I’ve written previously about CBS’ upcoming contemporary “Sherlock Holmes“ update “Elementary”, chiefly in reference to Steven Moffat‘s misgivings about it.
By all accounts, approaches were made to Moffat and the team making the BBC update about working on a similar project with American backing. That iteration never happened for one reason or another and as soon as the Moffat update was a great success, remarkably CBS suddenly find a contemporized take on Holmes down the back of their sofa and it’s accordingly on the 2012/13 TV schedule. The plot? Thickening quite nicely.
All purely coincidental of course – great minds thinking alike.
And, snark aside, Holmes is a character ripe for reinvention, as the successful Robert Downey Jnr./Jude Law/Guy Ritchie version has proven to be a success running in parallel to the Moffat/Mark Gatiss take – multiple takes on the same source material need not be a terrible thing.
Make up your own mind with this preview of the new “Elementary”, with Jonny Lee Miller as Holmes and Lucy Liu as Joan Watson. It looks perfectly fine, to be honest. Lacking perhaps something of the cold intelligence and perversity of the British version, but then it would do, wouldn’t it? CBS are not known for being the most cutting-edge TV network and this updated police procedural with name recognition and familiar stories is going to be totally in their comfort zone.
It looks pretty much as you might have expected it to – which is not a bad thing, just an indication that the makers of this show are working to an established formula, which with the amount of money which tends to ride on a show like this is probably to be expected.
If the audience don’t expect you to reinvent the wheel, why should you try?
“Elementary”, the mildly controversial and debate-starting American take on Sherlock Holmes already has Jonny Lee Miller lined up to play the titular hero and now has a Watson, too.
The highlight of McG’s otherwise patience-testing “Charlie’s Angels” films, Lucy Liu has signed on in the role of lapsed surgeon Joan Watson (she’s got demons, you know), who will be Holmes’ live-in sobriety buddy after his rehab stay.
Holmes in rehab? Sobriety buddy? You can smell the touchy-feely earnestness from here, can’t you?
If you find yourself wondering whether this means that this version of Holmes and Watson are going to have to battle diabolical criminal masterminds and outrageously latent sexual tension, you’re not alone – my dear Mrs Rolling Eyeballs raised an eyebrow at Miss Liu’s casting on that basis and she’s rarely wrong about these things.
If the pilot for this show revealed that, actually, it’s trying to be a “Castle” rip-off rather than a too-soon, late-to-the-party modern “Sherlock” tale, I think that I’d lose some of the reservations that I have about it.
Mr Watson and friend solve problems via the medium of genius...
So, this is what it’s like to be popular.
You write one post on “Sherlock” season 2’s finale (and season 3’s green-light) and it goes – as they say – viral.
I thought that something was going on when I looked at my WordPress site statistics and noticed a bit more traffic than I usually get in the middle of the week. This happens from time to time, but the visits that I was getting were skewing ever higher.
My fatalist brain suspected hacking or spam-bot infiltration of some kind but the truth was rather more benevolent – the BBC’s “Sherlock” mini-site had automatically selected my post and put it up in their blog buzz section, which caused views to go utterly hat stand for the best part of a day.
Fame! Sweet, small-time, nerd-o-riffic Internet Fame!
Things are now getting back to normal and the view count has chilled a bit – which is probably how I like it. Imagine the pressure of having to entertain people day in, day out and not having the first clue about how you’re going to go about it! It doesn’t bear thinking about…
Den of Geek are on the fence.
Empire really quite likes it.
Total Film even likes it (What gives?)
I’m probably going to see Guy Ritchie’s second, bro-tastic take on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s master detective this weekend, as I remember really enjoying the first movie even though I can barely remember anything that happened in it (other than two-thirds of the running time seemingly being made up of slow-motion fighting).
Okay, it’s not as good as the current TV iteration, but then what could be?
Robert Downey Jnr is usually good value in whatever he’s appearing in and Jude Law is well…there (Which is nice). I’m keen to see what Jared Harris does with the role of Moriarty, as any viewer of season one of “Fringe” will attest that he can do low-key villainy with no small degree of aplomb.
If those chaps are wearing steampunk goggles, I’m going to be at the cinema on opening weekend, let’s face it – I’m a simple soul.
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