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Weekend TV Review: PBS's Sherlock, HBO's Looking, Ick Factor in Flowers

Benedict Cumberbatch

Three episodes are never enough to satisfy our appetite for the dazzling BBC/Masterpiece Mystery! version of Sherlock, which thanks to its stars' busy movie careers, made us wait two long years for the latest trilogy of 90-minute delights. Was it worth the wait? The answer is (to borrow the title of TV's other enjoyable contemporary Holmes series) elementary: Did you ever doubt it?

"You love it, being Sherlock Holmes," reaffirms the long-suffering Dr. John Watson (the delightful Martin Freeman) to his exasperating mate (an electrifying Benedict Cumberbatch), who returns to the spotlight in Sunday's playfully... read more

The Following Prepares for a Killer Comeback in Season 2

The Following

Kevin Bacon and James Purefoy are back as television's grisliest odd couple — and we can hardly mask our excitement. "It gets a little more demented," promises executive producer Kevin Williamson of The Following's unsettling second act for Bacon's former FBI agent Ryan Hardy and the erudite literature professor—turned—cult leader Joe Carroll, played with cheeky relish by Purefoy. Just don't expect The Following to hew to the same cops-and-psychos course it ran during its first season. It's still a scare-fest that excels at getting under your skin, but "we're changing the feel and the texture of the show," Williamson says. "We want to make sure that you're not watching the same old thing." (The second season premieres Sunday, Jan. 19 after the NFC Championship game on Fox, then moves to its regular timeslot, Mondays at 9/8c, on Jan. 27.)

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The Following: Where Is Joe Carroll? Who Is Ryan's New Family?

James Purefoy, Kevin Bacon

When The Following returns for its second season (Monday, Jan. 27, 9/8c on Fox), a quick scene establishes the fate of Claire (Natalie Zea), and then the show jumps ahead a year to show us a very different Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon). Although the tortured FBI consultant has pieced himself back together after the apparent death of Joe Carroll (James Purefoy), not all is right with the world. Obviously... read more

Golden Globes: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's Best Jokes

Tina Fey, Amy Poehler

Memo to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association: Please have Tina Fey and Amy Poehlerhost the Golden Globes forever. (For that matter, the Academy should take note as well.) The former Saturday Night Live colleagues, hosting the Globes for the second year in a row, got the evening off to a rollicking start with an opening monologue that lampooned everyone fromTom Hanks to Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and kept the night on track with a couple of skits and one rock star makeout session.

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The Following Exclusive: Meet Connie Nielsen's Lily Gray

Connie Nielsen

Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon) may have a new love interest on Season 2 of The Following, but their first encounter isn't exactly a meet-cute.

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Ask Matt: The Scandal Hiatus, Carrie Preston and Good Wife, Sound of Music, Following

Scandal

Send questions and comments to askmatt@tvguidemagazine.com and follow me on Twitter!

Question: Announcing a plan to take their top dramas off the air to avoid reruns is one thing, but how do you think ABC is actually going to fare for the next couple of months while Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, Once Upon a Time and Revenge take two-month breathers? I am a fan of the airing-consecutively strategy, but I'm afraid they won't stick to this model, because quite frankly, the new shows they are using as substitutes in these timeslots don't look very good. What happens if something bombs? Will they have no choice but to rush these signature shows back to the air sooner?

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Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick's Daughter Sosie Named Miss Golden Globe

Sosie Bacon

Sosie Bacon, the 21-year-old daughter of Golden Globe winners Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick, has been named this year's Miss Golden Globe, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced.

"I've been to the Golden Globes once before and it was such fun," Sosie said. "I was about 16 years old and I went with my mother the year she won. My parents have always had such a good relationship with the HFPA and the Golden Globes, so they are very supportive of me being Miss Golden Globe."

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Mega Buzz: S.H.I.E.L.D. Crossover, Following Flame & Scandal's Next Mystery

Brett Dalton, Kevin Bacon, Columbus Short

Every week, editors Adam Bryant and Natalie Abrams satisfy your need for TV scoop. Please send all questions to mega_scoop@tvguide.com or tweet them to @adam_bryant or @NatalieAbrams.

Do you know how next week's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. connects to Thor: The Dark World? — Dirk
NATALIE:
If you haven't yet seen Thor: The Dark World, you may want to put that on your to-do list this weekend or you might be a little lost during next week's episode. "The story centers around an Asgardian relic," Brett Dalton tells me. "As for how it affects the team ... I'm hoping it gives me Chris Hemsworth arms." Seconded.

Is it too soon to ask for scoop on The Following? Will Claire be back this season? — Jessica
ADAM:
Natalie Zea's role remains a bit of a question mark, especially given the Comic-Con teaser footage that suggests a grim fate for Claire. Another bad sign? read more

Jacinda Barrett Joins The Following

Jacinda Barrett

Suits and Real World alum Jacinda Barrett is heading to The Following, TVLine reports.

Barrett will play Julia, a disarming character whose "mysterious intentions send several main characters in a frightening new direction," according to TVLine. Does that mean she'll be working with Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon) and the FBI, or Joe Carroll (James Purefoy) and his Followers?

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First Look: A Following Feud?

Kevin Bacon and Shawn Ashmore

Will there be bad blood between The Following's fellas in Season 2? Apparently so, since executive producer Kevin Williamson reveals that "Ryan and Mike confront each other at a crime scene in New York" when Fox's grisly thriller returns in early 2014.

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