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PBS Confirms Season Premiere Dates for 'Downton Abbey' and 'Sherlock'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 17th 2011 8:50AM
Restive 'Downton Abbey' fans need fret no more: PBS has confirmed that Season 2 will (finally!) premiere in the US on Sunday January 8, 2012. The AP reports Paula Kerger, PBS president, as saying that the abrupt ending to Season 1 and the paucity of episodes -- there were only four -- led to angry phone calls from fans, many of whom worried that PBS might not even air a second season.

PBS also has good news for 'Sherlock' fans. The 21st-century twist on Conan-Doyle's deerstalker-wearing detective will start its second season on PBS on Sunday May 6, 2012. Alas, it's only three episodes long, but fans can be assured that it should be a case of quality triumphing over quantity.

Other gems from the PBS spring lineup include a two-part examination of Bill Clinton's presidency, a look at some celebrity family trees by Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, and a series on American infrastructure, 'America Revealed,' hosted by winner of 'Survivor: Cook Islands,' Yul Kwon. More on these after the jump.

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'Downton Abbey' Loses Out as 'Sherlock' Wins Big at the BAFTAs

by Catherine Lawson, posted May 23rd 2011 6:12AM
Martin FreemanIt was a mixed bag for PBS last night at the BAFTA TV Awards in London as 'Sherlock' took home two trophies, but 'Downton Abbey' left empty-handed.

'Sherlock' won the coveted Best Drama Series Award, and Martin Freeman ('The Hobbit') won Best Supporting Actor for his role as Doctor Watson in the modern take on the 'Sherlock Holmes' mysteries.

However, Freeman's co-star Benedict Cumberbatch lost out in the Best Actor category to Daniel Rigby ('Flyboys') for his role as legendary British comedian Eric Morecambe in 'Eric & Ernie.' Rigby also beat out fan favorite, 'Doctor Who' star Matt Smith.

'Downton Abbey' was nominated for three major awards -- Best Drama Series, Best Supporting Actor and The Audience Award -- but failed to win any of them.

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'Sherlock' and Other TV DVD Releases for Nov. 9, 2010

by Elizabeth Chan, posted Nov 9th 2010 2:30PM
SherlockWhat do you get when you take a beloved novel, add the writers of 'Doctor Who' with the actor set to play Bilbo Baggins on 'The Hobbit'?

Well you get the first season of BBC's hit series, 'Sherlock.' This British series is based on classic Sherlock Holmes novels, but takes place in modern times. Because let's face it, if Sherlock Holmes had the Internet, his job might have been a tad bit easier back then.

We're giving away four copies of the critically-acclaimed 'Sherlock' -- two on DVD and two on Blu-ray.

Get more details about how to win, plus the complete list of DVD releases this week, after the jump!

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New PBS Masterpiece Fall Dramas Coming Soon

by Catherine Lawson, posted Sep 10th 2010 9:15AM

The stars of 'Sherlock'Although there's a conspicuous absence of both corsets and Dame Judi Dench, PBS Masterpiece fans are still in for a treat this fall with a new crop of dramas from across the pond.

As reported in deadline.com, PBS has announced that the fall season will open Sun. Oct. 3 with 'Wallander.' This BBC adaptation of the bestselling Henning Mankell novels stars Kenneth Branagh as gloomy Swedish detective Kurt Wallander. Although this second season is darker in tone than the first, and Branagh was memorably described by one critic as "having the permanent mien of a recently slaughtered halibut," it won rave reviews and good ratings in the U.K.

The much-hyped 'Sherlock' follows, premiering Sun. Oct. 24. This modern-day reboot of the 'Sherlock Holmes' novels was a summer hit in the U.K. and has already been renewed for a second season. Created by Steven Moffat ('Doctor Who') and Mark Gatiss ('The League of Gentlemen') it stars up-and-comer Benedict Cumberbatch ('Atonement') as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman ('Love Actually') as Dr. Watson.

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Check Out the New Promo For BBC's Modern-Day 'Sherlock'

by Mike Moody, posted Jul 19th 2010 8:00PM
bbc sherlock Get ready for a brand new take on Sherlock Holmes (again!). 'Doctor Who' mastermind Steven Moffat has recast The World's Greatest Detective as a sharp, modern-day crime fighter in the new BBC miniseries 'Sherlock.'

The miniseries, starring 'Atonement's Benedict Cumberbatch as Holmes and 'The Office (UK)' vet Martin Freeman as Watson, transports Arthur Conan Doyle's classic characters to contemporary London, where they'll search for a clever killer who makes his murders look like suicides.

Head after the jump for the BBC's slick new promo to get an early taste of the new Holmes in action.

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Sherlock's movie success harks back to Brett's glory days

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Jan 7th 2010 4:01PM
To many, Jeremy Brett played the perfect Sherlock Holmes.The new action-oriented reboot of Sherlock Holmes with Robert Downey, Jr. is making a killing at the box office -- and rightfully so. It stays true enough to its source material while injecting just enough quirky energy into Holmes' world to update the franchise.

But, here's hoping the movie's success leads some folks back to rediscover the single greatest production of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's short stories -- the Granada and PBS Sherlock Holmes series of the 80s.

To most Holmes fans, Jeremy Brett (right) was the perfect actor playing the role he was born to fill. He had the look, the voice and the mannerisms most readers envisioned when reading "The Red Headed League" or "The Speckled Band."

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