US broadcaster CBS orders Sherlock Holmes TV pilot

New show Elementary will see the detective living in modern-day New York


American audiences will soon get their own modern-day Sherlock Holmes on TV as broadcaster CBS has ordered a pilot for a new show called Elementary, based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous detective.


According to an announcement on Deadline Hollywood, the pilot will see Holmes living in contemporary New York and, like the BBC’s Sherlock, will adapt Conan Doyle’s plotlines to fit the modern world.

Elementary will be written by Medium scribe Robert Doherty, who is also executive producing the show in conjunction with producers Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly.

There are as yet no casting details available for Elementary.

The new pilot comes at a time when the consulting detective is firmly back in vogue, with both the Bafta-winning TV series starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Guy Ritchie’s big-screen Sherlock Holmes films proving extraordinarily popular with the public.


Both of these Sherlock franchises have confirmed third instalments for 2013, meaning that the next couple of years will see enough Holmes-based material around to satisfy even the most obsessive fan of the Baker Street sleuth.