All Holmes, All the Time

As many of you know, I’m a bit of a Holmesian nut, so I thought I’d point out a few upcoming Sherlock Holmes-related things.

CBS announced last Sunday that it had picked up the pilot Elementary, about a modern-day Holmes and Watson in New York City. It stars Jonny Lee Miller as the famous detective and Lucy Liu as his partner, Joan Watson. Below is a first look at the show.

Miller is a decent actor (I enjoyed him on Eli Stone), but I can’t help hearing Benedict Cumberbatch’s voice (Cumberbatch plays Holmes in the current hit BBC version) spouting some of the lines in this clip. The difference is that Cumberbatch’s detective is much more gleeful when he gets to show others how brilliant he is. Solving crimes is entertainment to him and he loves having an audience. Miller’s version seems to be more serious, having just come out of rehab.

Over on Criminal Element, author Lyndsay Faye has a post about what CBS needs to do with this show to keep fans happy. She knows what she’s talking about because she’s not only an expert on the canon, she has seen the pilot.

This Sunday is the final episode in season 2 of BBC’s Sherlock. It’s titled “The Reichenbach Fall,” which should give you an idea of what happens if you’re familiar with the stories. If not, the only thing you need to know is that this series is exceptional and possibly even makes you smarter after watching it. Check your local PBS listings.

On May 22, as my friend Debbie D. informed me (thanks, Deb!), the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles is hosting an event called “Some Favorite Writers: An Evening with Sherlock Holmes and Friends,” featuring Holmes scholar Leslie Klinger, writer/director Nicholas Meyer, crime novelist Denise Hamilton, and real-life P.I. Sarah Alcorn. More information here if you’re in the area and would like to attend the free program.

What do you think of the Elementary clip? Will you watch? Are you excited, or slightly distrustful like Faye?



  • Reply
    May 17, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    The very first “big book” I purchased as a teen was The Complete Sherlock Holmes – I read it cover to cover that summer. I don’t know how I feel about my oldest fave detective becoming episodic television. But then, I’m not a TV fan to begin with.

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      Pop Culture Nerd
      May 17, 2012 at 4:39 pm

      I got that same tome from the library in the summer of 1981 and did the same thing—cover to cover within a month or so. Even if you don’t like TV, you might enjoy BBC’s Sherlock on DVD. It’s most excellent.

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    Laura Benedict
    May 17, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    I don’t think I will accept another Holmes after Cumberbatch. Unless it’s Hugh Laurie. I will watch Hugh Laurie in anything.

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      Pop Culture Nerd
      May 17, 2012 at 4:43 pm

      Hugh Laurie would be brilliant! When House first came out, I was attracted to the show because the promo materials said he was like a medical Sherlock Holmes.

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    jenn aka the picky girl
    May 17, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    I’m just not sure about this. I really like Johnny Lee Miller (though it’s more of an “I’ve got the hots for him” than I love his acting kind of thing). And I’m all for updating Sherlock (love the Cumberbatch), but I’m going to be a real stick in the mud about a female Watson. It totally changes the dynamic, in my opinion, and I don’t like it.

    Plus, I love Sherlock’s Watson (can’t remember his name) so very much. He makes the show for me, even more than Cucumber.

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    Shell Sherree
    May 17, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    Like Jenn, I’m a Jonny Lee Miller fan but perhaps I’m biased by the hottie factor. That’s enough to make me watch, though. It will be easier for me because I’m not a Holmesian expert, so I won’t have the same expectations. Looking forward to this one arriving here.

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