Filling Time During the Hiatus

Andrew Scott Weighs In on the Future of Sherlock’s Moriarty

Apparently I must have been the only person on the internet that wasn’t clamoring for – or creating elaborate conspiracy theories about – the possible return of Andrew Scott’s villainous Moriarty whenever Sherlock Series 3 finally gets around to existing. So, it’s a bit painful to have to break the hearts of all those people and report – straight from the horse’s mouth, as it were – that that’s not going to happen.

In a recent interview with the Sun, Scott finally said straight out that “Moriarty is dead,” claiming “I don’t think there could have been any better exit for a character like that.” So, there you go, Moriarty’s really most sincerely dead. Personally, I’m still fairly certain that he’ll show up again – either in flashbacks or in some sort of figment-of-Sherlock’s-mind capacity – but I do think that Moriarty’s days of crime are over for real. Here’s the thing, though – Scott is a great actor and he certainly has wonderful chemistry with co-star Benedict Cumberbatch – but this news is more likely than not a good thing for the series.

Seven Sherlock Videos to Help Cure Your Hiatus Blues

Here’s a secret: Sherlock withdrawal is horrible. And we’re still several months from the start of filming, let alone whenever Series 3 will actually arrive on our screens. I mean, it’s cool, I’m sure we are all quite enjoying wallowing in our emotional devastation hangover from The Reichenbach Fall. Really, I’m fine it’s fine.

Still, in the totally unlikely case you might need some talking down from the emotional ledge a distraction something else to do with your time while we wait, here is a handy list of things to watch to take your mind off the fact that it’s barely October at the moment. Click through for seven Sherlock-related videos to help ease your consulting detective withdrawal – under the cut you’ll find everything from a Doctor Who crossover to Blues Clues parody to an animated cartoon to a Holmes series from the 1950s. Did I miss something awesome? Leave a link in the comments.

Time for a Sherlock Post: What Do We Know About Series 3 So Far?

Don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m already having serious Sherlock withdrawal. (Ha, just kidding - I totally know about the rest of you, and I am willing to bet that you are too!) So I figured, since I desperately need an excuse to talk about it we have to do something to entertain ourselves during the Great Hiatus, why not have a semi-regular feature that rounds up all the news of importance and mildly tangential interest to Holmesians in one place?

Over the last month or so the first tidbits about Sherlock Series 3 have begun to make their way into the news – and though there’s not a ton to work with here in terms of official announcements, well, it’s still water in the desert people. Let’s cling to it.

Click through for the latest official word on Series 3 filming, what the first episode will be, whether we could be seeing Sherlock continue past the third series, and general series-related flailing. (I know it's nothing y'all hardcore types haven't seen already, but, indulge me, okay?)

Downton Abbey Roundup: Series 3 Filming Continues and All Sorts of Rumors Are Flying!

As filming continues on the highly-anticipated third series of Downton Abbey, the internet is alight with rumors about what will happen in these upcoming episodes and what would we could expect from the show should it continue – as we all hope – into a Series 4 and beyond. Consider this the first in what will likely be a series of Downton gossip roundups, where we try and fill the Crawley-shaped holes in everyone’s lives while we wait for the hiatus to pass.

WARNING: Everything past the jump could be considered a bit spoilery, so please proceed with caution. While nothing has been officially confirmed about the majority of the speculation that is about to follow, the bulk of it is based on a few facts that we do know about the upcoming season. So, decide for yourself if you’re interested in such things before going further.

Still interested in some pretty unsubstantiated wild internet gossip? Then click right on through for a roundup of all-things-Downton from the past few weeks.

Would You Watch Downton Abbey: The Movie?

In the aftermath of the Golden Globes in January, several stories surfaced that Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes was considering turning his hit costume drama into a feature film. The Sun reported at the time that Fellowes was “virtually mobbed” at the Globes afterparty and was seen talking to numerous film executives about the possibility of Downton: The Movie. (How these folks know what people at these parties talked about specifically, I don’t know, but let’s go with it, for the sake of discussion.)

Downton star Hugh Bonneville insisted that fans jumped to conclusions after reading the reports from the Globes and denied that a feature film is being planned. Given the fact that the show’s cast and crew are all neck deep in filming Series 3, I doubt very much that a movie is being planned right now. But I don’t think that necessarily means we can rule out seeing a Downton film in the not-too-distant future.

Click through for more – and proof that I’ve spent way too long thinking about this!

The Wait for Downton Abbey Series 3 Begins: New Casting Details and Our First Look at Shirley MacLaine

Production on Downton Abbey Series 3 is officially under way and filming started last week. This process will, of course, take quite some time, but it’s at least providing us with a few drips and drabs of new information to help get us through the long wait for new episodes.

Click through for a first look at guest star Shirley MacLaine on the Downton set, as well as some casting updates about several new additions we’ll be seeing next season.

Amazing Internet Things: A Truly Epic Sherlock/Doctor Who Crossover Video

Confession time: I think I have a problem. Specifically, a “Wholock” problem. And it’s sort of getting out of hand. Quite frankly, I blame the Best Rumor Ever from yesterday for keeping my brain on the Sherlock + Doctor Who = amazing track over the past twenty four hours. As a result, we end up with posts featuring epic “Wholock” crossover videos.

The “Wholock” phenomenon has been mentioned here before –it’s basically the brainchild of fervent fans who would like nothing better than to see some sort of crossover between Steven Moffat’s two series, Doctor Who and Sherlock.

Since these two shows do seem to share a great deal of the same fans, it was probably only a matter of time until something like this video was created. One particularly talented individual made a “Wholock” movie trailer that mashes up the storylines from both series’ recent seasons. And, seriously, it’s awesome.

HUGE WARNING THOUGH: While this video is, indeed, an incredibly amazing internet thing, it is also chock full of SERIOUSLY MASSIVE Sherlock Series 2 spoilers. Please tread with caution and just bookmark this page for later on if you’re avoiding such things until after the episodes air. For those who still want to see it, or have already spoiled themselves silly via other avenues, feel free to click right on through.

Sherlock Plus Doctor Who Equals Possibly the Greatest (Unintentional?) TV Crossover Ever

Those of us who are fans of both of Steven Moffat’s current productions – Doctor Who and Sherlock – all basically harbor a secret dream that one day someone on one of those series is going to make some sort of wink-wink-nudge-nudge reference to the other and then we’ll all basically pass out from an overload of geek joy. (There’s even an entire sort of interesting fandom subset called “Wholock” which basically exists to further crossover ideas and things. Internet, you really never fail to impress me.)

Except it appears that that sort of actually happened? Maybe? Well, we’re not sure. But it might have.

Click through for the full story – and don’t worry, those that are concerned about spoilers, even though I’m about to talk about something that takes place in a Series 2 episode, it reveals nothing of the plot unless you were unaware that The Hound of the Baskervilles involves some creepy outdoor settings.