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Emmys: Jeff Jensen and Melissa Maerz on a show that made TV seem small

JEFF JENSEN: Melissa, for all the self-serving yet correct talk about how expansive and diverse and ambitious television has become over the past few years, the Emmys made TV seem rather small last night.

Maybe I lost my sense of humor over the summer (too much Rectify and Ferguson, I guess), but Seth Meyers didn’t work for me. The Late Night comedian—at his best when seated behind a desk, gleefully reading his sharp, tart jokes and engaging guests with smart chat—kept the show flowing and didn’t fumble. He was an effective game manager, but nothing more. And he simply lacks the presence and dynamism that an event like this requires.

Meyers invoked his former Saturday Night Live pals Tina Fey and Amy Poehler and their ace work hosting the Golden Globes, but inviting the comparison only hurt him. (Could they host the Emmys next year? Check that: Can they host everything, like, from now on?) His funniest bit was the “Billy On The Street” video he did with Billy Eichner—and there, Eichner was dragging him along like luggage. (Emmy and NBC would have been better served by Jimmy Fallon, whose strengths—playful and inventive interaction with celebs; genuinely sincere gushing—seem ideally suited to emceeing a kudosfest.) READ FULL STORY

Martin Freeman says 'Sherlock' is 'likely' to return in 2015

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Finding a large enough gap in the respective calendars of Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman so they can film more episodes of Sherlock has been no elementary task for the show’s producers over the past couple of years, given the pair’s increasingly full schedules. But Fargo and Hobbit star Freeman has told the U.K. newspaper The Telegraph it “looks pretty likely” the pair will reunite early next year to shoot a special Christmas episode of the beloved Conan Doyle adaptation. “I’m speaking off-message here [but] I think that might be for next Christmas,” said the actor, who plays Holmes’ detective partner and verbal punching bag, Dr. Watson, on the show. “That’s what I understand.”

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'Sherlock': Season 3 episodes and bonus content to stream exclusively on Netflix

There’s only one place to stream season 3 of Sherlock when it’s released on Monday, and that’s Netflix.

The streaming service has exclusive rights to the Benedict Cumberbatch-Martin Freeman drama, but that’s not all — three making-of specials, collectively titled Sherlock Uncovered, follow each of the episodes. And because Sherlock Holmies and Cumberbitches just can’t get enough of the BBC series, fans can also check out Unlocking Sherlock, a one-hour behind-the-scenes feature that examines the process of making the entire series.

Creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, as well as the cast, share their insights in the bonus material. Vulture first reported the news.

Can’t wait until Monday? Below is a clip from Sherlock Uncovered, featuring Moffat and Gatiss discussing the casting process: READ FULL STORY

'Sherlock': Benedict Cumberbatch talks fans, his future on the show, and 'Elementary' at TCA panel

What does Benedict Cumberbatch have to say about his fans? What does the future hold for his version of Holmes? And what does this week’s Entertainment Weekly cover star think about Elementary? All of these questions were addressed by the star during today’s Sherlock panel at the Television Critics Association press tour.

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A 'Sherlock' movie? 'We don't rule anything out'

Might Sherlock fans one day get to see Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman sleuthing it up on the big screen? Given the episodes of the Conan Doyle update are already feature-length and Sherlock now boasts two genuine film stars, that seemed like a reasonable question to ask cocreator Steven Moffat when EW visited the show last year for this week’s cover story. “We don’t rule anything out,” Moffat replied.

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'Sherlock' star Louise Brealey talks season 3 and Molly Hooper's lovelife

Nearly all the recurring players on the Masterpiece on PBS show Sherlock are based on fictional folks found in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s original Holmes tales. The most obvious exception? Molly Hooper, the morgue registrar played by actress Louise Brealey. In fact, the show’s creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss at first only intended the Holmes-assisting Hooper to appear in the show’s first episode. But over the years, Molly has become a genuinely beloved character as viewers tracked her unrequited crush on Benedict Cumberbatch’s titular sleuth and her predictably doomed romance with Andrew Scott’s villainous Moriarty.

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'Sherlock': Meet season 3 villain Lars Mikkelsen

When Sherlock cocreator Steven Moffat was prepping the third season of his beloved British sleuth show he planned on having an American actor play a new villain called Charles Augustus Milverton, based on a character of the same name from one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s original tales. So how come fans will actually see Danish actor Lars Mikkelsen (a star of the original version of the The Killing and brother of Hannibal actor Mads) play a character called Charles Augustus Magnussen when the new season premieres on PBS this Sunday?

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'Sherlock': Why Benedict Cumberbatch almost turned down the role of Holmes

While literally dozens of actors have played the role of Sherlock Holmes it is now hard to imagine anyone but Benedict Cumberbatch portraying the super sleuth in Sherlock, the subject of this week’s Entertainment Weekly cover story. But Cumberbatch thought twice when Sherlock cocreators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss originally offered him the part which, over the past few years, has propelled him from relatively unknown character actor to global star. Why? Precisely because he was concerned the role might do just that.

“My reservation was ‘Well, this is a very iconic character, there will be a lot of attention on it,'” says Cumberbatch. “This was before I had had any significant success [but] I knew there would still be a lot of focus on it. And while I had done work, it wasn’t stepping into the populist limelight like playing a character like Holmes. So I did have a pause for thought.”
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Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman's mustache star in new BBC 'Sherlock' trailer: VIDEO

The good news: Just six weeks stand between stateside Sherlock fans and new episodes of their favorite detective series. The bad news: Those lucky stiffs across the pond only have to wait three more weeks, since Sherlock‘s third batch of episodes premieres January 1 in the U.K. However will we manage the wait?!

Step 1: On New Year’s Day, have someone else reset your Tumblr password to avoid accidental spoilers. Step 2: Do the same for Twitter, Facebook, and any other social network that may draw British Cumberbitches (plus Americans with, er, virtual plane tickets to England). Step 3: Comfort yourself with this new trailer, featuring plenty of trademark Sherlock smugness and Watson’s bushy “I’ve moved on” mustache.

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'The Simpsons': Watch Benedict Cumberbatch play the British prime minister AND Snape -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

This Sunday on a Valentine’s Day-themed episode of The Simpsons, Bart has a romantic cow when hillbilly hottie Mary Spuckler (Zooey Deschanel) returns, while Marge kicks Homer out of the house for… not going to a travel bookstore soft opening with her. But in the name of love, he shall win her back! So Homer, along with Bart and a few other displaced husbands living at the Brokewood Apartments, decide to watch some British movies to figure out a way to win back their wives. In Love, Indubitably (a wink at Love Actually, yes, and also, we hope, to Maeby’s movie on Arrested Development), Benedict Cumberbatch — that coldly dashing Sherlock star who is playing the villain in Star Trek Into Darkness — pulls brilliant double duty by voicing both a Grant-like British Prime Minister and Severus Snape from Harry Potter. Let the British invasion of your heart begin now by watching his scene now. READ FULL STORY

'Sherlock, Maggie Smith, 'Modern Family' score BAFTA TV nominations

Downton Abbey‘s Maggie Smith, Modern Family, and Ricky Gervais’s An Idiot Abroad all scored nods for the 2012 BAFTA TV awards. The most nominations went to serial killer thriller Appropriate Adult (not yet broadcast in the U.S.), which netted five noms including acting awards for its stars Dominic West, Emily Watson, and Monica Dolan (Never Let Me Go). Modernized Holmes-and-Watson mystery Sherlock followed close behind with three nominations for leads Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, plus Andrew Scott as the diabolical Moriarty. Smith will compete to win Best Supporting Actress, while her co-star Hugh Bonneville, though not nominated for Downton, earned a nod for the comedy program Twenty Twelve. READ FULL STORY

'Sherlock' sneak peek: Guess what the detective and Watson will be up to this spring -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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England’s greatest amateur detective will be back — along with Watson, Lestrade, Mycroft, Mrs. Hudson, and of course, Moriarty — in America soon enough when the second season of BBC’s hit Sherlock reboot hits PBS’s Masterpiece on May 6. But if you can’t wait that long, check out this exclusive trailer for the subsequent DVD and Blu-ray release on May 22.

If you want to solve an extra little puzzle while watching the clip, see if you can pick out the hints at the following conundrums, gambits, schemes, and troubled souls Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Watson (Martin Freeman) will come across this year. READ FULL STORY

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