Sherlock Holmes Pilot “Elementary” Picked Up For Full Series
A pilot episode starring Jonny Lee Miller as Sherlock Holmes and Lucy Liu as the newly female John (Joan) Watson was apparently well-recieved by CBS bosses, who picked it up for a full series. There’s not much to go on when it comes to details, but Miller’s Holmes is reportedly a recovering drug addict who consults for the NYPD, with Liu’s Watson a former surgeon out of work after the death of a patient.
The series has already garnered heavy criticism for similarities to the BBC show Sherlock, the first modern adaptation of Sherlock Holmes, which stars Miller’s friend and former castmate Benedict Cumberbatch. Fans of the show were vocal in their anger, and when Liu’s casting was announced most of the internet (sadly) gave a collective WTF. Sherlock‘s executive producer Sue Vertue made it clear that Hartswood Films weren’t happy with the proposed series but Cumberbatch, who stared with Miller in The National Theatre’s production of Frankenstein, said there was no reason why the two shows couldn’t happily co-exist.
It remains to be seen if Elementary will reach the dizzying heights of Sherlock – the show has won numerous awards and propelled Cumberbatch and fellow star Martin Freeman to Hollywood success – but this is certain: Elementary will at least get the chance to prove itself.