News Roundup: Emmys Weekend Edition

Happy weekend, Telly Visions readers! Yet again, here’s hoping that everyone’s weather is as lovely as ours is here in the DC area (don’t worry, the way it works around here is that I’ll only be able to say that for maybe another week.) 

The Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony is happing tomorrow night – with loads of Sherlock and Downton Abbey folks up for various awards, among other fantastic performers – so it seems appropriate to take a moment to say, “Go Team Brits!” In my not at all biased opinion (snort), these shows are two of the best things to have aired on television in the past year and hopefully they’ll be honored appropriately. (Especially Sherlock, because honestly, it deserves every award ever.)

While you’re waiting to watch the Emmys Red Carpet tomorrow night, catch up on all the news from around the world of British entertainment this week. Click through for updates on Doctor Who, Merlin, Sherlock, Endeavour, Hunted, Cuckoo, Downton Abbey, Red Dwarf and more!

American remake alert: BBC Three comedy Pulling looks to be the next series adapted by a US network, on ABC.

Public service announcement: Sherlock Series 2 has arrived on Netflix streaming. Just saying.

My favorite picture from the Emmy Nominees reception – Sherlock stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, with Freeman sporting an outfit that I cannot even begin to understand, yet still love.

Russell Tovey says that he’d like to see a Being Human spinoff made for his character George and Sinead Keenan’s Nina.

A full series for Inspector Morse prequel Endeavour has officially gone into production.

Sherlock writer Steve Thompson (you know him from The Reichenbach Fall) confirmed to be penning an episode of Doctor Who for the back half of Series 7.

BBC Three has commissioned a new sitcom called The Secret Dude Society. I don’t even know.

Oh, how I want this: a programmable TV remote that looks like Doctor Who’s  sonic screwdriver.

Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith says he’d love to do an episode of Doctor Who in New Zealand directed by Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit’s Peter Jackson. Dear Steven Moffat, please make this happen.

Story details have been revealed for BBC Two’s new gangster drama, Peaky Blinders, starring Sam Neill and Cillian Murphy.

Watch two new interviews with writer Frank Spotnitz and star Melissa George about the BBC’s new spy series Hunted.

Downton Abbey star Hugh Bonneville has been named as the star of David Walliams (of Little Britain fame )new family comedy TV film Mr. Stink.

Merlin exec Julian Murphy says that, looking back, he and his staff are “horrified”  by the way that they presented several key moments in Series 1 and 2 of the show.

Speaking of Downton, watch comedian David Mitchell’s fairly epic rant on why Downton Abbey went “completely nuts” in Series 2.

Watch Saturday Night Live star Andy Samberg in the first promo and clip for new BBC Three comedy Cuckoo.

Netflix will begin streaming Ricky Gervais’s Derek, will begin streaming in 2013.

Cultbox TV reviews John Barrowman’s new Torchwood novel.

Here’s a first look preview at Trojan, the first episode of the new series of Red Dwarf. And here are some episode photos to go along with it.

Doctor Who companion Karen Gillan says that Amy and Rory’s exit will be “very final” next week.  If you’d like some spoilery photos from The Angels Take Manhattan, here you go.

Steven Moffat says that Doctor Who’s “movie of the week” approach to episodes in Series 7 will not stop once Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill have gone.

How well do you know Doctor Who? A pretty good quiz from the Telegraph.  

Battlestar Galactica star Katee Sackhoff joins Doctor Who’s Karen Gillan in cast of horror film Oculus.

Interesting read: Downton Abbey  and the History of Medical Quackery.

 First promo photo released for Series 2 of ITV’s medical drama Monroe.

Could Call the Midwife be the next Downton Abbey in America?

 A new international trailer for the next James Bond film, Skyfall, has been released.

Doc Martin star Martin Clunes is also apparently President of the British Horse Society and helped to launch  a massive new Welsh riding path.

The Hollywood Reporter reviews CBS’ new Sherlock Holmes series Elementary.  (Some of this is a bit….much for me, but you know, in the interest of fairness.)