In a land far away known as Britain there was a man. He was a great and wise man who looked upon the garbage that was the television programming of the day and came up with a wonderful idea – Sherlock Holmes in the modern day. That man’s name was Steven Moffat, and his name shall endure through time as a legend of television genius.
Or least that’s the way it plays in my head… But in truth, Sherlock has been kicking ass and taking names. So much so that the American television company CBS decided that ‘they must have it!’ And so was born Elementary, a blatant rip-off of Moffat’s production on the BBC.
Heck, why not steal the idea? CBS had already approached Moffat and the BBC with the proposal of doing an adaptation. When that didn’t fly, what other choice did they have? Of course, this led to threats of lawsuits from the BBC, but plagiarism is always a delicate thing.
Now, the first pics and footage for Elementary have been released and, naturally, everyone wants to know what the Great Overlord Moffat has to say. In a recent interview with the Insider, he had a few comments about the new show:
“What we did with our Sherlock was just take it from Victorian times into modern day. They’ve [Elementary] got three big changes: it’s Sherlock Holmes in America, it’s Sherlock Holmes updated and it’s Sherlock Holmes with a female Watson. I wonder if he’s Sherlock Holmes in any sense other than he’s called Sherlock Holmes. It’s almost like they should have made Watson a woman but kept the show in Victorian times. Actually … that would actually be quite interesting.”
…I don’t want it to sound like Mark and I don’t want other people to try this. We welcome it, but don’t damage the brand.”
Ouch. Not as negative as it could have been, but still some stinging remarks there. Honestly, in my opinion, the only real thing this new version has going for it is that Lucy Liu is hot. But considering that the likelihood of her getting naked on prime-time television is next to nil, that advantage is quickly lost.
Elementary premieres this Fall, so watch it if you dare. And good luck CBS – you’ll need it.
Thanks to blastr for giving us the skinny.