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CBS to make a modern day Sherlock Holmes... wait, haven't we seen that somewhere before?


“Elementary, my dear Watson” will take on a whole different meaning...

American broadcaster CBS has just bought Sherlock Holmes, a drama programme from the CBS TV Studios. It's a modern day remake of the Arthur Conan Doyle classic, but just how soon is too soon to make a 'new, modern version' merely a year after the BBC/Masterpiece broadcast their own?

Sherlock, the hugely successful BBC Drama, has currently been sold to 18 territories, including Estonia, South Africa, and New Zealand. In fact, Andrew Shaw, from New Zealand's TVNZ said, on buying Sherlock: "Only rarely does a unique retelling of a timeless classic fall into your hands. I’m very happy to catch this one", so why is CBS so keen to try their hand and make their own in the wake of such a successful show, which picked up a BAFTA and four Emmy nominations after only three episodes? (Not forgetting the other recent remake, in the form of the Sherlock Holmes film, starring Robert Downey Junior and Jude Law.)

So, just how are CBS intending to make their 'modern take' unique? Will Holmes have an office in LA? Will a pair of CSI shades replace the Deerstalker? Or, will CBS go the same route as The Asylum and have Holmes fighting robot dinosaurs in Whitechapel? (Surely not.)

"Dear CBS, a modern-day Sherlock Holmes? Where, oh where, did you get that idea? We'll be watching” tweeted Steven Moffat, writer and co-creator of BBC Sherlock when the news was announced. So will we, Steven. So will we.


Rob Doherty, of Star Trek: Voyager, and Medium will write and produce Sherlock Holmes alongside Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly.

The first episode of BBC Sherlock's second series will be shown at the BFI Southbank Centre on the 6th of December and aired some time in early 2012.

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