The Call Sheet sifts through the day's glut of Hollywood news to find the stories even non-industry types care about. Today: Two modern Sherlock shows is too many, Cougar Town gets an early debut, and Matthew Lillard is gonna be huge again.
Elementary my dear television! Or something. What we're trying to say is that it was a no-brainer for the BBC to renew their popular series Sherlock — about a modern day Sherlock and Watson played by Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman respectively — for a third, uh, series. (That's season in True American English.) The renewal of the vastly entertaining show, which airs on PBS here in the New World, apparently has been a done deal for some time, though it's not been officially confirmed that Cumberbatch will be returning, given his busy schedule. But it's like basically guaranteed, because he's sort of the whole show. So, bully bully, cheerio chip chip, and all that rot! English! [Deadline]
Now on to something completely unrelated. Wouldn't it be cool if there was a TV show all about an updated, modern-times Sherlock Holmes? That would just be very cool if someone made that. Luckily, CBS has just greenlit a pilot from a Medium writer (so you know it'll be good) called Elementary, which is about modern-day Sherlock Holmes and Watson solving crimes in New York City. What a funky, fresh idea! We love it. There will be no other show quite like it. Great idea, guys! Love how Hollywood's always churning out new ideaz. Also? It would be incredible if someone finally, finally made a show about lawyers, and guess what? CBS has also greenlit a show about that: Lawyers! On television! We really do live in the future. What's next, sexy doctors? Ha, well, let's not go nuts. Lawyers, though. Man oh man. [Deadline]
Now that ABC has canceled their misunderstood cross-dressing comedy Work It! (it was actually a deft, pointed takedown of Big Pharma, right?), there's a hole to fill. (Oh god. Two holes to fill? Wait, no holes to fill? That show is very hard to make exact innuendo about.) And what's stepping in, or rather stumbling drunkenly in on wine-soaked legs? Cougar Town! Yes, the long-disappeared cult favorite has been given a February 14th start (on Sad Single Glug-Glug Die Alone's Day, no less), much earlier than the initially projected March debut. So Work It!'s loss was these actual (yet somehow no less drag-queeny) women's gain. Everyone drink wine! Straight from now until the premiere. Gooo wine! [The Hollywood Reporter]
Oh good. Because the first experiment worked so well, Oxygen has picked up a second season of The Glee Project, the reality show that has young dreamers and schemers competing for a role on Fox's hit feelings synthesizer Glee. And it's going to be even longer, with 14 kids trying to sing-kill each other in the arena instead of the first season's 12. That's great. Like, the first season's winner, Irish McGee or whoever, has just seamlessly fit into the cast, almost nearly as much as Charice and John Stamos. If that show is good at one thing, it's organically introducing new characters and totally giving them things to do beyond their first episode. It's just really great at doing that. [Entertainment Weekly]
Speaking of Glee (oh how we wish we weren't, but that's just how life has gone for us), it seems that they're going to do a whole theme episode with Bee Gees music, because another thing the show does well is carefully and deftly incorporate the music of one artist or group into a well-thought-out storyline that makes complete sense in the context of the season's bigger arcs. Really the theme episodes are just always so good. Have you seen the commercial for the upcoming Michael Jackson episode where the announcer guy says "Michael Jackson, like only Glee can honor him," and it's the worst thing they've ever said? Oh, yes, like only Glee can honor Michael Jackson. Like only a half-baked, three-year-old, overly pleased-with-itself narrative mess can honor one of the most influential musicians of the past fifty years. Terrific, guys. Those folks really know their place in this cultural landscape, don't they. [TV Guide]
Fox's new mild mystery show Alcatraz premiered last night to good numbers, pulling in 10 million viewers and a 3.3 rating in the all-important 49-and-under set. The numbers are on par with, a little higher even, those of the maybe-almost-a-complete-bumble-at-this-point Terra Nova, though obviously the time travel dinosaur last/first colony show is a weensy bit more expensive to make than Alcatraz. So with that in mind, Alcatraz is a much bigger success. Of course the real test will be the next two weeks or so, when Fox finds out just how invested in this mystery the viewing public really is. We think it's probably uncomplicated yet still wanly intriguing enough to hold onto bored audiences looking for a little figure-it-out. This isn't going to be Lost, but it's probably not going to be FlashForward either. [Vulture]
Finally, a year after being released overseas, Kate Hudson's long delayed romantic comedy/drama A Little Bit of Heaven, about a sassy New Orleans career woman who falls in love with her cancer doctor, has found a US distributor. Millennium Entertainment will scatter the movie across North America, in theaters and On Demand. Finally. We've been so excited for this movie. Just look at the trailer! Simply hilarious and not at all weird and uncomfortable sex jokes, the totally non-depressing paycheck presence of Kathy Bates, and, best of all, Whoopi Goldberg playing some sort of god figure with whom Kate Hudson, excuse us, Marley (ugh), talks to in heaven. Oh yay, a Magical Negro always adds just that little extra bit of flavoring to an otherwise delicious romantic comedy meal. It's truly astounding that this movie took so long to come to the US. But, at long last, we'll soon be in heaven. (Because this movie will kill us all.) [Deadline]
Oh boy. HBO has released a new "In Production" video for Game of Thrones season two (premiering April 1st, thank the Seven) showcasing the beautiful Croatian location (The Croatian Location: A Z-grade rip-off of The Italian Job soon to star Milla Jovovich and, let's be honest, Matthew Lillard) that they use for King's Landing. It's the famous city of Dubrovnik, an amazingly well-preserved medieval city perched on the rocky Adriatic coast. So not only do these people get to make a good, cool show, they get to do it in oceanside paradise. Jerks. But, y'know, also, keep it coming, jerks!