I hope that the Emmy voters recognize "Sherlock" appropriately.
"Downton Abbey" shouldn't get all the "British Import TV" love!
So I just might, might, give Elementary a try.
Just wondering, though, where did you start with Dr Who? With the 2005 reboot with Christopher Eccleston? Because those ones were more RTD (Russell T Davies) than Moffat. IMO Dr Who got even better -- less silly, more thought-provoking, clever, poignant, funny, and just plain enjoyable -- when Moffat took over the controls.
I started with Eccleston and liked those but like so many enjoyed Tenant and Smith much more. I saw in EW that in their survey Tenant by far and away was the Dr. Who fans loved most. I just never gave the writers a lot of thought until I saw the "Sherlock" extras.
Btw--I keep saying I won't watch "Elementary" but I know I won't be able to resist to give it at least a peek.
[QUOTE=Artemis@BC;3660948]I just had my own moment: I've been ignoring all the promos for Elementary, because a. it can't possibly be anywhere even close to as good as Sherlock and b. I can't stand Lucy Liu. But just yesterday I spotted a little more detail and it's Jonny Lee Miller for hank's sake! Who, among his many many great performances, co-starred with Benedict Cumberbatch in Frankenstein!
Don't feel too badly. My moment was when I realized that the actor portraying Mycroft was actually Mark Gatiss, co-creator with Moffat.
And Miller and Cumberbatch were both absolutely phenomenal in Frankenstein!
Mark Gatiss in Doctor Who - The Lazarus Experiment.
Mark Gatiss as The Doctor from 1999's Doctor Who Night.
Andrew Scott (Moriarty) in Foyles War - The Hide, just rebroadcast on my PBS station. This guy is just brilliant. So insanely talented.
I learn more each day. I saw Gatiss in the extras but just recently saw the "Lazarus" episode and still it didn't click until you mentioned it here. These writer/actors must have incredible inner lives. I think if I were ever to attend Comic-con I would want to see a panel with the writers of these programs.
BTW, had a 6 degrees of Who Separation moment last night (well, actually more like 2 degrees). I just started re-watching season 6, and I'd fogotten Hugh Bonneville was in the "Curse of the Black Spot" episode. I also recently finished watching Twenty Twelve, which starred Hugh Bonneville and Jessica Hynes ... who played Joan Redfern in the "Human Nature/Family of Blood" episodes. And Twenty Twelve also starred Olivia Colman, who was in "The Eleventh Hour" episode of Who, and Amelia Bullmore who was in the "Hounds of the Baskerville" for an added Sherlock bonus.
Not hard to play that game with Doctor Who though. Much harder to name any notable British actors who haven't appeared in it!
I don't know names but I know faces so when I saw "Twenty Twelve" it was "who is she" and it took me awhile because the two characters are so different and she looked different as the doctor's "wife." I think US tv (at least paycable) is starting to make less episodes per season. I like this because there are actors freed up to spread their talent around more and the writing stays fresher. I think the UK has been so good about that---I am blown away by the talent we see on Who.
Bob and Rose. (Which is completely wonderful, btw, one of my favourite British mini-series ever, even if it is utter fantasy. Or perhaps because of it. )
Yet another I need to add to my list---these actors are always running into one another on different shows. If they are friendly that would be great. Cumberbatch and Freeman get along so well onscreen that it seems it would be the same off but I know that isn't always the case.
My dog keeps knocking my arm off of the keypad which means she is more than ready for her walk.
"Sherlock" led me to many interesting things, following its creators and actors. I started Dr. Who, though I am still getting through 2005. I like it OK, but I hear that it gets better, so will stick with it. Following Cumberbatch, I watched "To the Ends of the Earth"- 2005 BBC series based on William Golding's trilogy of the same name, and read the books. It is a fictional account of a passenger ship going from England to Australia in 1812, told from a perspective of a young aristocrat who keeps a journal. Loved both the books and the series. I have a particular interest in historical maritime travel, but think it's very well done and well acted whether one loves ships or not. Then, on a friend's recommendation, listened to "Cabin's Pressure", a radio sit-com about adventures of a tiny charter airline, of all things (the connection to "Sherlock" here is that Cumberbatch does one of the voices). What sounds utterly unpromising on paper turned out to be a hilarious comedy, lightning quick, with great characters and memorable lines. Quite family friendly ( there's a lot of booze jokes, but nothing racy)- my 8-year-old son adores it- yet written for adults and very sharp. It is written by a young British comedian John Finnemore and has had 3 seaons so far.
It's fun to follow smart Brits' creative connections
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improving my ballad- like lines
I think "To the Ends of the Earth" might have been on "Masterpiece" but I missed it and want to see it now. Thanks for mentioning it. "Cabin Pressure" has been mentioned before and I've heard nothing but good comments about it. Radio is underappreciated imo.
Thought I'd bump this up in preparation for tonight's premiere of Elementary.
I do actually plan on watching Elementary tonight, and will try very, very hard to give it a fair chance. It really is too bad it has zero chance of comparing favourably though.
For me though, even without the comparison, the biggest question will be whether the awesomeness of Jonny Lee Miller will be enough to overcome my extreme dislike of Lucy Liu.
I'll watch it but I am so sold on "Sherlock" that I am truly skeptical about this. That said if you are going to do a procedural I would rather use Sherlock's brain than whoever is manning the helm at CSI.
Didn't even make it half way through and turned the channel.....How long must we wait for "Sherlock?"