American Sherlock Holmes update Elementary to get full series

Following a pilot starring Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu, US network CBS has commissioned an entire series of the detective drama


American TV network CBS has ordered an entire series of Elementary, the latest modern-day take on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s great detective.


Bosses were apparently impressed by a pilot episode starring Jonny Lee Miller as Sherlock Holmes and Lucy Liu as his female sidekick Joan Watson.

According to reports, Miller’s Sherlock is a recovering addict fresh out of rehab who works as a consultant for the New York Police Department. Liu’s Watson is thought to be a former surgeon, struck off following the death of a patient during her own time spent working for the NYPD.

When news of the project first began circulating, those involved with BBC1 adaptation Sherlock expressed concerns over similarities between Elementary and their own show.

Executive producer Sue Vertue, wife of Sherlock co-creator Steven Moffat, said CBS had previously approached them about remaking the show for US TV. 

“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,” Vertue told The Independent.

But Miller said he felt Elementary was significantly different to Sherlock: “I feel there’s enough differences there. I thought I could do something with it; otherwise, there’d be no point,” he said in an interview with Vulture.

Meanwhile, Miller’s Sherlock counterpart Benedict Cumberbatch said there was no reason why the two series couldn’t rub along together. 


“As we already know with the Downey Jr movie franchise, there’s room enough for two, so why not three?” he told fans at a launch event in New York.