casting of Lucy Liu as Doctor Joan Watson in CBS’s upcoming pilot "Elementary" is exciting buzz, pro and con, on
the internet. This gives us Sherlockians an entryway into the creation of a
television show whose source material we know better that the producers
(probably, let’s give them some benefit of the doubt), and the ability to
speculate on future content based on innate knowledge of American TV tropes.
Nor is updating Sherlock Holmes to the present a bad idea. "House", "The Mentalist", "Monk", and "Law and Order: Criminal Intent" are all shows that have a Holmes-like character. Gregory House, Patrick Jane, Adrian Monk, and Robert Goren are not Holmes. They have their own personalities and foibles. We can appreciate their Holmesian qualities, but enjoy them for themselves.
"Jonny is a very fine actor....Let's hope their pilot script has stayed further away from our Sherlock than their casting choice. We have been in touch with CBS and informed them that we will be looking at their finished pilot very closely for any infringements of our rights."
“The project, written by Robert Doherty, is set in present day and stars Jonny Lee Miller as eccentric Brit Sherlock Holmes, a former consultant to Scotland Yard whose addiction problems led him to a rehab center in New York City. Just out of rehab, Holmes now lives in Brooklyn with “sober companion” Joan Watson (Liu), a former surgeon who lost her license after a patient died, while consulting for the NYPD.”Not an army surgeon back from Afghanistan, but disgraced medico.
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Editor's note: James is a long-time Sherlockian and a huge fan of I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere. This is his first contribution to the Baker Street Blog.