Is there room for more Sherlock on TV? CBS certainly thinks so.
CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler and the cast and crew came to the defense of their upcoming Sherlock Holmes drama Elementary against critics who tried to compare it to the BBC’s Sherlock. “I think their version is extraordinary. It’s a wonderful show [but] there’s is very different from ours,” said Tassler. “I think there’s plenty of room for another Holmes in our world.”
Star Jonny Lee Miller agrees and also praised the work of Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch, who was recently nominated for an Emmy for his work on the show. “Even before this project came along, I love the work that Benedict had done with Sherlock,” he said. “I would call him up like a groupie after episodes came out and talk to him about it. Benedict has been very, very supportive…All the other differences will kind of be apparent.” (Say, for example, having Lucy Liu play Watson.)
Executive producer Rob Doherty described Miller’s Sherlock as a puzzle solver who is obsessed “to the point you might call it an addition.” “The original Sherlock dabbled with cocaine, dabbled with opiates. Our Sherlock had those same problems but I think one of the big differences is our Sherlock hit a serious wall.”
Meanwhile, Doherty spilled a little scoop, revealing that Sherlock’s father “is somebody who we are moving closer and closer toward meeting.” He also shared plans to introduce a version of Holmes’ enemy Professor Moriarty. “I feel it’s important at the end of the day to be true to the character,” said Doherty. “He’s the spider at the center of the web of crime in London, so quite often you’re dealing with his agents. There are a few dominoes we knock over before we open it at get to him.”
(Nuzhat Naoreen contributed to this report.)