Fox and NBC have already added some freshmen shows as permanent additions to this season’s TV schedule and now The CW and CBS are the latest networks to give a future to their new series.
Hot on the heels of the end of Smallville, the DC Comics adaptation of Arrow has just been given a full season order at The CW, while new dramas Elementary and Vegas will also stick around for at least one full season at CBS.
THR has word on Arrow starring Stephen Amell, who confirmed the series pick-up via his own Twitter. The new series gave The CW their highest ratings in three years, and the preview at New York Comic-Con certainly gave fans something to cheer about a couple weeks ago. It doesn’t hurt to have characters like Deathstroke and Torchwood star John Barrowman showing up this season either. Arrow finally marks a successful TV superhero endeavor for Greg Berlanti after his ABC series No Ordinary Family was canceled a little while back, and it’ll be around for at least one full season.
Meanwhile, over at CBS, LA Times reports the contemporary take on Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes seems to have legs, despite the fact that many viewers had already claimed loyalty to BBC’s most recent contemporary adaptation, Sherlock, of the classic detective starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. Elementary stars Jonny Lee Miller in the Sherlock role with a female variation on Watson portrayed by Lucy Liu. Though their chemistry isn’t as interesting as the larger premise, Miller’s turn as Holmes is fantastic, and some interesting previously unexplored elements of the relationship between Holmes and Watson should make for intriguing character development.
Hopefully the series gets a little less procedural and introduces Holmes’ well-known adversary Moriarty for a multi-episode (or perhaps even recurring) stint sometime soon. Guest stars like Johnny Simmons (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) in the third episode made for an interesting case and the promise of Lisa Edelstein guest starring – former star of the Holmes-inspired series House M.D. – is good, but as that medical drama illustrated in its later seasons, this procedural formula can get tiresome after awhile.
Finally, with Michael Chiklis on the wrong side of the law – led by Dennis Quaid as sheriff – Vegas seems to have found a decent audience as the series from GoodFellas writer Nicholas Pileggi and Without a Trace executive producer Greg Walker is the second new drama to get longer life this season at CBS. Chiklis had great success with The Shield, and while this show doesn’t seem to be up to par with Shawn Ryan’s gritty crime drama, it’s a solid TV home for the actor. Quaid is venturing into TV for the first time, and it seems to have paid off for now. At least it’s better than CSI: Miami.
Arrow airs Wednesday’s at 8/7c on the CW.
Vegas airs Tuesdays at 10/9c and Elementary airs Thursday at 10/9c, both on CBS.