Elementary: First Trailer Released

Get your first look at CBS's Sherlock Holmes update.

19 May 2012
by Callum Smith


Lucy Lui and Johnnny Lee Millar star in Elementary]


CBS have released the first trailer for their Sherlock Holmes drama, Elementary.


The series has been much criticised by the Sherlock team of Steven Moffat and Sue Vertue who were originally approached by CBS to work on an American remake of Sherlock. In the event, the network went ahead and devised their own take on Conan Doyle's hero, much to the BBC's annoyance.


Sherlock's executive producer, Vertue, previously admitted that she finds the similarities between the BBC show and Elementary "extremely worrying."


"We are very proud of our show and like any proud parent, will protect the interest and well-being of our offspring," she said.


Moffat recently said that Elementary has changed too many elements from the original stories. "What we did with our Sherlock was just take it from Victorian times into modern day," he said. "They've 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?"


"I don't want it to sound like Mark and I don't want other people to try this," he said. "We welcome it, but don't damage the brand."


Elementary stars Jonny Lee Miller as Sherlock Holmes, Lucy Liu as - get ready to groan - Joan Watson and Aidan Quinn as Captain Gregson of the New York City Police Department.


Having looked at the trailer this morning, we think there's more Matt Smith in Miller's performance than Benedict Cumberbatch. And on the strength of this teaser, we don't think Moffat and co have too much to worry about.




Elementary: First Trailer Released

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