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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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.
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.
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?
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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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.
'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
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
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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