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CBS Unveils Full-Length Trailers for 4 New Shows – Elementary, Vegas, Made in Jersey, Partners

When CBS announced its fall schedule, it released behind-the-scenes of its new shows, but here, finally, are actual trailers for them:

Elementary – Thursdays at 10

This trailer is making me even more excited about the show. The only part that seemed overly BBC Sherlock was the “bored” bit of dialog (and correct me if I’m wrong, but apparently that’s from the books). I’m looking forward to having 16+ addition hours of Holmes every year!

Vegas – Tuesdays at 10

This trailer makes me want to watch the show a little less, partly because I was only going to check out the pilot for curiosity’s sake, and the trailer answered too many of my questions.

Made in Jersey – Fridays at 9

The trailer made the show slightly more interesting than the behind-the-scenes preview, but that’s not saying much. I’m still not watching.

Partners – Mondays at 8:30

Brandon Routh seems a little awkward in his role, but then I’m used to him as a villain on Chuck. And will CBS please get rid of laugh tracks?

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Monday Madness: Favorite Series or Season Finale

This week on Monday Madness, it’s time to vote for your favorite TV finales! This poll is for season and series finales of both cable and broadcast shows. But this week there’s a twist – for the first seven days, you can nominate your favorite finales and I’ll add them to the poll! I’m doing this because I got so few nominations, and I didn’t want to limit the poll to just my favorites.

This poll will be open for TWO weeks, and you can choose up to 10 of your favorite finales. Be sure to spread the word so your favorites will make it into the top 10! And as shows finish up their runs this year, you can nominate them for a spot on the poll!

Want more of a say in what makes it onto the poll each week? Be sure to follow me on Twitter, since I usually ask for nominations for the next Monday Madness the weekend before the new poll.

Without further ado, here’s the poll for this AND next week’s Monday Madness! Voting ends around 1AM May 21th.

Update: this poll has closed. I planned to do a results post like I do with other Monday Madness polls, but I realized any pictures I posted would be full of spoilers (or else very boring). So I decided to skip that part this time.

What's your favorite series or season finale? (Choose up to 10)

  • Castle - season 4 finale "Always" (55%, 529 Votes)
  • Castle - season 3 finale "Knockout" (33%, 322 Votes)
  • Once Upon a Time - season 1 finale "A Land Without Magic" (23%, 223 Votes)
  • Leverage - season 2 finale "The Maltese Falcon Job" (17%, 161 Votes)
  • Leverage - season 4 finale - "The Last Dam Job" (13%, 130 Votes)
  • Angel - series finale "Not Fade Away" (8%, 73 Votes)
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer - season 5 finale "The Gift" (7%, 68 Votes)
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer - season 2 finale "Becoming: Part 2" (6%, 62 Votes)
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer - series finale "Chosen" (6%, 61 Votes)
  • Sherlock - season 2 finale "The Reichenbach Fall" (6%, 60 Votes)
  • NCIS - season 6 finale "Aliyah" (6%, 55 Votes)
  • Bones - season 4 finale "The End in the Beginning" (5%, 51 Votes)
  • White Collar - season 1 finale "Out of the Box" (5%, 46 Votes)
  • Chuck - season 2 finale "Chuck Versus the Ring" (5%, 45 Votes)
  • Bones - season 3 finale "The Pain in the Heart" (4%, 42 Votes)
  • House - season 4 finale "Wilson's Heart" (4%, 42 Votes)
  • Supernatural - season 3 finale "No Rest for the Wicked" (4%, 41 Votes)
  • Supernatural - season 5 finale "Swan Song" (4%, 40 Votes)
  • How I Met Your Mother - season 1 finale "Come On" (4%, 39 Votes)
  • Community - season 2 finale "For a Few Paintballs More" (4%, 37 Votes)
  • Smallville - series finale "Finale" (4%, 36 Votes)
  • Dollhouse - series finale "Epitaph Two: Return" (4%, 35 Votes)
  • Warehouse 13 - season 1 finale "MacPherson" (3%, 32 Votes)
  • Burn Notice - season 4 finale "Last Stand" (3%, 25 Votes)
  • The Office - season 3 finale "The Job" (2%, 23 Votes)
  • NCIS - season 2 finale "Twilight" (2%, 22 Votes)
  • Newhart - series finale "The Last Newhart" (2%, 19 Votes)
  • The Mentalist - season 3 finale "Strawberries and Cream" (1%, 14 Votes)
  • The Finder - series finale "The Boy with the Bucket" (1%, 12 Votes)
  • Numb3rs - series finale "Cause and Effect" (1%, 10 Votes)
  • Robin Hood - season 2 finale "We Are Robin Hood" (1%, 10 Votes)
  • The Mentalist - season 2 finale "Red Sky in the Morning" (1%, 9 Votes)
  • St. Elsewhere - series finale "The Last One" (1%, 8 Votes)
  • Community - season 3 finale - "Introduction to Finality" (1%, 8 Votes)
  • Dallas - season 2 finale "A House Divided" (Who Shot J.R.?) (1%, 7 Votes)
  • Numb3rs - season 5 finale "Angels and Devils" (1%, 6 Votes)
  • GCB - series finale "Liplocks and Revelations" (0%, 2 Votes)
  • Dynasty - season 5 finale "Royal Wedding" (0%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 965

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How I Met Your Mother, Private Practice, Walking Dead Spoilers — Ask Ausiello – TVLine

I love these spoiler posts! TVLine’s Michael Ausiello offers hints at future episodes of HIMYM, Castle, Bones, and more. He also gives his reaction to the second series of Sherlock.

How I Met Your Mother, Private Practice, Walking Dead Spoilers — Ask Ausiello – TVLine.

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Lucy Liu Cast as Watson in Sherlock Holmes Pilot Elementary — CBS

Well, so much for Elementary being simply an American remake of Sherlock! Having a woman play the role of Watson is sure to make Elementary a very different show. Farewell to bromance. Hello to will-they-or-won’t-they tension typical of Bones, Castle, and the like. Or maybe the show will adopt Warehouse 13’s buddy partnership to make room for Adler. Will Moriarty try to sweep Watson off her feet to get to Sherlock?

My initial opinion of the idea is that the show will either lose too much of its uniqueness by making Elementary similar to other procedurals, or try too hard to “reinvent” Holmes and Watson that it becomes a caricature.

Lucy Liu Cast as Watson in Sherlock Holmes Pilot Elementary — CBS.

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Five ways Psych is like Sherlock Holmes’ “The Red-Headed League” | CliqueClack TV

With all the discussion about the show Elementary “stealing” the idea of a modern-day Sherlock Holmes from BBC’s Sherlock, I thought this article comparing Holmes and Psych was especially apt. Usually House is touted as already being an American version of Sherlock Holmes, but this article clearly shows that Psych can be considered one as well. From gathering clues through observation to a medically-inclined sidekick/friend/indispensable colleague, Shawn and Sherlock aren’t as far apart as they might first appear.

Five ways Psych is like Sherlock Holmes’ “The Red-Headed League” | CliqueClack TV.

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Dan’s Media Digest: ELEMENTARY, dear Jonny

I’ve heard bits about Elementary, an American modern take on Sherlock Holmes (as opposed to the British modern take, Sherlock) for months, but they finally have cast the detective himself. Jonny Lee Miller (who I know from his playing the leading man in several Jane Austen adaptions) will be bringing the distinctly British legend to New York.

Some people are claiming it’s a blatant rip-off of Sherlock. I think that it may be inspired by the show, but I’m kind of glad it’s not a direct remake. Those type of shows (Being Human, The Office) usually take a season before they start being their own show. And two recent American remakes of British shows haven’t succeeded very well (Free Agents, Prime Suspect).

For another thing, a modern reimagining of Sherlock Holmes has already been gracing US TV for 8 years. House turned the detective into an antisocial doctor fascinated by medical mysteries. It seems fitting that Elementary should get its chance as House is ending.

I’m not delusional in thinking that Elementary will live up to the greatness of Sherlock. But given that it takes a full year or more to get three 90-minute episodes of the British show, I think there’s room for a show that explores Holmes’ brilliance and idiosyncrasies on a more frequent basis. Plus Elementary will have a unique fish-out-of-water aspect if Holmes is a recent transplant to America.

Thanks to Ruth Anderson for the link!

Dan’s Media Digest: ELEMENTARY, dear Jonny.

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Sherlock – 21st Century Detective

Words cannot express how much I enjoy this series. Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman bring the Victorian detective to the year 2010 in a smart, witty manner. The first season’s three 90-minute episodes felt like a movie trilogy on their own, yet as soon as I finished I wanted more of this show’s particular brand of scathing dialogue and dry humor.

This post won’t be a proper review, as it’s been far too long since I watched the show and I’d like to comment on each episode in detail at some later point. But if you’re looking for detailed reviews now, go straight to my friend Ruth Anderson’s blog, where she elaborates on “A Study in Pink,” “The Blind Banker,” and “The Great Game.”

If you’re wondering how the tales translate into the present, just imagine Sherlock Holmes texting. And John Watson recording stories about his eccentric roommate on his blog. While I’ve never read an actual Holmes novel, from the bits I’ve caught over the years and reviews I’ve read, this show pays tribute to its source material in many fun and unique ways.

While I was aware of Martin Freeman’s acting in the past (primarily in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, but I can’t wait to see him as Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit), this was my first exposure to Benedict Cumberbatch (except for seeing him a minor role in Amazing Grace), but after this I plan to watch for his appearance in other shows and movie.

Season 2 (or series 2, if you’d prefer British terms) is filming now in London, though it was delayed a bit by the riots.

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Bones – Chemistry and Crime

The last time I wrote about Bones on this blog, I had only watched two episodes. Now, two and a half months later, I’m on season 5. I think it’s high time I posted an update.

If you did the math and gathered that I’m watching an average of one episode plus a day, you could assume the truth – Bones has lost none of its initial charm. I love this show.

Most fans of crime drama would agree – it’s not the crimes that keep us watching these shows; it’s watching the characters interact as they solve the crimes. If the team has great chemistry, the show will soar.

Dr. Temperance Brennan and FBI Agent Seeley Booth had chemistry from the first five minutes they were together in episode one. Over the years, their relationship has grown and deepened, but it still remains the core of the show.

Brennan’s knowledge of emotions and intuitive leaps is greater than when the show began, but her preference for rational answers still provides much conflict and humor. It took me a while to realize that Emily Deschanel is the sister of Zooey Deschanel, who I’ve seen as the quirky love interest in many movies.

I like David Boreanaz as Seeley Booth far more than him as Angel. The lionhearted protector role suits him best, and far too often on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel he had to play the angst-ridden dark hero hiding in the shadows and brooding. (Pondering this, Booth reminds me a bit of a grown-up Xander, and Brennan and Booth’s head and heart relationship recalls Xander and Anya.)

Another thing I like about this show is how openly faith vs. science is discussed, especially in the first season. It’s not often you see a Christian (Booth is Catholic) portrayed in a good light on network TV.

Initially, I didn’t like the idea of Hodgins and Angela as a couple – they just didn’t seem to fit right. But by their first date I had completely changed my mind. I’m hopeful they’ll get back together, and meanwhile I enjoy Angela in the role of Brennan’s best friend and the person who can still be shocked by decomposing bodies, and Hodgin with his crazy experiments.

It took me a while to warm up to Cam (Dr. Saroyan) after she “replaced” Dr. Goodman, and she still is my least favorite of the main characters. But I really enjoyed a recent episode that focused on her, so it may just be that the writers haven’t given her enough flaws and backstory to make her as easy to relate to as the others.

I have a huge interest in psychology stemming from my love of personality types, so it’s fun to watch Dr. Sweets analyze Booth and Brennan. And John Francis Daley plays an adorable dork perfectly.

With Zack’s abrupt departure at the end of season 3 (from reviews I’ve gathered that many fans were outraged), the show took what I consider a brilliant approach to filling his role. Every episode rotates in a different one of Dr. Brennan’s grad students, each with their quirks. That way, none of them has to “live up” to Zack, and viewers can enjoy everything from Fisher’s gloomy outlook to Nigel-Murray’s compulsive fact-reciting (in a lovable British accent).

As I typed “Dr.” so many times in this post, it reminded me of another aspect I enjoy about this show – its intelligence. Shows about smart people just tend to be better. I’ve never been a fan of Three Stooges-type humor, or shows that try to be as raunchy as possible for laughs. But I love shows where humor arises naturally from the personalities of the characters, or when hyper-intelligence grates against social norms and moderate intelligence (in addition to Temperance Brennan, Sheldon Cooper on The Big Bang Theory and Sherlock Holmes on BBC’s Sherlock come to mind).

I’m trying to avoid spoilers as I hurry to catch up before season 7 starts in September. Unfortunately, I already uncovered two big ones accidentally.

(And just as a note, other than House, this is the only Fox show I’ve watched since Dollhouse was cancelled. Plus, there have been a score of Whedonverse guest appearances throughout the seasons of Bones.)

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