Great Debate 4 - CBS Elementary - Sherlock Holmes US Series

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With season two already commissioned, CBS Elementary is a Sherlock Holmes adaptation that will run and run. But it is not without controversy.

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Great Debate 4 - CBS Elementary - Sherlock Holmes US Series

  1. 1. www.facebook.com/saveundershaw
  2. 2. www.facebook.com/saveundershaw“We’re not citizens,we’re detectives.”• Jonny Lee Miller as SherlockHolmes and Lucy Liu as JoanWatson• Creator Robert Dohertyworked on American showssuch as Medium, Tru Callingand Star Trek: Voyager• Premiered on CBS, 27thSeptember 2012
  3. 3. www.facebook.com/saveundershaw• 13.4 million viewerswatched the firstepisode• 8.93 million watchedthe season finale• The target demographicis ages 25-54• Procedural drama with 22 forty-minute episodes and a ninety minute,two-part finale• Initial negativity: copying the BBC, “a junkie and a sexy lady fromCharlie’s Angels”, called “zeitgeisty”
  4. 4. www.facebook.com/saveundershawA good contributionto the Holmesian legacy?FOR AGAINST• Holmes and Watson as equals• Characters developing around storiesrather than stories around characters• Addressing Holmes’s addiction andgiving him an emotional history• The inclusion and portrayal of IreneAdler, Sebastian Moran and Moriarty• Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu areincredible as Holmes and Watson• Product placement• The cases sometimes take a back seat tothe character dynamics• It’s set in New York rather than inLondon• Few canonical stories present in theirentirety• Another adaptation moving away fromthe nineteenth century
  5. 5. www.facebook.com/saveundershawTo sum up...• A friendship of equals which lacksthe “will they – won’t they”dynamic• A new spin on Watson (and someother characters from the canon!)• The case study is the human beings• Different modernisation than Sherlock• Staunchly endured criticism• Work is beginning on season two
  6. 6. www.facebook.com/saveundershawTo sum up...• A friendship of equals which lacksthe “will they – won’t they”dynamic• A new spin on Watson (and someother characters from the canon!)• The case study is the human beings• Different modernisation than Sherlock• Staunchly endured criticism• Work is beginning on season two

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