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TV IS THE NEW CINEMA: Brody Still AWOL on 'Homeland,' 'Ironside' Surprises (VIDEOS)

Thompson on Hollywood By David Chute | Thompson on Hollywood October 8, 2013 at 5:22PM

Two episodes into Homeland (Showtime) and still no sign of Brody. Which means that this show about the eruptive intersection of the personal and political is still not quite itself yet as it continues its third season.

If you’re curious and know a few words of Hindi, you can watch online the entire first episode of the Indian adaptation of “24.” The star of this venture is long-time Bollywood leading man Anil Kapoor, best known stateside for playing the quizmaster in Danny Boyle’s “Slumdog Millionaire.” Kapoor also played a Middle Eastern president targeted for assassination in the eighth season of the U.S. “24” and purchased re-make rights to the show for his production company in Mumbai. No subtitles, but it is an impressively slick and detailed reproduction of the show’s trademark moves, from the multiple POV boxes to the flickering LED readouts.

Of course, the only really important news in TV at the moment is the run-up to “The Day of the Doctor ” on November 23rd, the 50th anniversary of the debut of world’s oldest television program in 1963. This milestone will be marked by the global simulcast of a 50th anniversary special featuring outgoing Doctor Matt Smith (off to play the title role in a West End musical adaptation of “American Psycho”), previous Doctor David Tennant  and a mysterious “future Doctor,” portrayed by John Hurt, along with companions Jenna-Louise Coleman and Billie Piper. Smith will officially hand over his bow tie to incoming Time Lord Peter Capaldi on the program’s annual Christmas special in December. Simonize your watches.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.