‘Elementary’ Casts ‘House’s’ Lisa Edelstein In Season 1 Role

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Lisa Edelstein on Elementary Elementary Casts Houses Lisa Edelstein In Season 1 Role

House alum Lisa Edelstein is moving from the hospital room to the boardroom by guest-starring on CBS’ modern-day Sherlock Holmes revival, Elementary. Dropping by in the seventh episode of the season, Edelstein will play a charismatic CEO of a high-end PR consultancy named Heather Vanowen.

Vanowen is labeled as a smart and confident businesswomen, who will cross-purposes with the brilliant detective Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) during his investigation into a deadly bombing that appears to be linked to her company.

Butting-heads with eccentric geniuses is nothing new for Edelstein, who is probably best known for her role as the uptight hospital administrator Dr. Lisa Cuddy on Fox’s long-running medical drama, House. Fans of the superhero-genre may not readily recognize Edelstein’s face, but perhaps remember her voice work as Lex Luthor’s Amazonian bodyguard/personal assistant, Mercy Graves, in Superman: The Animated Series, Justice League and Justice League Unlimited.

Following the House finale, Edelstein appeared in a multi-episode guest-spot on The Good Wife as Will Gardner’s (Josh Charles) feisty ex, Celeste Serano; she also appeared on Children’s Hospital as both herself and her popular House character, Lisa Cuddy. This year Edelstein co-starred in the Lifetime movie, Blue-Eyed Butcher.

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Also joining Edelstein for some Sherlockian-shenanigans is actress Callie Thorne (Necessary Roughness) who pops in around episode 6 as Terry D’Amico, a veteran NYPD detective and Captain Gregson’s (Aidan Quinn) former partner. It turns out that she and the captain impulsively imprisoned the wrong man for a string of deadly home invasions years ago. Currently, Thorne’s character is excepted to be a recurring role.

Elementary stars Jonny Lee Miller as the brilliant (and recently sober) detective Sherlock Holmes, who is currently living in New York after attending rehab. Actress Lucy Liu stars as Dr. Joan Watson, who lives with Holmes as his “sober companion” to assist his transition from rehab into regular life. Last week Elementary’s premiere episode pulled in a total of 13.4 million viewers and a 3.1 demo rating, which placed the CBS’ updated Holmesian drama at second (on both counts) for any new drama series.


Catch Elementary airs Thursdays @ 10/9c on CBS

Source: TV Line.

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  1. Wow thanks for the news!!!!!! I love Lisa so much and this role sounds like a blast :D

  2. This is very cool. I’ve been a House fan, and I’m definitely a fan of Elementary. A buddy who works with me at DISH thinks that Elementary will reshape the Sherlock Holmes franchise. I think that the idea of switching Watson to a girl—especially Lucy Liu—is very interesting; it should help appeal to a new audience, too. I’ll be looking forward to the entire season and all of the guest-stars that the show brings its way. My Hopper has so much memory that I might save the entire season, along with my many other shows, just for those nostalgic moments.

  3. Let’s see, billie, Rick and a third name, all hawking DISH and some device they have…ENOUGH! Ban them.

    I could pass on Edelstein, she’s a decent actress but her voice to me is like fingernails on a chalkboard.

    As for Callie Thorne, she has her own USA show, so how will she be on both?

    • USA Network seasons are produced during the middle of regular seasons and in effect the crossover is different. Plus shows on USA are lower in numbers and are more set oriented than open world of regular TV. Callie Thorne can do a recurring spot on Elementary.

      • Am I the only one who would be amused if she was a therapist to celebrities that Sherlock starts seeing.

    • Surely there are many actresses who could have played this character, Terry D’Amico instead of that Calli Thorne. Having to listen to her annoying voice was enough on Rescue and now on Necessary Roughness. It really turned me off to see her on Elementary. She is just being greedy. Ditto for that Poppy Montgomery. These actors and actresses need to stay off the air for a while after being on a series before trying again as another character. How fast do they spend all that money! I’d like to see others who have studied their craft and would be able to fill a role who are likely trying and trying to get a chance.

  4. Cashing in on a House star will not save this show. It an average crime show at best and is certainly NOT Sherlock Holmes. The only similarity this show shares with Sherlock is in name only in my opinion. This is Hollywoods take on “what WE can do to the character” rather than “how can we bring this character to life.” It’s not Sherlock Holmes its a crime drama cashing in on the name that the WB & BBC helped to reignite for film and tv.

    • There are pleanty of similarities between Elementary’s Sherlock Holmes and the original character. Most of the differences in the character seem to be how growing up in todays society might result in changes for Holmes (for instance being put through rehab and having a companion forced on him are elements that probably wouldn’t have happened then).

      Where this show differs is that while it is using the characters the books – it is telling its own stories and not the familiar ones from the books. Which is probably a smart idea since the BBC is doing a brilliant and superior job.

      You can argue whether or not this show is any good, but to say the only thing it shares with the book is the name Sherlock Holmes mean you either have not watched the show or are just being willfully petty because you don’t like it.

      • Classic screenrant jab because someone doesn’t agree with the show. Actually as Holmes author I can safely say this show is very much ‘not’ Sherlock Holmes. It’s a detective show that is playing a few elements of Sherlock Holmes. Sure, he has bees, sure he plays the violin, and sure he’s british. But Holmes was never a drug addict. He took them yes, but was never addicted. Holmes doesn’t show his hand every two seconds. He waits till he’s gathered all the facts and indisputable proof then reveals what he knows. This one fires off at every chance. Holmes finds Watson useful and find Watson’s fresh eyes a powerful too, this one is being babysat by Watson and makes Holmes look very unimpressive at times.
        Having a companion forced upon him ruins wholeheartedly what the relationship between Holmes and Watson really is. It’s not an honest friendship its not anything what Holmes would do or agree too, mainly because he doesn’t need too. Fact is the producers of the show (and yes I know this as fact from a screening of the show in LA) said ‘we want to see what we can do with this character, this is our interpretations’ which means they are doing whatever the hell they want and NOT doing their best to make the character in the book come to life. The character in the book is colourful enough and does not need a hollywood treatment to make him some dark tormented person just to make him interesting (i.e. Sherlock hiring prostitutes?!) – because Holmes is not that at all.
        That is what the BBC and WB did well. They brought the character from the books to life in their own unique ways.
        The show itself is an average crime show, and i’ll admit the second episode was far better than the first, but as a whole it is not sherlock holmes. It’s cashing in on the name while they do their own thing.

  5. I haven’t even seen this show yet and I thought it looked like a clone of “House” as it was.

    • IS that a bad thing?

  6. Elementary isn’t as bad as I thought it would be, and whose better she actually ends up being Irene Adler?

  7. Lisa E/Rubin Residenec Hall/1984………..horrible!

  8. Luke nailed it.

    How is this not cancelled yet?