Archive for January, 2014

sherlock3Of course we knew he wasn’t dead, what with that brief glimpse of our hero at the end of Season 2, but how did he survive “The Reichenbach Fall”? Inspired co-creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss poke fun at fan theories and expectations in the Season 3 premiere, “The Empty Hearse.” Two (of many) highlights: the restaurant reunion of Holmes and Watson (Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman) and a motorcycle race through the streets of London on Guy Fawkes Day. #SherlockLives! 10 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, on KCTS.


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True Detective

Written and created by Nic Pizzolatto, this new crime thriller is steeped in atmosphere and features the made-in-heaven pairing of Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey as Louisiana detectives investigating a grisly murder in 1995 and looking back on the crime via taped interviews in 2012. The crime is disturbing and complex, while Harrelson and McConaughey are simply mesmerizing. This is some deep, layered and involving television. Series premiere, 9 p.m. Jan. 12 on HBO.

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It’s a new year, so that must mean a new season for this great Kentucky-set drama, based on Elmore Leonard’s story “Fire in the Hole.” In season five, Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) gets involved with the mysterious- (and dangerous-) sounding Crowe family. Season premiere, 10 p.m. Tuesday on FX

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After last season’s devastating finale, many fans vowed to never watch Julian Fellowes’ hit series again. That would be a shame, because Season 4 has a lot of great stuff in store for devotees, including great work from Michelle Dockery, Laura Carmichael, Joanne Froggatt and Penelope Wilton. The year is now 1922, and the new season begins in the dead of night, with someone leaving Downton in a hurry. Welcome back, Sunday night TV obsession.

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