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