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