Elementary (TV series)

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Elementary
Elementary intertitle.png
Genre
Created byRobert Doherty
Based onThe works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Starring
Composer(s)Sean Callery
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes40 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Robert Doherty
  • Sarah Timberman
  • Carl Beverly
  • John Coles
Producer(s)Alysse Bezahler
Editor(s)Joe Hobeck
Location(s)New York, United States
CinematographyNelson Cragg
Running time43–46 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorCBS Television Distribution
Broadcast
Original channelCBS
Original runSeptember 27, 2012 (2012-09-27) – Present
External links
Official website
 
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Elementary
Elementary intertitle.png
Genre
Created byRobert Doherty
Based onThe works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Starring
Composer(s)Sean Callery
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes40 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Robert Doherty
  • Sarah Timberman
  • Carl Beverly
  • John Coles
Producer(s)Alysse Bezahler
Editor(s)Joe Hobeck
Location(s)New York, United States
CinematographyNelson Cragg
Running time43–46 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorCBS Television Distribution
Broadcast
Original channelCBS
Original runSeptember 27, 2012 (2012-09-27) – Present
External links
Official website

Elementary is an American crime drama series that presents a contemporary update of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's character Sherlock Holmes. The series was created by Robert Doherty and stars Jonny Lee Miller as Sherlock Holmes and Lucy Liu as Dr. Joan Watson. The first season premiered on CBS in September, 2012 and season two began airing in October, 2013. The series is set and filmed primarily in New York City.

The show follows Holmes, a recovering drug addict and former consultant to Scotland Yard, as he assists the New York City Police Department in solving various crimes. His indifference of police procedures often lead to conflict with Captain Thomas "Tommy" Gregson (Aidan Quinn) though the two have a mutual respect for one another. He is initially accompanied by Watson as his sober companion. She is a former surgeon and was hired by Holmes father to help him in his rehabilitation. However, they soon form a bond and she begins training as Holmes apprentice detective. Although the series portrays many crimes and culprits, it also features Holmes conflict with Moriarty and Irene Adler (Natalie Dormer). Other supporting roles include Jon Michael Hill as Detective First Grade Marcus Bell and Rhys Ifans as Mycroft Holmes, who wishes for Sherlock to return to England.[1]

On October 23, 2012, CBS picked up Elementary for a full season.[2] On November 15, 2012, the network ordered two additional episodes, bringing the total number of episodes to 24.[3] On March 27, 2013, the series was renewed for its second season, which premiered on September 26, 2013 with an episode filmed on location in London.[4]

Plot[edit]

Following his fall from grace in London and a stint in rehab, an eccentric modern Sherlock Holmes escapes to Manhattan, where his wealthy father forces him to live with his worst nightmare – a sober companion, Dr. Joan Watson. Formerly a successful surgeon until she lost a patient and her medical 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 that he has 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.

Over time, Sherlock finds her medical background helpful, and Watson realizes she has a knack for playing investigator. Sherlock’s police contact, Captain Thomas Gregson, knows from previous experience working with Scotland Yard that Sherlock is brilliant at solving cases, and welcomes him as part of the team. The investigative group also includes Detective Marcus Bell, an investigator with sharp intuition and formidable interrogation skills. Although initially skeptical of Holmes and his unorthodox methods, Bell begins to recognize Sherlock as an asset in their investigations. With the mischievous Sherlock Holmes now running free in New York solving crime, it’s simple deduction that he is going to need someone to keep him under control, and it appears elementary that this is a job for Watson.

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

Recurring[edit]

Development[edit]

Writer and producer Robert Doherty created the show. Doherty has commented that it was Carl Beverly who "initially was the one who brought up the possibility of developing a Sherlock show."[15] Beverly spoke about the relationship between Sherlock and Watson in the show in July 2012:

Rob [Doherty] often calls it a bromance, but one of the bros just happens to be a woman. He said that from the very beginning and I think it's really an apt description. There's this idea that a man and a woman can't be together on a show especially without needing to be together sexually or in love or whatever, and this is really about the evolution of a friendship and how that happens. Watching that should be as much the story of this show as the mysteries that you see week in and week out about who killed who.[15]

Casting[edit]

Liu was cast by February 2012.[16] 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."[17]

Relationship to BBC's Sherlock[edit]

Sherlock, a contemporary reworking of the Sherlock Holmes story, began screening in the UK just over two years before Elementary premiered in the United States. The British show has since sold to more than 200 territories. In January 2012 Sherlock producer Sue Vertue told newspaper The Independent "we understand that CBS are doing their own version of an updated Sherlock Holmes. It's interesting, as they approached us a while back about remaking our show. At the time, they made great assurances about their integrity, so we have to assume that their modernised Sherlock Holmes doesn't resemble ours in any way, as that would be extremely worrying."[18] The following month Vertue said that "We have been in touch with CBS and informed them that we will be looking at their finished pilot very closely for any infringement of our rights."[5]

CBS made a statement on the issue: "Our project is a contemporary take on Sherlock Holmes that will be based on Holmes, Watson and other characters in the public domain, as well as original characters. We are, of course, respectful of all copyright laws and will not infringe on any stories or works that may still be protected."[5]

Creator Robert Doherty discussed comparisons between Sherlock and Elementary that July, pointing out that a tradition of updated Holmes stories dates back to the Basil Rathbone films of the 1940s, and that he didn't think it was the case that Elementary took anything from Sherlock, which he described as a "brilliant show" having watched its first series.[15]

Series overview[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally airedDVD release date
Season premiereSeason finaleRegion 1Region 2Region 4
124September 27, 2012 (2012-09-27)May 16, 2013 (2013-05-16)August 27, 2013 (2013-08-27)[19]December 23, 2013[20]February 5, 2014[21]
224[22]September 26, 2013[23]N/AN/AN/AN/A

Reception[edit]

The first season was met with positive reviews from critics, who highlighted the shows novel approach to the source material and the performances and chemistry that between its two leads and supporting cast. Season 1 holds an 83% approval rating on aggregate review site Rotten Tomatoes, based on 43 collected reviews, with an average score of 7.3 out of 10. The site's consensus reads: "It may not appeal to purists, but Elementary provides a fresh new spin on Sherlock Holmes, and Jonny Lee Miller shines in the title role."[24] It also holds a Metacritic score of 73 out of 100 based on 29 sampled reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[25] Phelim O'Neill of The Guardian declared that "Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu make it a double act to rival Sherlock", and noted that "the pacing feels perfect and the details are light: viewers can keep up with the investigation and feel involved, not something every investigative show achieves".[26] Lori Rackl of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the pilot episode 3 stars out of 4, and said "While the latest interpretation doesn't live up to the British import, it's still more entertaining than your typical CBS procedural."[27] Hank Stuever of The Washington Post gave it a B+ and felt that the show "exhibits enough stylish wit in its mood and look to quickly distinguish itself from the latest British Sherlock series (seen on PBS)".[28]

Season 2 was met with equally positive reviews. It holds a 100% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with an average score of 8.5 out of 10.[29]

Awards and nominations[edit]

The series has been nominated and won several high profile television & entertainment awards:[30]

YearAwardCategoryNomineeResult
2012New York Women in Film & Television Muse AwardActressLucy LiuWon
People's Choice AwardsFavorite New TV DramaElementaryNominated
Satellite AwardsActor in a Television Series DramaJonny Lee MillerNominated
2013ASCAP Film & Television Music AwardsTop Television SeriesSean Callery & Mark SnowWon
Edgar Allan Poe AwardsTV Episode Teleplay"Child Predator"Nominated
Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Main Title Theme MusicSean CalleryNominated
Outstanding Main Title DesignElementaryNominated
Prism AwardsDrama Series Multi-Episode Storyline – Substance UseElementaryNominated
Female Performance in a Drama Series Multi-EpisodeLucy LiuNominated
EIC President’s AwardElementaryWon
Saturn AwardBest Network Television SeriesElementaryNominated
Seoul International Drama AwardsBest ActressLucy LiuWon
Teen Choice AwardsChoice TV Actress: ActionLucy LiuWon
Television Critics Association AwardsOutstanding New ProgramElementaryNominated

Broadcast[edit]

Elementary premiered in Canada on September 27, 2012 on the Global Television Network.[31][32] It began airing in the United Kingdom on October 23, 2012 on Sky Living.[33] In Australia, Network Ten began airing the show on February 3, 2013. The series aired in New Zealand on Prime (New Zealand) from 27 February 2013.[34]

On February 3, 2013, Elementary was broadcast after Super Bowl XLVII. The episode drew 20.8 million viewers despite running out of prime time in the Eastern time zone as a result of a game delay.[35][36]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Gregson was originally identified as Tobias Gregson in the media, the name used in the original stories. The name Tobias was used briefly in early reviews of the show. Holmes identifies him as Capt. Thomas Gregson in episode 201 and he is repeatedly referred to as Thomas in episode 206.[7][8] The show's writers and CBS media site have subsequently confirmed the character's correct name is Thomas.[9][10][11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (March 7, 2012). "Aidan Quinn To Co-Star In 'Elementary', 'Descendants' Amara Miller In '1600 Penn'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 8, 2012. 
  2. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (October 23, 2012). "'Vegas' & 'Elementary' Get Full Season Orders From CBS". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved October 23, 2012. 
  3. ^ "'Guys With Kids' and 'Elementary' get more episodes, 'Vegas' cut by one". Retrieved 15 November 2012. 
  4. ^ "‘The Good Wife’, ‘Elementary’, ‘Person Of Interest’, ’2 Broke Girls’, ‘NCIS: LA’, ‘The Mentalist’, ‘Mike & Molly,’ ‘Hawaii Five-0′ & ‘Blue Bloods’ Renewed by CBS - Ratings | TVbytheNumbers". Tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com. 2013-03-27. Retrieved 2013-12-18. 
  5. ^ a b c Sherwin, Adam (February 15, 2012). "Jonny Lee Miller to play Sherlock Holmes in US series". The Independent (London). Retrieved July 29, 2012. 
  6. ^ "About Elementary". CBS. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  7. ^ Hale, Mike (September 27, 2012). "A Sherlock Holmes, Out of Rehab and Teaming Up With a Lady Watson". The New York Times. p. C3. Retrieved April 20, 2013. 
  8. ^ McNamara, Mary (September 26, 2012). "Television review: 'Elementary' puts new Sherlock, Watson on the case". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 20, 2013. 
  9. ^ Elementary Writers (April 14, 2013). "@Elementary_Fans In the Elementraverse, Gregson's first name is 'Tommy.'". Twitter. Retrieved January 9, 2014. 
  10. ^ "About the Show: Elementary". CBS Press Express. July 2013. Archived from the original on September 30, 2013. Retrieved January 9, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Bios: Aidan Quinn". CBS Press Express. Retrieved January 9, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Tremors". Elementary. Season 2. Episode 10. December 5, 2013. CBS.
  13. ^ ' + data.results.personName + ' (2012-10-09). "‘Copper’ star Ato Essandoh joins ‘Elementary’ - Zap2it". Blog.zap2it.com. Retrieved 2013-12-18. 
  14. ^ "CBS Press Release". Retrieved 26 September 2013. 
  15. ^ a b c Roberts, Sheila (July 17, 2012). "Comic-Con: Executive Producers Robert Doherty and Carl Beverly Talk New CBS Series ELEMENTARY, Comparisons to SHERLOCK, and More". Collider. Retrieved September 3, 2012. 
  16. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (February 27, 2012). "Lucy Liu to Play Watson in CBS's Sherlock Holmes Drama Pilot". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 29, 2012. 
  17. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (July 29, 2012). "TCA 2012: 'Elementary' Showrunner Says Most Shows Have a Sherlock". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 29, 2012. 
  18. ^ Sherwin, Adam (January 21, 2012). "Legal thriller looms as Sherlock takes his caseload to New York". The Independent. Retrieved July 29, 2012. 
  19. ^ Lambert, David (May 28, 2013). "Elementary - The CBS Take on Sherlock Holmes is Scheduled to Ship this Summer". TV Shows on DVD. Retrieved May 29, 2013. 
  20. ^ "Elementary - Season 1 [DVD]: Amazon.co.uk: Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Aidan Quinn, Jon Michael Hall: Film & TV". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-12-18. 
  21. ^ "Elementary - Season 1 : DVD Movies & TV Shows, Genres, TV : JB HI-FI". JB HI-FI. Retrieved 2014-02-16. 
  22. ^ "Shows A-Z - elementary on cbs". TheFutonCritic.com. Retrieved 2013-12-18. 
  23. ^ "HOLMES AND WATSON HEAD TO LONDON TO HELP A FORMER COLLEAGUE WITH AN UNSOLVED CASE, ON THE SECOND SEASON PREMIERE OF "ELEMENTARY," THURSDAY, SEPT. 26". Retrieved 27 September 2013. 
  24. ^ "Elementary - Season 1 Reviews". Flixster. Retrieved February 11, 2014. 
  25. ^ "Elementary - Season 1 Reviews". CBS Interactive Inc. Retrieved February 11, 2014. 
  26. ^ Phelim O'Neill. "Elementary – box set review". The Guardian. Retrieved February 11, 2014. 
  27. ^ "Fall TV preview: Female doctors lead promising new shows". Suntimes.com. Retrieved 2013-12-18. 
  28. ^ "CBS's Elementary: Sherlock, Rehabbed". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2013-12-18. 
  29. ^ "Elementary - Season 2 Reviews". Flixster. Retrieved February 9, 2014. 
  30. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2191671/awards?ref_=tt_awd
  31. ^ "GLOBAL TELEVISION UNVEILS 2012/13 PRIMETIME LINEUP". May 30, 2012. 
  32. ^ "From 'Survivor' to 'Elementary', CBS sets Fall 2012 premiere dates". 
  33. ^ Munn, Patrick (July 3, 2012). "BSkyB Acquires UK Rights To ‘Arrow’, ‘Elementary’, ‘The Following’ & ‘Vegas’". TVWise. Retrieved July 3, 2012. 
  34. ^ "Prime TV and CBS Studios International Conclude New Deal". May 30, 2012. Retrieved August 5, 2012. 
  35. ^ Seidman, Robert (February 3, 2013). "Updated: Bad News for 'Elementary' As Super Bowl Power Outage Delays Game ~34 Minutes". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved February 4, 2013. 
  36. ^ Bibel, Sara (February 5, 2013). "TV Ratings Broadcast Top 25: 'Super Bowl' Tops Week 19 Viewing Among Adults 18-49 & With Total Viewers". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved February 5, 2013. 

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Preceded by
The Voice
2012
Super Bowl lead-out program
Elementary
2013
Succeeded by
New Girl
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
2014