Comic-Con 2012: ‘Elementary’ Panel

Published 3 years ago by , Updated July 16th, 2012 at 10:05 am,

elementary cbs comic con 2012 Comic Con 2012: Elementary Panel

Sherlock Holmes comes to New York City in the new CBS drama Elementary. The show features Johnny Lee Miller as Holmes and Lucy Liu as his sidekick, Dr. Joan Watson. If you’re interested in the program, the cast and crew will be participating in a panel at Comic Con 2012 where they will tell us what we can loo forward to.

Screen Rant will be there to cover the Elementary sneak preview along with the panel discussion featuring cast members Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu and executive producers Robert Doherty and Carl Beverly.

If you’re attending the convention, you can check out the panel yourself at 7:00 PM Pacific Time in Ballroom 20. If not, keep it parked right here and for the latest on this intriguing new program.

Elementary panel is set to start in a few moments…Sherlock Holmes is back on the case.

Cast of Elementary was just introduced. Let the panel begin.

Liu: “Rob was really thinking outside the box…” in casting a female as Watson.

On whether he would use the Sherlock Holmes stories readers already know or if he would create new ones, show creator Rob Doherty stated the following: “We love the original stories. We love the original books…What we love is the relationship.” However, he wants to create new stories for the series and build off of the characters we already know.

Audience question: How are you responding to the criticism that Watson is female and Asian?

Liu responded that her career has often been about criticism but in taking on a controversial role, she said, “You have to be a pioneer.” She added that “When you do stuff, it’s not always to please other people. It’s to please yourself.”

Asked about playing such a well-known character, Miller said that because the character has been adapted so many times, it takes a lot of pressure off but he goes back to the original books to try to recapture the character.

Liu notes that other adaptations didn’t focus on Holmes’ drug issues but the show and CBS are brave enough to take that controversial situation on.

Keep an eye on the Screen Rant Comic-Con page for all the convention news.

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  1. this show isn’t needed.

    • I can say that same thing about any show!

  2. Sherlock Holmes “drug abuse” was mentioned hardly at all and not in story after story. It was 7 percent solution of Cocaine which at the time was legal and apparently he didn’t take it enough to make him an addict & mess up his life.
    “Sherlock” BBC-PBS show has Sherlock trying to quite smoking but there are hints that there may of been something in the past but again not something that was going to be more than that.
    There was another show years ago with a female Watson.

  3. One if the stupidest decisions ever. NOTHING will ever come close to Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock.

  4. really not looking forward to this but i will still check out the first few eps to see how it is.

  5. Holmes’ drug abuse was dealt with in an indirect adaptation. The show’s name was House M.D. And by the creators’ own admission, it was Holmes as a doctor detective.

  6. Yes, Watson as a female because Rob Doherty was trying to “think outside the box”. Let’s face it, the reason Watson is a woman is because heaven forbid there is an American television show without sexual/romantic tension.
    I’m not being anti-American with that comment, I’m not being sexist, I’m not even an A.C. Doyle purist (I thoroughly enjoyed both of Guy Ritchie’s movies) but there are some things, such as a character’s gender, that you just don’t change in the transition from the source material.

  7. i’m just laughing that they made this. The BBC Sherlock is fantastic enough. Because this has a 40 minute time slot, there’s no comparison with the BBC one. SHERLOCK is more of a collection of great films with one overarching story.

  8. PBS give us three TV movies every two years. And with Cumberbatch and Freeman transitioning to movies (Cumberbatch especially being in high demand), I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s even longer for the next batch – if we even see anymore at all. Also, except for the first one, this last batch didn’t impress me much. I though the Hound if the Baskerville one was pretty awful. Plus we have to deal with British TV production values which is pretty bad. Grahm Norton is their best looking show.

    It’s pretty simple. I’ll watch the show. If I like it, I continue to watch and if I don’t like it, I’ll turn the channel.