STATING THE OBVIOUS
... The BBC has confirmed what we all knew was happening anyway: Sherlock will return for Season 4! But alongside that jolly good news that isn't actually news because the cast and creators have been talking about it for a while now, is the news that there will also be a new Sherlock special! The special will begin shooting in January 2015 with filming on the three new episodes of Season 4 to begin later next year. The only question remaining is, how much, if at all, will Moriarty play into this new special? [BBC]
... If you don't like the new costume worn by Peter Capaldi's Doctor in Season 8 of Doctor Who, blame David Bowie. Apparently, the new outfit was based on the cover of Bowie's Station to Station album cover. I guess we should all be glad he didn't go for Bowie in Labyrinth. [Radio Times]
... Remember when the U.S. lost to Belgium in the World Cup yesterday? Oh, sorry, I didn't realize you've moved on from pretending to care about soccer. Well, it totally happened. And 16.5 million people watched it happen. Where were you guys when Trophy Wife needed you? [Variety]
... The cast of Blossom reunited 19 years after the series went off the air, mostly just to make the rest of us go, "STFU, I am not that old." [ET Online]
... Some idiot college student spent $3,250 to hang out with Robin Wright on the set of House of Cards. Dude, don't you know how much ramen you could buy with that money? Don't you know how many Bud Lights that is? Fine, the money will benefit the the ACLU of Southern California, but maybe you could send some of that money my way so I can graduate from SpaghettiOs? [The Washington Post]
... Justified's Walton Goggins will reprise his role as transgendered prostitute Venus Van Dame in Sons of Anarchy's final season this fall. Introduced in Season 5, she returned for a longer arc in Season 6 which fleshed out her backstory. Never one to complain about more Goggins in my life, I do have to wonder how Venus will play in to Season 7 and whether or not her reappearance will turn out to be another case of Kurt Sutter trying to do too much. I think I speak for at least some of you when I say we don't need another season of 90 minute episodes. [Kurt Sutter's Twitter]
... You can tell it's July because there's new casting every day for fall shows. Karl Yune (Real Steel) has signed on to recur in Season 3 of Arrow as Maseo Yamashiro, Oliver's new handler in flashbacks. He's also the husband of Devon Aoki's Tatsu Yamashiro (DC heroine Katana). [TV Line]
... Carol Kane has joined the cast of Fox's Gotham. She'll play the recurring role of Gertrud Kapelput, the mother of Oswald Cobblepot aka the Penguin. Now feels like a good time to link to this scene from Scrooged. [TV Line]
PITY PARTY, TABLE OF ONE
... In a new interview, Katherine Heigl said that she believes her career betrayed her while openly acknowledging that she might have made too many romantic comedies. I'd say that talking trash about Grey's Anatomy, the series that made you a star, probably also didn't help, girl. [US Weekly]
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AIRED ON 1/12/2014
Season 3 : Episode 3