News Nuggets: Martin Freeman says more ‘Sherlock’ would make show ‘lose a lot of its appeal’

Less is more when it comes to the overwhelming success of “Sherlock,” according to co-star Martin Freeman. The actor who plays Dr. John Watson says that the only way they can continue is through the intermittent nature of the production. Fans usually have to wait two years between seasons, and that schedule “makes it doable” because “it would soon lose a lot of its appeal if we were schlepping that around for eight months of the year, every year.” He and star Benedict Cumberbatch, who both won Emmys for their roles last August, also must deal with large numbers of fans who find out which outside locations will be used. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson will return for a Christmas special next December. Hollywood Reporter

Lifetime enjoys massive ratings success with an entire night devoted to the late superstar Whitney Houston. Their original film “Whitney” starring Yaya DaCosta and directed by Angela Bassett attracted 4.5 million viewers. That is the biggest audience for the network since “Flowers in the Attic.” The original telefilm was paired with specials “Bobby Brown: Remembering Whitney” and “Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances.” All together, 11.8 million viewers tuned in. Entertainment Weekly

Justified’ final season – Click here to give your reactions

Showrunner Graham Yost provides a good bit of intel about the final season of “Justified.” The first episode airs this Tuesday and picks up where last year’s finale ended. U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) has recruited Ava (Joelle Carter) as a informant on her estranged fiance Boyd (Walton Goggins). He discusses the overall themes for this sixth season, guest stars Sam Elliott and Garrett Dillahunt, and possible big showdowns ahead. TV Line

Amazon announces it will soon be getting into the movie business. Having already stormed into original TV programs, including a Golden Globe for “Transparent,” the studio will now produce films for theatrical releases and online distribution. New head of production Ted Hope says they “will be synonymous with films that amaze, excite, and move our fans, wherever customers watch.” The Wrap

Oscar race for Best Original Song – Click here to comment in our forums

In a new video interview, John Legend discusses his current Oscar and Grammy nominations. He contends at the Academy Awards next month as Best Original Song for “Glory” from “Selma,” a tune which won him a Golden Globe last week. He is a nine-time Grammy champ who is up for Best Pop Solo and Best Rap Song on February 8. USA Today

Imagine awards kingpin Harvey Weinstein on a late night talk show. He guested on the British program “The Graham Norton Show” recently to offer up “some good yarns.” Watch his Oscar stories about Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Robin Williams, “Good Will Hunting,” Dame Judi Dench, Benedict Cumberbatch, “The Imitation Game,” and more. Deadline

Emmy champ Damian Lewis says that playing King Henry VIII is his “perfect” post-“Homeland” role. The six-part miniseries “Wolf Hall” will debut on April 5 as part of the “Masterpiece” series on PBS. Lewis adds that “my vanity will always relish a challenge. In fact, that probably encourages me.” The project co-stars Tony winner Mark Rylance and Claire Foy. Variety

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