So have you heard of this brand-new, never-been-done-before, never-even-thought-of idea?
I don't think they ever claimed that it's never been thought of before. Even Moffat & Gatiss knew that it was done before, since they talked about the Rathbone movies moving Holmes into the present. It's been done before with a cryogenically frozen Holmes, and it's been done like in the movie Zero Effect
, just with different character names. It was also done by Josh Friedman, who had an earlier script in 2000 also called Elementary
, that never made it. As Sherlock Holmes says in A Study in Scarlet
, "There is nothing new under the sun. It has all been done before."
Anyway, here's a far longer description that I got from Deadline
ELEMENTARY stars Jonny Lee Miller as detective Sherlock Holmes and Lucy Liu as Dr. Joan Watson in a modern-day drama about a crime-solving duo that cracks the NYPD’s most impossible cases. Following his fall from grace in London and a stint in rehab, eccentric Sherlock escapes to Manhattan where his wealthy father forces him to live with his worst nightmare – a sober companion, Dr. Watson. A successful surgeon until she lost a patient and her 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 he’s 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. But Sherlock finds her medical background helpful, and Watson realizes she has a knack for playing investigator. Sherlock’s police contact, Capt. Tobias “Toby” Gregson (Aidan Quinn), knows from previous experience working with Scotland Yard that Sherlock is brilliant at closing cases, and welcomes him as part of the team. With the mischievous Sherlock Holmes now running free in New York solving crimes, it’s simple deduction that he’s going to need someone to keep him grounded, and it’s elementary that it’s a job for Watson. Rob Doherty, Sarah Timberman, Carl Beverly and Michael Cuesta, who directed the pilot, are executive producers for CBS Television Studios.
Edited by Cress, May 17, 2012 @ 1:10 AM.