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Emmy nominations came out yesterday.  The big winners were Westworld (although the biggest snub, in my opinion, was Ed Harris being left out) and SNL.

Sherlock: The Lying Detective was nominated as well as star Benedict Cumberbatch.

The late Carrie Fisher was nominated in the Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series category for her appearance on Amazon’s Catastrophe.

The awards show will air on September 17th and will be hosted by Stephen Colbert.

You can see the entire list of nominees here on the Emmy website.  Congrats to all!

#Emmys2017 #Sherlock #BenedictCumberbatch

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Please note that this review of the first episode of Sherlock series 4, titled The Six Thatchers, contains all kinds of spoilers.  If you haven’t seen the episode don’t read any farther.  Fair warning!

I’m also not going to hold back in this review.  As much as I loved the first two series of Sherlock, it started to go off the rails in series three and it has now completed that unfortunate detour.  I wish I could say that after two years Sherlock is back and it’s great.  But unfortunately I can wipe this episode off my DVR and feel no pain.

When we last saw Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) he had killed villain Charles Augustus Magnussen and it looked as though our hero would be banished from Britain.  Just four minutes later, however, he gets a reprieve and it turns out his brother Mycroft (Mark Gatiss, who also wrote the episode) and three others in the British government devised a plan to doctor the security footage of the deed to make it look as though someone else did it.  The reason they do it is that it appears villain Moriarty has made some plans from beyond the grave and they need Sherlock to save the day (brother Mycroft’s spies seem to never be enough, apparently).  Despite the many mentions of Moriarty, however, he really has nothing to do with the episode and is just thrown in for… well, I’m not sure why he’s thrown in.

There is an actual case to be solved, the case of The Six Thatchers, which is a takeoff on the original Conan Doyle story The Adventure of the Six Napoleons.  In the original story six identical busts of Napoleon are shattered and Sherlock works out that a missing and valuable pearl was placed in one of them during manufacturing while they were still wet.  After the busts had been sold the thief had to hunt down and break them all to find it.  This story is speedily dispensed with in The Six Thatchers, with busts of old Maggie standing in for Napoleon.  Instead of a pearl, though, what’s found in the bust is a duplicate of the flash drive that was destroyed in the last series that has details of Mary Watson (Amanda Abbington) and her former assassin team’s info on it.

And here’s where we go off the rails.

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Is everybody jolly out there?  Well, if not, I’m here to give you some ideas how to spend your time off from work.

  1. Go to a movie.  Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is the big one out there that you may have trouble getting tickets to.  Order them online if necessary.  I haven’t had time to check this one out yet, but I probably will in the next few days.  Chris Pratt’s Passengers is also out, but with a big ol’ Rotten Tomatoes splat (31% – yikes!) I’m not sure if I’ll put out the coin for that one or just wait for it to show up for rent online.  If anybody’s seen it feel free to let me know how it is by posting a comment.
  2. Watch Sherlock series 4.  This will premiere on the BBC and PBS on January 1 with the next two episodes on subsequent Sundays.  The last episode, The Final Problem, will also be shown in certain theaters.  See my previous post for more info.
  3. Do some charitable work and/or donate to your favorite cause.
  4. Catch up on Lethal Weapon.  Episodes are available for free online.
  5. Play with the furkids.  You got the felines and canines and any other animals in your lives presents, right?  Mine are getting a some-assembly-required new cat tree.  Cross your fingers I get this one put together before I have to go back to work.  I have 10 days.
  6. Rewatch all the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films.  That’ll take you a while.  Be sure to get up and stretch once in a while.
  7. Write down your New Year’s Resolutions.  Then put them in an envelope, tear them in half, and throw them away.  Seriously, who needs the pressure?
  8. Watch all the old Sherlock Holmes films with Basil Rathbone.  There were 14 of them.  Personally I’d skip the ones where they’re chasing Nazis (outside of the first two they were all in what was then present day.  No, BBC’s Sherlock wasn’t the first to do that).
  9. Listen to all 26 episodes of BBC radio’s Cabin Pressure.  With Benedict Cumberbatch and a crew of very funny people (including Anthony Head in some later episodes), it’s my go-to comedy series when I need a laugh.  You can order the CD’s or an Audible version on Amazon.

Everyone have a very happy whatever-you’re-celebrating, and hug the furkids for me!

#Sherlock #CabinPressure #LethalWeapon #StarWars

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Empire Magazine’s website is showing off their new Doctor Strange covers, one of which is shown on this post.  These are for the November issue.

empirecover_nov2016They also have a couple of images from the film, one with Benedict and Rachel McAdams, and another with Mads Mikkelsen.

There’s a persistent rumor that Doctor Strange will show up in Avengers: Infinity War/Film and other sites are putting two and two together from some comments Cumberbatch made.  No official confirmation from Marvel… at least not yet.

In the U.K. Doctor Strange will be released on October 25th.  In the U.S. it will be November 4th.

On to Sherlock news.  The BBC has released two of the three episode titles for the upcoming fourth series.  They are: The Six Thatchers and The Lying Detective.  As noted in the article, The Six Thatchers appears to be a reference to the Arthur Conan Doyle story The Six Napoleons, and The Lying Detective may be The Adventure of the Dying Detective in disguise.

The BBC will be showing the series beginning sometime in January.  Let’s cross our fingers that PBS Masterpiece will be showing it stateside at the same time.

#Sherlock #DoctorStrange #BenedictCumberbatch #Martin Freeman

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So the Emmys are in the books for another year, and amongst the winners were the usual suspects –  Game of Thrones, Veep (I still don’t know anybody who watches Veep, but anyway)… some good and unexpected things did happen.

Tatiana Maslany finally won an Emmy for Actress in a Drama Series!  If you haven’t seen Orphan Black, you’re missing one of the most incredible performances on television.

The Victorian-era special episode of Sherlock titled The Abominable Bride won in the TV movie category.  Unfortunately, some bastard stole star Amanda Abbington’s purse from under her seat when she went to the stage with the rest of the Sherlock crew to pick up the award.  Karma will hopefully come to visit that person!

The full list of winners can be found here on the official Emmy website.  Congratulations to all the winners and the nominees!

#Emmys #Sherlock #OrphanBlack

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The BBC’s Sherlock and Benedict Cumberbatch received Emmy nominations for the Victorian-era special The Abominable Bride, which was nominated in the TV Movie category.

Emmy_via_colliderHere are some other notable nominations (notable, at least, from my point of view): Tatiana Maslany was nominated in the Lead Actress in a Drama category for Orphan Black; Tom Hiddleston and Idris Elba join Benedict in the Lead Actor in a Limited Series category, Tom for The Night Manager and Idris for Luther; Downton Abbey received a Drama Series nom, and star Maggie Smith was also nominated; and The Night Manager was nominated for Outstanding Limited Series.

Hugh Laurie was also nominated for The Night Manager, in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie category.  It was very odd to see House as a bad guy!  Star Trek’s Chris Pine also got a surprise nomination, for his voice-over role in SuperMansion.

It looks like the British shows did very well!

The Emmys will air on ABC on September 18th.  The full list of nominees is here on the official website.

Congratulations to all!

Image: Emmy statue via Collider

#Emmys #Sherlock #BenedictCumberbatch #TomHiddleston #DowntonAbbey

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Here’s a synopsis of the BBC’s Sherlock Victorian-era special The Abominable Bride, via Sherlockology:

What if the world’s most famous consulting detective and his best friend lived in a Baker Street of steam trains, hansom cabs, top hats and frock-coats? Welcome to ‘Sherlock’ in 1895!

Some things, though, remain reassuringly the same. Friendship, adventure and especially, MURDER…

Why is Thomas Ricoletti a little surprised to see his wife dressed in her old wedding gown?  Because, just a few hours before, she took her own life…

Mrs Ricoletti’s ghost now appears to be prowling the streets with an unslakeable thirst for revenge. From fog-shrouded Limehouse to the bowels of a ruined church, Holmes, Watson and their friends must use all their cunning to combat an enemy seemingly from beyond the grave and the final, shocking truth about…the Abominable Bride!

Entertainment Weekly has here several images and posters from the special, including one of the rather creepy bride.

Remember the special will be shown on New Year’s Day on PBS and BBC One (and select theaters in the UK on that day), a few days later in US theaters.

#SherlockTheAbominableBride

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News for the BBC’s Victorian Sherlock special came out today.  The title will be Sherlock: The Abominable Bride.  It will be shown in the U.S. on PBS’s Masterpiece and on BBC One on January 1, 2016, according to Deadline.  PBS will air it a second time on January 10th.  It will be the same 90-minute length as the other episodes.

For those of us stateside who have been so frustrated by the show airing later here than the U.K., it’s great news that it will be released on the same day.  Even co-creator Stephen Moffat had expressed his displeasure with the lag time (and I’m sure he’s well aware that people were finding ways to see it before it aired on PBS anyway).  Here’s hoping that the fourth series, which begins filming in the spring, will also be released at the same time.

Here’s the trailer:

The special will also be shown in some theaters and we’ve been promised this will be “worldwide.”  Currently the only info on specific theaters are those in the U.K. and Ireland (via Sherlockology), but info for other countries will be coming.

Sherlock is a Hartswood Films production for BBC One and PBS.

#Sherlock #TheAbominableBride #BenedictCumberbatch #MartinFreeman

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The BBC looks to be making some big changes.  According to The Telegraph, BBC Four could be eliminated to beef up the budgets for new dramas.  BBC Three will apparently be going online only.

Sherlock has, of course, been very successful, and the Aidan Turner series Poldark has gone through the roof, especially in the U.K.  Downton Abbey had its day also (its sixth and final season will be out soon).  The BBC is wanting to focus its budget on developing more of these kinds of dramas, and they’re not cheap to make.

Cuts by the government is a big chunk of what’s leading to the restructuring.  Another big issue is that the BBC is competing, as is every network in the U.S., with series being developed and released all at once onto online outlets like Netflix.  The article mentions that one thing the Beeb is considering is doing the same with iPlayer to allow for binge watching.

I’ve never understood why the BBC doesn’t give subscriptions to folks who want to see their programming at the same time it’s released in the U.K.  I get that they don’t want to give overseas viewers content for free that their taxpayers are paying for, but I’m sure there would be a lot of folks who would pay a small monthly fee.  Sign me up.

#Sherlock #Poldark #AidanTurner

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There are several news items today, so I’ll try to keep ’em short and sweet.

The premiere of Marvel’s Agent Carter is getting great reviews.  There will only be eight episodes, so unfortunately Peggy won’t be with us long.  Here’s hoping she shows up again next year.  Last night included a teaser trailer (below) for the upcoming Ant-Man film starring Paul Rudd and The Hobbit’s Evangeline Lilly.

Sherlock is now filming.  Whether they will be shooting the special that will air at Christmastime as well as the fourth season, or only the special for now, I’m not sure.  We’ll see if PBS airs the Christmas special close to when it airs in the UK.

Speaking of Benedict Cumberbatch, his rep has confirmed that he and his fiancee, Sophie Hunter, are expecting a Cumberbaby!  Congratulations!

The USA Network has decided not to order a sixth season of Covert Affairs.  I was always hoping Oded Fehr’s character would become a regular, but sadly, it is not to be.

And last, but certainly not least, James Gunn and co-writer Nicole Perlman received a surprise nomination for a Writers Guild award for Guardians of the Galaxy in the best adapted screenplay category.  I’m not sure if this is the first time there’s been a nomination for an adapted comic, but it was a kickass film, so I guess the Guild decided to give it a go.  I wouldn’t hold my breath for it winning, however, since more likely candidates The Imitation Game, American Sniper, Gone Girl and Wild were also nominated, but we’ll see what happens when the awards are handed out on February 14th.

#AgentCarter #AntMan #Sherlock #CovertAffairs #GuardiansoftheGalaxy

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