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TV News: Who, Community, Casting, Mad

By Garth Franklin Tuesday February 21st 2012 11:36PM

Doctor Who
With production having just commenced on the seventh season of "Doctor Who", the first photo has been published at Radio Times showing returning cast members Matt Smith, Arthur Darvill and Karen Gillan.

Though Darvill and Gillan will leave as regulars this season, the pair are confirmed for at least the first three episodes. Alex Kingston's River Song will appear in the first episode which Steven Moffat is penning.

Community
NBC has announced that the third season of its critically acclaimed sitcom "Community" is finally set to return on March 15th at 8pm, taking over that Thursday timeslot with "30 Rock" and "The Office" immediately following. [Source: Time.com]

Casting News
More TV pilots are being cast with some familiar names being locked into roles.

Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis are up for the lead and villain roles respectively in "Ralph Lamb", the new 60's Vegas crime drama from "Goodfellas" scribe Nicholas Pileggi.

"Heroes" actor Milo Ventimiglia is up for Frank Darabont's new drama "L.A. Noir" about the battle between cops & organised crime in the 40's and 50's in Los Angeles. The actor will play a former marine turned lawyer and mob 'fixer'.

Finally Chris Egan (TV's "Kings") in ABC’s drama pilot "Beauty and the Beast" in their re-imagining of the classic tale. Egan will play Gorrick, the fiance of the titular Beauty. [Source: TV Line]

Mad Men
AMC took ages to get the fifth season of "Mad Men" going and were pretty stingy on the pre-release materials. Now, insteading of spacing it out to build up anticipation, they've released six more promos all at once in anticipation of the launch on March 25th.

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