TV News: Sherlock, Showtime, Two

The three titles of the upcoming second season’s stories have been revealed and like the first season, they’re a slightly different spin on the actual story titles.

“A Scandal In Belgravia” (rather than “A Scandal in Bohemia”) penned by Steven Moffat, “The Hounds Of Baskerville” (compared with “Hound of the Baskervilles”) penned by Mark Gatiss, and “The Reichenbach Fall” (instead of “The Final Problem”) penned by Stephen Thompson.

Paul McGuigan, who directed the first and third episode last year, will be back for another two this year while the third will be helmed by “Being Human” creator Toby Haynes. [Source: Den of Geek]

Showtime has renewed dark comedy series “Nurse Jackie” for a fourth season, but has cancelled the Toni Collette-led “United States of Tara” after three seasons.

‘Jackie’ has been managing 2.8 million weekly viewers so far this past third season, while ‘Tara’ dropped from 2.7 million viewers per episode last year to 1.9 million this year.

Two and a Half Men
Ashton Kutcher has only signed a one-year deal to appear on CBS sitcom “Two and a Half Men” due to CBS licensing the show for only an additional year.

The move is no doubt being done to test the waters and see if Kutcher replacing Charlie Sheen works out. The network hopes to get another 2-3 years out of the show.

If Kutcher does work out and the show is renewed, the actor would likely renegotiate. Kutcher is said to be receiving about $750,000 per episode plus incentives. [Source: The Wall Street Journal]