Here's A Preview For CBS' New Sherlock Holmes Show, 'Elementary'

Sherlock Holmes 'Elementary,' CBS

This fall CBS will debut Elementary, a modern-day take on Sherlock Holmes set in New York City, starring Johnny Lee Miller as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's prickly detective. And in an interesting twist, the character of John Watson will be portrayed by Lucy Liu (and renamed Joan Watson). CBS has released a preview of the show, and it looks... ok, I guess? 

The gender-swap on Watson is an interesting idea, especially given the asexual nature of Holmes. And I'm a big fan of Holmes, as a character. But this preview leaves me a little cold. Benedict Cumberbatch, who portrays Holmes on BBC's Sherlock, brings an undercurrent of menace to the role. Miller just looks... quirky? Odd? Too jovial.

Maybe this isn't representative of the show. I'll certainly watch, though I have to wonder, are we in the middle of a Holmes resurgence? Between the BBC show, the Guy Ritchie movies, and last year's Holmes book commissioned by the Doyle estate (House of Silk), do we need another interpretation of Sherlock Holmes? 

Check out the preview, then let us know what you think in the comments. 

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Typewriter Demigod from London is reading "White Noise" by DeLilo, "Moby-Dick" by Hermann Mellivile and "Uylsses" by Joyce May 17, 2012 - 7:58am

NO! THIS CANNOT HAPPEN. why must you steal all our good stuff? Our sherlock is better, CBS, just air our one. Please, for the love of all that is elementary, I hope this gets cancelled.


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Vinny Mannering from Boston, MA. USA is reading On Fiction Writing May 17, 2012 - 8:21am

Looks terrible.

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WesFord from America (CO, NE, NC, AK, NY, WA) is reading We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson, Portable Atheist by Hitchens, 20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill May 17, 2012 - 8:24am

BBC version is amazing and even though Johnny Lee Miller is a great actor I don't think this will fill the "Holmes Void" that the end of House is going to leave our population.

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Typewriter Demigod from London is reading "White Noise" by DeLilo, "Moby-Dick" by Hermann Mellivile and "Uylsses" by Joyce May 17, 2012 - 9:27am

british sherlock was some of the best TV I've seen, ever. Better than Dexter, HIMYM and Dr Who.

JEFFREY GRANT BARR from Central OR is reading Nothing but fucking Shakespeare, for the rest of my life May 17, 2012 - 2:35pm

Lucy Liu on TV again? I will watch just for that.

I'm hoping (and assuming) that with the departure of House from TV, this will fill fill in that very specific niche by making Holmes a prick. I always figured Holmes to be an asshole of the purest stripe, so that would be awesome. 

Also, Johnny Lee Miller was great in Dexter, and I think his aquiline good looks and dry british wit is going to make this a hit.

All that being said, yes, the BBC did it better - but isn't that always the way?

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Ray Richards from Michigan and Iowa is reading The Great Shark Hunt by Hunter S. Thompson May 18, 2012 - 12:18am

We already have an American sherlock with a famous british actor. HOUSE. 

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Tai Ramos from Brazil May 18, 2012 - 7:13am

"do we need another interpretation of Sherlock Holmes?" 

No, we don't. And I'm still annoyed by the genderswapping of the sidekick instead of the lead character. Yeah, I am that kind of girl, sorry.

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misskokamon from San Francisco is reading The Moonlit Mind June 4, 2012 - 2:10pm

You know, we have Psych as well. That always struck me as Holmesish. I don't like the show that much, but it's as American as Holmes can get.

Sherlock is the best modern-day Holmes retelling I've ever seen. I love that show. And the movies, too. Love.