I read the first post, then I scrolled down to the second, and I laughed. Hard
When word got out thatElementary – CBS’ Sherlock drama — would feature a female Watson (Lucy Liu) opposite Jonny Lee Miller’s Holmes, many of the iconic sleuth’s fans got their knickers in a knot.
However, Benedict Cumberbatch, who currently portrays the detective on PBS’ Emmy-nominatedSherlock, was not one of them. In fact, he’s remained altogether mum about the controversial gender switch… at least until now.
“If I were the [producer], I’d be frightened of the dynamic of male friendship that you’d lose,” he confesses to TVLine, “because that is obviously the bedrock of the books as well. [Now] there might be sexual tension between Joan [Watson] and Sherlock, which is [a different dynamic than you’d have] between the two men. So, that’s a new thing to explore.”
And not necessarily a bad thing to explore. Cumberbatch – who is friends with Miller and even appeared opposite him in the UK stage production of Frankenstein – believes the world is big enough for multiple interpretations of Sherlock. (And, having seen the jolly good pilot, I’m inclined to agree.) “I wish them luck, I really do,” the actor insists. “I think it will be great. It will be a different spin on it, because obviously, theirs is modern-day as well, so it needs to be different from ours, and I think the more differences, the better, to be honest.
“I don’t see why they shouldn’t co-exist with us,” he adds, “I don’t think they’ll steal our audience. I think people who are Holmes fans who think they do a good job of it will have a treat in watching ours and the films. So I wish them good luck!”
Blast Off: ‘Elementary’ Vs. BBC’s ‘Sherlock
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s beloved Sherlock Holmes is getting a facelift in a major way this fall in the new series Elementary, starring Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu, on CBS.
But will Sir Doyle be rolling in his grave when he sees the new series? In the 13th Team Focus Blast Off, BuzzFocus Community Manager Ernie Estrella and I discuss the latest news on Elementary, the CBS modernization of the Sherlock Holmes saga, which will be set in New York City. In the wake of the current BBC Sherlock series, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, we look at key differences between Sherlock and Elementary – most notably Liu as Watson. We also explore all the things that made Sherlock great and what pitfalls showrunner Rob Doherty should avoid in order to reach the same success as Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat.
Listen to the latest Team Focus Blast Off and let us know your thoughts on CBS’ Elementary, slated for a Fall 2012 premiere, Vs. BBC’s Sherlock, currently heading into its third season.
Yes, this is about ‘Elementary’ - or rather all the hate that follows.
I am glad that so many people seem to have an opinion about the show - I think it’s interesting to read what other people see in the preview and in the limited minutes of characterization we get to see. Some people like it, some people don’t. Some people say they’re thrilled - some say it’s not what they hoped for. And that’s okay. Both points of view are okay. You’re allowed to like it the same way as you’re allowed to dislike it. What’s not okay is to send hate in other people’s direction because they don’t have the ‘right’ opinion according to you. Hate is not okay. Hate is never okay. Of course you’re allowed to disagree with other people - but there’s a difference between disagreeing and hating or attacking.
We’re all part of the same family; we’re Sherlockians. We’re clever, mad and rational. We have a good reputation. Crazy, but good. Why are we behaving like this? It doesn’t have to be this way.
This is the responsibility of us all: No matter opinion. No matter whether you like it or dislike it.
All right? I love you all. Brilliant, brilliant fandom.
Yes, this is about ‘Elementary’ - or rather all the hate that follows. Please read.
(Long, in-depth interview. Recommending this one) Benedict about Elementary, becoming a star in America, stories from his personal life, in-depth about his character Sherlock and being British.
Benedict about sex appeal, CBS’ ‘Elementary’ and current projects.
Benedict Cumberbatch says he is at ease with the rival US Sherlock Holmes updateElementary.
CBS are developing a series with a very similar premise to the BBC’s Sherlock, withJohnny Lee Miller as Holmes and Lucy Liu as a female Watson. But speaking at a Q&A session to promote Sherlock’s US broadcast, the actor said he had no problem with it.
Cumberbatch said:”As we already know with the Downey Jr movie franchise that there’s room enough for two [Sherlocks], so why not three? [Elementary] will be different and I don’t think it’ll take away the love for ours, and there’s no reason to be churlish or bitter about them or what they’re trying to do.” He added that he considers Miller, who he starred opposite in a stage version of Frankenstein, as a friend.
The production team behind Sherlock are apparently less at ease with the US project. Earlier this year Steven Moffat revealed that when the US network approached them about remaking their modern-day Sherlock Holmes update they declined, but that CBS “went ahead and did it anyway.” His wife and co-producer Sue Vertue said that they would be “keeping a very close eye” to ensure that their rights are not infringed.
First look at the filming of the CBS pilot for “Elementary”
his coat lacks enigma and his scarf looks hipster. sod off, cbs.
On 18 March, 25 of the world’s top Holmes experts, including actors, directors, historians and writers involved in each of the franchises, will meet in person to once again argue over which is the best Holmes adaptation – and to share their thoughts on Elementary, the controversial modern-day take on Sherlock from US TV network CBS, set to star Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu.
Fans can head over to The Great Sherlock Holmes Debate’s Facebook page to see the results of a pre-debate poll, leave comments and find out how to vote for their favourite franchise following the event. The debate will be filmed and made available to fans afterwards but there’s also a chance to win a place watching it live.
Last year saw a palpable victory for BBC Sherlock in the voting, with popular siteSherlockology playing a key part in the win.
The debate, organised by MX Publishing, supports the Save Undershaw campaign, which aims to preserve the former home of Sherlock Holmes creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, where he penned many of the stories.
I don’t think you’re crazy at all. But I don’t think it’s just the fact that she’s a woman. I think it’s the fact that they’re changing the “sidekick” into a woman, while the “hero” is a man. So based on my own view I think people are being quite the opposite of misogynists. =)
I don’t really think the homoerotic subtext is the real issue here. But I’ve been thinking of the whole female Sherlock thing. To have a strange, eccentric, strong and brilliant female Sherlock.
I will try my best to be open-minded about this new series, but the thing I have most problem with, is the fact that the media makes John into a sidekick. (And now a /female/ sidekick. That’s something we’ve seen to often already.) John Watson is not a sidekick. He’s the BAMF holding the damn reins of Sherlock Holmes! No one else can do that. He practically owns the show.
Idk. I know to little about this new show yet. If one’s to judge from what we’ve heard from the media, it will more or less be a parody of the story. But we all know what the media’s like. I think we should wait and see before we judge.
AND: This is only in the pilot-stage yet. This might not even become a series at all.
SHERLOCK Holmes fans were in uproar today as it was revealed that Lucy Liu would play Dr Watson in a new US version of the well-known crime series.