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.
Sherlock lives! Doctor Who fans got an unexpected surprise during the 50-years-in-the-making “Day of the Doctor” anniversary special (talk about that here): Teaser trailers for Sherlock season 3 AND Orphan Black season 2 (see the Orphan Black teaser here). Below, the Sherlock teaser is very skimpy on new footage, but gives us a tad bit from the big moment that fans are most eagerly anticipating: Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) revealing himself to be very much alive to Dr. Watson (Martin Freeman). Sherlock returns to PBS Masterpiece on Jan. 19 (more Sherlock premiere details).
Fans just got another reason to never leave their computers: Hulu announced today Doctor Who, Top Gear, Sherlock, Luther, and other top BBC programs will be available on Hulu Plus in the fall.
Hulu Plus is the pay-per-month streaming service of Hulu.com. The site announced that certain episodes of all the shows will be free, as is their usual model.
Classic shows such as Fawlty Towers, Blackadder, Upstairs, Downstairs, and Wallander will also be available. More shows will roll out through the end of the year, eventually leading to over 2,000 episodes of BBC Worldwide titles to stream.
“Hulu has enjoyed a strong collaboration with BBC Worldwide North America, from international co-productions to breakthrough exclusive shows that have been embraced in the U.S. by extremely passionate audiences,” said Andy Forssell, acting CEO and Senior Vice President of Content for Hulu in a release. “By adding this expansive collection of premium BBC Worldwide programming, Hulu Plus solidifies its role as a top streaming platform for the best British programming available in the U.S.”
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The panel is afoot! Or will be, anyway. Sherlock is going to San Diego Comic-Con for the first time, bringing PBS’ Masterpiece cult hit to the fan convention later this month.
The panel will include Steven Moffat (co-creator, executive producer and writer), Mark Gatiss (co-creator, executive producer and writer) and Sue Vertue (producer). We’re told the actors will not be attending (not too surprising, since Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman are landing big-screen projects) but there will be “surprises.” A Sherlock-loving EW writer named Hibberd will moderate. The panel’s exact day and time will be released by Comic-Con tomorrow.
We can also confirm that season three of Sherlock will indeed run in the U.S. on PBS in 2014, more details on that here (as usual, those Brits will get Sherlock first for some reason … something about making the show?).
Fans will surely have plenty of questions, and we’ll try to see if producers will give us any hints how the great detective survived his rooftop plummet in last season’s cliffhanger (roofhanger?).
Sherlock has previously gone to NYC Comic-Con, but not the San Diego mothership. We’re actually told this is the first time any PBS series has paneled at the 44-year-old fan convention — could that be true? So start your Downton Abbey 2014 lobbying campaign now. SDCC could use more fans dressed in Edwardian hats.
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