When it was first announced that CBS was going to be adapting the story of Sherlock Holmes courtesy of the new series “Elementary,” there were all sorts of questions — including whether or not anyone in America would really even want another story about the famed detective since the stellar “Sherlock” is already on the air overseas. Changing Watson into a female character was also controversial when it was first announced, and there were many wondering if the whole idea for this show was just to piggyback on an existing property for ratings.
However, the news is far brighter now that the pilot episode has played out for fans, and they have seen a panel discussion with stars Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu. The episode was one of the most well-received hours of television that we have seen on the convention thus far, and this is with an audience that was probably more cynical than most thanks to the familiar Holmes brand.
It was also clever to see that during the panel, Miller did not shy away from questions pertaining to the similarities that were present between his show and “Sherlock” — he is friends with the star of that series in Benedict Cumberbatch, and said that the two have had conversations about their work:
“It was obviously a conversation that we had. He’s been very supportive … We wanted to make sure [the two versions of the character were] going to be very different.”
Out of all of the new pilots coing on TV this fall, we have a feeling that “Elementary” is going to be one of the closest things out there to a slam dunk for CBS. It is a crime show that they have had plenty of success with in the past, it comes on after a hit in “Person of Interest,” and it seems to be getting attention now from both Holmes enthusiasts and casual TV fans looking for something to watch in a timeslot that CBS usually dominates.
Does the positive response to this series at Comic-Con give you more hope that it will be successful? Be sure to visit this link if you want to catch a sneak peek of the show.