Having previously posted about Lucy Liu as the new TV Watson, I thought there might be some interest in a slightly more detailed look at the modernised take on Sherlock Holmes being prepped by CBS for broadcast this Autumn. The broadcaster has now released the first official image (right) and the first official video too (see below).
Johnny Lee Miller plays Sherlock, who appears here sporting a grungy mane and a very large tattoo over his left shoulder (hmm, not too sure what I think of that). He is established here as having acted previously as an unpaid Scotland Yard ‘consultant’, but is now living in New York. The big departure of course is Liu being cast as ‘Joan Watson’, who we discover has been hired by Holmes’ father (!) to take care of the great detective after what appears to have been a bout in rehab (or maybe prison given that tattoo …).
Aiden Quinn is playing the senior detective, Captain Gregson, while Manny Perez is presumably playing the ‘Lestrade’ role (sic), or maybe Quinn is – not too clear so far frankly.
So, Sherlock as rock star detective with substance abuse problems maybe in his past, with more than a touch of Asperger’s style lack of social skills. Sounds like it could work quite well on the box actually. But have we seen this approach too many times of late?
For those who don’t think it all sounds a bit sacrilegious, there is now a preview video about the show that has just been made available online. On first inspection, the best thing about it is probably is that it doesn’t look anything like the current BBC Sherlock starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, which is a relief. Let’s see what happens …