August 8, 2012

New Sherlock Holmes Series Premieres September 27

CBS is launching a new Sherlock Holmes series, Elementary, on September 27 at 10 p.m. (9 Central time). The newest incarnation of Holmes and Watson is set in today's New York City and stars Johnny Lee Miller (Trainspotting) as Holmes and Lucy Liu (Ally McBeal, Charlie's Angels, Kill Bill) as Joan Watson. While CBS considers the show an adaptation (and a reboot), BBC execs seem to be somewhat miffed about elements contained in the new series. The producer of the current BBC show that stars Benedict Cumberbatch has said,  “Johnny is a very fine actor, who I saw recently in the theatre when he and Benedict played alternating roles in Frankenstein. Let's hope their pilot script has stayed further away from our Sherlock than their casting choice." Mr. Miller had shared the lead in a National Theatre production of Frankenstein with Mr. Cumberbatch. More discussion in the Washington Post here.

Meanwhile, the BBC's phenomenally successful reimagined Holmes series Sherlock, set in contemporary London, and now in its second season in the US, is trundling along.

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