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Andrew Scott's 'Stag' now 'Bachelor Weekend'; Cumberbatch, Murrayarty & Sherlock

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Benedict Cumberbatch showed up on 'Sesame Street' as seen in this PBS clip posted Feb. 4, appearing with one of the Muppets called Murray who ran onto the screen shouting, "Miss me? Miss me? Did you miss me?"

Explaining that he was actually Sherlock's arch-nemesis, "Murray-arty" in a take-off on Andrew Scott's Moriarty from the surprise last shot of the "His Final Vow" episode of the latest season was way adorable and Cumberbatch himself never looked or sounded better. Judging by his appearance here his career may have been better served had he not had the icky, curly, black Sherlock hairdo, but rather instead sported the smooth, suavester, strawberry-blond look he has in real life. Combined with BC's dulcet baritone voice he really would've made a sexy Sherlock, after all. The Steven Moffatt-Mark Gatiss team can begin the list of their voluminous and mounting missteps with the new version of the Doyle stories with this one: they made their star look less attractive than he does in real life.

The giggly schoolboy tricks of the two fanboys, Moffatt and Gatiss, are tiresome now that they have been allowed to get away with so many unrealized promises (how did Sherlock fake his death again?) and have turned the show into a turnoff for many viewers who are sick of the he's dead - no, he's alive - maybe he's dead - are they gay? - let's waste Lars Mikkelsen even though he's actually really frightening because we just love Andrew Scott so much we want to shoehorn him in anywhere and everywhere no matter how diluting it is to the character, the show, the other performances and the audience.

Fans and the more servile critics who cling to the notion that 'Sherlock' is supposed to be for more intelligent viewers need to get with the reality that English accents and fabulous production values may make Americans feel inferior enough to think maybe we're the dummies for not following the serpentine plots, sub-plots and tedious run-on drunk scenes that lead nowhere, but in fact many fans are saying enough jerking us around. The Moriarty character needs to move on to start with, and the show, which has gone so far off the rails the tracks are barely visible, needs to get back to what it was advertised as in the beginning - a detective show, not as the slippery, shifty Moffatt now says, " a show about a detective."

Piffle, my good man. Twaddle and puffery.

Whenever the writers start to get near an actual detective story they seem to prefer to veer away to more "bromance" bs between Sherl and John. We get it - they're bosom buddies. What the real mystery is in 'Sherlock' now is how much the writers/creators can heap on the bewildered viewer before they realize their little in-jokes are funny only to them.

If the "clueless" show runners and producers at Hartswood Films don't yet hear the rumblings of unrest in their insular world, perhaps they will notice it when the ratings - particularly in the U.S. where reports they have actually dropped rather than increased as expected given the hype and the stars' breakout roles ("...'Sherlock' numbers represent a decline of 28 percent from just last week’s premiere.") show fewer viewers tuning in despite a solid new lead-in from 'Downton Abbey' in one of their weaker seasons. Who cares how many episodes or how long until the next 'Sherlock' season surfaces really? The plots are meandering and self-indulgent, taking the viewer on too many side trips within one show, looking like sections were written independently of the supposed story, and then everything was pasted together in the end making the whole less than the sum of it's parts. This lazy writing begs the question, "why is it necessary for these so-called "individual movies" to be 90 minutes long when at least 30 minutes is padding, anyway?"

In other news, Andrew Scott's upcoming comedy film called 'The Stag' in Europe and elsewhere has been retitled 'The Bachelor Weekend' for the United States, where stags are more commonly known as bachelor parties. It will be released in the United States on April 22, 2014 as part of the Tribeca Film Festival. Check this schedule for screenings in New York at the annual fest. It comes out March 7 Ireland and March 14 in the UK. Variety says "Though formulaic and cartoonish, this feel-good comedy, featuring an uptight groom-to-be, his alpha-male future brother-in-law and assorted friends hiking in the Irish wilds, is the sort of harmless entertainment that fuels inactive evenings in front of the tube and helps pass the time on long flights."


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