- ELEMENTARY: Widely commented since the announcement of the project. English actor Jonny Lee Miller (Eli Stone) stars as a modern-day Sherlock Holmes in Manhattan alongside Lucy Liu as Dr. Joan Watson. Of course this contemporary version of the characters created by Arthur Conan Doyle arrives after a gazillion film and TV adaptations, including the acclaimed Sherlock from Steven Moffat and the BBC.
Elementary will inevitably be compared to the Benedict Cumberbatch starrer but networks have a long history with the detective through a consequent number of pilots and TV movies, and even with Holmes influenced shows like House or CBS's The Mentalist. Let's judge this one on its own merits (should there be some) and from the trailer it looks like a typical US procedural with the usual eccentric consultant sleuth. The much talked about idea of a female Watson has been done a couple of times before. Anyway Sherlock itself is not precisely the epitome of originality.
- VEGAS: Inspired by the true story of former Las Vegas Sheriff Ralph Lamb, "a fourth-generation rancher tasked with bringing order to Las Vegas in the 1960s, a gambling and entertainment mecca emerging from the tumbleweeds". Starring Dennis Quaid as Lamb and Michael Chiklis as Vincent Savino, "a ruthless Chicago gangster who plans to make Las Vegas his own".
McCloud meets Crime Story, or Walker, Texas Ranger minus the martial art chops - and Texas. Jason O'Mara (Terra Nova, Life on Mars US) plays the hero's brother and the title is terrible.
- MADE IN JERSEY: From the network who gave The Good Wife to the world comes another legal drama. This one stars Brit actress Janet Montgomery as Martina Garretti, "a young working-class woman who uses her street smarts to compete among her pedigreed Manhattan colleagues at a prestigious New York law firm". Kyle MacLachlan is Donovan Stark, the firm's founder. Next please...
- GOLDEN BOY: From the network who gave Blue Bloods to the world comes this midseason crime drama about "an ambitious cop who becomes the youngest police commissioner in the history of New York City, and the high personal and professional cost he pays to achieve it." Hey, its CBS.
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