The nominations for the 2013 Producers Guild Awards have been announced. The PGA’s are a fairly reliable predictor of the Academy Awards, as last year all but two eventual Best Picture nominees (The Tree of Life and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close) were PGA nominees. This year’s contenders include expected fare like Argo, Les Miserables, and Lincoln, indies such as Beasts of the Southern Wild and Moonrise Kingdom, and critical favorite Zero Dark Thirty. The PGA’s are also fond of singling out one “popular” choice, and in this year’s case that film looks to be the excellent Skyfall
In addition to the feature films, the PGAs also announced the nominees in television. Drama series nominees include the usual suspects like Homeland, Mad Men, Breaking Bad, and Game of Thrones, while the comedy category is filled out by 30 Rock, Louie, Modern Family, and for some reason The Big Bang Theory. Notably absent is HBO’s Girls and NBC’s brilliant Parks and Recreation. Hit the jump to check out the full list of film and television nominees. The 24th Annual PGA Awards will be held on January 26th.
The last twelve months have been great for TV, with some decidedly memorable moments. We’re still firmly entrenched in this Second Golden Age of Television … if you discount 90% of what’s out there (looking at you, reality television!). There were some great hits, some surprising flops and a few heartening comebacks. After the jump you’ll find some of my picks for the best, worst, most confusing and also the most underrated of the year (spoiler-free!). It’s not meant to be exhaustive or definitive, but contains a few memories and considerations from 2012. And though I do watch an ungodly amount of TV, there’s plenty I’m not caught up on, so let me know what I’ve missed. Hit the jump to check it out.
It appears that Sherlock fans will have to wait a bit longer to get some closure to that season two finale cliffhanger. Season three of the excellent BBC series had been poised to start production this coming January for a Fall 2013 debut, but EW now reports that the start date has now been pushed back to March in order to accommodate the busy schedules of stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. Cumberbatch is gearing up to shoot director Bill Condon’s untitled WikiLeaks project and Freeman is likely needed for some additional Hobbit filming now that Peter Jackson has expanded the adaptation to three films instead of two, so the move makes sense.
Nevertheless, the longer wait for more Sherlock isn’t exactly fun. Series creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss previously teased three tantalizing key words for the upcoming season, so at least we know we’re in for a treat. The BBC will air season three first, with PBS noting that the third season will run here in the U.S. in late 2013 or early 2014.
At last weekend’s London Comic-Con, I was able to participate in a very small roundtable interview with Matt Smith for Doctor Who. While many were nervous when Smith took over the role from David Tennant, I think he’s done an incredible job and I’m glad he’s committed to being the Doctor for at least a few more years. During the interview Smith revealed:
- When he first got the job, a little boy gave him a very small Dalek that can fit in his jacket pocket and he always has it with him when he wears that coat.
- He’s open to a Sherlock crossover/cameo, but he’s pretty sure Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss are against it.
- The upcoming Christmas episode features Richard E. Grant as the villain and we’ll meet a very important new character.
- They filmed the first episode of season 7 part 2 and they’ve got five more weeks of filming.
- Neil Gaiman is writing an upcoming episode and Smith says, “he’s going to do something brilliantly reinventive.”
- With next year being the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who, Smith says, “I think we’re going to make it a big year for Doctor Who on the BBC.”
Hit the jump to listen to or read the full interview.
Two of my favorite shows are Sherlock and Doctor Who. Both star amazing actors, feature brilliant writing, film in the United Kingdom, and share some of the same creative team (specifically Steven Moffat). Since Doctor Who is currently filming part two of season 7 and Sherlock will be filming its third season starting in January, I thought now would be the perfect time to make my dream happen: I want to see the Doctor (Matt Smith) walking behind Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Watson (Martin Freeman) in a scene, or vice versa. I think having the characters cameo on each other’s show would be a very cool nod to the fans. Keep in mind, I’m not looking for a full scene. I’m looking for a second or two. I’d just like to see they are in the same universe.
Cut to a few days ago.
At London Comic-Con this past weekend, I got to participate in a small roundtable interview with Matt Smith where I asked his thoughts on making my dream happen. He didn’t sound optimistic: “I think Mark (Gatiss) and Steven (Moffat) kind of hate the idea of Doctor Who and Sherlock ever meeting.” But Smith did admit, “I’m not averse to it. I’m kind of open. I’m like yeah, because I just think they would find each other so remarkable.” Hit the jump for more.
The wait for season three of the BBC series Sherlock just got considerably tougher. Series creators/showrunners Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss just revealed three tantalizing key words for the upcoming season, giving Sherlock fans a hint as to what classic Arthur Conan Doyle stories the show may be pulling from in season three. The modern spin on the Sherlock Holmes character debuted in 2010 to a wildly positive response. The chemistry between Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock and Martin Freeman’s Watson is dynamite, and Moffat and Gatiss have thus far cooked up six 90-minute episodes of some of the most entertaining and enthralling television we’ve seen in quite a long while.
Season two came to a close with one hell of a conclusion/cliffhanger, and Moffat and Gatiss have now spoken up to tease what’s to come in the show’s third season (which will likely debut in fall 2013). Hit the jump to see what they had to say.
If you’re looking forward to Star Trek 2 but don’t know who Benedict Cumberbatch is, it’s time to get more excited. The BBC series Sherlock is what launched Cumberbatch into his current “hot get” status in films like The Hobbit and in ST2, and it proves that he is a phenomenal talent, and someone well worth keeping an eye on. He plays the titular character opposite Martin Freeman’s Dr. Watson, and in the second season the show hits new levels of greatness. Our review of the Blu-ray of Sherlock Season 2 follows after the jump.
While at Comic-Con for a big presentation in Hall H, director Peter Jackson, along with actors Martin Freeman, Sir Ian McKellen and Andy Serkis, talked to press about the highly anticipated release of The Hobbit films, and whether or not there might be some additional shooting for a possible third film. During the press conference, they discussed how The Hobbit films will fit in with The Lord of the Rings films in their tone, why it was right to shoot in 3D and 48 frames per second, and the biggest advances in technology since Rings. You can read our recap of the Comic-Con panel here.
Andy Serkis also talked about how he came to be the Second Unit director, while Martin Freeman revealed that Season 3 of Sherlock is likely to shooting from January through April, of next year. Check out what they had to say after the jump.
Last night the second annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards were revealed, and while fans usually gripe about these kinds of people being out of touch with the public, they’re usually more accurate than the Emmys when it comes to picking the best that TV has to offer. This time was no exception as Homeland, the best new drama of the season took home the big award for Best Drama Series and Community finally won its biggest award yet by winning the Best Comedy Series award. It’s just a shame that creator Dan Harmon won’t be around next season to try again, though we’re going to give the new showrunners a chance before truly griping.
There were also some great wins for cast members from Breaking Bad, Parks and Recreation and Modern Family, not to mention some much deserved loved for BBC’s Sherlock and its star Benedict Cumberbatch, and FX’s animated comedy series Archer. I can’t say there’s much I disagree with here. Even the tie for Best Actress in a Comedy Series makes perfect sense. My favorite award though is the one that went to Louis C.K. for his turn on his own series Louie, followed closely by Paul Rudd‘s guest turn on Parks and Recreation as opposing city council candidate Bobby Newport (“Leslie, we did it!”). In addition, critics even gave us a taste of what they think the most promising shows of next season are by naming five of them the most exciting of the upcoming slate. Check out the full list of winners after the jump.
Yesterday we brought you the Critics’ Choice Award nominees. Tonight belongs to the Television Critics Association. Homeland tops the list with 4 nominations. While it got the extra boost over established veterans in the Outstanding New Program category, the taut thriller earned its spots in Best Drama and Program of the Year as well as the nod to Claire Danes for her stellar performance. The critics understandably still love Breaking Bad and Bryan Cranston, Mad Men and Jon Hamm, Louie and Louis C.K., Game of Thrones and Peter Dinklage, Parks and Recreation and Amy Poehler. Creator/star Lena Dunham is the freshest face in the bunch, representing in both Individual Achievement in Comedy and Outstanding New Program with Girls. But as always, there are a few head-scratchers. Jessica Lange for American Horror Story is a legacy vote, and while her scenery-chewing was very entertaining—for Individual Achievement in Drama? No. And Smash somehow sneaked into Outstanding New Program rather than, say, Veep or Awake.
Still, the TCA always gets more right than they do wrong, especially with their neat Heritage Award. (This year’s eclectic contenders are Cheers, Lost, Saturday Night Live, Star Trek, and Twin Peaks.) Read the full list after the jump.
Not only does Benedict Cumberbatch have the greatest name ever, but he’s also a damn fine actor. Cumberbatch stars as a modern day Sherlock Holmes in the stellar series Sherlock opposite Martin Freeman’s Dr. James Watson, and we’ve been provided with a few copies of the show’s excellent second season as well as a signed poster to give away to a couple lucky readers. Created by Steven Moffat (Doctor Who) and Mark Gatiss (The League of Gentlemen), each season of Sherlock consists of three 90-minute episodes that are an absolute joy to watch.
Having seen all of seasons one and two, I can honestly say there’s not a bad installment in the batch. Season two ramps up the stakes to a whole new level with a dastardly iteration of Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic villain Moriarty. Hit the jump to see how you can win.
The second season of the fantastically witty and fabulously acted series Sherlock, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as Dr. John Watson, returns to PBS on May 6th with three more 90-minute installments – “A Scandal in Belgravia,” “The Hounds of Baskerville” and “The Reichenbach Fall.” Set in 21st-century London, the updated duo battle the worst that modern criminality has to offer, including the unassuming mastermind of evil, James Moriarity (Andrew Scott), who wants to rule the world.
During this exclusive interview with Collider, actress Lara Pulver (who plays dominatrix Irene Adler) talked about how she came to be a part of the show, what attracted her to the role, the research she did to play a dominatrix, how anxious she was to be something of a love interest for Sherlock Holmes, filming the scene in which she is completely naked, working with her brilliantly talented co-stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, and how she would love to return for another episode, if they find something great for the character to do. She also talked about her brief time on Season 4 of the HBO vampire series True Blood, what attracts her to specific projects, and how she would love to do a Broadway musical someday. Check out what she had to say after the jump:
For nearly 40 years, Masterpiece on PBS has captivated audiences with the works of the finest classic and contemporary writers, interpreted by the world’s foremost actors. In 1985, Rebecca Eaton took over the helm and oversaw the highly successful relaunch in 2008, with three distinct programs strands – Classic, Mystery! and Contemporary. Under her watch, the series has presented such high-profile titles as Prime Suspect, Inspector Morse, The Complete Jane Austen, Wallander and the recent hits Sherlock (returning for Season 2 on May 6th), Upstairs Downstairs and Downton Abbey. With 34 Primetime Emmy Awards, 17 Peabody Awards, a Golden Globe and two Academy Award nominations, her distinguished career has earned her the official recognition of Queen Elizabeth II.
During this exclusive interview with Collider, executive producer Rebecca Eaton talked about what her job at Masterpiece entails, the gut feeling that she goes with when it comes to determining programming, which aspects of her job she enjoys most and dreads most, and what keeps her coming back, year after year. She also talked about the overwhelming success of Sherlock and Downton Abbey, why audiences have responded so strongly to the pairing of Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as Dr. Watson, and why they only do three 90-minute movies per season. Check out what she had to say after the jump.
While this news actually broke a couple of days ago, it’s still sure to put a smile on your face: The excellent BBC series Sherlock will indeed be coming back for a third season. The second season of the show recently came to a conclusion in the UK, and shortly afterward the show’s creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss took to Twitter to announce that a third season was actually commissioned at the same time as the second (cheeky bastards).
I absolutely loved the first season of the series, and stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman are outstanding. The show is incredibly entertaining (moreso than Guy Ritchie‘s films, in my opinion) and masterfully written. The second season hasn’t aired here in the States yet, but Steve has seen the season’s three episodes and said that the second season finale is the best installment of the show so far. Hit the jump for more.
Today, at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour in Pasadena, actor Benedict Cumberbatch was via satellite from London, where he is for the British premiere of War Horse, to promote the second season of the hit television series Sherlock. v Having premiered on January 1st in the UK, and on PBS on May 6th, Season 2 is stronger, better (yes, it’s true!) and wittier than Season 1.
While we will run what Benedict had to say about playing the iconic detective later, we did want to post his comments on how he feels about being chosen for a lead role in the Star Trek sequel, what he makes of the level of stardom he’s currently experiencing, and whether he might return for a Season 3 of Sherlock. Check out what he had to say after the jump: