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‘Elementary’, Modern-Day Sherlock Holmes No One Wanted, Keeps Casting

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Well, you don’t have to be a die-hard fan of the BBC’s modern adaptation of Sherlock Holmes ‘Sherlock‘ to be worried about the direction CBS’ upcoming adaptation seems to be taking, but it certainly helps!

Shortly after breaking the news that Lucy Liu would take on the traditional “Watson” role from the classic Sir Arthur Conan Doyle novels to Johnny Lee Miller’s Sherlock, now Deadline TV reports that ‘Elementary’ has cast another: ‘Prime Suspect’ and ‘Weeds’ star Aidan Quinn.  Quinn won’t take the role of any existing Sherlock Holmes character mind you, but rather original creation NYPD Captain Gregson.

In this modern re-telling of the classic character, Gregson worked with Sherlock at Scotland Yard after 9/11 and was taken enough with the eccentric’s work that he invited him to work as a consultant to the police in New York City. According to the description from Deadline, Gregson “grew accustomed to Sherlock’s ‘eccentricities’ in the U.K., but knows they won’t necessarily fly in the Big Apple.”

Ugh, who even calls it that anymore?

While the description may sound somewhat akin to the traditional “Watson” role, Lucy Liu plays “Joan Watson,” a “sober companion” to Holmes and “former surgeon who lost her license after a patient died, while consulting for the NYPD.”  Miller’s Sherlock originally worked in Scotland Yard, until his addictions lead him to a rehab program in New York City, from which he’s been released to Brooklyn.

As previously reported, he series comes from ‘Medium’ scribe Rob Doherty, with its pilot directed by ‘Homeland’ vet Michael Cuesta. Both will serve as Executive Producer to ‘Elementary’ should CBS pick it up to series, alongside Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly.

So, does ‘Elementary’ seem like it’s shaping up to be anything worthwhile, or it it still a mystery too slow in its unraveling?  Does your inner Benedict Cumberbatch fan have you seething with Moriarty-like rage at CBS?  Give us your deductions in the comments below!

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