Sherlock

The Complete Sherlock: Coming This November to WETA UK

For those of you in the DC area who are also suffering the indignities of Severe Sherlock Withdrawal –here’s a little bit of news to help with some of that pain. As part of our ongoing series of special Saturday night programming on WETA UK – we’ll be airing the Complete Sherlock this November. That’s right, that means we’ll be broadcasting both Series 1 and 2 over the course of three weekends starting November 17. Mark your calendars and plan accordingly, because as I am sure you all know, there’s never a good reason to not watch Sherlock when it’s on, even if you’ve seen every episode approximately eighteen times. (Not that I speak from experience or anything.)

The BBC’s modern Sherlock Holmes adaptation stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Andrew Scott, Mark Gatiss, Rupert Graves, Una Stubbs and Louise Brealey and has garnered a dedicated (rabid?) fanbase all over the world, for a reason: it’s excellent. Personally, it’s the best drama I’ve seen in a very, very long time (yes, including Game of Thrones) and I think it should basically be required viewing for everyone who claims to appreciate quality television. If you’d like to read more specifics on this, just click here.

Bonus, if you still have that one random holdout friend that you’ve been trying to convince to sample the brilliance that is Sherlock or possibly know some Elementary enthusiasts who should also be exposed the superior BBC interpretation of Holmes, well now’s your chance to get them onboard. Plus, watching the complete series to date will give us something to do (and tweet about) while we wait for Series 3 filming to get started early next year.

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.

Amazing Internet Things: Doctor Who Credits Done Sherlock Style

We are currently smack in the middle of the Darkest Timeline - shoutout to NBC’s comedy Community for that incredibly apt concept – wherein there are no new episodes of either of my two favorite shows airing anytime in the near future. I mean, only one of them is even filming at the moment. Despair! Even in the best of best case scenarios, Doctor Who will return next Spring and Sherlock looks likely for next Fall (though that’s if we’re lucky). It’s a difficult time, to put it mildly.

Consequently, I am currently suffering massive withdrawal and, sadly, there is barely even any new news on either series to keep my spirits up. And, no, pictures of Who filming randomly around London don’t count. (Mostly because I am not there to stalk watch.) So, as always, I end up trolling around the internet looking for interesting tidbits about either property – and my best finds are generally when I stumble across something that takes the two things I love the most and smooshes them together, like this excellent credits sequence.

Some enterprising YouTube fan has managed to recreate the Doctor Who credits in the style of Sherlock opening titles and you might be surprised by how well it actually works like this. (Though I suppose after having just had two season finales in a row where people jump off buildings, well, I think these shows have a bit more in common than you’d think.) It’s worth a look!

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.

Amazing Internet Things: Sherlock Weighs in on the Fall TV Season

Traditionally, the week after the Primetime Emmy Awards (which, whatever, Academy, you let me down this year) marks the official kickoff for the American Fall television season. This tradition is less prevalent than it used to be – many new series have already started and some won’t debut until well into October – but this unspoken “rule” does still hold true for many properties on the four major networks.

Personally, I’m not terribly excited by much of 2012’s Fall slate, but that may actually be why I find this particular Amazing Internet Thing so hilarious. One of the most widely promoted – and possibly most anticipated? I can’t really get a read on public opinion here – is CBS’ new Sherlock Holmes adaptation Elementary, a drama which many have accused of being “a rip-off” of stellar BBC series Sherlock.

Comedy site Jest has made a fantastic spoof in which Sherlock himself deduces the why the current crop of Fall TV newcomers, including The Carrie Diaries, Nashville, Chicago Fire and The New Normal, all seem so familiar. Though he can’t quit put a finger on what’s going on with that CBS Elementary show. Click through and take a look for yourself!

Everyone Panicking About the Possibility of Sherlock Ending After Series 3 Needs to Calm Down

All week long I’ve been seeing news pieces about Sherlock pop up in my Google reader, with some variation on “OMG, Series 3 Will Be The Last For The Show!” or “No More Sherlock, Say It Isn’t So?!!” attached. I swear, I have seen some version of this article at least 36 times in the past three days, and that's not counting the emails I’ve received on the same topic. Everyone seems to be suddenly and absolutely convinced that Series 3 will be the show’s grand finale, and is freaking out accordingly.

My thoughts on this boil down to: Everyone, please chill out.

Since I am not best friends forever with either Steven Moffat or Mark Gatiss, I certainly don’t have any insider information that proves we’ll get a Series 4. But, I think Sherlock himself would berate the (many, many) authors of these articles for seeing without observing and/or not doing their research. Could Sherlock end next year? It’s certainly possible. But I think it’s unlikely, and I certainly think there’s no reason to panic at this juncture, particularly when the third series doesn’t even exist yet.

Excuse me while I put my earhat, John deerstalker on. (Translation: Click through for lots of thoughts on this apparently very hot topic.)

Watch the Full Sherlock Masterclass From the Edinburgh International Television Festival!

Several members of the Sherlock cast and production team participated in the MediaGuardian Edinburgh International Television Festival, holding a masterclass session on the drama and dropping some exceptionally cryptic hints about Series 3.

Co-creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss were both present, as was producer Sue Vertue and everyone’s favorite consulting criminal, Andrew Scott. While there a lot of last minute scheduling shifts surrounding this particular panel – at different points both Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman were slated to take part, but each had to drop out – the final product certainly sounded as though it was well worth the wait.

Luckily for those of us who are nowhere near Scotland, we can now watch this whole event ourselves. Thanks to the fantastic folks at the MGEITF, the full Sherlock Masterclass session is available to watch online. Other than the awesome Series 2 preview event in New York last spring – an easy victory in this category just by virtue of the fact that I was actually there – this is one of the more interesting panel Q&As with this group that I’ve seen.

Click through and take a look for yourself! Maybe you’ll be able to deduce something about those mysterious “three words” from Moffat and Gatiss’s facial expressions!

Three Word Tease for Sherlock Series 3 Revealed: What Does It Mean?

Last year, prior to the start of Sherlock Series 2 filming, co-creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss announced that the “three words” associated with the three episodes of the new season were Woman, Hound, and Fall. From this, we could all immediately extrapolate that the three stories they’d be tackling in the new episodes in some way involved A Scandal in Bohemia, The Hound of the Baskervilles and The Final Problem. Pretty straightforward, right?

Well, during the Edinburgh TV Festival's Sherlock Master Class, Moffat and Gatiss revealed the three words associated with upcoming third series of the show, and I think it’s safe to say that this time around, things are a bit less clear. This time around our official confirmed clues are RAT, WEDDING, and BOW. It’s important to stress that these aren’t episode titles, but more general teases about what we’re likely to see in Series 3. To which I say, seriously, guys, cryptic much?

Click through for some thoughts and theories about what these words might mean for Series 3 storylines, and then let's see what we can deduce about them together!

Want a First Look at the Elementary Pilot? Read on for an Early Review

CBS held a preview screening and cast Q&A with the stars and writers of their new modern Sherlock Holmes adaptation Elementary at this year’s San Diego Comic Con. Several thousand of us all got to watch the pilot together and then listen to folks behind the scenes talk about their new project.

Given that I have previously expressed more than a few varied and detailed issues with the fact that this CBS Holmes adaptation exists at all, you may be surprised by what I’m about to say here. Which is, basically, that Elementary – or the pilot at least – is not nearly as bad as I expected. In fact, it’s quite enjoyable.

The pilot isn’t perfect, and it seems apparent that this show will never hit anywhere close to the same level of quality as the BBC Sherlock that’s currently all the rage on both sides of the pond. That said, it’s very watchable, thanks in large part to the great cast. It’s enjoyable enough even that I’m going to give it a couple of episodes to see how it goes instead of just immediately writing it off. (Trust me, I’m as surprised as any of you about this fact.)

Why? Click through for a more detailed read on my early thoughts on Elementary, as well as a few tidbits about the show’s direction that were let out of the bag during their Comic Con panel.

 

Amazing Internet Things: Let’s Go Old School with “The Mystery of the Missing Cat”

This is an installment of “Amazing Internet Things” that isn’t so much about sharing the latest and greatest new video or generally nifty thing from around the internet. Instead, let’s take a minute to appreciate an exceptionally awesome blast from the past.

My Sherlock withdrawal is well documented around here, so generally that means I spend a lot of time looking around the internet for random things of interest to help me deal with the fact that we’re still five months from the start of filming on Series 3, let alone to whenever we’ll actually get to see it. Normally, this sort of internet sleuthing means watching a lot of random, angsty videos dedicated to working out all various feelings about The Reichenbach Fall, but sometimes, it turns up some real gems that make you smile.

This bit of awesomeness – which has nothing at all to do with Steven Moffat or Benedict Cumberbatch -will still warm the heart of any Sherlockian that happens to be reading. Watch classic Sesame Street segment “Mysterious Theater,” hosted by Vincent Twice (hee!) and featuring the always awesome Sherlock Hemlock.

Click through to watch a slightly shorter, definitely furrier version of Holmes and Watson tackle “The Mystery of the Missing Cat.”

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