[News] “Elementary”, my dear Watson!

Posted by Charlie On April 15, 2012 3 COMMENTS

2012 is a big year for Sherlock Holmes! After the second season of BBC’s Sherlock and Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes : A Game of Shadows, expect to see another Sherlock on your screens! Where? When? The answers to this mystery are right here…

A few months ago, CBS announced a pilot based of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s detective. The twist? The adaptation would be of a modern Sherlock Holmes, not only living in the 21st century… but also in New York! Fans already started to wonder, given than a modern Sherlock was already on air, and was perfectly fine, thank you.
But what caused a real uproar was the announcement of the casting: Johnny Lee Miller (famous for his part in Trainspotting, but also more recently in Dexter) as Sherlock, a former consultant to Scotland Yard with addiction problems (so yes, he’s still British), and the big surprise: Lucy Liu as Joan Watson, a former surgeon and consultant for the NYPD.

Here are some of the first pictures from the set (via dailyblam):

If the pilot is successful, chances are the CBS will pick up the show and air it in the fall.

But what does Steven Moffat, father of the BBC’s phenomenon and modern-days updated Sherlock, think about these new developments? “Annoyed” is the word, as well as worried.
“It isn’t a version of our show. They’ve just decided to go off and do one of their own, having been turned down by us to do an adaptation of our version. (…) The bigger problem for us with Elementary is, what if it’s terrible? What if it’s awful? Then it degrades the brand. (…) So if there’s this completely unrelated rogue version of Sherlock going around and it’s bad, it can be bad for us.”
But Moffat denied rumors of legal action having been taken over copyright, stating that Sherlock Holmes wasn’t his, nor was the idea of updating it. But he still gives a small warning: “I hope they know their Sherlock Holmes very, very well indeed because we know what’s in our show and wasn’t in the original. So if we did discover our material had made it into somebody else’s show we would have a problem with that. If there is no such incidence of that, then there’s nothing we can object to”.

Would you watch Elementary? Do you like the idea of another modern Sherlock, or a female Watson?


Charlie, french, Greendale Community College graduate, Browncoat, believes in Sherlock, Michael Scott, Claire Fisher and Joss Whedon, campaigns for Leslie Knope, and likes too many TV shows for her own good. Fantastic!

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3 Responses so far.

  1. Benelie says:

    I don’t know if I’m going to like that show but I’ll take a look cause I love Johnny Lee Miller!

  2. Charlie says:

    I’m really afraid, but I just KNOW I’ll watch at least the pilot, if only to respect the “don’t judge a show by its pitch” rule :D

  3. Benelie says:

    And it has Jonny Lee Miller!! :)
    *I’m just a girl*


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