Telly Visions is Heading to Baltimore Comic Con This Weekend to Celebrate the British Invasion

Heads up, Telly Visions readers – I’m headed to Baltimore Comic Con this weekend! I’ve never attended this particular event before, so I’m pretty excited. If you’re in the area and happen to be planning to or thinking about going yourself, leave me a comment below or shoot me a tweet here or here! Would love to get the chance to say hi to anyone that happens to be there (I’m fun, I promise!) – if only to convince myself that you all are real. (This is blatantly untrue, I’ve met several real live Telly Visions readers now and you’ve all been lovely. I am just hoping to make myself more sympathetic so some of you might be more likely to stop by!)

I’ll be spending the bulk of the day Saturday hanging out in the British Embassy’s exhibit area, as we celebrate the “British Invasion” of the comics world. I’ll also be doing a little promotion for WETA UK and handing out a few goodies, but I still plan to fit in some panel viewing, shopping and general wandering around if at all possible. Since I’ve never been to Baltimore Comic Con before (does it have a generally accepted abbreviation like SDCC?), I’m not quite sure what to expect, but the panels look quite interesting even to a comics beginner like me and, hey, Stan Lee is apparently going to be around, so it’s hard to go too wrong with that as a starting point.

Pictures, tweets and a full report to come!

Amazing Internet Things: Alan Rickman Makes the Most Dramatic Cup of Tea Ever

If I were to tell you that watching a seven minute video of Alan Rickman making a cup of tea is probably the coolest thing you will watch today, would you believe me?

Well, you should. Because it’s amazing. Why does this video exist? Where did it come from? I have no idea, but it’s brilliant. Set to that uber-dramatic music from the Inception trailer (you know what I’m talking about), it’s surprisingly not-boring, despite it’s length. What makes Alan so angry? What’s wrong with his tea? Why on earth is he using a tea bag, for heaven’s sake.

Click through and take a look at the sort of awesome silliness the internet was made for.

Extended Trailer For Downton Abbey Shows Us Some New Faces in Series 3

Finally, we get a bit of a longer look at Series 3 of Downton Abbey! Masterpiece has released a full trailer for the new season and despite its smaller-than-we’d-all-like size (it clocks in at a bit over a minute), it’s packed full of interesting tidbits about the continuing saga of the Crawley clan and everyone connected to them.

There are multiple zingers from Dame Maggie Smith, a few more seconds of the arrival of Shirley MacLaine’s Martha, a surprisingly hopeful moment for Edith, a look at Matt Milne as new footman Alfred, and a sweet scene between Anna and Bates. Unexpectedly, there’s basically no footage featuring Matthew and Mary – Dan Stevens has a blink and you’ll miss it line in an early snippet, but there’s no sign of Michelle Dockery at all. Wonder what that might mean for our favorite on-again/off-again couple? (I seriously don’t think I can take them having more problems. Just saying.)

Click through to take a look for yourself and leave your predictions for the new season in the comments (get them in before everyone from the UK starts trying to spoil us silly in a week or so!)

See the Full Q&A with Matt Smith and Karen Gillan From the Doctor Who NYC Screening!

The weekend before the Doctor Who premiere, a special fan screening of the Series 7 premiere, Asylum of the Daleks, was held in New York City. Not only did those folks lucky enough to attend get to see the latest episode a week before everyone else in the world, they also got to take part in a panel Q&A session with stars Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Executive Producer Caroline Skinner afterward.

Honestly, I was hoping for more discussion from Who folks about the giant twist that features in the Asylum episode, because I just need to talk this to death personally, apparently, and it only gets one question here. Nevertheless, it’s still a fun little segment and Smith, Gillan and host Chris Hardwicke from The Nerdist are as charming and adorable as ever.

Click through and give it a look for yourself. WARNING: Don’t watch this if you haven’t seen the Series 7 premiere yet. It will spoil you for something that, I promise, you are better off finding out for yourself.

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!

The News Roundup: Trying Out A New Timeslot Edition

Happy long weekend, Telly Visions readers! As you can see, we’re continuing this apparently new thing of doing the Friday News Roundup on Saturdays. I don’t know – I kind of like it, perhaps we’ll keep it here for a bit. (And just call it the News Roundup, since I think the grammatical error in the title would make me insane if it stayed as was.) Plus, this is giving me something excellent to do today while avoiding Doctor Who spoilers on the internet. (Don’t get me wrong, I am grateful BBC America does day and date with this at last, but seriously, worst seven hours ever.)

Anyway, it’s Labor Day weekend here in the States, which means we’re bidding goodbye to summer. (Sniff.) Give yourself something to do while you’re lounging pool or barbeque-side and catch up on the latest from around the world of British entertainment. Click through for this week’s update, including goodies on Doctor Who, Downton Abbey, Vera, Red Dwarf, Bad Education, Lightfields and more.

Watch All Five Installments of Doctor Who’s “Pond Life” Web Series

Leading up to the Series 7 premiere of Doctor Who tomorrow night, the BBC has been running a daily webisode series this week featuring Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill called Pond Life that documents the lives of the Doctor, Amy and Rory during a gap in which they aren’t all in the TARDIS together. (Translation: It's a tiny little prequel to Series 7.)

Per the official Doctor Who blog, Pond Life is the new mini-adventure featuring the Doctor, Amy, Rory and some surprise familiar faces. It picks up the story of the Ponds and follows their lives, culminating in a cliff-hanger that leads us into Asylum of the Daleks. The clips are all pretty brief – each clocks in somewhere around a minute in length, but despite that, they’re still really awesome. I’m not usually a fan of webisodes or web series like this, but I have to give the Who team credit, these actually really work.

Click through to take a look at Pond Life in its entirety for yourself and let’s talk about it!

New Trailer for Red Dwarf X and a UK Airdate!

Big news for those that love great comedy: a new teaser for the upcoming tenth series of Red Dwarf has made its way online – and we finally have launch date for the new episodes too. The sci-fi favorite will officially be back starting October 4! UK network Dave announced the series’ official premiere date this week, using a…quite innovative social media promotion involving a helium balloon with a curry and a can of lager attached to it being launched into space. (Seriously. I’m not making that up. You can actually watch video of it on the Dave website.)

The tenth series will feature the first new episodes of Red Dwarf on TV since the Back to Earth mini-series in 2009. And if you don’t count that – technically it’s not a full series after all – the sci-fi comedy’s been off the air since 1993! (And here I thought Sherlock fans had it bad with the waiting…..)

Click through to take a peek at the new teaser for yourself and share your thoughts in the comments. Are you excited for the return of Lister, Kryten and company? Or do you think the show’s run its course?

Benedict Cumberbatch Sets the Record Straight About His Downton Abbey Comments

I was actually torn about writing about this little online brouhaha at all, given that I think it’s kind of incredibly silly and mostly pointless, but since I know that many of you are fans of everyone and everything involved in this, it seemed worthwhile. And also it’s just really bizarre, even if I am Team Benedict in almost every general circumstance.

So, Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch has been making the press rounds the past week or so, ostensibly to promote his new BBC Two period drama Parade’s End, which also happens to be an Edwardian World War I series that’s not incredibly unlike another massive costumed hit that airs on a competing network.

This has led to an unexpected bit of a mess all over the British papers, thanks to an interview Cumberbatch gave (believe it or not) to Reader’s Digest magazine, of all places. This, in turn, immediately followed another bit of a Cumberbatch kerfuffle over an interview quote in which the actor complained he felt overly typecast because of his presumed “posh” background. Oh, Benedict. Just taking it on the chin this month, dearie.

Anyway, in this Reader’s Digest interview – which honestly I cannot believe we are about to seriously discuss something scandalous happening in Reader’s Digest, what year is this – while discussing Parade’s End, Cumberbatch allegedly had some harsh words for the second series of mega-hit Downton Abbey. “We’re living in a culture now that’s revering, or having a nostalgia trip with, the beginning of the 1900s,” Cumberbatch is quoted as saying. “Although Downton traded a lot on the sentiment in the last series…but we won’t talk about that series because it was, in my opinion, f---g atrocious.” Cumberbatch then goes on to insist that Parade’s End is “more sophisticated” and “more unusual,” claiming that “you rarely see a piece about this class of people that’s this accurate, funny and pointed.”

Cue the internet firestorm. Obviously, Downton Abbey has a huge fanbase, and folks who love the show were pretty justifiably ticked off. I get that – it’s hard to see criticism about anything you love, particularly when it seems to come out of the blue like this and from someone who is probably involved with something else you love, too (Sherlock). And, somehow, things just got even weirder from there. Click through to see the Twitter wars, read my thoughts on the whole mess and watch Cumberbatch's response on BBC's The One Show.

Another New Downton Abbey Clip Arrives: Watch the Dowager and Martha Face Off

It seems pretty clear that while everyone ever is eagerly (rabidly? fanatically? intensely?) anticipating the return of Downton Abbey, what we all most want to see in Series 3 is Dame Maggie Smith’s Dowager Countess throw down with newcomer Martha Levinson, played by Shirley MacLaine. As Cora’s American mother, Martha will obviously be bringing a new sensibility into the stoic English estate, and seems certain to clash quite frequently with the more traditionalist Violet.

Luckily, we can get another taste of what's in store for us in Series 3 now - Masterpiece has released another new clip from the new season, and it's basically made to satisfy our need to see as much of Dame Maggie vs. Shirley as we can possibly get.

Click through for another sneak peek at the new season for yourself and let us hear your thoughts in the comments. Just 133 days to go! (Sigh. Yet another reason I wish I lived in the UK!)