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CBS Creates 'Elementary': A Modern-Day Sherlock Holmes

First Posted: 01/18/12 01:16 PM ET Updated: 01/18/12 05:27 PM ET

In case you haven't had your fill of onscreen, detail-oriented pipe smokers, CBS has now green lit the pilot of a series called (wait for it) "Elementary," a new Sherlock Holmes adaptation set in modern day New York City.

As Deadline.com points out, "Sherlock Holmes is very much in the zeitgeist right now," what with the two recent Guy Ritchie films of Sherlock Holmes starring Robert Downey Jr. as a brawnier brain than most, and the BBC's current modern-day take called "Sherlock", co-written by Steven Moffat, the man behind the most recent "Doctor Who" series.

It might not be the most original idea, but, as the Emmys website points out, the Holmes tales has already inspired popular TV series "House" (House... Holmes... can you see it yet?) among others.

Details of the new show are scarce, but fans of Conan Doyle probably shouldn't expect anything too faithful to the original. After all, ABC already apparently has a modern-day adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's "The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde" in the pipeline, according to New York magazine. The original tells of a prosecutor and his friend who turns out to be a mass murderer in Victorian London. ABC's version is apparently about a female criminologist and an ER doctor in San Francisco.

The reason for the changes in tone, characters and setting? Ratings, my dear TV viewers.

Are you excited about Elementary? Let us know in the comments.


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Filed by Madeleine Crum  |