Casting Roundup: Bill Clinton Visits ‘O’Reilly,’ ‘Doctor Who’ Duo Plans Exit

Doctor WhoBill Clinton was made for TV. He’s got the moxy. And he’s used it on many a talk show in his time: he’s visited Johnny Carson, Jon Stewart, and, most memorably, Arsenio Hall. But there is one talk show host who has been apparently inviting Clinton on his show for fifteen years: Bill O’Reilly. Up until now, Clinton has made no appearance on the political commentator’s program, The O’Reilly Factor, although O’Reilly admits that Clinton has consistently stated his intentions to participate on an episode. But this coming Tuesday, the former president will officially sit down with O’Reilly for the first time on the show. So what is to be expected from this long-awaited meeting of these ideologically divergent men? A chaotic shouting match over the differences in their political views? A civil examination of one another’s values in order to reach a more profound understanding of our present state of affairs? Whichever it is, there had better be some time alotted for a sax solo. Clinton will appear on The O’Reilly Factor on Tuesday, Dec. 20 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Fox News. -EW

Doctor Who is hardly a stranger to casting changes; still, when some likeable characters come along, it’s always a disappointment to see them go again. The Doctor’s companions Amy Pond and Rory Williams, played by Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill, will be parting ways with their time traveling friend sometime during the show’s upcoming seventh series. Executive Producer Steven Moffat confirmed that, as has been tradition, the Doctor will find himself in the company of a new friend soon enough. Furthermore, we might be seeing a return of Alex Kingston to the program, who played Amy’s and Rory’s daughter River Pond. The Doctor Who Christmas special will air on Christmas Day at 9 p.m. ET/PT on BBC America. -TVLine

The second season of The X-Factor will be here before we know it, and auditions have already begun. In order to shoot for your dreams (or, you know, just get on TV for a while), visit TheXFactorUSA.com and upload your best rendition of “Part of Your World” or “Moonlight Bay” or whatever it is that people like to sing. Auditions officially conclude on Dec. 31. The X-Factor‘s Live Season Finale airs Dec. 21 and Dec. 22 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Fox. -TVLine

Staff editor Michael Arbeiter’s natural state of being can best be described as “mild panic attack.” His earliest memories of growing up in Queens, New York, involve nighttime conversations with a voice from his bedroom wall (the jury’s still out on what that was all about) and a love for classic television that spawned from the very first time he was allowed to watch “The Munsters.” Attending college at SUNY Binghamton, a 20-year-old Michael learned two things: that he could center his future on this love for TV and movies, and that dragons never actually existed — he was kind of late in the game on that one.

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