Elementary, the upcoming series starring Jonny Lee Miller as Sherlock Holmes and set in modern-day New York, has drawn a lot of fire since it was announced for basically taking the concept of BBC’s Sherlock and bringing it stateside with what was assumed to be very few changes.
Today, though, at CBS’ upfront presentation for the new season, Elementary got its first screening and a full, official description that shows it is, in fact, a fairly different show–which also happens to feature Sherlock Holmes transplanted to the modern day.
The series will air Thursdays at 10 p.m. on CBS in the fall, with a lead-in from another of their popular police procedural shows, Person of Interest.
(And yes, by the way–that is in fact Lucy Liu as Dr. Joan Watson. Most fans remember her from Charlie’s Angels or maybe even her Futurama episodes–I can’t seem to shake my first impression of her, as the dominatrix who slapped Mel Gibson around in Payback.)
Elementary stars Jonny Lee Miller as detective Sherlock Holmes and Lucy Liu as Dr. Joan Watson in a modern-day drama about a crime-solving duo that cracks the NYPD’s most impossible cases.
Following his fall from grace in London and a stint in rehab, eccentric Sherlock escapes to Manhattan where his wealthy father forces him tolive with his worst nightmare – a sober companion, Dr. Watson. A successful surgeon until she lost a patient and her license three years ago, Watson views her current job as another opportunity to help people, as well as paying a penance. However, the restless Sherlock is nothing like her previous clients.
He informs her that none of her expertise as an addiction specialist applies to him and he’s devised his own post-rehab regimen – resuming his work as a police consultant in New York City. Watson has no choice but to accompany her irascible new charge on his jobs.
But Sherlock finds her medical background helpful, and Watson realizes she has a knack for playing investigator. Sherlock’s police contact, Capt. Tobias “Toby” Gregson (Aidan Quinn), knows from previous experience working with Scotland Yard that Sherlock is brilliant at closing cases, and welcomes him as part of the team. With the mischievous Sherlock Holmes now running free in New York solving crimes, it’s simple deduction that he’s going to need someone to keep him grounded, and it’s elementary that it’s a job for Watson.