In the US: Thursdays, 10/9c, CBS. Starts September 27
In the UK: Acquired by Sky Living for October broadcast
You will recall that not so long ago, Steven Moffat was extremely dischuffed. "Pourquoi?" you might ask if you were French. Well, my francophone friend, because as well as being the showrunner for Doctor Who, Stevie is also the showrunner and indeed co-creator of a little known show called Sherlock, an updating of Conan Doyle's famous consulting detective. After pitching an updated version to the American TV network CBS, he became seriously dischuffed when he heard that CBS was going to do their own version without the benefit of his wisdom.
And here it comes: Elementary, starring Jonny Lee Miller as Sherlock Holmes, a former consultant to Scotland Yard, who moves to New York to get away from his father and to help US cop Captain Gregson (Aidan Quinn) with his enquiries. Of course, since he doesn't get paid for his work, he needs his father's money to keep him in little things like food and lodgings, and since our Sherlock also had a bit of a drug habit, as a condition of continued support, daddy dearest gives him a live-in 'sober companion', a therapist who stays with Sherlock night and day to make sure he doesn't revert to old habits. That would be one Dr Joan Watson (Lucy Liu).
Sound much like Sherlock? No.
Stevie need not have worried.
In fact, Elementary, even putting aside the change in location of the stories, gender of Dr Watson and promotion of Inspector Gregson, is possibly the loosest adaptation of Conan Doyle's classics there's ever been. Well, apart from that manga one and that one set in space. And while it's a perfectly functional procedural, efficiently told and competently made, with an intriguingly quirky performance from Miller, it's also the blandest adaptation of Conan Doyle's classics there's even been. Yes, even including Young Sherlock - The Mystery of the Manor House.
Here's a trailer. It's basically a four-minute precis of the pilot.