Blastr has posted Moffat’s reaction to the CBS Sherlock Holmes show “Elementary.” Go check it out.
Am I wrong to interpret Moffat’s statement as saying 1) CBS had to make enough changes to the show that they could avoid a lawsuit, and 2) they changed a lot of things; therefore, 3) it was started for the wrong reasons and it produced a bad result? Is it relief I detect from Moffat? A bit of schadenfreude in advance, perhaps? Maybe I’m reading too much into it because of my bias in Mr. Moffat’s favor. What’s your take on Moffat’s reaction?
You can check it out for yourself. It’s a very talented cast (also including Aidan Quinn). I just don’t think it should, or will, work. Of course, I feel that way about a lot of CBS programming, so we shall see how long before I am proven wrong.
Today, CBS released the first official pic of Johnny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Joan Watson, as set in modern-day New York City. The very idea makes me angry, and the pic only makes it worse. Really–could they put Liu and Miller in more plaid? C’mon.
Sherlock is not an American character. Point one. Moreover, Steven Moffat is currently making an AMAZING modern-day Sherlock TV show starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. Point two. Moffat’s Sherlock is incredibly well done, but it airs on PBS in America, and each season only contains three 90-minute episodes, which would never fly on American TV.
So what do we do? We take something lovely and ruin it, just like almost every other British import. So forget about CBS. Go get your hands on Moffat’s Sherlock and really sink your teeth into something wonderful. But knowing my luck, Elementary will turn into yet another CBS mega hit (that, somehow, no one I know will admit to watching–just like every other CBS “hit”). Ugh. Please, go watch the British Sherlock. You can thank me later.
However, all that being said, Cumberbatch and Miller recently starred in a stage production of Frankenstein for the British National Theater. It was directed by Danny Boyle, and videos of the performance are being shown around the US. Do some research and look for it. The two actors switch roles (Dr. Frankenstein and the monster), so try to see both if you can. I only saw the Miller-as-Dr.-Frankenstein performance, but I would love to see the other. It’s really quite good.
Yesterday, the details of the Arrested Development reunion were finally announced. The big surprise is that not only will there be a movie, but there will also be a 10-episode season. An even bigger surprise? The TV show will air on Netflix. Production has begun, and the season is expected to air in 2013. The movie is also expected to be released in 2013. The entire cast and the original writers have signed on, so I would expect great things from this show.
CBS has also greenlit a comedy by Louis C.K. and Spike Feresten. I’m a little torn on this one, because I love Louis C.K., but I really don’t like CBS comedies. To me, it would seem like these two worlds do not overlap at all. I’ll be curious to see whose sensibilities win out.