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'Sherlock' actors in 'The Hobbit'

I noticed that the actor who plays Dr. Watson on Sherlock on the BBC is in the movie The Hobbit, which leads me to wonder when — or if Sherlock is returning?

Actually, both the main actors in the BBC's Sherlock are in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which opens Dec. 14.

Martin Freeman, who is Dr. Watson in Sherlock, plays main character Bilbo Baggins in the first of three movie adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkien's 1937 children's book.

Benedict Cumberbatch, who is Sherlock Holmes in the BBC television series, plays both Smaug and the Necromancer in the movie.

There will be a Season 3 of Sherlock, which goes into production in January with an expected release in the fall of 2013. As with each of the first two seasons, there will be three episodes.

The real minor league HR king

Bull Durham was recently on cable, and in it Crash Davis (Kevin Costner) sets the minor league record for most home runs. Got me to thinking: Who really holds the record?

That would be Hector Espino with 484, according to the baseball record-keeping website, Baseball-Reference.com.

Espino, nicknamed the Babe Ruth of Mexico, was born in 1939 and spent most of his career there. He broke into the Mexican League in 1962 and was an instant star, hitting 23 homers and batting .358. The St. Louis Cardinals signed him in 1964 and sent him to their AAA affiliate at the time, the Jacksonville Suns. He hit .300 with three homers in 32 games and earned an invitation to the Cardinals' spring training camp in 1965. But he chose not to report, and played the rest of his career in Mexico.

He retired in 1984 and died in 1997.

'Fairly Legal' gets benched

Will Fairly Legal be returning? It disappeared several months ago rather abruptly with no mention of why.

Fairly Legal was canceled by the USA Network on Nov. 1 after two seasons and 23 episodes. It starred Sarah Shahi as a lawyer-turned-mediator who works for her late father's law firm and its new boss, her stepmother.

CMT to throw 'Dog' a new bone

A&E channel is running old repeats of Dog the Bounty Hunter. When can we expect new shows?

In May, A&E announced that Dog the Bounty Hunter was canceled after eight seasons due to "creative differences."

But Dog will be back. In September, CMT announced that sometime next spring or summer, it would air 10 episodes of a show tentatively entitled Dog, in which Duane "Dog" Chapman and his wife Beth advise struggling bail bond agencies how to turn their businesses around.

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