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October 16, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
The third season of the beloved contemporary revamp of "Sherlock" doesn't have an air date yet, but the show's creator, Steven Moffat, is telling the press that his very in-demand stars, Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch, are all aboard for a fourth season. That is, if the BBC orders one. "We had to inform the BBC that Martin and Benedict had commissioned a new series," Moffat told the British publication Radio Times. "They signed themselves up. They both announced that they were carrying on -- so that's good.
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January 18, 2014 | Robert Lloyd
It has been two years, in both real and fictional time, since Sherlock Holmes, as re-conceived by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss for the BBC series "Sherlock," stepped off a roof to fall apparently to his death. The three-adventure third season, with Holmes very much alive (we knew this already, spoiler spotters, and anyway, he'd have to be), begins Sunday on PBS. Some things have happened in the interim, the most important of them, perhaps, not to the characters but to the actors who play them.
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January 18, 2014 | By Scott Collins, This post has been corrected. See note at end for details.
Hang on to your deerstalker cap: Sherlock Holmes is not dead. This news may come as a shock to some, not least to John Watson, the doctor played by Martin Freeman in "Sherlock," the BBC's contemporary adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famous detective stories. The critically acclaimed show, with Benedict Cumberbatch as the title detective, returns to PBS on Sunday. The new season picks up two years after the last one left off, with Holmes having faked his own death by supposedly leaping from St. Bartholomew's Hospital.
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January 18, 2014 | By Scott Collins, This post has been corrected. See note at end for details.
Hang on to your deerstalker cap: Sherlock Holmes is not dead. This news may come as a shock to some, not least to John Watson, the doctor played by Martin Freeman in "Sherlock," the BBC's contemporary adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famous detective stories. The critically acclaimed show, with Benedict Cumberbatch as the title detective, returns to PBS on Sunday. The new season picks up two years after the last one left off, with Holmes having faked his own death by supposedly leaping from St. Bartholomew's Hospital.
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August 4, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
And the new Doctor is ... Peter Capaldi. The 55-year-old Scottish actor will assume the beloved "Doctor Who" role from Matt Smith. The much-anticipated announcement was made Sunday during a live presentation, "Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor" on BBC America and BBC One. A gaggle of interviews with Smith and lead writer/executive producer Steven Moffat comprised the half-hour special before the big reveal was made -- wreaking havoc on Twitter....
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April 22, 2011 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
The Doctor is (back) in. The second season of the adventures of the 11th Doctor — which is also, officially, the sixth series of the post-16-year-TV-hiatus 21st-century "Doctor Who," if you don't count a year of "specials" — begins Saturday on BBC America, with an emphasis on the "America. " It has been a while — whatever "a while" means in the curlicue chronologies of this time-twisting show — since the Doctor (Matt Smith) has run with recent and future traveling companions Amy (Karen Gillan)
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November 21, 2013 | By Mary McNamara
"Dr. Who," "Dr. Who" and more "Dr. Who. "  By now even those few Americans still disavowing their inner geeks and/or Anglophiles must know the British sci-fi classic "Dr. Who" is about to celebrate its 50th anniversary (yes, it debuted in Britain on the day of the Kennedy assassination, small comfort, but comfort nonetheless.) No other show has been as influential, ubiquitous and impossible to quench as the story of the lonely Time Lord wandering the galaxies in search of people and planets to save.  Through television's niftiest narrative sleight of hand, a defining characteristic of a Time Lord, along with his two hearts, is the tendency to regenerate every few years.
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September 1, 2012 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
A few words in advance of tonight's "Doctor Who" premiere (Season 7, counting from the start of Russell Davies' 21st century reboot), of which I will tell you little specific, since nearly everything in a series whose every particular is a subject for study and debate among the growing faithful amounts to a spoiler. There have been the usual requests from on high not to reveal certain things, some of which have already been made public. But that real-world narrative, the one that exists between the show and its fans, is also subject to dramatic misdirection, and its elements of hide and seek are in their way as central to the game as what it happens within the confines of the series itself.
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January 18, 2014 | Robert Lloyd
It has been two years, in both real and fictional time, since Sherlock Holmes, as re-conceived by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss for the BBC series "Sherlock," stepped off a roof to fall apparently to his death. The three-adventure third season, with Holmes very much alive (we knew this already, spoiler spotters, and anyway, he'd have to be), begins Sunday on PBS. Some things have happened in the interim, the most important of them, perhaps, not to the characters but to the actors who play them.
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November 14, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
The buildup to the "Doctor Who" 50th anniversary episode "The Day of the Doctor" on Nov. 23 continued on Thursday with a special surprise for longtime fans of the Doctor. The BBC posted a new six-minute minisode titled "The Night of the Doctor" that fills in a vital bit of the Doctor's history. Back in 1996, Paul McGann played the Doctor in a one-shot TV movie that attempted to revive the "Doctor Who" franchise after a seven-year absence from TV screens. The film turned out to be McGann's only spin in the role before the series was revived more successfully in 2005.
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January 16, 2014 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
"Sherlock" (PBS, Sundays). Wreathed in the glory that is Benedict Cumberbatch's current status as an international sex symbol -- "The Thinking Woman's Crumpet," he has been called, in the land of crumpets -- comes the third season of Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat's 21st century update of Arthur Conan Doyle's deerstalkered sleuth. Its return, certainly in public television terms, but beyond them as well, constitutes a bona fide event. If it is not the only 21st century update of Conan Doyle's deerstalkered sleuth currently on television (elementary, my dear readers, there's "Elementary")
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November 21, 2013 | By Mary McNamara
"Dr. Who," "Dr. Who" and more "Dr. Who. "  By now even those few Americans still disavowing their inner geeks and/or Anglophiles must know the British sci-fi classic "Dr. Who" is about to celebrate its 50th anniversary (yes, it debuted in Britain on the day of the Kennedy assassination, small comfort, but comfort nonetheless.) No other show has been as influential, ubiquitous and impossible to quench as the story of the lonely Time Lord wandering the galaxies in search of people and planets to save.  Through television's niftiest narrative sleight of hand, a defining characteristic of a Time Lord, along with his two hearts, is the tendency to regenerate every few years.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 14, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
The buildup to the "Doctor Who" 50th anniversary episode "The Day of the Doctor" on Nov. 23 continued on Thursday with a special surprise for longtime fans of the Doctor. The BBC posted a new six-minute minisode titled "The Night of the Doctor" that fills in a vital bit of the Doctor's history. Back in 1996, Paul McGann played the Doctor in a one-shot TV movie that attempted to revive the "Doctor Who" franchise after a seven-year absence from TV screens. The film turned out to be McGann's only spin in the role before the series was revived more successfully in 2005.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 16, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
The third season of the beloved contemporary revamp of "Sherlock" doesn't have an air date yet, but the show's creator, Steven Moffat, is telling the press that his very in-demand stars, Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch, are all aboard for a fourth season. That is, if the BBC orders one. "We had to inform the BBC that Martin and Benedict had commissioned a new series," Moffat told the British publication Radio Times. "They signed themselves up. They both announced that they were carrying on -- so that's good.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 4, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
And the new Doctor is ... Peter Capaldi. The 55-year-old Scottish actor will assume the beloved "Doctor Who" role from Matt Smith. The much-anticipated announcement was made Sunday during a live presentation, "Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor" on BBC America and BBC One. A gaggle of interviews with Smith and lead writer/executive producer Steven Moffat comprised the half-hour special before the big reveal was made -- wreaking havoc on Twitter....
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July 25, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
The 12 th Doctor in “Doctor Who's” 50-year history still hasn't been selected, but if the search keeps going, it's always possible Matt Smith may change his mind. Smith, who plays the 11 th Doctor on the long-running fantasy series, arrived alongside current companion Jenna Coleman and producer Marcus Wilson at BBC America's TCA panel on Thursday morning. And lots of questions revolved around Smith's decision earlier this year to step down from the role after four years.
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July 25, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
The 12 th Doctor in “Doctor Who's” 50-year history still hasn't been selected, but if the search keeps going, it's always possible Matt Smith may change his mind. Smith, who plays the 11 th Doctor on the long-running fantasy series, arrived alongside current companion Jenna Coleman and producer Marcus Wilson at BBC America's TCA panel on Thursday morning. And lots of questions revolved around Smith's decision earlier this year to step down from the role after four years.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 1, 2012 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
A few words in advance of tonight's "Doctor Who" premiere (Season 7, counting from the start of Russell Davies' 21st century reboot), of which I will tell you little specific, since nearly everything in a series whose every particular is a subject for study and debate among the growing faithful amounts to a spoiler. There have been the usual requests from on high not to reveal certain things, some of which have already been made public. But that real-world narrative, the one that exists between the show and its fans, is also subject to dramatic misdirection, and its elements of hide and seek are in their way as central to the game as what it happens within the confines of the series itself.
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December 24, 2011 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Every year at this time, a terribly old yet terrifically youthful supernatural being drops in from out of the sky. I speak of course of the Doctor, as in "Doctor Who," whose annual Christmas special premieres Sunday — Christmas itself! — on BBC America. In Great Britain, this event amounts to a national tradition; but for followers here, it is no less of a calendar moment, a candle in winter coming months after the end of the last season and months before the beginning of the next, when the days are actually at their darkest.
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