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Elementary on CBS: No Sexual Tension for Sherlock and Watson – TVLine

Yay! I’m so glad Elementary is going the friendship route for its unconventional Holmes/Watson pairing. It’s so much more true to the original stories. We already have great “will they or won’t they” crime-solving shows like Castle and Bones – Elementary needs to be different. And having the main guy/girl duo of a show being just friends is rare on TV today. The only current show I know of with that type of guy/girl friendship for the two most prominent characters is Warehouse 13, with Pete and Myka. (I’m sure there are others.)

And this isn’t just speculation, it comes straight from the top:

“For me, it’s completely off the table,” Elementary showrunner Rob Doherty told TVLine. “It’s just not in my head for Season 1 and, looking ahead . . . I just don’t feel like that’s a part of the show.”

He added, “People will ask us every week, and there will be people who want to see it happen, and I don’t want to break any hearts but it’s just not in our plans. And I have felt no pressure [from higher-ups] to pursue that kind of storyline.”

Also, Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch finally broke his silence about the show that many are claiming is clearly a ripoff of his own. “I wish them luck, I really do. 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.”

He added, “I don’t see why they shouldn’t co-exist with us, 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!”

Elementary on CBS: No Sexual Tension for Sherlock and Watson – TVLine.

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CBS Unveils Full-Length Trailers for 4 New Shows – Elementary, Vegas, Made in Jersey, Partners

When CBS announced its fall schedule, it released behind-the-scenes of its new shows, but here, finally, are actual trailers for them:

Elementary – Thursdays at 10

This trailer is making me even more excited about the show. The only part that seemed overly BBC Sherlock was the “bored” bit of dialog (and correct me if I’m wrong, but apparently that’s from the books). I’m looking forward to having 16+ addition hours of Holmes every year!

Vegas – Tuesdays at 10

This trailer makes me want to watch the show a little less, partly because I was only going to check out the pilot for curiosity’s sake, and the trailer answered too many of my questions.

Made in Jersey – Fridays at 9

The trailer made the show slightly more interesting than the behind-the-scenes preview, but that’s not saying much. I’m still not watching.

Partners – Mondays at 8:30

Brandon Routh seems a little awkward in his role, but then I’m used to him as a villain on Chuck. And will CBS please get rid of laugh tracks?

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What I Will Be Watching in Fall 2012 – ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, The CW

Now that all of the broadcast networks have revealed their fall schedules, as well as trailers or clips of new shows, it’s time to look at what I will be watching live, what I’ll have to catch online, and how many annoying half hour and hour “dead zones” I’ll have between good shows.

TVLine was nice enough to compile a grid chart of what’s airing when, which you can view at the link below (it will open in a new tab so you can follow along):

Fall TV Schedule Grid 2012-13 — ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, The CW – TVLine.

Thanks to 666 Park Street’s too-much-horror bent, Once Upon a Time remains my only show for Sundays, though if my Sunday evenings stay busy, I’ll be watching online anyway.

Monday has a lot of dead zones. Since I don’t get HD Fox coverage in my area (which makes the picture 2/3 of its normal size), I’ll watch Bones on Hulu and How I Met Your Mother live. But since I’m likely giving up 2 Broke Girls (since it’s become the ladies’ version of Two and a Half Men instead of a smart, funny comedy), I don’t have anything else I plan to watch until Castle at 10. Revolution looks good, but like Smash (which will be back in midseason), I’ll only watch it live if Castle is a repeat or ABC won’t come in.

Tuesday’s first two hours are packed for me. I’ll probably watch NCIS and NCIS: Los Angeles live when I can, because if I have to watch a show online I prefer Hulu to CBS’s video player. But if they’re on repeats or I’m in the mood for comedy, I have choices: Ben & Kate on Fox at 8:30, New Girl on Fox or Go On on NBC at 9, and The Mindy Project on Fox (maybe) or Don’t Trust the B—- in Apt. 23 at 9:30. Nothing on at 10 that interests me, though I might watch the pilot of Vegas out of curiosity.

Wednesday just has two shows I plan to watch, and of course they conflict – Arrow at 8 and Suburgatory at 8:30. I might try out Animal Practice (at 8) if I’m watching Suburgatory live.

Even with Community’s move, Thursdays remain my busiest night. At 8, I have to choose between The Big Bang Theory and a half hour dead zone, or ABC’s Last Resort. At 9, Person of Interest and CW’s Beauty and the Beast will probably push The Office to online-only. My only conflict-free hour will be at 10, with CBS’s Elementary.

Friday, I will probably watch Community and Grimm (NBC, 8:30 and 9) live, and catch Nikita online.

All told, that’s 22-26 shows every week, out of which up to 12 are 1/2 hour comedies. Up to 20 hours total every week for broadcast shows, if I like all the new shows I’m trying out. Seems like a lot, but I guess not really for someone who runs a TV site. 🙂

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CBS 2012-13 Primetime Schedule and New Show Video Previews

CBS has announced its new schedule for fall 2012, with several changes to make room for 4 new shows.

The Mentalist is moving to Sundays at 10 to make room for the new Sherlock Holmes show, Elementary (which will take its Thursdays at 10 slot). While Elementary is receiving a lot of flack for being too similar to BBC’s Sherlock, after CBS failed to secure the rights to an American remake of the show, I think it shows promise. The NYC setting and a female Watson help differentiate the shows, but I am thrilled that Holmes will still have a British accent. Plus it has a great lead-in with Person of Interest, and Scandal is the only scripted show it has to compete with.

Two and a Half Men is moving to Thursdays at 8:30, following The Big Bang Theory. I really hate when networks put shows I can’t stand next to shows I love, especially with comedies. Plus, Two and a Half Men seems like a terrible lead-in for Person of Interest. The move is to make room for Partners, which will air at 8:30 on Mondays, following How I Met Your Mother, while 2 Broke Girls moves down to 9PM.

The 1960s cowboy cop vs. criminal casino owner show Vegas will take the Tuesdays at 10 spot thankfully vacated by Unforgettable (so glad to see that show go) following NCIS: Los Angeles. The show looks a lot better than I was anticipating.

CSI:NY will move to 8 on Fridays, to make room for new show Made in Jersey at 9. Is it just me, or does the main actress’s actual British accent sort of destroy the whole “Jersey girl makes good” vibe of the show in the sneak peek below?

What shows will you be watching on CBS next fall?

CBS 2012-13 Primetime Schedule: ’2 Broke Girls’ To 9pm, ‘Mentalist’ To Sunday, ‘Two & A Half Men’ To Thursday, ‘CSI:NY’ To 8pm – Ratings | TVbytheNumbers.

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Elementary, Partners and Vegas TV Shows Picked Up By CBS – TVLine

Here’s a list with descriptions of CBS’s new show pickups. Most notable is the American Sherlock remake Elementary with Watson as a woman. I’ve added my initial thoughts on them to my 2012-2013 list.

Elementary, Partners and Vegas TV Shows Picked Up By CBS – TVLine.

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New Fall TV Shows 2012 — Full List With Preview Photos – TVLine

The reason that I link to TVLine so often is because they are so awesome at what they do – for example, this planned-to-be-updated slideshow on the fall TV pickups. They do miss out on one thing, though – personal commentary. Which I’m happy to provide. I don’t treat shows with their evenhanded professionalism – I have my favorites, and I’m not afraid to talk about them more, bash (kindly) crappy shows, and outright ignore TV that I don’t think is worthy of attention.

While it’s hard to judge a potential show by a cast list, description, and possibly a cast photo (especially comedies), here’s my first thoughts on which shows I’ll be checking out next fall.

666 Park Avenue – ABC – possibly, want to check out the preview to see whether this leans toward horror or supernatural fun, more likely to watch if the latter.

1600 Penn – NBC – the fact that this is a comedy and stars Bill Pullman (who’s played a president before) makes me more likely to watch this.

Animal Practice – NBC – not feeling this comedy of about an antisocial vet. If the previews make me laugh and it’s a good timeslot, I might check it out, though.

Arrow – the CW – definitely will try out this one, superhero shows were notably missing on TV this past year.

Beauty and the Beast – the CW – the fact that Jay Ryan only sprouts his beast-like qualities when angry gives this a bit of a Grimm feel, and improves its less-than-impressive 80s pedigree.

Ben & Kate – Fox – could be fun, could be a disaster, waiting for previews to decide whether I’ll take it for a spin.

The Carrie Diaries – the CW – nope. Not gonna watch, no matter how much I like Annasophia Robb. The CW passed on The Selection for this?

Chicago Fire – NBC – how can a cast photo make me less interested in a show? Don’t know exactly, but this one does, and I wasn’t too hot about the show in the first place, despite enjoying Jesse Spencer on House. Thinking it may be this year’s Trauma.

Cult – the CW – high-concept show that has a description which bores me. A favorite actor might have reeled me in to try it, but I think the show-within-a-show aspect will eventually kill it.

Do No Harm – NBC – medical shows usually generate a pass for me, but the dark alter-ego thing might pull me in, if the previews wow me.

Elementary – CBS – I know this won’t live up to the awesomeness of BBC’s Sherlock, but since I enjoy most Holmes reimaginings I’ll give this a try.

The Family Tools – ABC – not really interested, but if the previews make me laugh, I might spare a half hour to give it a fair shot.

First Cut – the CW – pass. Medical meets high school drama sounds boring.

The Following – Fox – no serial killers for me, thank you.

Friend Me – CBS – checking this comedy out solely for Gupta (aka actor Parvesh Cheena)

Golden Boy – CBS – one guy’s journey from police officer to commissioner? Yawn.

The Goodwin Games – Fox – I like How I Met Your Mother, so if this show can make me laugh too, I’m in.

Go On – NBC – now this is a cast photo that works! I couldn’t have cared less about this show, but the tone set by the photo (above) makes me think it will be worth checking out.

Guys With Kids – NBC – sounds like a companion show for Up All Night, and since I don’t watch that . . .

Hannibal – NBC – did I mention no serial killers? Pity that Hugh Dancy will be in it, since I actually like his acting.

How To Live With Your Parents For the Rest of Your Life – ABC – could be fun, but shorten the title, please.

Infamous – NBC – intriguing undercover premise. I have a feeling I may pass on this out of sheer busyness, but I’ll let the previews make up my mind.

Last Resort – ABC – premise of a nuclear sub that refuses orders was enough to hook me, the additions of Dichen Lachman (Dollhouse) and Autumn Reeser (No Ordinary Family) to the cast made this a project I was rooting for.

Made in Jersey – CBS – not much info, but lawyer shows usually indicate a pass for me.

Malibu Country – ABC – if you knew my tastes in music, you’d understand why this is a huge NO.

The Mindy Project – Fox – curious to see what Kaling can do as not-Kelly, so despite the medical theme (boy, a lot of networks are trying to fill House’s place!), I’ll probably watch the pilot.

The Mob Doctor – Fox – I mean it, enough with the medical shows already! Ha, I have a feeling she’ll be digging a lot of bullets out of people.

Nashville – ABC – yes, country music is the genre I hate, so NO.

The Neighbors – ABC – a gated community of aliens? I have to see where they’re going to go with this.

The New Normal – NBC – pass.

Next Caller – NBC – another case of the cast photo working, plus Jeremy Tambor was great on Bent. This just moved from pass to checking out the pilot!

Partners – CBS – pass.

Red Widow – ABC – premise doesn’t pull me in enough.

Revolution – NBC – a few actors I’m familiar with and a decent premise make this a “see if the previews are any good” maybe for me.

Save Me – NBC – this just looks like a blend of creepy and blah. Huge pass.

Vegas – CBS – what is with networks and the 60s? Wanting the next Mad Men? Pass.

Zero Hour – ABC – need more info on what conspiracy they’re featuring, but this is leaning towards a pass.

New Fall TV Shows 2012 — Full List With Preview Photos – TVLine.

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Lucy Liu Cast as Watson in Sherlock Holmes Pilot Elementary — CBS

Well, so much for Elementary being simply an American remake of Sherlock! Having a woman play the role of Watson is sure to make Elementary a very different show. Farewell to bromance. Hello to will-they-or-won’t-they tension typical of Bones, Castle, and the like. Or maybe the show will adopt Warehouse 13’s buddy partnership to make room for Adler. Will Moriarty try to sweep Watson off her feet to get to Sherlock?

My initial opinion of the idea is that the show will either lose too much of its uniqueness by making Elementary similar to other procedurals, or try too hard to “reinvent” Holmes and Watson that it becomes a caricature.

Lucy Liu Cast as Watson in Sherlock Holmes Pilot Elementary — CBS.

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Five ways Psych is like Sherlock Holmes’ “The Red-Headed League” | CliqueClack TV

With all the discussion about the show Elementary “stealing” the idea of a modern-day Sherlock Holmes from BBC’s Sherlock, I thought this article comparing Holmes and Psych was especially apt. Usually House is touted as already being an American version of Sherlock Holmes, but this article clearly shows that Psych can be considered one as well. From gathering clues through observation to a medically-inclined sidekick/friend/indispensable colleague, Shawn and Sherlock aren’t as far apart as they might first appear.

Five ways Psych is like Sherlock Holmes’ “The Red-Headed League” | CliqueClack TV.

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Dan’s Media Digest: ELEMENTARY, dear Jonny

I’ve heard bits about Elementary, an American modern take on Sherlock Holmes (as opposed to the British modern take, Sherlock) for months, but they finally have cast the detective himself. Jonny Lee Miller (who I know from his playing the leading man in several Jane Austen adaptions) will be bringing the distinctly British legend to New York.

Some people are claiming it’s a blatant rip-off of Sherlock. I think that it may be inspired by the show, but I’m kind of glad it’s not a direct remake. Those type of shows (Being Human, The Office) usually take a season before they start being their own show. And two recent American remakes of British shows haven’t succeeded very well (Free Agents, Prime Suspect).

For another thing, a modern reimagining of Sherlock Holmes has already been gracing US TV for 8 years. House turned the detective into an antisocial doctor fascinated by medical mysteries. It seems fitting that Elementary should get its chance as House is ending.

I’m not delusional in thinking that Elementary will live up to the greatness of Sherlock. But given that it takes a full year or more to get three 90-minute episodes of the British show, I think there’s room for a show that explores Holmes’ brilliance and idiosyncrasies on a more frequent basis. Plus Elementary will have a unique fish-out-of-water aspect if Holmes is a recent transplant to America.

Thanks to Ruth Anderson for the link!

Dan’s Media Digest: ELEMENTARY, dear Jonny.

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