• The Best Benedict Cumberbatch Fan Tributes

    Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes, Martin Freeman as John Watson in the Sherlock Season 3 episode, The Empty Hearse.In celebration of the U.S. finally getting its eyes on the Season 3 of BBC’s "Sherlock," we declare the next 24 hours Benedict Cumberbatch Day!

    And to make it a party, we asked you to join and submit your fan tributes. As expected, the CumberCollective response was awesome. Check them out — and watch "Sherlock" Sundays at 10 p.m. on PBS.

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  • The Wizard of Oz.You know "The Wizard of Oz" and Broadway's "Wicked" — now NBC is taking us to "Emerald City."

    NBC has gotten a jumpstart on their 2014-15 TV season, announcing another live musical event with "Peter Pan Live!" coming in December and two notable miniseries, including "Emerald City," based on the L. Frank Baum book series.

    [Related: "Peter Pan Live!" Will Air on NBC Dec. 4, 2014]

    A darker retelling, NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt described their take — which will follow a "headstrong" 20-year-old Dorothy Gale — as "more thrilling" and at the Television Critics Association press tour, saying that Dorothy will find herself at the center of an "epic" and bloody battle. The miniseries will be 10 episodes long, with the possibility of future seasons given the ample source material.

    "'Emerald City' could be over after 10 episodes, but given the books there are to draw on, it could be on for five years," Greenblatt said.

    NBC also announced "The Slap," an eight-episode miniseries that

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    Remember Josh Hartnett? Where's that guy been?

    Hartnett — best known for roles in "Pearl Harbor," "Black Hawk Down," "The Virgin Suicides," "The Black Dahlia," and "Lucky Number Slevin" — is making a very splashy return to Hollywood, starring in Showtime's ambitious new psychological drama "Penny Dreadful." Set in Victorian-era London, "Penny Dreadful" unites some of the most terrifying characters in literature, from Dracula and Dorian Gray to Dr. Frankenstein; Hartnett plays an American who gets caught up in all the supernatural creepiness, and Eva Green and Timothy Dalton also star.

    Josh Hartnett as Ethan Chandler, Harry Treadaway as Dr. Victor Frankenstein, Eva Green as Vanessa Ives, and Timothy Dalton as Sir Malcolm in Penny Dreadful


     

    Sounds awesome, but what took him so long to take another big role? Yahoo TV caught up with Hartnett at the Television Critics Association Press Tour, and he was very candid about why he took time off, roles he regrets turning down, and the movies fans still recognize him for the most.

    In 2006-07, you had "The Black Dahlia," "Lucky Number Slevin," "30 Days of Night" ... and then you took a very noticeable

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  • Season 1's Nikki McKibbin with her son, Tristen [photo: Fox]

    It was a true full-circle (and family-circle) moment, 13 seasons in the making, when Tristen Langley, son of Season 1 finalist Nikki McKibbin, tried out for "American Idol" on Thursday night. "Second-generation 'American Idol'! This is something! This is history!" declared judge Jennifer Lopez as Nikki, as flame-haired as ever, proudly entered the Austin audition room with 15-year-old Tristen. It was definitely an "Idol" first.

    Nikki and Tristen in 2002Longtime "Idol"-watchers surely remember Nikki from the series' groundbreaking inaugural season…and probably feel pretty old to realize that she now has a son of "Idol"-qualifying age. Nikki was the fuchsia-dyed underdog, the rocker chick, the girl who nearly made it to the finale (placing just behind Justin Guarini and Kelly Clarkson) despite being the target of Simon Cowell's brutal criticism week after week. Nikki's career never quite took off, as she battled the music industry and her own demons; her most high-profile post-"Idol" moments were her

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  • THE PARTRIDGE FAMILY - Gallery 1973 Dave MaddenDave Madden, best known as the sad-sack band manager in the 1970s TV show "The Partridge Family," died today at the age of 82, Yahoo has confirmed. The actor's former agent told TMZ that Madden died of "congestive heart and kidney failure" in Florida.

    Madden played the character of Reuben Kincaid on the show about a family of musicians, who travel around in an old school bus to perform.

    He often was vexed by the antics of the Partridge kids, led by David Cassidy and Danny Bonaduce.

    "I'm saddened by the loss of such a sweet man," Cassidy told Yahoo in a statement from his rep. "He was supportive and kind on the set and off and he will be missed by many."

    Bonaduce told Yahoo via phone that Madden "was as close to me as any member of my family. I don't think I'll be able to get into the Magic Castle now without him. If he had a choice, he would probably want to be remembered as a really good magician… that was his thing."

    He also tweeted:


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  • PBS

    It's here! It's finally here! After a two-year hiatus (which felt more like 85 years), "Sherlock" returns to PBS Masterpiece this Sunday, bringing with it an explanation of how Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) managed to survive the Reichenbach Fall. And while many people may have already watched the third series through less-than-legal means (since the episodes have already aired in the U.K.), there are some of us who waited patiently for the show to return on PBS.

    You remember where we left off, right? After 730 days, you absolutely remember the details of what led Sherlock to jumping off a building, and why you wept for weeks whenever you thought of Watson (Martin Freeman) begging him not to? Well, just in case, consider this a refresher course.

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  • Russell Johnson, the Professor on ‘Gilligan’s Island,’ Is Dead at 89

    Russell Johnson in Gilligan's Island

    Russell Johnson, the actor who played Professor Roy Hinkley on "Gilligan’s Island," has died of natural causes, The Wrap reports. He was 89.

    Johnson, whose genius professor character was always one coconut away from inventing a way off the island, got his Hollywood start in '50s science fiction classics "This Island Earth" and "It Came From Outer Space." He also scored two appearances on "The Twilight Zone" and once acted opposite Ronald Reagan in the 1953 western film "Law and Order."

    Prior to acting, Johnson served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He earned a Purple Heart when his plane was shot down over the Philippines in 1945.

    Johnson was married three times, most recently to actress Constance Dane.

    Following news of his death, former co-star Dawn Wells, who played MaryAnn on "Gilligan's Island," took to Facebook to express her sadness.


    The other person Wells was referencing was castmate Bob Denver, who died in 2005 at the age of 70.


    Fans also took to

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  • In a much-hyped ratings showdown, "Duck Dynasty" and "American Idol" both lost.

    Last night's season premieres for both shows were down double-digits from the previous year: "Dynasty" attracted 8.5 million viewers, a steep drop from the 11.8 million that tuned in last August, and "Idol" notched its lowest-rated premiere since Season 1 with just (just?) 15 million viewers.

    Many expected "Duck Dynasty's" numbers to be goosed (or ducked?) by all the controversy surrounding the show, following dad Phil Robertson's comments about gays and African Americans to GQ last month. (A&E briefly suspended Robertson from filming following protests by advocacy groups, then reinstated him just nine days later.)

    [Related: How 'Duck Dynasty' Will Survive (and Thrive) Post-Phil Robertson Scandal]

    Despite the media firestorm, advertisers still lined up to buy airtime on "Dynasty," and conservative groups rallied to Phil's defense. But all the hubbub didn't translate into record-setting numbers for A&E,

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  • ‘American Idol’ Season 13 Premiere Recap: Just Wild About Harry

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    While the majority of singers who entered the Boston and Austin audition rooms on Wednesday's "American Idol" Season 13 premiere seemed starstruck by glamazonian returning judge Jennifer Lopez — leaving poor newbie panelist Harry Connick Jr. to whine about his relative anonymity as clueless contestants confused him with "Robert Downey Jr., or someone like that" — there was one hopeful, Pakistan-born jazzbo Munfarid Zaidi, who was just wild about Harry.

    "I read your Wikipedia page every day before going to sleep," the 19-year-old Connick fanboy gushed. (To which Harry's co-star and budding bromance partner, Keith Urban, quipped, "Oh, so he's the one who's been reading it!" Zing!) Harry, delighted to finally get some love, promised to rock Munfarid in his arms like a baby if he liked Munfarid's audition…and honestly, Munfarid seemed more excited about that prospect than about receiving an actual golden ticket.

    Luckily, Munfarid's performance of Adele's "Crazy For You" was one of the

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  • Ouch! ‘The Price Is Right’ Contestants Keep Falling Down

    Is "The Price Is Right" putting Crisco on the floor, or what?

    Over the past two weeks on the iconic game show, two contestants have been sent tumbling to the ground.

    The latest game show gaffe took place Tuesday when contestant Judy put a little too much power into spinning the wheel. She spun it so hard that she was sent tumbling down on her tuchus and sprained her ankle during the fall. Judy was advised to seek medical attention, but refused to leave because she made it to the Showcase Showdown.

    "TPIR" staffers gave her a set of crutches and an ice pack to finish out the show, which she unfortunately lost. Judy did go to the hospital after the taping was over.

    Prior to Judy, another female contestant had a clumsy moment on Jan. 8., after she correctly guessed the price of a pair of standup paddleboards. After finding out she won, she sprinted toward announcer George Gray with her arms outstretched, but tripped and went careening into his lap. The damage? She knocked Gray right into

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