I can understand that a lot of people are cynical about the American modern take of Sherlock. Obviously because Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss were the first ones to transport a classic character in a modern setting, and my goodness they did it brilliantly.
The US did ask for an American remake of the BBC Sherlock, but their request was denied. Instead, they went their own way and made Elementary. This American modern take on Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) sees the consulting detective in New York, with Joan Watson (Lucy Liu).
Now we get a proper look at Elementary
The differences would probably be just the gender bender, the location, and it seems Holmes in America is…well, kinder. I mean, yes, he is still speaking his mind freely, but he seems nicer in this version. Not that it’s a bad thing, but it is quite different from what I had imagined Holmes to be…ever.
Personality is just a minor thing, though. I genuinely liked the gender bender, but one of the things that I did not like was Joan Watson’s profile: She is a surgeon who lost her license when a patient died. Thing is, I’d rather the she is an army doctor. Seldom do I see a woman soldier on television, and it would have been a nice touch if Joan was one. Losing a license might not mean that she is incompetent and cannot cope with Sherlock’s intelligence, but it is a bit unsettling.
The second series of the BBC Sherlock is airing on PBS, with the first episode gaining 3 million viewers. It would be interesting to know what the American audience would think about this.
But if I’m going to be honest, I’m quite excited to see Jonny Lee Miller. Probably going to watch it mainly because of him (because I’m that foolish).
Here it is! Our first glimpse of the CBS (or American) version of a modernised Sherlock Holmes, Elementary.
Lucy Liu nabbed the part of the beloved companion, John Watson, in the American attempt to modernise the adventures of Sherlock Holmes. She is the first woman to play Watson and, if this show airs, she will be joining actors such as Jude Law, Martin Freeman, Ian Hart, Arthur Lowe, among others, who have portrayed the sidekick.
Elementary’s Sherlock Holmes is living in New York City, and Jonny Lee Miller will be playing the famous sleuth. Robert Doherty is the writer and executive producer, alongside Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly.
This is where I will be doing my opinion inflicting…
Hate is such a strong word. I have been told that not hating this is very Anderson of me. They’re probably right.
The reason I don’t hate it is because I am too curious to take notice of how ridiculous this whole thing is. I, too, think that this is just plagiarism, infringement or whatever you want to call it, in another form. Having said that, I don’t think there is harm in giving it a chance, at least in the Pilot-episode stage. If the BBC thinks that, even with a female Watson, the show still infringed copyright, then good. If it airs, and we think it’s bad, then we’ll have justification that this was a horrible idea from the get-go. Give.It.A.Chance…Then.React.
It’s like what students do with homework: copy, paste, and paraphrase. I know for a fact that albeit the little differences the press is depressingly trying to focus on, this will be compared to the BBC Sherlock. And, I’ll admit that I will probably be one of the judgmental lot . Better to start not being a hypocrite now.
All eyes are on them now.
Gender-swap has potential (don’t mess that up).The only problem, though, would be her background, “former surgeon who lost her license after a patient died” *shakes head*
Everyone was talking about Jonny Lee Miller’s casting as Sherlock in the CBS modern take titled Elementary. The buzz was mostly because he played opposite Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock from the BBC Sherlock) in Frankenstein. Sue Vertue, producer of BBC Sherlock, has emphasized again that the show’s pilot will be checked, to see if they have infringed copyright. Last month, Vertue released a statement saying that if, in any way, Elementary uses elements the BBC series has, legal action will be taken.
It is obvious that the CBS will push through with this. There have been a lot of adaptations already, I don’t think something like this would stop CBS from making their own. The problem is the “modernized” part of the US version. I am assuming that that is why people are reacting the way they are reacting now, violently. I know that when news of the BBC series first came out, before we became patrons of a brilliant show, we all thought that modernizing a classic character was very unique. In fact, I think some of us even wished we thought about it first. And so, when news of CBS is making its own modernized version of the famous sleuth, we raised our eyebrows and squinted our eyes, “What?!, surely they must be joking”. Apparently, they were not.
Modernizing Sherlock Holmes was an idea that was first conceptualized by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, and I’m interpreting people’s reactions as protecting and making sure that the idea will remain unique to Moffat and Gatiss, and the rest of the cast and crew, because they worked hard for it. I imagined myself in their position, talked about a brilliant idea, writing a script for it, making the pilot, until finally succeeding to create a cult following of one of literature’s most well-known and beloved character. Finding out that someone just nonchalantly adapted an idea that was first yours, is a bit insulting. Regardless of the setting being different, it was still the same idea. We have to establish that thinking, that however different the storyline is, or the possibility of it not even coming from the books, the concept that drives that show, and is the identity of the show, is the same idea Moffat and Gatiss had.
Which brings me to another point, the misunderstood reactions coming from the fans. Tweeters and Tumblr users are in a rift, asking each other why they hate the idea so much.
You have to understand that the fans are not reacting out of hate; they are reacting out of frustration. Remember, these are wildly enthusiastic fans who spent money, dedicated time, and even made an “I believe in Sherlock. Moriarty was real” guerrilla campaign, just for the show. The interest of the show was their priority, and if they think that this is wrong, they will unintentionally react in a violent manner. I think they came off as an angry mob, but actually, if one would only take time to read all their posts, they are actually just frustrated about the whole thing. They were not, in any way, condemning the US version seeing that the show airing is inevitable, they were actually nervous and intrigued about how they will be able to pull it off, given the restrictions.
I guess we’ll have to find out the fate of CBS Elementary. How will they maximize the whole concept of modernizing Sherlock? Since we all have observed that the BBC Sherlock has already done it marvelously. We will definitely, and indirectly, be part of the investigation team, with our deerstalkers and our magnifying glasses, checking for infringement….or something like that.
It’s a fresh take on Sherlock Holmes which will transplant the sleuth to a modern-day setting. But it doesn’t take Baker Street’s finest to deduce the source material for a major new drama announced by American network CBS.
The producers of the BBC’s acclaimed Sherlock series, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, are prepared to take legal action against the US network over a rival Holmes series which appears to tread on familiar ground.
The BBC version is already a cult hit in America, where it is screened on the PBS network. The show’s contemporary reinvention of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories, allied to slick production values, impressed network executives at CBS – so when an offer to remake the BBC’s Sherlock for US viewers came to nothing, they decided to go ahead and make their own.
In a move which has caused concern at Hartswood Films, the BBC show’s producers, CBS has commissioned Elementary, described as a new Sherlock Holmes adaptation set in modern-day New York.
Sue Vertue, Sherlock Executive Producer at Hartswood Films, said: “We understand that CBS are doing their own version of an updated Sherlock Holmes. It’s interesting, as they approached us a while back about remaking our show. At the time, they made great assurances about their integrity, so we have to assume that their modernised Sherlock Holmes doesn’t resemble ours in any way, as that would be extremely worrying.” She added: “We are very proud of our show and like any proud parent, will protect the interest and wellbeing of our offspring.”
Conan Doyle’s creation has been subject to numerous screen incarnations, including Guy Ritchie’s all-action Hollywood version. Holmes’ sleuthing skills and character quirks also inspired House, Hugh Laurie’s medical detective.
But it is Elementary’s relocation of the character to a modern setting which may closely impinge on the BBC series, which has made laptops and text messaging an important element of its plots.
Margaret Tofalides, a copyright specialist at law firm Manches, said: “The concept of a new Sherlock Holmes is unprotectable. But if the unusual elements of the BBC series – the modern settings, characters, clothes, plots and distinctive visual style – were closely reproduced in the CBS version, that could form the basis of a potential copyright claim.”
An American Sherlock could threaten the revenues returned to BBC Worldwide from the Cumberbatch show. The episodes have found an international audience through DVD sales and iTunes downloads.
After reading the article, I realised that it would be quite hard to modernise a classic character without the use of technology. Because let’s face it, modernization is equal to progress in technology, which the BBC Sherlock has maximized.
It is quite intriguing now, actually. Now that we know that if they, in any way, replicate, or use any of the BBC Sherlock‘s trademarks, they would be in big trouble.
Anyway, again I think it would be best to wait for it. People are making a big fuss of this now, not surprising since the BBC show has a cult following, but if it continues, how will they transport Sherlock in a modern-day setting, and in New York, without infringing copyright?
And a funny question that has been in my head for quite some time now, will it resemble CSI?
From Variety TV news
CBS is starting to make its drama pilot pickups, handing orders to legal-themed drama “Baby Big Shot” and a modern-day take on Sherlock Holmes.
Sony Pictures TV/CBS Television Studios’ “Big Shot,” penned by scribe Dana Calvo, is exec produced by Jamie Tarses, Julia Franz and Kevin Falls, through Tarses’ Sony-based Fanfare banner. Falls will serve as showrunner on the project about a woman from a blue-collar background who uses her street smarts to make it the white-shoe world of Manhattan law firm.
“Elementary,” from CBS TV Studios, finds the famed detective now living in New York City. Robert Doherty penned the pilot and exec produces with Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly.
Among the other heatseekers on CBS’ drama docket are its “Rifleman” redo, the procedural drama about a genetic scientist from scribes Shawn Ryan and Simon Mirren and “Golden Boy,” a project about a young police officer from Greg Berlanti and Nick Wootton. Also generating good buzz is “Mommy Track Mysteries,” based on the series of novels by Ayelet Waldman, and “The Widow Detective,” from scribe Dave Hubbard and Carol Mendelsohn Prods.
We have known this since, if I remember correctly, October of last year. I want to make this clear, there is nothing wrong with modern spins to popular classic literature, in fact we love them and invest emotions (and for some,their lives.Yes I’m looking at you Tumblr) on shows like that. And it is easier to love when you know that your favourite classical fictional character is in the hands of people who are bigger fans of the character than you are, and Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat are true “Sherlockians”, that is why we trust that they are going to give justice to a Conan Doyle classic. Having said that, I am not saying that the above mentioned names (those writing Elementary) are not fans of Sherlock, but I know that there will be differences in how the character is perceived.
I actually only have one problem with this: It already exists.
Fine, the setting is different, he might not actually have an accent for all I care, but a show like this already exists and now has a strong fan base WORLDWIDE. There is no competition between the two, but as the audience, we cannot help but compare. I have read some threads regarding this news, and it amuses me that a good number of people are arguing already. People are becoming very defensive already. I am just surprised they are taking this risk. It is not bravery, some people think it is because they are running out of ideas, and very slowly, I am becoming one of those people. I feel bad actually, for thinking that the creative mind has caught a virus and therefore a vaccine is needed to help it recover, regenerate. In this case, with the success of Guy Rithie’s Sherlock Holmes, and I am very sure they know BBC Sherlock, it is possible that they got the idea from somewhere, they finally found their vaccine.
I want to say “give it a chance, it might actually be watchable”, but I know for a fact that it is quite unfair for Mr. Gatiss and Mr. Moffat who originally conceptualized a 21st century Sherlock, and did it brilliantly.
But you know, we are not sure if it will actually air, it is just a pilot order. I guess we’ll have to wait. We are becoming really good at that you know, Sherlock fans always waiting.
What are your thoughts?
“My best friend…Sherlock Holmes…is dead”
These words welcomed us to what will be the most intense, and probably the most emotion-inducing Sherlock episode, of the whole series. The Reichenbach Fall, penned by Steve Thompson and directed by Toby Haynes, was a brilliant close to an amazing show. I am so ashamed to admit that I had shared doubts with some of the people with regards to Mr. Thompson, it was very wrong of me to do so, and this episode just showed me that I had no right whatsoever.
The Reichenbach Fall was simply meaningful. Seeing Sherlock Holmes having some sort of dilemma at the end, he knows he has to die, but what of his disgraced name? He has to protect his friends, too. His suicide, his last great act, as Moriarty would like to put it, will help him protect them. But, John could not have said it better, friends protect people, Molly Hooper is key. Molly, shunned by Sherlock every time they meet, helped Sherlock fake his death. She does count, and I think that, sorry if this sounds bad, being ignored by Sherlock also helped him protect her, too. As far as Moriarty is concerned, Sherlock only has three friends: John, Mrs. Hudson, and Lestrade. If Molly is to be compromised, I do not think their plan would even work, if eyes were to watch her every move.
Lestrade looks as if he does not want to believe Sherlock’s a fake, other than John. Subtly, he was trying to convince people that he is not a fake, but he has to follow protocol, it is his job. The moment when he was arguing with Donovan and Anderson, and his exasperated look when he contacted John, said it all. I may be over-analysing though, but that was how I saw it.
Mycroft Holmes, the brother who made the mistake of spilling the beans, Moriarty was able to know who the real Sherlock is, and it helped him destroy Sherlock. But looking at Mycroft, most especially at the end after Sherlock’s death, he was sorry. I think that if it was me who had accidentally brought upon the death of my brother, even if we were not close, I would have felt that I was as guilty as Moriarty. And that was what I saw in that last shot of Mycroft at the Diogenes Club. Again, I may be over-analysing, but that is quality acting from Mark Gatiss, to be able to show that kind of emotion, maybe not intentionally, but that is probably how Mycroft would react if he was real. Of course, I would like to entertain the idea that maybe Mycroft helped Sherlock fake his death, and maybe the guilt that I saw was mainly because he had helped Moriarty bring Sherlock into this situation.
James Moriarty, the most dangerous criminal the world has ever seen, the man who conjured this web of lies to disgrace Sherlock, the man who would use ordinary people, even kids, to complete his schemes, the man who shot himself when Sherlock found a loophole in his plan and realised that him being dead is the best way to make sure Sherlock will not be able solve the final problem. We have seen more of him now, sinister, insane, clever. The perfect villain in this tale. Andrew Scott has once again proven that he is born to play Moriarty. Actually, any man who can make a huge impact and leave a mark on the people who watch the show in just a few minutes of exposure, I am sure constitutes to being a great actor. In the last series, he was only in the last episode and, collectively, only had about 5 or 10 minutes of exposure, but he had the audience riled up. And seeing more of him now just makes him a lot scarier, devilish, and, dare I say it, sexy. He’s got an app for everything: Steal the crown jewels? I have an app for that! Which, in the end, had been revealed to be people he either paid or is being held hostage or something like that, who just received texts from him. Brilliant!
John Watson, a man who believed in Sherlock when everyone else was turning on him. It was Martin Freeman’s acting that made the episode a real tear jerker. His grief was the trigger. I am very sure that the viewers know what to expect, they know Sherlock is not really dead, but all the same, the emotion felt by his best friend, John, was palpable, it was hard not to empathize with him. And his struggle to hide his emotions by acting like the soldier that he is, just intensified it. Superb acting by Mr. Freeman, I could not imagine anyone playing Watson better than him.
Finally, Sherlock Holmes. I would like to think that this episode showed us that while he is not apt to social conventions, or that he is too serious with work, he is a man who feels. That last note to John was our first glimpse of Sherlock being too emotional. John was his best friend, who he has to hurt so he can be protected. Sherlock crying while talking to John showed that their friendship is very important to him, and doing this was the only way to keep him safe, and that was priority. Benedict Cumberbatch was, as always, brilliant. The different ranges of emotion that he did for this episode was exceptional. Sad, afraid, indifferent, and that whole scene on the rooftop, the speech, the goodbye, was brilliantly executed. Indeed this is Benedict at his best.
Series 2 is a rollercoaster ride of emotion. This is the most amazing thing I have ever watched. And now that we know that there will be a Series 3, I am guessing everyone will yet again start deducing how the first episode will go. I am definitely very excited to know what people will cook up, and we shall wait, I hope not too long, for the most brilliant show there is.
You told me once that you weren’t a hero. Um. There were times I didn’t think you were human. You were the best man and human being that I’ve ever known and no one will convince me that you told a lie. So there. I was so alone and I owe you so much. Please, there’s one more thing. One more miracle, for me. Don’t be- dead. For me. Stop it. Stop this.
The Hounds of Baskerville is Conan Doyle’s most adapted Sherlock story, I can only imagine how hard it must have been for Mark Gatiss to write a contemporary version of the “hound from hell” story. Oh, who am I kidding? It’s Mark Gatiss, the man knows his horror stories. If there is someone I trust with this, it is him. It is a worthy follow up to A Scandal in Belgravia, because the first episode gave us a “Sherlock and Love” theme, now it is “Sherlock and Fear”, a true psychological horror served with supernatural elements.
Russell Tovey joins the cast as Henry Knight (Sir Henry in the original Conan Doyle story), who lost his father from a “rabid dog” attack, and arrives at Sherlock’s place to ask for help. Sherlock was about to dismiss him when Henry mentioned a “gigantic hound”. The duo then set out for Dartmoor to investigate what this hound really is, and why Henry is hunted by it.
John Watson was so involved in the case, too. He is not just standing behind Sherlock and apologising for him, and all the other things he does, but he is a participant in this case. The experiment Sherlock did to confirm that it is a drug was hilarious, although completely “unethical” if done in the real world.
Watson’s line “You being all mysterious, with your cheekbones, and turning your collar up so you look cool”, was one cutest lines uttered in all of the Sherlock episodes just because it came out as a whine from John. Also, there was mention of Asperger’s, which is a first from the series. Another reference from the original was when Watson went off on his own to investigate the lights he thought was Morse code, but is actually just two secret lovers, instead of the escaped prisoner. There is a Spock reference, and a Frankenstein reference as well, if my eyes were right I think I saw Ingolstadt.
Sherlock’s “Mind Palace” was also interesting. Who would have thought that his mind palace is touchscreen. It was actually hard to see Sherlock so unsure of what he has seen, during their night trek in the woods. But even under pressure, he is still very observant, describing what he saw, “It was huge-cold black fur with red eyes”. You can see that he was desperate for an answer, he was fidgety, he even made John coffee! His experiment that involved John running scared around the lab proved that it was a drug, but it is not a narcotic drug, which made his previous assumption that it was in the sugar, wrong. Shortly afterwards, they found their answer in Dr. Frankland’s office. It was in fact an aerosol drug, and H.O.U.N.D., actually refers to the five principal scientists responsible for researching it.
Another interesting thing about Sherlock, when they were in the woods exposed to the aerosol drug, he saw Moriarty, but in truth it was actually just Dr. Frankland. It might be that Moriarty is his biggest fear.
Also, the opening scene with the harpoon was awesome. You can tell Sherlock’s bored. No wonder he wants a cigarette, stagnation is a slow death for him. Plus, now I know it’s fun to play Cluedo with the world’s only consulting detective, the things I would do to annoy him.
Anyway, The Hounds of Baskerville was a great episode. What can you expect from someone knowledgeable and enthusiastic in horror like Mark Gatiss but perfection!
And, if you’ve not visited John’s blog, you might want to do that now, there’s a surprise waiting for you there.
But if you’re not from the UK, then you might as well just view this one here
Someone transcribed it, too.
MORIARTY: Who lives in a house like this? It’s only me… how clean is your house? I smell baking… it’s an apple pie. Where’s Mrs. Hudson? Hellooooooo… going throught the doorway. So here we are Sherlock Holmes HQ. Ah timpany notes… boring, boring… he’s put headphones on a goat. Books, books, books. What have we got here… temper, temper, temper. A skull? I wonder what your skull would look like on my wall. More skulls, more skulls.. Market stall tat. Ohh how the hours must fly by. Alas poor Sherlock, I knew him well. *sniggering* tatatataa *evil laugh*
Brilliant episode! Makes you forget that next week, it is the dreaded Reichenbach episode, I know everyone is at the brink of losing their minds.
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Previous episode: A Scandal in Belgravia
5 things you might have missed this week.
1. From Den of Geek: British Actors Noel Clarke (Mickey Smith, Doctor Who) and Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock Holmes,Sherlock) was cast in JJ Abrams’ Star Trek sequel.
Clarke is said to play “a family man with a wife and daughter”. Cumberbatch’s character is still unknown, but bets are on him playing a villain. Other than Mr. Cumberbatch, Alice Eve and Peter Weller were also cast in the movie, but their characters were also not revealed yet.
The Star Trek sequel will be released in May 17th, 2013.
2. Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables will have a musical film adaptation directed by Tom Hooper. The cast includes Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean, Russel Crowe as Inspector Javert, Helena Bonham Carter as Madame Thenardier, Anne Hathaway as Fantine, and just recently, Taylor Swift as Eponine.
A lot of people are doubtful of the cast, if they can actually pull it off. The 1998 Les Miserables movie that starred Liam Neeson, Geoffrey Rush, and Uma Thurman was actually pretty good, I think. But, I guess we’ll have to wait and see how this one fares.
3. There will be a Paranormal Activity 4. Not surprised? Me, too. The success of the first three movies probably constituted the fourth installment for the slow burn movie. No director yet, but it has been announced that the movie is set to be released on the 19th of October.
Mixed reactions on this one as well. It is honestly turning into Saw.
4. Quick, a French fast food chain will offer Star Wars themed burgers, “A Jedi Burger” and “Dark Vador Burger”
That’s it for this story actually, it just sounds interesting….now I want one.
5. And finally, the trailer for the second episode of Sherlock, “The Hounds of Baskerville” penned by Mark Gatiss