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 episodes48 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)Alysse Bezahler
Geoffrey Hemwall
Editor(s)Gerald Valdez
Sondra Watanabe
Location(s)New York, United States
CinematographyRoy Fortunato
Roy H. Wagner
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 episodes48 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)Alysse Bezahler
Geoffrey Hemwall
Editor(s)Gerald Valdez
Sondra Watanabe
Location(s)New York, United States
CinematographyRoy Fortunato
Roy H. Wagner
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.[1]

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 crimes. His indifference to police procedure often leads to conflict with Captain Thomas Gregson (Aidan Quinn), although the two still remain mutually respectful of one another. He is accompanied by Watson who initially acts as his sober companion. She is a former surgeon and was hired by Sherlock's father to help him in his rehabilitation. They eventually begin to work together on his cases, and she becomes Holmes' apprentice. The series also features Holmes' ongoing conflict with his nemesis Jamie Moriarty (Natalie Dormer). Other supporting roles include Jon Michael Hill as Detective Marcus Bell and Rhys Ifans as Mycroft Holmes, who wishes for Sherlock to return to England.

Before the series premiered, it was met with some criticism given it followed closely on the heels of the BBC's modern adaptation Sherlock.[2] After the premiere it was picked up for a full season, and later an extra two episodes.[3][4] The season two premiere was partly filmed on location in London.[5] The series has been well received by critics, who have praised the performances, writing, and novel approach to the source material.

CBS renewed the show for a third season on March 13, 2014.[6]

Plot[edit]

Following his fall from grace in London and a stint in rehab, an eccentric modern Sherlock Holmes relocates to Manhattan, where his wealthy father forces him to live with a sober companion, Dr. Joan Watson. Formerly a successful surgeon until she lost a patient, Watson views her current job as another opportunity to help people. However, 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 investigation. 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 to their investigations.

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[clarification needed] 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, premiered in the UK in July 2010 and the U.S. in October 2010. The British show has since sold to more than 200 territories. In January 2012, shortly after CBS's announcement they had ordered the pilot for Elementary, 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."[7]

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."[7]

Creator Robert Doherty discussed comparisons between Sherlock and Elementary the following 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] Several months later, Lucy Liu confirmed the producers of the UK Sherlock were shown the pilot, "saw how different it was from theirs," and were "okay with it now."[1]

Production[edit]

Some interior scenes are shot at Silvercup Studios in Long Island City. Some exterior shots of Sherlock's brownstone are filmed in Harlem which is a stand in for Brooklyn Heights.[19]

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)[20]December 23, 2013[21]February 5, 2014[22]
224[23]September 26, 2013[24]May 15, 2014[25]N/AN/AN/A

Reception[edit]

The first season was met with positive reviews from critics, who highlighted the show's novel approach to the source material, the writing quality, and the performances and chemistry found between its two leads and supporting cast. Season one 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."[26] It also holds a Metacritic score of 73 out of 100 based on 29 sampled reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[27] The Guardian's Phelim O'Neill felt 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".[28] 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."[29] 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)".[30]

Season two was met with equally positive reviews. It holds a 100% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on seven reviews, with an average score of 8.5 out of 10.[31] Several critics praised Rhys Ifans for his portrayal of Mycroft Holmes, with Myles McNutt of the A.V. Club calling his casting choice "inspired" and praising him for being able to match with Miller's "bitterness" and praising the premiere episode overall [32] - he later went on to offer positive words on Ifans' performance in the finale episodes pertaining to Mycroft's story, despite finding flaws in the overall arc.[33] Noel Kirkpatrick of TV.com also praised Ifans, saying he "very finely" played the role.[34] The episode "The Diabolical Kind" also attracted wide acclaim, with many singling out the emotional depth and Natalie Dormer's performance as Moriarty. McNutt called Moriarty's presence in both the episode and the series as a whole "refreshingly dominant" and also praised the storytelling and dialogue, singling out several bits of witty humor in the episode.[35] The episode has a 9.0 rating on TV.com with Kirkpatrick claiming Dormer was "having a ball" playing the role of Moriarty and saying there was "good stuff" to be had in her.[36] Kirkpatrick also appreciated the season as a whole for its development of Holmes' character, as well as the performance of the cast.

Awards and nominations[edit]

The series has been nominated and won several high profile television & entertainment awards:[37]

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
2014GLAAD Media Awards[38]Outstanding Individual Episode (in a series without a regular LGBT character)"Snow Angels"Won

Broadcast[edit]

CountryChannel(s)Premiere date
 United StatesCBSSeptember 27, 2012
 AustraliaNetwork TenFebruary 3, 2013
 CanadaGlobal Television Network [39][40]September 27, 2012
 New ZealandPrime (New Zealand) [41]February 27, 2013
 United KingdomSky Living [42]October 23, 2012

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.[43][44]

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.[9][10] The show's writers and CBS media site have subsequently confirmed the character's correct name is Thomas.[11][12][13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Yuan, Jada (September 27, 2012). "Lucy Liu on Elementary and That Other Sherlock Show Starring Benedict Cumberbatch". Vulture. Retrieved March 3, 2014. 
  2. ^ Handlen, Zack (January 20, 2014). "How the CBS procedural surpassed the BBC drama". The A.V. Club. Retrieved March 1, 2014. 
  3. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (October 23, 2012). "Vegas & Elementary Get Full Season Orders From CBS". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 1, 2014. 
  4. ^ Porter, Rick (November 15, 2012). "Guys With Kids and Elementary get more episodes & Vegas cut by one". Zap2It. Retrieved March 1, 2014. 
  5. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (March 27, 2013). "The Good Wife, Elementary, Person Of Interest, 2 Broke Girls, NCIS: LA, The Mentalist, Mike & Molly, Hawaii Five-0 & Blue Bloods Renewed by CBS". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 1, 2014. 
  6. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (March 13, 2014). "CBS Renews 'The Good Wife', 'The Millers', 'Two and a Half Men', 'Hawaii Five-0', 'Mom', 'Blue Bloods', 'Elementary' and 11 More". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 13, 2014. 
  7. ^ 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. 
  8. ^ "About Elementary". CBS. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  9. ^ 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. 
  10. ^ McNamara, Mary (September 26, 2012). "Television review: 'Elementary' puts new Sherlock, Watson on the case". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 20, 2013. 
  11. ^ Elementary Writers (April 14, 2013). "@Elementary_Fans In the Elementraverse, Gregson's first name is 'Tommy.'". Twitter. Retrieved January 9, 2014. 
  12. ^ "About the Show: Elementary". CBS Press Express. July 2013. Archived from the original on September 30, 2013. Retrieved January 9, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Bios: Aidan Quinn". CBS Press Express. Retrieved January 9, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Tremors". Elementary. Season 2. Episode 10. December 5, 2013. CBS.
  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 (London). Retrieved July 29, 2012. 
  19. ^ Chuck Taylor. "New CBS Drama ‘'Elementary’' Set In Brooklyn Heights and filmed In Harlem". Brooklyn Heights. Retrieved March 4, 2014. 
  20. ^ 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. 
  21. ^ "Elementary - Season 1 [DVD]: Amazon.co.uk: Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Aidan Quinn, Jon Michael Hall: Film & TV". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved December 18, 2013. 
  22. ^ "Elementary - Season 1 : DVD Movies & TV Shows, Genres, TV : JB HI-FI". JB HI-FI. Retrieved February 18, 2013. 
  23. ^ "Shows A-Z - elementary on cbs". TheFutonCritic.com. Retrieved February 18, 2013. 
  24. ^ "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 September 27, 2013. 
  25. ^ "Elementary Season Finale". CBS. Retrieved April 13, 2014. 
  26. ^ "Elementary - Season 1 Reviews". Flixster. Retrieved February 11, 2014. 
  27. ^ "Elementary - Season 1 Reviews". CBS Interactive Inc. Retrieved February 11, 2014. 
  28. ^ Phelim O'Neill. "Elementary – box set review". The Guardian. Retrieved February 11, 2014. 
  29. ^ "Fall TV preview: Female doctors lead promising new shows". Suntimes.com. Retrieved 2013-12-18. 
  30. ^ Farhi, Paul (16 September 2013). "CBS's Elementary: Sherlock, Rehabbed". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2013-12-18. 
  31. ^ "Elementary - Season 2 Reviews". Flixster. Retrieved February 9, 2014. 
  32. ^ McNutt, Myles. "Elementary - "Step Nine"". The A.V. Club. Retrieved August 6, 2014. 
  33. ^ McNutt, Myles. "Elementary: "The Grand Experiment"". Retrieved August 6, 2014. 
  34. ^ Kirkpatrick, Noel. "Elementary Season 2 Premiere Review: Home Again, Home Again". Retrieved August 6, 2014. 
  35. ^ McNutt, Myles. "Elementary: "The Diabolical Kind"". Retrieved August 6, 2014. 
  36. ^ Kirkpatrick, Noel. "Elementary "The Diabolical Kind" Review: Affection Was Never Wasted". Retrieved August 6, 2014. 
  37. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2191671/awards?ref_=tt_awd
  38. ^ Townsend, Megan (May 3, 2014). "George Takei, "Orange is the New Black," "Concussion" among #GLAADAwards recipients in New York City". GLAAD. Retrieved May 4, 2014. 
  39. ^ "GLOBAL TELEVISION UNVEILS 2012/13 PRIMETIME LINEUP". May 30, 2012. 
  40. ^ "From 'Survivor' to 'Elementary', CBS sets Fall 2012 premiere dates". 
  41. ^ "Prime TV and CBS Studios International Conclude New Deal". May 30, 2012. Retrieved August 5, 2012. 
  42. ^ Munn, Patrick (July 3, 2012). "BSkyB Acquires UK Rights To ‘Arrow’, ‘Elementary’, ‘The Following’ & ‘Vegas’". TVWise. Retrieved July 3, 2012. 
  43. ^ 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. 
  44. ^ 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