Sherlock Holmes is one of pop culture's most enduring characters, so it's no wonder that every generation takes its stab at updating the great detective. But on the heels of the Doctor Who mastermind's superlative BBC revamp, why would CBS even try?
If you haven't seen Moffat's updated take on Arthur Conan Doyle's sleuth for the ages, then you're missing out on almost six hours of television glory, with the impeccably cheekboned Benedict Cumberbatch as the sociopathic detective and Martin Freeman as Watson, the distraught, distressed veteran of the Afghan wars. It perfectly captures Holmes' old school mania while dragging it into a world of text messaging, blogging and electronic surveillance. After a three-episode first season—oh, the British—Sherlock has just wrapped another batch of mysteries.
And that hit airwaves after Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law had their way with Holmes and Watson in 2009's gazillion-dollar-grossing feature—the sequel to which, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, unspools this December.
In other words: The Holmes-space is already rather full. But CBS is plunging forward with a pilot script by Medium and Tru Calling's Rob Doherty anyway. Let's give Moffat the last word, shall we?