Now that Sherlock Holmes is back in the public eye, CBS wants to put bring the detective to televisions across the United States.
CBS has announced that it's ordered a pilot for a new TV show called Elementary, "a modern-day take on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's iconic Sherlock Holmes cases." The show is being produced and written by Robert Doherty, who is known for his hand in that other popular CBS crime drama, Medium.
At the moment, details about Elementary are few and far between, including the general setting of the show and how Holmes himself will be portrayed. However, this means that between Elementary and the BBC's (excellent) Sherlock, there will be two Sherlock Holmes shows on television.
What will be interesting to see is if Elementary will be able to differentiate itself enough from Sherlock to gain an audience of its own or alienate fans. However, this is the best time to produce a new show about the character, since the BBC just finished airing the most recent series and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows is wrapping up a gangbuster run at the box office. That means that Sherlock Holmes is still in peoples' minds and there's an empty period of time where CBS won't face any competition for Doyle fans' attention.
Still, keep this in mind: There's already another season of Sherlock planned for 2013, and Sherlock Holmes 3 is apparently planned for late 2013. Even if Elementary is well-done, the show may very well oversaturate the entertainment industry with the character.
Source: Screen Rant