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...here. Yes, "Sherlock" - the Benedict Cumberbatch-starring Brithit that returns to PBS Jan. 19 at 10 - is one of TV';s hotter shows, and there is abiding interest in the new season insofar as one Sherlock Holmes did not exactly survive the conclusion of season two. This trailer will reassure fans, as if they needed any reassurance, that the world''s greatest detective is back and on the job. Cumberbatch - if you are not aware, and it's kind of hard not to be aware - is one of the world's biggest actors, all of a sudden. This brilliant series, has contributed mightily to this growing legend...
"Sherlock" - one of PBS's major success story of the past couple of seasons and incidentally the series that put Benedict Cumberbatch on the fast track to superstardom (not including "The Fifth Estate" - let's just call that a temporary career detour) - will begin its third season Jan. 19.
The details via PBS:
Benedict Cumberbatch (The Fifth Estate, Star Trek Into Darkness) and Martin Freeman (The Hobbit, The Office UK) return as Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson in three new 90-minute episodes — “The Empty Hearse” (January 19), “The Sign of Three” (January 26) and “His Last Vow” (February 2) — of the contemporary reinvention of the Arthur Conan Doyle classic, written and created by Steven Moffat (Dr. Who) and Mark Gatiss (Game of Thrones). The Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated “Sherlock” has been a television sensation since the first season aired in 2010.
As already announced, "Downton Abbey" is back Jan. 5.
We have arrived, friends, at the final Emmys 2013 pick/guesses -- the last entry in my weeklong series telling you who should win (but alas probably won't).
Good thing about this year's nominees? Not a piker in the bunch. They are all outstanding, and so if any of the following wins, no one should be surprised. With that, to our nominees ...
COMEDY SERIES: "The Big Bang Theory," CBS; "Girls," HBO; "Louie," FX; "Modern Family," ABC; "30 Rock," NBC; "Veep," HBO
Who will win: The past six years have been dominated by just two comedies, but even dominance eventually cracks, and for "Modern Family," this could well be that year. The winner is "The Big Bang Theory."
Who should win: "Louie," without question. But dark comedies -- and "Louie" is hardly always comic -- don't fare well here. Couple of "Girls" episodes merit a win, too, but like, "Louie" -- also produced in NYC, where there are fewer Academy voters -- this is a tough sale.
DRAMA SERIES: "Breaking Bad," AMC; "Downton Abbey," PBS; "Homeland," Showtime; "Game of Thrones," HBO; "House of Cards," Netflix; "Mad Men," AMC.
Who will win: "Homeland" had a so-so sophomore season, but voters hate to disawow their judgment, especially after crowning this with such gusto after its freshman season. Could be guilt over snubbing "Bad" for so long, but I fully believe it will prevail at the 66th Emmys, if not Sunday night. That's why the edge goes to ... "Homeland."
Who should win: "Game of Thrones." "Thrones" had a remarkable season (another one), but fantasy fiction is a tough sell to voters. I wouldn't mind seeing that long-overdue nod to "Bad," either -- and what a nice achievement to be awarded on the night your penultimate episode airs.
Now we're getting to where the rubber meets the road in our weeklong Emmy predictions series (word to the wise - do not bet the kids' milk money on these guesses): Best actor and actress!
Let's get straight to it, shall we?
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This week, I'll be handicapping the 2013 Emmy nominations -- who/what/why could win, all accompanied by my usual caveat emptor: Don't place bets on these picks, as I reserve the right to be wrong and often am.
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