News Briefs: Sherlock's Star Says a Fourth Season Is Happening

DUH NEWS

... Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch may have spilled a poorly kept secret when he revealed that he's already signed on for a fourth season of the BBC drama (the show is just starting production on its third season, which is set to air in the U.K. this fall). Cumberbatch reportedly said, "We've agreed to two more series but I could get into trouble for saying that," at the South Bank Show Awards. The biggest obstacle for the series to continue isn't demand, it's the availability for its stars Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, who have become quite the in-demand actors. [Radio Times]


BUSINESS TIME

... NBC thinks it has the recipe to stop its ratings slide in Food Fighters, a reality competition show where amateur chefs compete against pros. It's like Pros vs. Joes except a lot lamer and the only Joes are sloppy ones. Human food trough Adam Richman (Man vs. Food) will host and probably eat the losing contestants. [EW]

... Mickey Mouse is returning to the Disney Channel with a series of 19 animated shorts beginning in late June. And this won't be "Yo dude!" skateboarding rad Mickey, this will be throwback Steamboat Willie Mickey, an homage to the old 1920s cartoons the rodent first starred in. Check out a peview over at Disney.com. I'm not embarrassed to say it looks cool, but then again I have zero pride, if this pajama-pants-no-shirt wardrobe combo I'm wearing is any indication. [TV Guide]



CASTING NEWS

... Karl Urban (Star Trek) is sticking with J.J. Abrams. The actor has landed the lead in Abrams' new sci-fi drama pilot about near-future cops and their android partners. Urban will play John Kennex, a human cop partnered with an android (Michael Ealy) who might know humans better than he does. Also, the project might finally have a title: Human. I'm no professional television-titler, but I think that sucks. [TV Line]

... James Spader (Boston Legal) has joined NBC's drama pilot The Blacklist. The thriller follows a most-wanted criminal (Spader) who agrees to turn in all his crooked partners to the authorities, but only if he can do it through a new FBI agent he seemingly has no connection with. [THR]

... Muscly old person Stephen Lang (Terra Nova, Avatar) will kick your ass. But before he gets to that he's going to do some acting in ABC's political thriller pilot Reckless, the weird story about a man who fights to get his wife out of a foreign prison but gets caught up in all sorts of international intrigue. Lang will play the wife's father who's the boss at a military manufacturing company, and I hope he benchpresses a bunch of tanks because the man is like Jack LaLanne. [Deadline Hollywood

... Vince Vaughn has been booked to host Saturday Night Live on April 13, so look out ladies (from 1997). Miguel will be the musical guest. [NBC via press release]

... Skeet Ulrich (Jericho) is boarding CBS's drama pilot Anatomy of Violence. The show comes from the producers of Homeland and is about an FBI criminal psychologist (Ulrich) who specializes in crazy sociopaths. [TV Line

... ABC has a comedy pilot in production called Pulling, based on the British series, and it originally cast Mandy Moore in the lead. Now Mandy is out and the very different Kristen Schaal (Flight of the Conchords) is in, because the show apparently is nothing like it was before. The premise follows three women in their 30s who live their lives the way they want. [Deadline Hollywood]




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Mar 18, 2013
I am so freaking excited for Sherlock it's not even funny
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Mar 14, 2013
I thought Karl Urban was a great Bones in the new Star Trek. I'm looking forward to see what he does in the "Human" show. I hope that's just a working title.
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Mar 14, 2013
so happy for Sherlock.it's one of the best show out there just love it .
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Mar 14, 2013
I saw Karl Urban shopping on Valentines day in New Zealand. Just thought i'd share coz my friend that I was shopping with didnt think it was very impressive
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Mar 14, 2013
More Sherlock you say? SQUEEEEE!!!!!! Fantastic news. A Holmes on the small screen that is actually Holmesian. Love it.

CBS, way to push the limits on your comfort zone with Anatomy of Violence. Oh well, whatever. If Skeet Ulrich is big enough to give y'all another chance after the Jericho debacle then I will tune in to support him.
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Mar 13, 2013
In other news: NBC will move Smash on Saturdays starting April 6. There's a cancelation waiting to happen.
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Mar 13, 2013
I can only see Karl Urban as Cupid.
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Mar 13, 2013
lol.. yep.. in Xena!
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Mar 13, 2013
Love me some Spader, this sounds like a fun role for him. But I am happiest to hear about Kristen Schaal. Swoon.
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Mar 13, 2013
Hopefully they can get the writing back in order on Sherlock, the first series was quite good until we got to cartoony Moriarty. The second series was a tad off the rails but pulled together some good moments until its utterly silly ending. And it'd be nice to find a pace, feels right now like they're trying to force every major Holmesian moment into a handful of episodes.

Poor NBC, that is not a "recipe" for success.

Glad to hear Disney is letting Mickey be more like he was under Walt. Being the safe do-gooder all the time is boring, and being Poochie is, as you pointed out, self-defeating. They've gotten a lot of mileage out of this classic Mickey attitude already in the Epic Mickey video games.

Why is Karl Urban staring at both my shoulders at once? That show title is horrible, and Karl looks like a robot, hopefully they don't have him riffing on Bones McCoy for his "human stuck with a robotic guy" character.

Love that casting for James Spader, but I really hope the writing gets that premise working good, it could be very fun or very cheesy.

I love Kristen Schaal but I can't picture her leading an ABC sitcom, they're so vanilla and she's so NOT.
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Mar 13, 2013
Yay, more Sherlock!
That is, if they ever get around to shooting it before the world comes to an end... I mean, three episodes a year! And from season 2 to 3 it will even be a year and a half by the look of things... Come on, Moffat! There are fans out there!
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Mar 13, 2013
The Blacklist sounds like crap.
but, I love me some villain James Spader.. :)
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Mar 13, 2013
I initially had the same reaction, but to be fair, The Blacklist barely sounds like anything at this point, it's just a hint of a premise. Maybe this FBI agent is one he researched and wants to help. Maybe there's some ridiculous X-files-like connection. Maybe it's a big scam. They haven't said enough, they're trying to go the "big mystery" route on the premise and it could very well bite them.
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Mar 13, 2013
Yeah, Cumberbatch fits it all, necromancer, starfleet navigator, and a detective!
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Mar 13, 2013
"near-future cops and their android partners"

Was I the only one thinking Caves of Steel here?
And then there was Total recall 2070...

Okay, I'll shut up now...

Yay! More Sherlock!
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Mar 13, 2013
You forgot Mann & Machine, Robocop, Future Cop, and something called "Holmes & Yo-Yo". I love that someone else on this site knows about Total Recall 2070 though!

That Asimov book is one I'd not heard of before, I need to get me a copy, sounds way better than what this show will be.
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Mar 13, 2013
I got to Total Recal 2070 because I was reading Philip Dick. :)
I've never heard of the ones you mentioned except for Robocop, but I didn't count him in because I do consider him more human than anything else...

Caves of Steel was the first story of the Robots trilogy in which Asimov introduced R. Daneel Olivaw (R standing for Robot) and he was partnered with a human cop. There's a fourth book, but I never include it in there, haha, because the human cop is gone by then. If you've read Prelude to Foundation (I think that's the one), you've met Daneel.

I'll probably check out this show, but I don't have much hope. Science fiction hasn't seen a great show in a while now...
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Mar 13, 2013
The other shows were more of the same thing, TV has a real love for this concept. Most were procedural dramas, the latter was a comedy though.
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Mar 13, 2013
Does Hymie from Get Smart count as well on this list? hehe I forgot about him. I think I'd hurt his feelings. :)
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Mar 13, 2013
love the BBC Sherlock series - can't stop watching the old eps....
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Mar 13, 2013
Awesome. Cumberbatch has been a truly excellent Sherlock Holmes.
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Mar 13, 2013
Humanoid would have been better for the title ..


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Mar 14, 2013
How about 'More Human Than Human'? White Zombie...
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Mar 13, 2013
YES! Sherlock is truly an amazing show, just brilliant, cant wait!
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Mar 13, 2013
not a single one of those new shows sound at all interesting...
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Mar 13, 2013
Even before the end of the week the news about Sherlock is FTW for me.And Karl Urban is great casting choice, he was great in Dredd
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Mar 13, 2013
Mandy Moore yanked from Pulling? There is a god!
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Mar 13, 2013
Oh good a 3rd and a 4th! I was afraid the 2nd would be the last. Whats with the 3 ep per seasons though? Meanwhile, I'm happy with Elementary.
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Mar 13, 2013
Yeeaah, more Sherlock. Happy!
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Mar 13, 2013
Based upon the first two seasons I dare to say that there is NO such thing as TOO much of Sherlock.
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Mar 13, 2013
James Spader! 'bout time he was back on our screens!
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Mar 13, 2013
The J.J Abrams project sounds like an Isaac Asimov novel... ;)
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Mar 13, 2013
Hmm, I might have to give Sherlock a try since everyone here is apparently in love with it. I did enjoy the Robert Downney Jr. movies, and Elementary is pretty good too. Maybe BBC will marathon the episodes before the new season starts?
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Mar 13, 2013
I watched all 6 episodes of Sherlock late last year because of the commenters on this site. I saw the love, saw the show, loved the show. Can't wait for the third series.
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Mar 14, 2013
I thought I had enough of "detective" shows, but it's only 6 episodes like you said, so why not?
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Mar 13, 2013
I *think* the BBC series is also on Netflix
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Mar 13, 2013
Yes it is. That's where I watched it.
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Mar 13, 2013
"It's about three women in their 30's..." Is it just me, or does Schaal look in her forties at least?
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Mar 13, 2013
And I hope Schaal isn't actually reading this page because I love her voice.
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Mar 13, 2013
When was season 3 released, I can't find it any where, I have seen season 1 and 2 even though they are only 3 episodes each, the last season, season 2, ended January last year.
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Mar 13, 2013
season three hasn't been released yet, it's set to air in the fall :)
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Mar 13, 2013
A 4th series of Sherlock? Oh my! *faints*
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Mar 13, 2013
I hope Karl Urban keeps his accent because if he appears to have trouble doing an american one it's going to ruin the show for me.not that there's any promise the show is going to be better than revolution, alcatraz or the final season(s) of fringe.
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Mar 13, 2013
Is anybody really surprised that Sherlock was renewed? Or that it was some big secret that it was?
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Mar 13, 2013
It isn't about renewal. It's that the leads have become so popular of late that most figured series 3 would be the last.
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Mar 13, 2013
Well, that _is_ renewal. Given the relatively light demands of production (three 90 minute episodes a year to year and a half), and the show's high profile, I think the BBS would have done what it takes to keep the leads on.
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Mar 13, 2013
Great to see Spader back. I hope this will work out better for him than when The Office was giving him terrible material. I'm not sure I can buy him as a criminal anymore, he looks more like Mr. Magoo now. Hopefully he'll lose some weight in time to pull off this role.

I have great respect for Sherlock but can we even call what they refer to as a season as a season? What 3, 4 episodes? Pathetic.
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Mar 13, 2013
That's the way it's done in the UK. And they call them "series" not "seasons."

On the other hand ever hear of "Columbo"? One season Peter Falk only did three episodes but it still counts as a season.
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Mar 13, 2013
"And they call them series and not seasons." To-may-to, to-mah-to.

Usually it's at least ten episodes for a show. While I somewhat agree with Brits that 22 episodes can be a bit much for a season and it's good to shorten things a bit, the truth is it's typically done this way in the UK because there's not much of a budget. That argument tends to be a bit of denial. Television in the UK is mostly public (resulting in less revenues to run the station) as opposed to private. It's the same reason that people usually don't notice PBS (except for the occasional Ken Burns doc or Downton Abbey); it's not as successful as everything else.
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Mar 13, 2013
Glad to hear about more Sherlock. I am so thankful for all the hype I've read for the show on this website for getting me interested in watching the show. I love how it basically gives us three separate-but-connected movies per year, and think they have done a great job of keeping the original spirit of the stories (for the most part) and characters while adding their own spin on them. Can't wait for seasons 3 and 4.
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Mar 13, 2013
Sherlock! YEESSS!

Anyone else disappointed that Tim ended the Poll question with a preposition? Unforgivable.
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Mar 13, 2013
Yea!! Sherlock!! Fantastic news:-) I owe this site's poll they had a while back to turning me on to this fabulous show!

Also it will be good (hopefully) to see James Spader back in action--I haven't seen much of his work lately so it will be good to see him again.

Anatomy of Violence sounds good--yes, I love procedurals (white collar, castle, POI, ncis and so many more) even those based on sociopaths (still love Criminal Minds). CBS has been doing good (POI) and it has the producers of Homeland so I'm going to give it a try.

Reckless sounds interesting but I may have to wait to make sure ABC doesn't cancel it before season 1 ends. I remember what they did to Last Resort (at least they gave it closure even though it was rushed). My viewings of shows don't count for ratings since I watch online to accommodate my schedule.

overall things sound promising
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Mar 13, 2013
Damnit! I was gonna specifically say "Yay Sherlock!" till I scrolled down & saw you already said it with better spelling. ...Get outta my head though!! lol
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Mar 13, 2013
:-)
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Mar 13, 2013
SHERLOCK
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Mar 13, 2013
it's a shame that Karl Urban wasn't in a Dredd tv series instead...oh well
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Mar 13, 2013
Dredd would make a great series. I could see it being a really gritty procedural type series on a network like FX so censorship would be a bit lighter and it would be a nice companion if the network ever gets Powers off the ground. The only real problem for a Dredd series would be the budget limitations.
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Mar 13, 2013
thats a good idea, i actually liked the dredd movie
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Mar 13, 2013
Sherlock is the best show on TV. Possibly ever. That is fantastic.
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Mar 13, 2013
It's the best British show by far. Mad Men, GoT and Breaking Bad are better IMO.
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Mar 13, 2013
Mad Men - try marathoning that, you will die of boredom before you finish
GoT - way, way overrated. If only people weren't so drastically opposed to reading a book...
Breaking Bad - awesome but only these last 2 seasons, really.

I get that Sherlock isn't probably the most awesome thing under the sun, yes, but putting it under MM and GoT? That's a bitchslap, man.
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Mar 14, 2013
Mad Men is not a thriller or something like that. Does it have a slow pace? Yes, but for a reason. The thing about Mad Men are the characters and the setting. A fast paced show with Mad Men's characters and setting wouldn't work.
Saying that GoT is overrated is a bitchslap. As of Breaking Bad, the reason these last 2 seasons have been so good, it's because every single character in the show has grown. The first seasons needed to introduce the characters. After the first season the show is better with each episode because Walter's history gets more complex and fascinating.
Sherlock is a brilliant show, but the feeling I get when I watch Don, Walter or Dany, is much more deeper.
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Mar 14, 2013
Walter is awesome - and comes closest to Sherlock's awesomeness.
Everything about GoT is a bitchslap to any ASOIAF fan, but I'm a bit of a nerd when it come to that... so I won't argue. I almost envy you your ability to enjoy it.

Mad Men has no excuse - the thing is about a thousand times slower that Downton Abbey. It has to be the slowest thing on TV, which I wouldn't even mind if I had the sense that it was going somewhere. I could easily see it going on for 15-20 seasons. Is their any goal? Any over-arching plot?

And maybe it's unfair to say "best" because they're all good at certain things, but can we agree that Sherlock is more "engaging"?
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Mar 13, 2013
i wonder how many episodes there will be?
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Mar 13, 2013
Probably three each like the previous two seasons. If it was any more it might lessen the quality (though it doesn't with Luther), any less and people might riot. Three seems the perfect number for them. However I think it could/should be bumped to six.
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Mar 13, 2013
i was hoping for stories being told over 2 parts instead of one, so increasing the episode count to 6
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Mar 13, 2013
Season 4 of Sherlock and maybe more? I'll be the first: SQUEEEEEEEEEEE!
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