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First footage of “Elementary” online…

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I’ve written previously about CBS’ upcoming contemporary Sherlock Holmes update “Elementary”, chiefly in reference to Steven Moffat‘s misgivings about it.

By all accounts, approaches were made to Moffat and the team making the BBC update about working on a similar project with American backing.  That iteration never happened for one reason or another and as soon as the Moffat update was a great success, remarkably CBS suddenly find a contemporized take on Holmes down the back of their sofa and it’s accordingly on the 2012/13 TV schedule.  The plot? Thickening quite nicely.

All purely coincidental of course – great minds thinking alike.

And, snark aside, Holmes is a character ripe for reinvention, as the successful Robert Downey Jnr./Jude Law/Guy Ritchie version has proven to be a success running in parallel to the Moffat/Mark Gatiss take – multiple takes on the same source material need not be a terrible thing.

Make up your own mind with this preview of the new “Elementary”, with Jonny Lee Miller as Holmes and Lucy Liu as Joan Watson.  It looks perfectly fine, to be honest.  Lacking perhaps something of the cold intelligence and perversity of the British version, but then it would do, wouldn’t it?  CBS are not known for being the most cutting-edge TV network and this updated police procedural with name recognition and familiar stories is going to be totally in their comfort zone.

It looks pretty much as you might have expected it to – which is not a bad thing, just an indication that the makers of this show are working to an established formula, which with the amount of money which tends to ride on a show like this is probably to be expected.

If the audience don’t expect you to reinvent the wheel, why should you try?

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“Doctor Who” – 50 years of change…

Hats are cool. I wear hats now.

Industrious YouTubist Babel Colour has updated their 2008 video and now includes clips from every (available) “Who” story from 1963 to the present day.   Enjoy 9 minutes and 26 seconds of awesome Time Lord adventures with questionable effects, curiously insubstantial scenery and more imagination than you thought possible.

Also, Jon Pertwee is super cool, but you knew that…

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BBC’s ‘Women of the Year’ list – WTF?

Meet the twelfth most significant woman of 2011...

It’s enough to make you wonder if the BBC are engaging in license fee funded trolling.

Not content with presiding over the recent Sports Personality of the Year debacle, which saw a grand total of no women being deemed worthy of nomination for the award, the dear old Beeb have now presented us with a list of the twelve most significant women of the 2011, which somehow includes Tian Tian, a giant Panda.

As I said, trolling.

If we’re now nominating female animals for this award, how about nominating fictional characters, too?  Kelly from “Misfits” – she’s a great role model for young women  (she’s a bloody rocket scientist, after all).

Okay, let’s not go with fictional women – and give the BBC ideas for next year’s list.  If we’re going to talk about young British women succeeding on the global stage, why not talk about the likes of Jessie J.?  I can personally take or leave her music, but she’s doing big things, writing and producing her own music, and somehow become a fashion icon into the bargain.

The Guardian are predictably pissed off at this apparent face-palm moment on the BBC’s website but there seems to be some question as to who actually signed off on this list – a writer is credited but denies responsibility for the content of the list, stating that he merely wrote up the selections of editors.

It just seems like the kind of avoidable, faintly stupid idea that should have been culled long before it ever saw publication – is everybody at the BBC’s web editorial department hibernating at the moment?

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Wanting to see “Sherlock” season 2? Is January 1 2012 early enough for you?

Guess they survived that bomb blast, huh?

Per a story at Den of Geek today, you’ve got one good reason to be sober and upright on January 1st 2012 – season two of “Sherlock” will be investigating your mind grapes from 8:10pm on the first of the year.

Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss’ really bloody excellent modern update of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s detective icon will again be back for three episodes in this run, but let’s not be greedy about the skimpy episode numbers and instead relish the quality of the awesome, shall we?

Steven Moffat – is there nothing he can’t do?  Other than have fashionable hair, obviously.

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Reminder – Xbox 360 dashboard update hits tomorrow

Rest assured, "FIFA 12" will never besmirch my console's integrity...

Just a reminder that Microsoft are due to release the latest revision of the Xbox 360 dashboard on Tuesday 6th December – with Bing search integrated (with Kinect support, too, if you’re on the motion control train) and a LoveFilm application included if streaming films is your cup of delicious builder’s tea (the best kind, obviously).   More stuff is scheduled to roll out between now and the end of this year, with some kind of as-yet-undecided BBC presence due in the first quarter of 2012.

No news yet on whether that constitutes full iPlayer integration for UK Xbox users or something of a catch-up digest, with selected programmes on offer.

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Official “Doctor Who” Convention in March 2012

Possibly not what the Convention venue will look like next March...

We may have to wait a little longer for our “Who” fix in 2012 but the BBC are doing their best to make the wait slightly more tolerable.

They’ve announced the first official “Doctor Who” Convention in a living age, with involvement from Steven Moffat, Matt Smith and a whole tranche of behind-the-scenes artisans and crafts folk.

The Convention happens over the weekend of 24 & 25 March 2012, with tickets at a steep £99 each and places limited to 1,500 attendees a day.

Steep price and limited availability, you say – how splendid.

To be fair to the Beeb, it sounds like a fun time and has a great deal of official participation (and hopefully organisation) to make up for the barriers to entry – a trial run for something bigger and more accessible down the line?

There’s enough information to fill the Tardis’ indoor pool over at SFX.

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