Emmy-winning Sherlock actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman usually play their respective roles of Holmes and Watson with admirably straight faces. But the two stars of the PBS show are not immune to cracking up, as an outtake featured in the new Sherlock: The Complete Seasons 1-3 Limited Edition Gift Set demonstrates.
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The corrupt cop. The principled drug pusher. The avenging serial killer. The vengeful peacekeeper. The romantic vampire. The heartless doctor. Television has been rotten with ironic or immoral protagonists for most of the new century, though the drama they’ve produced has often been golden.
But a marketplace correction appears to be underway. Grinchy detective Sherlock grew a heart in his latest series of films. Arrow gave up the killer vigilante for role-model vigilante. The new Doctor Who regenerated into an older and wiser Time Lord and declared, “I’ve made a lot of mistakes. It’s time I did something about it”—a line that also pretty much summarizes Don Draper’s arc during the first half of Mad Men’s final season, too. Sleepy Hollow—in which the dynamic duo of Ichabod Crane and Abbie Mills sacrifice self-interest to save the world from America’s historical and supernatural demons—made chivalry and redemption sexy again. After the glut of rakes and wretches, narcissists and nihilists, there is ruefulness and rehumanization. An era of anti-heroes has surrendered—for the moment, at least—to atonement. READ FULL STORY
“No damsels in distress! No pretty castles! No such thing as Robin Hood!”
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
One of the biggest awards surprise Monday night at the Nokia Theatre: Perpetual bridesmaid Sherlock suddenly winning three Emmys, including honors for stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, as well as writer-producer Steve Moffat. The actors were absent, but Moffat was on hand to talk to reporters backstage after his big win and he gave some season 4 scoop.
Asked if the previously announced season 4 can top this Emmy-winning season, Moffat replied: “We have a plan to top it. And I do think our plan is devastating. We’ve practically reduced our cast to tears telling them the plan … we’re probably more excited that we’ve ever been about Sherlock.” READ FULL STORY
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.”
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.
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.
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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