Take a Look at Elementary, CBS’ New Sherlock Holmes Series

Last week during CBS’s upfront Presentation, an annual tradition where the big networks share their slate of new and returning series for the Fall season, it was announced that the “modern day take” on Sherlock Holmes known as Elementary had been picked up as a new series.

CBS President Les Moonves offered up a preview of Elementary during the network’s presentation – it’s a bit of a trailer and a behind-the-scenes featurette mashed up in one – that gives us our first look at the show and its stars Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu as Holmes and Watson. Personally, I’m not so crazy about the fact that this series exists, generally, but you never know, it could surprise me.

Click through and take a look at the promo for yourself and then let’s talk it out.

Watch the First Trailer for Upcoming James Bond Movie, Skyfall

When you think of Great Britain, a few iconic images, people and places tend to come to mind instantly – and James Bond is probably one of them. Even people who don’t like spy movies tend to enjoy Bond films – the cars, guns and gadgets are kind of hard to resist. Plus, I have to respect any franchise that’s capable of reinventing itself so many times over so many years (it’s the Whovian in me, I suppose). Skyfall will be the twenty-third installment in the Bond franchise, with star Daniel Craig returning for a third go as the famous spy.

Honestly, I’m really more of a Sean Connery-as-Bond kind of girl, if I had to pick just one, but it must be said that Craig really is a fabulous Bond too. Skyfall also has an all-star supporting cast, including Dame Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes, Javier Bardem, Helen McCrory, Naomie Harris, Albert Finney and Ben Whishaw. Click through for a look at the film’s first teaser trailer, which will probably get you pretty excited for this even if you thought previous effort Quantum of Solace was a hot mess.

Coming Soon to WETA UK: Coupling

Another program coming to the WETA UK line-up this summer that’s worth checking out is the fabulous sitcom Coupling. Created by Steven Moffat - yup, the same guy that’s currently in charge of Doctor Who and Sherlock – the comedy focuses on the dating adventures and relationship mishaps of six friends in their thirties.

The series was inspired by Moffat’s relationship with his wife, producer Sue Vertue, to such an extent that two of the comedy’s characters bear their names. Honestly, for all that I struggle sometimes with Moffat’s writing of women in some of his other productions; he has a fantastic handle on relationships here. Coupling is very funny and surprisingly honest.

Coupling originally aired from May 2000 to June 2004, winning a “Best TV Comedy” prize at the British Comedy Awards in 2003. It had decent enough ratings in the UK, and developed something of a cult following here in America. It’s hilarious – well worth watching if you’ve never seen it, and deserving of a re-watch if you have. Click through for some basics and a look at Series 1.

The 'Fall' Has Happened – Let’s Dish the 'Sherlock' Series 2 Finale

The Sherlock Series 2 finale screened last night here in America and it’s probably not an exaggeration to say that the photo below is an accurate representation of the reactions of almost everyone who watched it. (Plus probably some crying. I don’t know how to find a cat video where it’s simultaneously shocked and sobbing, but someone let me know if that exists.)

 

Just to put this out there: “The Reichenbach Fall” is the single best episode of television I’ve seen this year. Hands down, bar none, it’s that good. Funny, clever, tense, exciting, surprising and sob-your-guts-out emotional, I don’t think that there’s been an episode of TV in recent memory – for any show – that’s put me through the wringer like this one. I laughed, I cheered, I yelled at my TV screen, I sobbed. It was amazing.

So, let’s dish about it! Click through for a few of my thoughts on the Series 2 finale, loads of general emotional flailing, and a bit of speculation about where we go from here. Do come chat with me in the comments – would love to know what people thought about this episode, as well as your theories about what happens next.

The 'Sherlock' Series 2 Finale Airs Tonight: Get Ready for 'Reichenbach' with a Sneak Peek and A New Interview!

Hope everyone is suitably emotionally prepared excited for the Series 2 finale of Sherlock tonight at 9pm. It is – and I promise I’m not exaggerating on this point – the single best hour and a half of television you will see all year. It’s that good.

And trust me, you will never in your life lament the fact that this show only has three episodes per series more than in this episode’s final two minutes. Protip: Be ready for anything, and maybe have a lot of some Kleenex nearby.

But, first – get in the mood by watching a sneak peek at a scene from tonight’s ep, as well as a fabulous new interview with creator Steven Moffat and star Benedict Cumberbatch about the finale. It’s all under the cut!

And make sure you come back by Telly Visions after the episode airs, because I am going to need people to help me with all my emotions talk about this episode with.

 

The Great Doc Martin Watch Continues On with Series 5 – Episodes 5 and 6

Our Doc Martin viewing marathon here at Telly Visions is currently making its way through Series 5 – up this week “Remember Me” and “Don’t Let Go.” It’s odd – we’re two thirds of the way through Series 5 now, and it doesn’t entirely feel like we’ve made a tremendous amount of progress storyline-wise. (Though, I suppose that's possibly because we keep coming back to the same emotional ground? Not sure.)

The two episodes up this week had both a lot to recommend them, as well as some difficult moments. Will be especially interested to hear the thoughts of others this week – as a I personally can’t quite decide how I feel about them, though I think that I’m generally on the more positive-than-not side. Mainly because even though several storyline events were frustrating to watch, it was still compelling television.

At any rate, onward! Click through and come chat with me and, as always, feel free to leave your thoughts, favorite moments, funny lines, general rants, whatever, in the comments.

The Friday News Roundup: The Short and Sweet Edition

Happy Friday, folks! Let’s jump right in to this week’s News Roundup – pausing only briefly to express relief that we seem to be actually back on a weekly schedule again, hurrah! It’s a bit on the shorter side this time out – but there’s some great little nuggets about all sorts of shows to make up for it.

So, click through for this week’s dose of interesting news from the land of British (and British-related) entertainment, including Downton Abbey, Sherlock, Absolutely Fabulous, The Only Way is Essex, Being Human and more!

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.

Coming Soon to WETA UK: Lark Rise to Candleford

Up next in our series of little mini-introductions to some of the great programming you can expect to see on WETA UK, is the costume drama series Lark Rise to Candleford. Based on Flora Thompson’s trilogy of semi-autobiographical novels about the English countryside, the series is set in the small Oxfordshire hamlet of Lark Rise and the wealthier neighboring town of Candleford towards the end of the 19th century.

This is one of the other WETA UK programs I’m most excited to settle in and start watching. I only ever caught a few episodes from the first series - I think I was in the process of moving around the time my local PBS station first started airing it and fell out of watching and never went back – but from what I can remember the show is wonderful, full of charming characters and sweet stories. I’m really looking forward to the chance to watch the rest of it! Click through for some basics and a look at Series 1.

Just Announced: BBC Hit Call the Midwife Coming to PBS This Fall!

Our PBS Annual Meeting is taking place in Denver this week– I’m not there, sadly, but I’m hearing about lots of great things and series announcements coming out of it already and it’s only barely under way.

The most exciting bit of news to emerge so far today – it’s been officially announced that hugely popular BBC One drama Call the Midwife will be coming to a PBS station near you this Fall. The series, which aired this past winter in the UK, was the most successful (i.e. highest-rated) drama for the BBC since 2001. (PS: It’s also really good!)

Want to know more? Click through for a quick synopsis and a look at the BBC’s trailer for the show.

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