Rhys Ifans to Play Mycroft on Elementary

CBS’s Elementary doesn’t have Benedict Cumberbatch or Martin Freeman but it does have charms of its own – namely the acting abilities of Jonny Lee Miller and the appealing chemistry between his Sherlock and Lucy Liu’s Watson.

The announcement that Rhys Ifans (think Hugh Grant’s peculiar flatmate in Notting Hill) has been cast to play Sherlock’s brother Mycroft is just one more reason to give the US reboot its own chance.

Mycroft will appear in the season two premiere which will be set in London and will see Sherlock and Watson staying at Mycroft’s 221B Baker Street address.

Paul Giamatti Joins Downton Abbey for the Christmas Special

It appears that Cora’s American relations will be visiting for Christmas this year.  Shirley MacLaine will return as her mother and it has now been announced that Paul Giamatti (Sideways) will take on the role of her devil-may-care brother.

It should make for entertaining Christmas Day viewing in the UK.

In the US series four will begin on January 5th, 2014 on PBS.


UK Luther Premiere Date Announced

US Luther fans have to wait until September to watch the new (and final) series but for UK viewers the premiere is less than three weeks away.  The BBC has confirmed that the first episode of series three will air on Tuesday July 2, from 9-10.

The 2013 Masterpiece Mystery! Season Starts this Sunday on PBS

The first episode of the final series of Inspector Lewis will kick things off this Sunday June 16th at 9pm.  Check out this clip from the first episode, a preview of the series as a whole, and a general promo for the entire Masterpiece Mystery! season — you’ll catch glimpses of Endeavour, Foyle’s War, Silk and The Lady Vanishes.

The Mystery! schedule is as follows:  Lewis will be on for the next three Sundays followed by Endeavour for four weeks, The Lady Vanishes airs on August 18th, Silk for three weeks from August 25th, and finally Foyle’s War on September 15, 22 and 29.

Each episode will be available online for a limited time after its airdate.

Aside: David Suchet’s documentary style trip on the Orient Express will air at 8pm this Sunday, right before Lewis.  It’s worth checking out.

Aside 2:  It’s been announced that Downton Abbey will return for its fourth season on January 5th, 2014.

Luther Series 3 Trailer

Check out the new trailer here.  Yikes! Looks like dangerous times ahead for Luther.

There’s also this clip from the first episode that introduces an obsessive anti-corruption cop who is out to bring Luther down.

Coming in July to the BBC and in September to BBC America.

The Wrong Mans

This looks like fun – two ordinary guys get pulled into an international crime conspiracy/caper when one of them answers the wrong phone at the scene of an accident.

No official air date yet but it’s rumored to be coming sometime this summer to Hulu and the BBC.

The six 30 minute episodes will feature a great cast of well-known British actors.  Here’s a short trailer to whet your appetite.

Elephants Can Remember Trailer

Check out David Suchet as Poirot in this new promo for Christie’s Elephants Can Remember coming to ITV this Sunday June 9th.