DOCTOR WHO show-runner Steven Moffat also co-created the very popular BBC series SHERLOCK, which updates Arthur Conan Doyle‘s famous detective by reimagining classic stories in modern London. This fall in the USA, CBS will debut ELEMENTARY, a series that transplants Sherlock Holmes to modern New York City.
The Grand Moff is a bit… nonplussed, seeing as CBS had asked him to create and American version of SHERLOCK, and when he declined the Eye network had Ringer‘s Robert Doherty put together ELEMENTARY. Now, Moffat isn’t concerned about money — he’s worried that if ELEMENTARY sucks, the stink will be transferred to SHERLOCK. He told IGN.com:
“It’s tough. If it’s bad, it effects, it debases the coinage of our show. If it’s too like our show? We’ll have to take action. Already, [producer] Sue [Vertue] had to correct somebody in print saying she was off to produce the American version of Sherlock, and that’s not ours. If their show isn’t good, it damages us. I don’t know, what do you imagine I think about it? It’s pretty remarkable, really, I’d say.”
What bothers me is, while SHERLOCK currently airs on PBS, if the next season is more widely distributed here, folks will bash SHERLOCK as a “ripoff” of ELEMENTARY. And if ELEMENTARY tanks, that will preclude SHERLOCK from selling to a major outlet here in the States.
Here’s CBS’ “sizzle reel” — the clip they show potential advertisers — for ELEMENTARY, which is edited to look like any of a million other American TV shows and movies. While it’s not exactly odious, it doesn’t remind me of the real Sherlock Holmes, either.
That’s Englishman Jonny Lee Miller (Angelina Jolie‘s first ex-husband) as Sherlock and Lucy Liu (of Charlie’s Angels) as his… “sober” companion.