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Elementary TV Show

24 December 2012

Elementary is an American TV crime drama series that premiered on CBS on September 27, 2012. It presents a contemporary update of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's character Sherlock Holmes set in the United States. It stars Jonny Lee Miller as Holmes and Lucy Liu as Watson.

Robert Doherty will serve as an executive producer and the series' showrunner, with Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly also serving as executive producers.

Jonny Lee Miller as Sherlock Holmes, a former Scotland Yard consultant who now lives in New York City after receiving drug rehabilitation there for his previous drug-related problems in England. Holmes is a deductive genius with a variety of interests and enthusiasms that assist him in his investigations. Feeling that the more interesting criminal cases are in America, he stays in New York. He contacts an old associate, Captain Tommy Gregson of the NYPD to resume his previous job as a consultant detective. He is forced by his father to live with Dr. Joan Watson, his "sober companion" who provides him with aftercare. Miller's Holmes displays many canonical aspects of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's character, while his familial relations, especially his resentment for his father, has been added into his narrative. It's hinted that his exodus to the United States was not simply drug rehab or an interest in American crime, but that it was due to a woman named Irene as well.

Lucy Liu as Dr. Joan Watson. Liu was cast by February 2012. That July, she said that Watson is not "someone who's on the sideline; she's his sober companion, she's engaged in him, not the mystery. From that point on you get to see how that blossoms out. The foot-in-the-bucket and that kind of Watson happens because in entertainment, there's got to be a sidekick. In this case, that's not the direction we're going in. Ask me in six episodes and if I have a foot in a bucket then we'll have a discussion."

Aidan Quinn as Captain Thomas Gregson of the New York City Police Department. Once assigned to Scotland Yard observe their counter-terrorism bureau, he and Sherlock's pathes crossed and he was impressed with his work as a detective. He genuinely likes Holmes and the two have mutual respect for each other, though he admits that Sherlock is a "pain in the ass."

Unlike some New York based TV shows, this one is actually filmed in New York with locations such as Central Park, Gramercy Park, the courthouse at 60 Centre Street and areas of Brooklyn.


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