an even faster pace.
Projecting "Home's" sales this week is difficult, considering a lot of the song's traction depends on how much TV exposure it receives in the coming days. NBC is due to broadcast more women's gymnastics during prime time on Aug. 2 and 5.
If "Home" sells around 200,000 downloads, it could move straight into the top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100 next week. The new Hot 100 chart's top 10 will be revealed on Aug. 8.
"Home" originally debuted and peaked at No. 10 on the Hot 100 shortly after Phillips won "American Idol" in May. It bowed with 278,000 downloads in its debut week and has sold 617,000 to date in the U.S.
Conceived as a spoof towards the increasingly multiplying police procedurals like the CSI franchise, Paul Scheer’s NTFS:SD:SUV (which stands for National Terrorism Strike Force: San Diego: Sport Utility Vehicle and yeah, it's a thing) will premiere its second season on Thursday, August 9th. Cartoon Network's Adult Swim has released the season 2 trailer, which ruminates on important situations such as what to do when your wedding is interrupted by a bitter, murderous sword-wielding bride and the importance of being prepared with sunglasses whenever you mutter a kick-ass catchphrase. Also, punching. Lots of punching. And no one is safe from said punching—not even Ray Liotta. See the trailer below:
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i hate that asher got away with what he did but it happens all the time
Another "Real Housewives" cast member may be given her own talk show.
Caroline Manzo, from "The Real Housewives of New Jersey," one of the most popular series in the Bravo franchise, has often been mentioned in development meetings, following the initial test run of Frankel’s show.
"There are a lot of sheep in the TV business. Once a formula is successful, everyone wants to copy it," one TV insider tells me.
"Caroline's name has come up several times and although it's still in the very early stages, I wouldn't be at all surprised if she gets her own chat show."
A few months ago, Caroline co-hosted her first daytime show, joining Jane and Sara on "New York Live," where she proved to everyone that she had what it took.
"Caroline Manzo is appealing for daytime talk because she has the 'it' factor," explains Amy Rosenblum, executive producer of New York Live. "You want to be friends with Caroline. Why? Because she's nice and she's honest and she says what the viewers are feeling. I loved Caroline when she co-hosted because she wasn't afraid to speak her feelings -- and what she said had a huge impact."
Caroline says that no one has contacted her yet, but said it would be something she would love to do.
"Caroline is perfect for women at home," Rosenblum, who also runs the high-profile media training company Media Masters, tells me. "She is smart, relatable and feels comfortable in her own skin."
RadarOnline exclusively learned that Adrienne Maloof did not attend the reunion Tuesday because she didn’t want to open herself up to nasty questions from her co-stars.
“Adrienne decided not to go the reunion taping because she did not feel like taking any of Lisa Vanderpump’s snarky questions,” a source close to the hit Bravo show told RadarOnline.com.
The third season of the catty reality show has found Adrienne on the receiving end of constant bullying by Lisa and Brandi Glanville and the source said she didn’t want to end the season on such a sour note.
“Adrienne has had enough fights with Lisa and Brandi this season and after their constant barrage of nastiness she decided not to go to the reunion to have them continue their tirade against her.
“She didn’t want to listen to the women judging her when the news of her marriage breaking up is so fresh.”
On Monday night Adrienne did attend Lisa and Ken Todd’s vow renewal ceremony at their home and reportedly offered the happy couple her well wishes.
“Adrienne knows that she is good friends with Camille and Kyle and that they would have been there to support her but she wanted to take the high road and not get into a petty fight with the other women.”
**this may or may not be true since Andy is in NY doing WWHL and RHOBH has yet to air and they usually film reunions a few weeks before the season ends, unless they took the New Jersey route. **
Since joining The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, the couple has skyrocketed to fame, with their every move catalogued by Bravo's reality cameras, and a source close to the couple said that while she handled it with grace, Paul struggled with their exposure.
"Paul let the fame go to his head. He was jealous of Adrienne's success, and he didn't handle that well."
As Adrienne's business opportunities soared, his attitude soured. "Paul has always been envious of his wife, and he got crankier as they became celebrities."
The couple, famous for bickering on the show, also struggled behind the scenes.
"Paul was a completely different person in front of the cameras, the way he acted for them was all for show; he turned it on for them, and then he turned it off when the cameras went away.
"He stopped taking care of himself, gained weight and got crankier, and Adrienne didn't want to deal with it."
We were under the impression that the ladies on The Real Housewives of New York had wrapped Season 5 a few months ago, but according to Aviva Drescher, the girls are filming today, August 2. She also says that they haven’t filmed the highly anticipated Reunion Special yet, so what could they be up to?
Aviva writes, “Headed to film!! Last time for this season!!! Arghhhh! What pot stirring, silly, ridiculous stuff will fall out of my mouth today!!! ;) xxo” on Twitter this morning.
But, moments later, Aviva corrects herself, tweeting, “I forgot about the reunion!!! Today is not the reunion so its not my last day of filming. Arghhhh!!!!!! :( xoxo”
Amidst the multiple exclamation points and emoticons, Aviva seems to be saying that RHONY Season 5 is filming for the last time today. But the first 9 episodes of Season 5 took place during fall of 2012. Could the shooting today simply be for re-shoots?
“I heard about my BH friends. I hope not true as I love them together. Honestly being on a reality show couldn't help if problems already,” she wrote, then she appeared on her weekly segment of Good Afternoon America today to elaborate.
I was actually surprised to a certain extent. Watching the show, though, I did see a lot of this bickering going on and passive-aggressive behavior. So, when I heard about it, I wasn't that surprised.
But it seems like there is — I don't know if it's the curse of the Housewives — but there's a lot of, there's at least 12 current divorces that have happened since women got on the show.
Jill continued to posit, “Is it that the women who seek out to do this show have something going on in their marriages and in their lives that they're seeking out this kind of fame and fortune to give them the freedom to leave?” Jill suggests that many women do the show to “escape.”
“Well, I saw them two weeks ago. They were in New York promoting a new line of skin care, and you know they looked ... they weren't talking to each other. I mean, you actually saw the symptoms of it a few weeks ago in New York,” she said.
Alex McCord stopped by the RumorFix offices on Tuesday and gave us her top five things you DON’T do on reality television.
Alex and husband Simon Van Kempen were veteran cast members of the Real Housewives of New York, so who better to give backstage advice?
The video is very helpful, whether you plan to be on TV or not!
Real Housewives of New York star Carole Radziwill is technically a princess, but is she getting a little bit big for her Cinderella britches?
Carole’s featured in TV Guide Magazine, and in the blurb, Carole takes a healthy stab at the premise of her own show and sister programs.
“Have I come around to seeing the appeal in watching grown women argue?” she said. “Not yet. Give me more time.”
Huh. Well, that’s one way to alienate viewers who are just getting to know her. With that attitude, we have to wonder what brought her to do the show in the first place. On the other hand, Carole has admitted in the past that she looks at RHONY as “a job,” and therefore, another paycheck.
Phaedra has been talking about starting her funeral business since we first met her nearly two years ago on The Real Housewives of Atlanta.
Straight From the A is reporting that Tameka and her family turned to Willie Watkins to help plan Kile’s funeral, and Phaedra lent a helping hand as well. The touching funeral featured a white, horse-drawn buggy that carried Kile to and from the church, and Kile was reportedly dressed in an all-white suit.
When a Twitter follower commented that Phaedra had done a great job planning Kile’s service, she tweeted back, “THANKS!”
NeNe Leakes and Gregg were also on hand to pay their respects to Tameka and the Glover family.
RadarOnline, WetPaint, RumorFix
Following on from his #1 album 'Playing In The Shadows', Example is back with his new single 'Say Nothing', which premiered on the Capital FM Breakfast show on 30th July 2012.
Produced by Dirty South, 'Say Nothing' is the first single off Example's 4th album - due for release later in 2012 - and features remixes by TC, Roska, Burns, Foamo & Hardwell.
'Say Nothing' is released on 16.09.12 on Ministry of Sound Recordings.
I really like it! It's better than his duet w/Calvin Harris imo.
Kim and Kourtney Kardashian's half sisters are coming into their own with hopes of their own 'Keeping Up With the Kardashians' spinoff and a sci-fi novel they are co-authoring.
Just because Kim Kardashian is skipping around town with boyfriend Kanye West doesn't mean the famous family's shenanigans are on hiatus.
The reality starlet's younger half-sisters Kendall and Kylie are looking forward to a potential spinoff from "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" that may just bring the entire family's reality phenomenon into the next generation.
The show would center around "the adventures that we go on," Kendall says in the September issue of Seventeen magazine.
"We go on a lot of adventures!" she added. "We do crazy stuff. We will kidnap one of our friends or get a group together and go to Disneyland for the night.
"We do what we want to do. We're just like, 'Let's make it happen! That sounds so fun!'"
And indeed, the teenage sisters are often snapped sunbathing and enjoying the beach in barely-there bikinis.
Kylie, the younger of the two, has also been rumored to be getting cozy with Australian pop singer Cody Simpson, reports that she denies.
"Cody and I are just good friends. That's it," she insists. "But we can say that as much as we want and people will still listen to gossip."
The duo, who announced last month that they're currently in the process of writing their first science-fiction novel together, admit that working so closely together on these projects hasn't always been the easiest - but they've hit their stride.
"Kim and Kourtney were the same way," Kendall, 16, said of working with Kylie, 14. "They were fighting constantly when they were our age, and then there was a point where they flipped and loved each other and they were best friends.
"Now, Kylie is my best friend; we have so much fun. I also like working with her because she makes me more comfortable around people and I feel like she brings out the best in me."
Watch out for Trent Reznor, bb <3
Review: David Bowie fanatics will enjoy Peter Doggett’s ‘The Man Who Sold the World’
Peter Doggett’s “The Man Who Sold the World” is not so much a book as it is a project — meticulously documenting the whole of David Bowie’s oeuvre during the 1970s, when his star burned brightest.
Doggett discusses the hits and misses along with the alternate takes, miscellaneous B-sides and a wealth of unreleased material recorded as Bowie transforms himself from a hippy-dippy folk singer into Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane, the Thin White Duke and beyond.
Doggett convincingly argues that Bowie was the emblematic performer of the 1970s in much the same way the Beatles and Rolling Stones were emblematic of the 1960s. That Bowie didn’t share their universal acclaim is more than made up for, Doggett argues, by his managing to stay relevant even as punk rock and disco relegated the classic rockers to the status of dinosaurs toward the end of the decade.
The book also makes many good points about Bowie’s bisexuality and flirtation with fascism, but its fractured structure — with issues arising in the context of one song only to disappear in the discussion of the next — makes it hard to consider these things in depth.
There are also explanatory essays and discussions of each album as a cohesive work, but that often means that certain repeated allusions in individual songs will only make sense hundreds of pages into the book.
“The Man Who Sold the World” is meticulously researched and full of obscure details, but while such dogged thoroughness is admirable, it can leave the reader who does not have a lot of time and the entire Bowie catalog close at hand feeling a little lost.
It also helps to have a basic understanding of musical principles otherwise all the descriptions of minor key bass lines descending while the guitars rise over diatonic scales to end in Eb can get a little tedious.
Essentially, this is a book for the Bowie fanatics only, but for them it offers a wonderful opportunity to reconsider rock’s great chameleon.
LONDON – John Leonard is not backing down in his doping crusade.
The executive director of the American Swim Coaches Association , credentialed as a technical adviser through FINA – the governing body of all international swimming, including the 2012 Olympic Games – sparked a firestorm earlier this week. Leonard declared doubts about the world record 400-meter individual medley swim by Chinese teenager Ye Shiwen. Leonard, an American, basically said the gold-medal swim had all the earmarks of a drug-enhanced performance.
Leonard called Ye's performance "disturbing," and took particular aim at her incredible closing freestyle leg of 58.68 seconds, which he labeled "impossible." Since then he has been buffeted for what some sectors of the international swimming community consider an unfair attack on Ye's credibility.
But Leonard is not going to be muzzled, and he explained why in an interview Wednesday at the Aquatics Centre with Yahoo! Sports.
"If people don't speak out when they see something suspicious, the public is going to think nonsensical splits were real," Leonard said. "Then doping is going to have free reign for anything we don't know about right now.
"It's an anomaly. Regardless where it comes from – take China's history completely out of it – an anomaly needs to be pointed out. And it's the only anomaly of the week."
The Florida-based Leonard has been around the sport for a long time – long enough to remember the doping scandals of the 1970s and '80s with the East Germans, and of the '90s with China. Americans also have had their share of positive drug tests over the years, not to mention whispers about others who swam dirty and were undetected.
Leonard said he doesn't want that dark history of the sport forgotten, for fear that it would have to be relived.
"There are a limited number of coaches left who have seen enough doped swimming to know what it looks like," he said.
Although some officials from USA Swimming have distanced themselves from Leonard's controversial comments, others in the American swimming community are glad he's speaking up.
"The swimmers themselves can't say anything," said one former Olympian who is in London. "They'll just look bitter. But something needs to be said."
Enter Leonard, unrepentant. He believes Ye's swim was so outrageous that she was counseled to back way off in the closing 50 meters of her 200 IM victory three nights later. She swam that lap of freestyle in 29.32 seconds – slower than the last 50 of a race that was twice as long.
"She backed off, obviously," he said. "She never took a hard stroke at any point in time [in the final 50]. She was told to do what it takes to win, nice job – but if you look at tape from the 400 IM, it's two totally different swims.
"When she was coming from behind [against American Elizabeth Beisel] she held an eight-beat kick all the way through the 400. That's extremely tiring. In the 200 she used a simple, soft, six-beat kick to get home."
Ye also swam a leg in China's sixth-place 4x200 freestyle relay Wednesday night. Her final 100 split in that was 59.97 – also much slower than her closing leg of the more grueling 400 IM.
For other comparative numbers, Ye's 58.68-second last 100 was faster than all but one of the final 100s by the women in the 800 freestyle relay Wednesday. Only American anchor Allison Schmitt's 58.44 was faster.
"Some people are just biased," China's anti-doping chief Jiang Zhixue has said in response to allegations that Ye is doping. "We never questioned Michael Phelps when he bagged eight gold medals in Beijing."
"I also feel the same way," echoed Ye after her win in the 200 IM. "They are biased against me."
Yahoo! Sports asked a current American college coach for his opinion on Ye's 400 IM. He said he didn't want to accuse her of doping, but added, "It doesn't fit with anything I know about physiology."
Chinese swimmers have had a breakthrough meet, winning four gold medals and eight medals overall. Only the United States (eight gold, 18 overall) has won more.
And Ye Shewin has been China's shining star. But John Leonard isn't buying what he's seeing, and isn't backing down from saying so.
Words cannot describe the disgust I feel.... so I'm just gonna use this gif.
RAP star Professor Green provoked fury yesterday by saying “Bulimia is quite an intelligent eating disorder.”
He added on Twitter: “It would be easier just to chew food and spit it out but still, you get to eat whatever you want and stay skinny.”
Some of his 1,200,000 followers reacted in disgust to his vile words about bulimia, which affects up to 1.6 million people in the UK.
Tweets flooded back to the star, with users branding him “sick and disgusting”.
Another follower, called c dawg, said: “Not your biggest fan, but you are jokkeee.”
Clinical nurse specialist Dan Round, who treats people with eating conditions through a York-based organisation, said bulimia was a life-threatening condition.
He said: “There is a lot of stigma and misunderstanding surrounding eating disorders. They are not just about food and wanting to be thin.
“It is a serious, potentially fatal, mental illness that affects 1.6 million people in the UK and requires professional help.”
Professor Green — real name Stephen Manderson — tried to defend himself by saying he wanted to find a way of not getting fat while holidaying in New York with super-slim girlfriend, Made In Chelsea star Millie Mackintosh.
He tweeted: “I’m over they heads like a bulimic on a sea-saw,” and “Queue all the people who start telling me how insensitive I am and how bulimia jokes aren’t funny yadda yadda yadda.”
Another tweet from Green read: “Queue = cue. Apologies. that sin was far worse than making light of an eating condition.”
The East London-born star even tried to justify his comments with a joke about obsessive-compulsive disorder.
He tweeted: “I have OCD, I find OCD jokes funny, even though I can hardly drink from a cup if someone else even looks at it.”
Earlier this month Millie maintained that a three-day juice diet was not for weight loss, but instead a pre-Ibiza health kick.
The couple have just jetted out to America to celebrate Millie’s 23rd birthday.
Professor Green uses crude lyrics about a bulimic woman in his song At Your Inconvenience.
Not far into the song he says: “I’m the anecdote to that s**t, bringing back strap s**t, soon as I’m done calling this bulimic a fat bitch.”
After undergoing extreme weight-loss surgery, comedienne Lisa Lampanelli has dropped three dress sizes. Over the years the star has struggled with her weight and finally decided to have a gastric sleeve procedure.
Lampanelli, 51, now says she is focused on making healthy lifestyle choices.
On Tuesday she appeared on "Good Morning America" and explained, "It's called the gastric sleeve, which means they (doctors) remove about about 80 percent of your stomach, which means you can eat about four ounces three times a day, which is about a cup-and-a-half of food.
"You really have to be conscious about everything you put in your mouth. You have to exercise every day to keep your energy up. You have to eat tons of protein - so basically it changes everything."
Lampanelli's husband had the same procedure a few weeks after she did. "Combined we lost a total of 105 pounds so far," she noted.
Jackie Cogan is a professional enforcer who investigates a heist that went down during a mob-protected poker game.
Your straight friends will finally know the difference between KiKi and KaiKai.
I bought it, I have the receipts. I support this bitch's views and eating disorder.
Where's the Willam Belli diet book?
Now that True Blood's Vampire Authority is running rampant and killing humans, it's every man — and vampire! — for themselves. Naturally, consummate survivor Steve Newlin (Michael McMillian) has successfully planted himself where he'll be most useful: Alongside Russell Edgington (Denis O'Hare), Salome (Valentina Cervi) and Nora (Lucy Griffiths) in a place of power.
How will the formerly vampire-hating baby vamp survive in the impending battle between the mainstreamers and the Sanguinistas? TVGuide.com turned to McMillian to get the scoop, including the future for Steve and his human crush Jason (Ryan Kwanten), and Bill (Stephen Moyer) and Eric's (Alexander Skarsgard) involvement with the Authority moving forward.
Steve Newlin began cozying up to Russell Edgington in last Sunday's episode.
Michael McMillian: Well, it's sort of a May-December romance. [Laughs] Russell's a much older and more powerful vampire. It's interesting because when Steve was human, Russell was somebody that Steve targeted as the example of an evil vampire, but I think Steve's very attracted to power. He's suffering a heartbreak from Jason Stackhouse. Here comes this distinguished gentleman into his life. I think he's quite taken.
How does their new friendship compare to Russell and Talbot's (Theo Alexander) relationship?
McMillian: I think that there's a spirit in common with Russell and Talbot's relationship, but Russell and Steve kind of have their own thing, which is fun. You'll see there's some great stuff coming up between the two of them. But ultimately, as with Steve coming out and being with Jason, he's a really funny character. I always try to ground him in reality and always try to keep the emotional truth alive underneath the humor.
With the war between the Sanguinistas and the mainstreamers ramping up, is it a good idea for Steve to be hanging around the ultimate enemy right now?
McMillian: That would depend on whether or not Russell really is the ultimate enemy. I think the two of them are both acting in their personal best interests. You'll see that as the season plays out. I think Steve is really happy that he's not being killed off and is allowed into the Authority. I think he just can't believe his luck. He's a survivalist. He is going to go wherever he thinks he's going to do best.
Is he completely over Jason or will we see more interaction between the two of them?
McMillian: There's more Jason and Steve. Whatever happens, I think Jason will always be that first love in Steve's eyes. I don't think you ever really get over that person.
Since Steve is the new Nan Flanagan (Jessica Tuck), how will he spin the Authority's killing spree in New Orleans?
McMillian: That's a really good question. That's where his mastery of spin comes into play. He's definitely going to be called upon to do that in the next few weeks as things heat up between vampires and humans. It's really fun how that plays out and how that goes down.
Because the Authority is going public in saying they're no longer trying to mainstream, will more vampires who were following the rules start to fall in line?
McMillian: Possibly. We'll see how this authoritarian influence plays out because basically Roman has been the letter of the law for the past how many centuries. Roman was dictating how vampires should behave. It was really his movement to mainstream. We've seen over the past few seasons that mainstreaming itself has been very ambiguous. There are characters that have cut the corners with it. Vampires who were mainstreaming because they're following the letter of the law are now going to go, "OK, they're saying this is OK now so I'm free to do whatever I want, I guess." That's really what the second half of the season is about.
At the same time, we also know from the established mythology that vampires who get together and form in nests can really start to behave in really terrible ways. That's kind of what's happening already within the Authority.
Yes, and Eric is already trying to turn against it.
McMillian: Well, I think Eric actually has more in common with Russell and Steve in the sense that I think he's definitely a survivalist and he's always acted in his best interests. Really what that moment when he sees Godric is about is less about killing all these humans in this bar is wrong and more about saving Nora, his vampire sister, and getting her out of that situation. I think that's really what Eric cares the most about. We've seen Eric tear humans limb from limb in seasons past, but I think that Eric falling into a nest and Eric being dictated to is something that he's never really gelled with. I think his interests really lie in getting Nora out of this cult mindset.
Do you think Bill will fall into it?
McMillian: It's interesting because I think that Bill has always clearly been a mainstreamer at heart. As far as we know, the only people he's really fed on are people that he's been in a relationship with. I think everyone's playing a game at this point. I think he keeps his cards close to his chest. Obviously, he was keeping a secret from Sookie for three seasons that he had been sent there by Sophie to spy on her originally. Whether or not Bill is falling into step with the Authority and the new agenda is a bit of a mystery in the second half of the season.
But Steve has definitely fallen into it.
McMillian: Yeah. Steve's a baby vamp. All he wants to do is eat, kill and sleep around. His hormones are going crazy right now as a vampire. He has absolutely really no control over his own impulses. He's been invited to sit at the big kids' table and they're telling him he can do whatever he wants. He's thrilled. But he'll have to juggle that with this sort of public persona and this responsibility that he has as the head of the AVL. Whether or not he can juggle those two worlds will come to a head.