Take a Look Behind the Scenes of Julian Fellowes’ Titanic Mini-Series!

If you’re hoping for a period drama fix during Downton Abbey’s hiatus, you’re probably looking forward to Downton creator Julian Fellowes upcoming Titanic mini-series. It’s pretty much looking a lot like Downton: The "I’m on a Boat!" Edition, so I’m into it on basic principle.

Titanic is airing on ABC in April here in the States, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ship’s sinking. The cast is top-notch, featuring Linus Roache, Toby Jones, Geraldine Somerville, Timothy West, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Sophie Winkleman, Celia Imrie and more.

Click through for a behind-the-scenes clip that introduces us to some of the series’ cast and gives us a feel for the scale of the show. As an extra bonus for those of you who are interested, you can also watch a second Titanic trailer, which provides a much better look at characters and plots and is just generally all around awesome.

 

Watch the First Masterpiece Trailer for Sherlock Series 2!

Get ready, Sherlockians, the game countdown to Series 2 is officially on! The very first Masterpiece Mystery promo for Sherlock has been released!

It looks awesome. There are snippets from all three upcoming episodes – A Scandal in Belgravia, The Hounds of Baskerville and The Reichenbach Fall – and Sherlock not only gets punched in the face, but sports a very iconic-looking deerstalker!

So, without further ado – click through, give it a watch and leave your reactions in the comments! Only 53 days to go!

Amazing Internet Things: The Downton Abbey Rap is Here

So, this has happened. I suppose in some sense it was only a matter of time. But, Downton Abbey: The Rap (called simply “Downton”) is here. And it’s pretty much everything you never knew you needed in an internet song about your favorite show.

Or, as creator Adam WarRock says, the song is “The best rap song about an early 20th century period drama centered around property law that you'll ever hear. Believe that.”

And it so is.

“Downton,” which samples "Deja Vu (Uptown Baby)" by Lord Tariq & Peter Gunz, is super catchy and full of in-jokes that fans will enjoy. (My personal favorite line is the one about wanting to tell Carson all about “these haters all around me/gossiping snakes/like Thomas and O’Brien when they’re on a smoke break.” Amazing.)

Click through to take a listen for yourself. It’s totally worth it.

 

Inspector Morse Prequel Endeavour Commissioned for a New Four-Part Series

Earlier this year, UK broadcaster ITV aired a one off TV-film prequel to the beloved Inspector Morse mysteries. Called Endeavour, the drama features Shaun Evans stepping into the role made famous by John Thaw for a look at the beginning of the detective’s career. The prequel, set in 1965, chronicles Endeavour Morse’s early days on the force in Oxford, when he is given the career making opportunity to investigate the murder of a fifteen year old girl.

Those of us in America haven’t even seen Endeavour for ourselves yet – it’s slated to air this summer on Masterpiece Mysterybut, even so, all the Morse fans out there can breathe an early sigh of relief. The one-off film proved so popular for ITV that the drama is already set to return for a full series. Four two-hour episodes have been confirmed, to be filmed on location in Oxford later this year, presumably for a 2013 broadcast. Roger Allam will also return as young Morse’s senior partner Inspector Fred Thursday, as well as James Bradshaw who plays Dr. Max Debryn. Thaw’s daughter, Abigail, will also make further guest appearances in the new episodes.

“It was fantastic that the audience responded so warmly to Endeavour,” said Sally Haynes of the ITV Drama Commissioning team. “Shaun’s portrayal of a legendary character was captivating and Endeavour thoroughly deserves a series – there’s so much more we can do with the character."

Source: ITV Press Centre

Skins Set to End in 2013 with Special “Celebratory” Final Series

E4 has decide to end its groundbreaking teen drama Skins next year. The series, however, will go out with a bang – its seventh season will consist of three two-hour specials that are slated to screen next year and bring back several former cast members, in what Channel 4 is promising will be a “celebration of a truly iconic series.”

Created by the father-and-son writing team of Bryan Elsley and Jamie Brittain, Skins’ first season aired in 2007 and the show received both critical acclaim and complaints for its dedication to realistically depicting the issues facing modern teens, including family problems, sexuality, drugs, eating disorders, mental illness, death and, of course, loads of relationship drama. The cast was also regularly changed from series to series.

Click through for details on what familiar faces we might see as the popular series signs off.

First Masterpiece Sneak Peek at Sherlock Series 2!

After looking at Benedict Cumberbatch’s shockingly blonde hair color for his upcoming project Parade’s End earlier this week, I realized that here at Telly Visions we have been remiss in sharing one particularly awesome bit of video that some of you may not have seen yet.

Now that Sherlock Series 2 has aired in the UK, we’re gearing up for the American premiere – which means that new promotional material has slowly started cropping up – and the first American sneak peek at the new series is online! Personally, I’m sort of ashamed I hadn’t gotten this clip up on the blog already – but I’ll do my best to correct my error on that score right now.

Click through for an official Masterpiece sneak peek - a scene from the first episode of Series 2, called A Scandal in Belgravia. And I promise, even if you’ve seen it already, it’s worth another watch. The three-minute clip features stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman ,Mark Gatiss, Buckingham Palace, some truly great dialogue and, oh yeah, Cumberbatch wandering around a Royal residence wearing only a sheet. Enjoy.

 

The Friday News Roundup: How is There Still So Much Downton Abbey News Edition

It’s Friday - everyone’s favorite day of the week! While this is obviously due to it being the start of the weekend and all – it’s one of my favorite days of the week because it means News Roundup time! The day I get to cram in all the fun random things that didn’t – at the very least, haven’t yet – merited a post of their own, but are too interesting to never mention at all. (This explains the incredibly eclectic nature of the things you’ll find here, by the way.)

Anyway, click through for some of the best tidbits from the world of British entertainment news this week, including loads of Downton Abbey goodies (what hiatus?), Doctor Who, puppet chat shows, Richard Hammond’s next show about cars, Coronation Street, all those upcoming American remakes, and more!

Torchwood’s John Barrowman to Star in ABC Period Drama Pilot, “Gilded Lilys”

Everybody wants to be like Downton Abbey! ABC is currently developing its own period drama pilot for next season called Gilded Lilys. The project is being described as an upstairs-downstairs look at the opening of the first true luxury hotel built in New York City in 1895.

Now the American costume drama is set to have a very British lead – Torchwood and Doctor Who star John Barrowman has joined the cast for the pilot (and presumably the series, should it get picked up). Barrowman will play Julius Ashford Lily (see, the “Lilys” of the title are the family, get it?), the charming playboy son of the family

Produced by Shonda Rhimes and Betsey Beers (Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice), the series boasts an already impressive cast list, including Brian F. O'Byrne, Blythe Danner, Madeline Zima, Matt Lauria, Matt Long, Brigid Brannagh, Maury Sterling and Sarah Bolger.

Barrowman is fantastic, obviously, and I'm quite fond of Bolger thanks to her great performance on The Tudors, but I’m not sure what to think of this pilot. It’s clearly trying to take advantage of America’s current mania for costume productions (thanks, Downton!). To be frank, I’m not instantly in love with the concept, but I'm at least a little bit curious. So we’ll see how we go.

And while I still expect to see Barrowman return to Doctor Who for some sort of appearance (even if it’s tiny) during the 50th anniversary festivities next year, I do wonder what this pilot means for the likely future of Torchwood. If this series is successful, have we seen the last of Gwen and Captain Jack?

Source: TV Guide

First Look at Benedict Cumberbatch and Rebecca Hall in “Parade’s End”

For those of you who are feeling a lack of Edwardian drama in your life thanks to the Downton Abbey hiatus, fear not – there’s more on the way! The first official photo from upcoming BBC/HBO drama Parade’s End has been released, featuring Sherlock’s Benedict Cumberbatch and The Town’s Rebecca Hall.

The five-part mini-series is written by acclaimed English playwright Sir Tom Stoppard (Arcadia, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead) and based on a series of four novels by Ford Madox Ford. I read some Ford in grad school, but unfortunately all I remember is that it was beautifully written and quite angsty. So I’m already into this, to be honest.

Click through for a synopsis of the plot and your first look at the stars, including Cumberbatch’s shockingly blonde new hairstyle which, in my extremely biased opinion, looks quite fetching.

CBS’ Modern Sherlock Holmes Pilot “Elementary”: Great Idea or Hot Mess?

As you have probably heard in some way by now, CBS is currently developing a series called Elementary, described as a “modern-day take” on the adventures of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s great detective Sherlock Holmes. In addition to the modern setting, the new CBS drama will transplant Holmes and Watson from London to New York City. And there are some, um, other terrible ideas big changes in the works, too.

The project is being helmed by former Medium producer/writer Rob Doherty, and the series pilot (all that has been approved at this point) will be directed by Homeland’s Michael Fuesta. Now that both Holmes and Watson have been cast, (though those particular bombshells are under the cut), it’s probably time to talk about it because, well, everyone else is, and I don’t think I can keep all the thoughts inside much longer.

I know the character of Sherlock Holmes is all kinds of trendy right now, what with the BBC’s popular Sherlock TV series and Guy Ritchie’s successful film franchise, but, CBS’s decision to move forward with this pilot just raises all kinds red flags for me. (And I don’t think I’m alone in this, given the general uproar that seems to be happening online.) So – is this show a worthwhile idea? Have we achieved Sherlock market saturation? Are there too many changes on the table? Most importantly, is this even going to be good television?

Click through, and let’s have a chat about it. I apparently have a ridiculous amount really quite a bit to say.

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