‘Elementary’ premiere preview: Sherlock Holmes may be CBS’ saving grace

So far, this has not been a great pilot season for CBS in any shape or form. Their new comedy “Partners” was pretty much a dud on arrival despite the “How I Met Your Mother” lead-in, while the ambitious new drama “Vegas” skewed very old and only posted a so-so number in the adults 18-49 demographic.

With us having particularly low expectations for the network’s upcoming legal drama “Made in Jersey” to succeed, we are instead going to bank most of the network’s hopes in a character who has found a way to consistently rise to the forefront for more than a century: Sherlock Holmes. “Elementary” features two familiar actors in Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu, a familiar concept in the story over Sherlock Holmes, and then it flips the classic story completely and totally on its head. We have a female Watson, a new setting in New York City, and a Holmes who is a recovering addict struggling to stay afloat.

Some have complained about the changes in the source material; meanwhile, some others have complained about this coming on the same time as the brilliant BBC series “Sherlock” that features¬†Benedict Cumberbatch in the lead role. However, we still think that this show has “hit” stamped all over it. CBS has shown that it loves a good mystery, and this is coming on in a timeslot that has fared well for the network in the past between “Without a Trace” and “The Mentalist.” It is also following up a show in “Person of Interest” that really seems ripe to explode in season 2.

Are you planning to catch “Elementary” in full tomorrow night? Be sure to come back here after the episode airs, as we are going to have a full review of everything that transpires.

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