The PBS Idea Channel has placed 50 shades of blame on Sherlock Holmes fan fiction for allowing the E.L. James' bestselling erotic book series to prosper. Wait, what?
Hot on the heels of the first promo image from CBS' Sherlock Holmes show, Elementary, the network has now released a behind-the-scenes video with a few minutes of footage from the show.
The clips mostly focus on the relationship between the analytical, not-so-sensitive Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and his more emotionally-aware counterpart, Lucy Liu's Dr. Joan Watson.
Oh, and we get a good look at Sherlock Holmes' heavily-tattooed(!) torso.
What do you think? Potential winner, pale imitation of the BBC's version, or somewhere in between?
CBS has released the first promotional photo from its modern-day Sherlock Holmes series, Elementary, which stars Jonny Lee "Zero Cool" Miller as the world's greatest non-Batman detective and Lucy Liu as Dr.
The photo also comes with the official synopsis of the show, which clarifies the Holmes-Watson relationship:
Elementary stars Jonny Lee Miller as detective Sherlock Holmes and Lucy Liu as Dr. Joan Watson in a modern-day drama about a crime-solving duo that cracks the NYPD's most impossible cases. Following his fall from grace in London and a stint in rehab, eccentric Sherlock escapes to Manhattan where his wealthy father forces him to live with his worst nightmare — a sober companion, Dr. Watson. A successful surgeon until she lost a patient and her license three years ago, Watson views her current job as another opportunity to help people, as well as paying a penance. However, The Restless Sherlock is nothing like her previous clients. He informs her that none of her expertise as an addiction specialist applies to him and he's devised his own post-rehab regimen — resuming his work as a police consultant in New York City. Watson has no choice but to accompany her irascible new charge on his jobs.
Despite an initial spot of controversy, it sounds like Elementary is distinguishing itself from the BBC's Sherlock.
Will it be anywhere near as good, though? CBS has officially picked up the show for a first season, so we'll find out this fall.
Sherlock showrunner Steven Moffat says Sherlock Holmes' greatest nemesis, Moriarty, won't be returning next season.
Moffat told Radio Times, "We need to find new villains, we need to find new ideas, otherwise the show doesn't keep growing."
He pointed out that Moriarty was "a one-shot deal" in Arthur Conan Doyle's original Holmes stories, and said he doesn't want the BBC series to "turn into a show that's about one villain and one hero."
The third series of Sherlock, which will likely air in 2013, will introduce other great villains from the books, but Moffat is keeping their identities secret for now.
Although we may never get to see Matt Smith and Benedict Cumberbatch face off on Doctor Who, YouTuber Liisakee has given us the next best thing: the Doctor and Sherlock Holmes duetting on Irving Berlin's famous "Anything You Can Do (I Can Do Better)."
Cumberbatch is a pretty busy guy these days, but if he could find some time to drop by the Who set to do a real-life version of this performance, it would be the best Doctor Who/Sherlock DVD extra ever.