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Last we saw the Sherlock crew one year ago, things were a bit off-kilter for the characters -- due largely to the Christmas special’s Victorian-era setting and Moriarty’s mysterious (and presumed) resurrection. Now, with the debut of the anticipated fourth season mere days away, it’s back to business for the famous detective.
“It’s nice to go into the real story,” showrunner Steven Moffat tells Et. “One year ago with the Christmas special, we took a sidestep in the narrative. We’re finally getting back to the story we’re telling and that’s exciting.”
Moffat and company -- including star Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays the title character Sherlock Holmes -- have spent the past year warning loyal Sherlockians that the upcoming three episodes will be darker and more emotional. At Comic-Con this past July, Cumberbatch noted “there are quite a few tears.”
Welcome back to Tune In: our weekly newsletter, offering a guide to the best of the week’s TV.
Each week, Variety’s TV team combs through the week’s schedule, selecting our picks of what to watch and when/how to watch it. This week, social media superstar Cameron Dallas gets his own show, plus “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’s” Kaitlin Olson debuts another new comedy: Fox’s “The Mick.”
“Every Brilliant Thing,” HBO, Monday, 8 p.m.
The off-Broadway show heads to the small screen for a television film adaptation, written by Duncan Macmillan and starring British comedian Jonny Donahoe. The “heart-wrenching yet humorous” show recounts a life lived in the shadow of suicide, centering around a young boy who attempts to cure his mother’s depression by creating a list of the best things in the world. Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato directed the project, which was filmed at the Barrow Street Theatre »
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PBS’ 2017 winter/spring season lineup includes the January 15 premiere of the seven-part drama Victoria on Masterpiece, which takes some dramatic license with the teen years of the 19th-century queen; the highly hyped return of Sherlock to Masterpiece Mystery on New Year's Day, and the second season of PBS' American drama series Mercy Street on January 22. PBS also announced a new Great Performances strand, Landmarks Live in Concert, featuring performances by Alicia Keys… »
Masterpiece has boarded upcoming Prime Suspect prequel, Prime Suspect: Tennison, as co-producer alongside ITV Studios and NoHo Film & Television. The original series, which starred Helen Mirren, aired on Masterpiece on PBS in the early 90s with installments 4-7 co-produced by Wgbh Boston for the Masterpiece Mystery anthology series. Created by Lynda La Plante, who wrote the early installments of the original, the six-part drama portrays the early career of iconic… »
We have spoilers for the third season of Masterpiece Mystery's Endeavour TV show, premiering on PBS, Sunday, June 19, 2016 at 9:00pm Et/Pt. The UK audience does not have have to worry about Endeavour being cancelled too soon, ITV renewed the drama for a fourth season. Will PBS follow suit and pick up Endeavour, season four? When we know, you will.
A prequel to the Inspector Morse series which starred John Thaw in the title role, Endeavour stars Shaun Evans as the young Endeavor Morse. Roger Allam also stars, as Di Thursday. The Endeavour cast also includes: Anton Lesser, Jack Laskey, Sean Rigby, James Bradshaw, Caroline O'Neill, and Abigail Thaw (daughter the Inspector Morse star).
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Sweedish sleuth, Inspector Kurt Wallander, returns to PBS Masterpiece Mystery! for the fourth and final season of the Wallander TV show. Below, star Kenneth Branagh talks about the farewell episodes leading up to the Wallander TV series finale.
Along with Branagh, the cast of Wallander includes: Jeany Spark as Linda Wallander, Richard McCabe as Nyberg, Barnaby Kay as Lennart Mattson, and Ingeborga Dapkunaite as Baiba Liepa. The final season of Wallander was filmed in Cape Town, South Africa; Skåne, Sweden; and Copenhagen, Denmark.
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Keep your shirts on! You can watch a preview for second season of Masterpiece Mystery's Grantchester TV series, right here. Season two of Grantchester premieres on PBS, Sunday, March 27, 2016 at 9:00pm Et/Pt. The series stars James Norton, Robson Green, Morven Christie, and Tessa Peake-Jones.
In season two, PBS teases "James Norton will don his priestly collar and Robson Green his rumpled raincoat," for a new season as the oddly matched crime-fighters -- Reverend Sidney Chambers and Inspector Geordie Keating. PBS says, "Together, they bring justice and spiritual nourishment to early 1950s England."
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PBS announces the Mr. Selfridge and Grantchester TV series return to Masterpiece, Sunday March 27, 2016. Below watch a preview of the fourth and final season of Mr. Selfridge. The cast includes Jeremy Piven, Amanda Abbington, Katherine Kelly, Grégory Fitoussi, Aisling Loftus, and Trystan Gravelle. The Mr. Selfridge TV series finale is scheduled for Sunday, May 22, 2016, at 10:00pm.
8 items from 2016