CBS Releases Sneak Peek Trailers for ‘Elementary’ & ‘Vegas’

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During the network’s upfront presentation, CBS president Les Moonves offered a behind the scenes look at Elementary, the somewhat contentious Sherlock Holmes modernization starring Johnny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu, as well as the promising period drama Vegas with Dennis Quaid making his first foray into a regular television series.

For the past several years, CBS has ruled the airwaves with a powerful combination of sitcoms and procedural dramas revolving around various facets of the law as they crack down on a variety of criminal scum determined to get away with murder. It was a great formula that took CBS to the top of the broadcast food chain and also served to make the Eye Network synonymous with cop dramas. However, as news came recently that one of the network’s long-time earners, CSI: Miami, would be getting the axe, the announcement of fresh new procedurals aiming to fill that void was expected soon after.

Since CBS only ordered a handful of new programs for the fall, there is a lot riding on Elementary and Vegas in terms of the network being able to bring in original content, rather than spin successful shows off ad-infinitum – though there is likely to be some debate about the originality of Elementary, regardless of who is playing Watson. As you undoubtedly noticed in the behind the scenes featurette above, Lucy Liu is playing Joan Watson, former surgeon and current sober companion to Jonny Lee Miller’s Sherlock Holmes. Those aspects, in addition to the series being set in New York City, will serves as the key differences between Elementary and the BBC Sherlock series starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.

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Elementary also features a role for Aidan Quinn, fresh from NBC’s Prime Suspect, which was, coincidentally, also a remake of a popular BBC detective series. This time, however, Quinn will be playing Captain Tobias “Toby” Gregson, who worked with Holmes back when he was assigned to Scotland Yard.

Meanwhile, Moonves also unveiled the first look at the new period drams Vegas (formerly Ralph Lamb), from Goodfellas and Casino writer, Nicholas Pileggi. Boasting an impressive cast that included Dennis Quaid as Lamb, Carrie-Ann Moss as A.D.A. Kathrine O’Connell, Jason O’Mara (Terra Nova) as Ralph’s younger brother Jack Lamb and, finally, Michael Chiklis as mobster Vincent Savino.

Take a look at Vegas below:

After The Playboy Club and Pan Am both went bust, most viewers have likely grown weary anytime someone mentions period dramas – especially those set during the ’60s. Thankfully, Vegas isn’t keen on aping from the Mad Men stylebook, but instead seems to be following in the footsteps of FX’s Justified and Starz’ own ’60s crime drama, Magic City. This being network television, however, it will be interesting to see if Lamb’s battle with the mob can hold its own against the less restrictive depictions of violence and vice seen on its cable-based competitors.

Look for Elementary on Thursday nights @10pm and Vegas to air Tuesdays @10pm on CBS this fall.

Source: TV Line

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  1. Vegas doesn’t look bad.

    But OMG Elementary looks just as horrendous as everyone feared. There’s more wit, charm and decent acting in a single second of Sherlock, than there is in that trailer. Surely it won’t go to a full season? HAHAHAHAHA

  2. They both look fantastic, Elementary surprisingly so. They’re both really risky though. Elementary is obviously going to be compared to BBC’s Sherlock and the Guy Ritchie movies, so it’s got a tough battle to gain prominence in comparison and I just know Vegas is going to be compared with another period mobster TV show in Boardwalk Empire. And it’s a pretty tall task to try and achieve what BE has.

    Either way it’s going to be an interesting fall TV season.

  3. Ugh. Elementary looks awful. There isn’t a spark of life in any of those preview scenes. And his deductions sound so wooden and passionless. Usually regardless of the actor or the wardrobe you can say “This character IS Sherlock Holmes.” If I didn’t know what this show was I’d have no idea who he was supposed to be and that’s incredibly disappointing.

    • I agree on everything you said, but the scene where he says the girl was lying was actually good. Having Lucy Liu on this doesn’t help, but I’m still going to watch the pilot because its Sherlock. Hopefully its better than this trailer.

  4. Wow. Elementary made it past the pilot stage? Yikes, looks horrible

  5. See, i don’t think Elementary looks that bad. It’s strange to hear Miller with his natural accent. He’s done so much with an American accent, I sometimes forget that he’s British. I’ve always liked him, so I’m kind of rooting for him to make it this time around (Eli Stone was great). I, however, thin Lui is a horrible choice. Not because she’s female, but because she’s just not a good actress. She doesn’t have much of a dramatic range. Plus, it’s hard to look at her and not think Charlie’s Angels.

    • Have you seen Sherlock?

  6. I like the look of Vegas, but, I’m a big fan of Dennis Quaid (other than Legion). The show seems like a nice companion piece for CSI with a recognizable and interesting cast. It seems strange that Jason O’Mara is taking a supporting role at this point in his career, so, his character will be worth watching I imagine.

    Sherlock, on the other hand, looks a bit hammy. I suppose I’ve never thought of Sherlock Holmes as a quirky misfit a la this performance or even the homage that was House. I tend to think Johnny Depp’s character in From Hell was a closer depiction of Holmes (without being Holmes, of course). I wish the series well, but, I’m thinking the real mystery will be how this series will continue beyond season one.

  7. CBS already has an American Sherlock Holmes, his name is Patrick Jane. The only difference is he isn’t a fighter. They probably have this to fill the void of The Mentalist; I seriously hope it can.

  8. What? No, Dan Tanna in this new Vegas?

  9. i still might check out elementary because it is sherlock holmes.

    • It’s not real Sherlock Holmes, don’t be fooled. Watch BBC’s Sherlock, it’s on Netflix. If you want modern Sherlock Holmes, that’s the place to get it.

  10. Elementary looks terri-bad. So sad that CBS can’t just pony up the funds to air the extremely limited episodes of the finest modern Holmes any of us could hope for.

    Kudos BBC

    My condolences CBS

  11. Why does CBS have to run Sherlock? Americans can watch it on PBS. This is simply a personal observation, but three TV movies a year does not constitute a series. Didn’t Moffat and Gatiss get the idea for Sherlock from the 1940’s Hollywood Sherlock Holmes movies which were set in the 1940’s?