We'd been wondering for a while whether the television-watching public would support two separate but similar modern-day Sherlock Holmes series. Now we have our answer.
It seems folks just can't get enough of everyone's favorite detective, as CBS has given its adaptation Elementary a full season order, following some very solid ratings for the freshmen drama.
The series took some heat during development for its apparent similarities to the BBC's stellar Sherlock, masterminded by current Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat. But the U.S. adaptation, starring Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu, has proven to be a similar but different-enough take on Doyle's character to carve out an ample mainstream niche.
The series will receive nine additional episodes, which will be combined with the initial order of 13 episodes for a full season of 22 episodes. Fellow drama series Vegas also received a back-nine episode order. Elementary is pulling in some great numbers, averaging 3.1 among adults 18-49, with 13.4 million first-run viewers.
Here's what CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler told The Hollywood Reporter about the announcement:
"Vegas and Elementary have opened strong, delivering big audiences and winning performances in important time periods. Each of the shows has rich characters, big stars and a unique visual style that have stood out in the crowd, helping make two of our strongest nights even stronger."It's funny to think that, in just one season, Elementary will have aired more than twice as much footage as the two short-run series of Sherlock. But I'm sure most fans would point to the old argument of quality over quantity.
What do you think? Is Elementary any good?
(Via The Hollywood Reporter)