Moffat explains how CBS's Elementary could hurt his Sherlock show

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Dec 17, 2012, 3:16 PM EST

Hitmaker Steven Moffat may be keeping busy with the latest series of Doctor Who, but that hasn't stopped him from opening up about his thoughts on CBS's modern-day Sherlock Holmes reboot Elementary—which many believe to be a somewhat blatant ripoff of Moffat's critically acclaimed Sherlock.

If Elementary happens to suck, Moffat said he's worried the negative buzz could potentially sour viewers on the concept of a modern-day Holmes and cause some negative backlash for his BBC series Sherlock.

"It's tough. If it's bad, it effects, it debases the coinage of our show. If it's too like our show? We'll have to take action. Already, [producer] Sue [Vertue] had to correct somebody in print saying she was off to produce the American version of Sherlock, and that's not ours. If their show isn't good, it damages us. I don't know, what do you imagine I think about it? It's pretty remarkable, really, I'd say."

Here's the interview, via IGN:

As you likely already know, CBS originally reached out to Moffat's team to craft a U.S. version of Sherlock. After they declined, the network signed Robert Doherty (Ringer, Tru Calling) to make their own series based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic detective.

To CBS's credit, Elementary does look to be a different beast than the BBC's more straightforward Sherlock. The Watson character has been recast as a woman (Lucy Liu), and Jonny Lee Miller's recovering-drug-addict version of Holmes bears little resemblance (apart from a penchant for long coats and scarves) to Benedict Cumberbatch's quirky detective.

What do you think about this whole Sherlock-mania?

(Via IGN)