Jonny Lee Miller Set To Play Sherlock Holmes In CBS's TV Series ELEMENTARY

Jonny Lee Miller Set To Play Sherlock Holmes In CBS's TV Series ELEMENTARY

Eli Stone and Dexter star has been tapped to play another version of modern-day Sherlock Holmes in US television show Elementary. Check it out...

Jonny Lee Miller, the actor best known for his roles in Eli Stone, Dexter, Trainspotting, is set to play another modern-day Sherlock Holmes in CBS's upcoming TV series called Elementary. From Deadline:

"CBS’s Sherlock Holmes reboot Elementary has solved its first big mystery — who will play the famous detective. Former Eli Stone star Jonny Lee Miller has been tapped as the lead of the project, a modern take on the cases of Sherlock Holmes who now lives in New York City."


With BBC's Sherlock being a huge success, it was only a matter of time when we would see a US version of the modern-day Sherlock Holmes. What's interesting here is that Jonny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumberbatch were two main leads in the the stage adaptation of Frankenstein, directed by Danny Boyle. Miller can next be seen in Tim Burton's Dark Shadows. What do you think of this casting?

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LucasMend - 2/14/2012, 11:33 AM
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Jesus CBS, I don't like this guy. Saw him on Dexter, he was so horrible on that. ugh

AlexDeLarge87 - 2/14/2012, 11:38 AM
He was good in Trainspotting.

This show is gonna suck thou.
imnotahero - 2/14/2012, 11:49 AM
CBS can go [frick] themselves. BBC has already perfected Sherlock Holmes.
santoanderson - 2/14/2012, 11:49 AM
Let's beat the whole Sherlock horse to death, why don't we.
FrankGarret - 2/14/2012, 11:54 AM
Moffat and Gatsis, y'all.

Fabster360 - 2/14/2012, 11:57 AM
I'm with @imnotahero. BBC's Sherlock is perfect.

This is just an excuse for American television to cash in on the Sherlock Holmes popularity surge.
HelaGood - 2/14/2012, 12:00 PM
i confirm the "BBC's Sherlock is perfect" comment!

i think American television missed the bus on this already.

American television... late as usual.
SuperDude001 - 2/14/2012, 12:03 PM
Isn't he a bit short for Sherlock?
AC1 - 2/14/2012, 12:04 PM
No original ideas left in film/TV anymore. Sherlock was a pretty original idea (modern adaptation of Sherlock Holmes), and now CBS, a TV company that so obviously is run by creatively-stunted idiots, is doing some shitty remake of it, ripping off the idea completely. It'll probably be written by some unimaginative, illiterate hack, and rip off the story arcs of the British Sherlock series, dragging each British episode out over 4 American ones.

Why do they have to tie this to Sherlock Holmes at all? Just have him be a Private Detective in America! Have homages to Holmes in there, but don't try to float along, piggybacking off the success of one of the most successful and iconic characters in literary history! And what a shit title too! I get it's a play on Holmes' most famous line that everyone misquotes, but it makes it sound like a dumbed down Sherlock Holmes for little kids... come to think of it, that's a perfectly suited title to this drivel.

I hope this meets the same fate as that Wonder Woman series, i.e. canceled before real production because the pilot is so shit. BBC best sue these unoriginal [frick]ers.
redsoxdude - 2/14/2012, 12:05 PM
I have to agree. I just finished all the Misfits seasons (not sure what station it came from). British shows are really good. Sherlock will be my next show i try and watch.
I am way behind on all shows. (wife has me watching Lost now)
AC1 - 2/14/2012, 12:13 PM
@Gusto what's Snooki? Is it old people lingo for shit?
randymongoose - 2/14/2012, 12:14 PM
I'm torn, I love Jonny Lee cos he went to same school as me, but I don't want this show to happen..
Once again Jonny lee will be in a show that lasts a season
redsoxdude - 2/14/2012, 12:14 PM
Snooki makes me want to gouge my eyes out with a spork :P
Fist pump!
BlindLemonShemp - 2/14/2012, 12:17 PM
damn... this makes me die a little inside.
on a side note... i just found out that Showtime's show 'Shameless' is a cheap rip off of a british show!

i mean really cheap too... same character names, same plot lines, but with americans
AC1 - 2/14/2012, 12:19 PM
Despite how much I despise the idea of this series though, I've never seen this guy act, so I'm not being negative toward him. I can't comment on his acting. It's just the idea of this series is annoying.

Plus, there's a fundamental flaw with this concept. This series would be missing one of the most important characters in the Sherlock Holmes mythos. London is as much of a character as Holmes or Watson or Mrs Hudson or Lestrade. The very essence of Holmes is imbued in London. The furthest this can be stretched without losing the character is bringing London to the modern day instead of the more traditional Victorian London.
MrBlueSky - 2/14/2012, 12:20 PM
@ACira Think of it as a cross between an Oompa-Loompa and a hooker.

And to the morons at CBS:



BBC already beat you to the punch. And now you're getting sued over it. TS.

Also, British TV FTW (and that's coming from an American).
tazmaniak - 2/14/2012, 12:20 PM
Shameless is not a ripoff, it's an American adaptation.
Talontd - 2/14/2012, 12:22 PM
I'm SOOOOOOO sick of people whinning about this remake.....GUESS WHAT?...your RIGHT!!! BBC's SHERLOCK is perfect and absolutely BRILLIANT!!!!

And if you could make a show with MORE THAN 3 FCUKING EPISODES A SEASON, WE WOULDN'T HAVE TO REMAKE IT!!!!
AC1 - 2/14/2012, 12:24 PM
there are only certain shows that could be remade, and they should be remade LOOSELY. Being Human is a good example. The original BBC version is superior, but I've heard that the US version isn't bad either. Because it's not a rip off. It's very similar, but there's enough difference to make it its own thing (e.g. different characters being analogous to each other between series'). Even that's pushing it a bit.


Sherlock, however, is a self contained thing. It shouldn't be remade.
Talontd - 2/14/2012, 12:24 PM
SHAMELESS & BEING HUMAN are two EXCELLENT remakes (or adaptations if you prefer). This doesn't automatically mean it's going to be bad...
AC1 - 2/14/2012, 12:29 PM
@Talontd I'd take 3 perfect, well crafted episodes a season over 25 "episodes" of some Americanized shit that's pretty much been produced via writers taking turns to shit on script paper and turn it in to the studios who can't think of their own ideas.

Quality over Quantity.

Plus you shouldn't think of them as episodes anyway. They're more like mini movies. Releasing each series as a mini series allows it to remain fresher for longer, and for much more time for the creative team behind it to think of better ideas, and craft them properly. I mean, you wouldn't expect a studio to start pumping out multiple movies for the same series in the same year, every year, for who knows how long, would you?
misner89 - 2/14/2012, 12:30 PM
thought he died on dexter lmaoo
Bread - 2/14/2012, 12:30 PM
How do you put pictures in comments?
AC1 - 2/14/2012, 12:31 PM
@Gusto

Also, tea has a very good point
redsoxdude - 2/14/2012, 12:53 PM
^^That's the damn truth.
kalel94 - 2/14/2012, 12:55 PM
"There is nothing new under the sun. It has all been done before."
- Sherlock Holmes
valeriesghost - 2/14/2012, 12:55 PM
broadcast TV doesn't lend itself well to quality shows here in the states. The best shows are on HBO, SHOWTIME etc. There is no way this show will come close to how good Sherlock is.
valeriesghost - 2/14/2012, 12:56 PM
lmao@gusto, checkmate indeed you dirty brits
Ranger14 - 2/14/2012, 1:05 PM
All other points taken in consideration...I still agree with Talontd.
tazmaniak - 2/14/2012, 1:18 PM
The bottom line is, both the US and UK feed off of each other, in terms of TV entertainment.While the US has had more adaptations, the UK has had it's fair share of shows directly inspired by notable US series.

We've been going back and forth for years.

Buffy - inspired the revived Doctor Who, Torchwood, The Fades, Hex, Demons and Being Human.

How many UK primetime teen dramas were inspired by the string of US teen dramas that came after the original 90210?

No country makes better shows than the other.I'll take some of my favorite US shows like The Wire, The Shield and The Sopranos and weigh them against some of my favorite UK shows like Sherlock, Luther and Misfits and they're both about equal.They both make good shows, just as they both make their fair amount a crap.I've noticed a lot of people from the US feel all UK shows are great, but that's only because the crap doesn't make it over hear.

I really like Sherlock and it's concept, so there's a chance I might also enjoy this show.While I don't watch any shows on CBS, I'll still give it a try.Might be good, might be bad.But I certainly wouldn't say it's going to be bad simply because there's already another Sherlock show on in another country.If I went by that logic, I never would have watched/enjoyed Camelot, because the UK was already producing Merlin.

As for adaptations, I like Shameless and Being Human.They are great adaptations that keep the spirit of the original series, while at the same time capturing an American feel.

I'm all for adaptations and the sharing of ideas.
HelaGood - 2/14/2012, 1:19 PM
i thought THIS was Snooki...



and i believe she wants "smoosh smoosh"
AC1 - 2/14/2012, 1:26 PM
Ooh, one American remake of a UK show that did well - The Office. Certain things lend themselves to remakes. Sherlock doesnt.

Besides, there are already a bunch of good US shows out there, like Two and a Half Men, Scrubs, Mad Men, The Walking Dead, Inside the Actor's Studio and more... And I also think, unless your watching a channel like HBO, American TV seems to be better with comedies than anything else.
AC1 - 2/14/2012, 1:35 PM
@tazmaniak agreed, although I would argue that Merlin and Camelot are two very different versions of the Arthur mythology. Merlin is like Smallville but about Arthur's right hand wizard (that's what the creators say anyway), whereas Camelot is a more dramatic, adult version of the story.
headlopper - 2/14/2012, 1:37 PM
U.S. TV = awesome! Behold!

blvdnoise - 2/14/2012, 1:54 PM
Dade Murphy..
Talontd - 2/14/2012, 2:55 PM
@ACira -

Who said I wanted a poorly crafted show? I want SHERLOCK, just as it is, with 10 to 15 episodes a season! I actually prefer the american BEING HUMAN to its british counterpart because with the extra episodes they are able to develop the stories MUCH better IMO.

But, to each his own.....you can't really fault me for wanting more of a good thing can you?
AC1 - 2/14/2012, 3:04 PM
@Talontd well yeah, in an ideal world, we'd be getting like 15 episodes of Sherlock per series, each as high quality as the ones being produced now. But I do think the quality of the show is so high because we receive it in such small doses. The writers create these individual episodic stories, and each series of 3 creates an overall story arc. I think the quality would suffer if the number of episodes per series increased to the standard amount in a US series. Maybe an increase to 4 or 5 episodes could work, but I think if it was any more than that, they'd run out of ideas. It seems to happen with most shows, they start off great, then they get overdone and end badly.

Plus, when we think about Sherlock, each episode is adapted from a story or novel written by Arthur Conan Doyle, meaning there may be a limit to how many episodes they could make (if they're choosing to only adapt Conan Doyle's works, which I think is a good idea). A few original ideas/episodes could be fun, but I'd rather the show be spaced out rather than ending too soon, you know?

Anyway, sorry if I came off as hostile earlier, I just really think this Elementary series is a bad idea. But hey, who knows, it could end up being good, and I may finally decide to stop being so stubborn and watch the show? Or, it could be a disaster.
Solitario - 2/14/2012, 3:23 PM
Fail!!!!

Niuhll - 2/14/2012, 3:26 PM
3 episodes turns it into an event. I didn't realise until recently how often we do that with shows. Sherlock only had 3, This is England '88 and Black Mirror was 3 episodes and Dead Set was 5 (?) once a night in the run up to Halloween.

Those 4 stand as some of the best things i've seen on TV. I've never seen the american remakes of any British shows, with the exception of the Office, which now has become it's own show, and a good one. My problem only being that, the first series, usually is almost an exact remake, and if it survives that it goes off and becomes its own show. When it could just be its own show, with a similar setting from the get go.

This to me is not needed.
CherryBomb - 2/14/2012, 4:27 PM
This guy, really? I'm sure he's good ... but I kinda expected/wanted/needed a bigger name for this project.
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