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Here’s one TV mys­tery that even the great Sher­lock Holmes might not be able to solve: how to find time in Bene­dict Cum­ber­batch (Holmes) and Martin Free­man’s (Wat­son) sched­ules to make a fifth sea­son of Sher­lock (2010-cur­rent). Bene­dict dropped a bomb­shell re­cently by hint­ing that the up­com­ing fourth series may be the last. “It feels like the end of an era, to be hon­est,” he hinted. Bene­dict Cum­ber­batch might’ve done his last sea­son as Sher­lock.

An 11th sea­son of The X-Files (1993-2016 – see more on p8) seems a lot more likely now that David Du­chovny’s se­rial killer drama Aquar­ius (20152016) has been cut after two low-rated sea­sons. Also get­ting the chop are cult-car­toons Ad­ven­ture Time (2010-2016) from Car­toon Net­work and Dis­ney XD’s Ul­ti­mate Spi­der-Man (2012-2016), plus UK talk­show Alan Carr: Chatty Man (2009-2016) and crime drama Mur­der In The First (2014-2016). The writ­ing is also on the wall for techthemed drama Halt And Catch Fire (2014-cur­rent) and sci-fi hor­ror The Strain (2014-cur­rent), both of which will kick off their fourth and fi­nal sea­sons next year.

There are also tons of great series get­ting re­newed, like sit­coms You’re The Worst (20142016) and High Main­te­nance (2016-cur­rent), hor­ror shows Amer­i­can Hor­ror Story (2011cur­rent) and Ash vs Evil Dead (2015-2016), fu­tur­is­tic sci-fi series Stitch­ers (2013-2016), Bri­tish gameshow 8 Out Of 10 Cats (2005-cur­rent) and re­al­ity shows The Real Housewives Of At­lanta and New York City (both 2008-cur­rent).

Sparks are set to fly in a Jan­uary 2017 episode of Mom (2013-cur­rent) when Bon­nie (Al­li­son Jan­ney) faces off against boyfriend Adam’s ( Wil­liam Ficht­ner) drunken bestie, played by Bradley Whit­ford. The cast­ing coup is a nod to fans of po­lit­i­cal drama The West Wing (1999-2006) in which Bradley played deputy chief of staff Josh Ly­man and Al­li­son was press sec­re­tary CJ Gregg

for seven sea­sons. David Du­chovny has more free time for The X-Files now.

Rose Les­lie quit pe­riod drama Down­ton Abbey’s (2010-2015) Craw­ley fam­ily as house­maid Gwen, then she ro­manced Jon Snow in fan­tasy series Game Of Thrones (2011cur­rent) as wild- Rose Les­lie has swapped fan­tasy for drama TV.

ling Ygritte. The ac­tress is now adding to her TV CV with a role on an­other ma­jor show – she’s join­ing The Good Wife’s (2009-2016) spin-off as Diane’s (Chris­tine Baran­ski) lawyer god­daugh­ter Maia. The show starts air­ing in early 2017.

Re­al­ity show Amer­ica’s Got Tal­ent (2006-cur­rent) is re­tain­ing its on­air tal­ent in the form of draw­card judge Si­mon Cow­ell, who’s signed a deal to ap­pear in three more sea­sons, ef­fec­tively re­new­ing the series un­til sea­son 14 de­spite its drop in rat­ings. Cow­ell re­placed for­mer judge Howard Stern last year, giv­ing AGT its high­est rat­ings in five sea­sons.

Young & Rest­less (1973-cur­rent) view­ers shouldn’t ex­pect to see more of vil­lain­ous Ian Ward – in-de­mand ac­tor Ray Wise has been made a full-time cast mem­ber of sit­com Fresh Off The Boat (2015-cur­rent) as Marvin, plus he’s repris­ing his roles in the TV re­boots of Gilmore Girls (2000-2007) and Twin Peaks (1990-1991). Mean­while, Ian’s for­mer on­screen son Steve Bur­ton, who has played Y&R’s Dy­lan McAvoy since 2013, has de­cided to quit. It’s un­clear if the role will be re­cast yet. Days Of Our Lives (1965-cur­rent) is re­vis­it­ing Abe Carver’s (James Reynolds) love life when the soap rein­tro­duces his ex, legacy char­ac­ter Dr Valerie Grant, to the show in episodes that SA view­ers will see in a lit­tle over three years’ time. The char­ac­ter of Valerie was ground-break­ing when she joined Days in the ’70s as she was part of day­time soaps’ first-ever in­ter­ra­cial cou­ple. For Valerie’s re­turn, she’s been re­cast and the role will now be played by for­mer Mel­rose Place (1992-1999) ac­tress Vanessa Wil­liams, who was also re­cently seen as Iris’s mom in su­per­hero show The Flash (2014-cur­rent).

Sit­com The Big Bang The­ory (2007-cur­rent – see p35) has snagged many high-pro­file guests, but one who’s said no is Wil­liam Shat­ner, most fa­mous for his role as Star Trek’s Cap­tain Kirk (1966-cur­rent). Shat­ner says that he might’ve up­set the sit­com’s pro­duc­ers when he shunned their of­fer to ap­pear as “a height­ened ver­sion” of him­self and told them to “find some­thing that is bet­ter” for him to do on the show. Ouch! Act­ing icon Wil­liam Shat­ner won’t be on Big Bang The­ory any­time soon.

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