CBS: 18 Primetime Shows Renewed, ‘Person Of Interest,’ ‘Elementary,’ ‘NCIS,’ More…

Michael Emerson, Kevin Chapman, Taraji P Henson, Jim Caviezel of the CBS series PERSON OF INTEREST. Photo: Frank W Ockenfels 3 /CBS ©2012 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Via Press Release:

CBS RENEWS 18 PRIMETIME SHOWS FOR THE 2013-2014 SEASON

Returning Series Showcase the Ratings Success and Programming Depth of Television’s

#1 Network in Viewers, Adults 18-49 and Adults 25-54

cbs-logo-featuredMarch 27, 2013 – CBS announced today it has renewed 18 returning series from television’s top-rated lineup for the 2013-2014 broadcast season.

The mass renewals showcase the strength and stability of television’s leading network among viewers, adults 18-49 and adults 25-54.  This season, CBS is home to the #1 program/drama (NCIS), the #1 comedy (THE BIG BANG THEORY),  the #1 new series (ELEMENTARY) and the #1 newsmagazine (60 MINUTES).

The renewals, comprising 16 hours of its primetime schedule, include four comedies, nine dramas, three reality series and two newsmagazines.  The returning shows encompass every night of the week and every hour, many of which rank #1 in their time period and some which rank #1 for the entire night.

The renewed comedies include the previously announced THE BIG BANG THEORY, the final season of HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER as well as 2 BROKE GIRLS and MIKE & MOLLY.

Among the returning dramas are the previously announced NCIS, television’s #1 program and top drama for the fourth consecutive year, and the time period-winning CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION.

Other dramas renewed include NCIS: LOS ANGELES, the #2 drama for the third straight year; PERSON OF INTEREST, the fastest-growing show on network television; ELEMENTARY, the season’s most-watched new program; as well as HAWAII FIVE-0, THE MENTALIST, BLUE BLOODS and THE GOOD WIFE.

The Network’s three Emmy Award-winning reality series — THE AMAZING RACE, SURVIVOR and UNDERCOVER BOSS — also return with new editions.

60 MINUTES, television’s #1 newsmagazine, and 48 HOURS, Saturday’s #1 non-sports program, will return in the fall.

In addition, CBS and Warner Bros. Television are in discussions regarding another season for TWO AND A HALF MEN.

Season-to-date, CBS is first in viewers (12.22m), adults 18-49 (3.0/08) and adults 25-54 (3.9/10).

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CBS: ‘NCIS’ Renewed For 11th Season

Via Press Release:

CBS ANNOUNCES NEW CONTRACT EXTENSION FOR “NCIS” STAR AND EXECUTIVE PRODUCER MARK HARMON; “NCIS,” TELEVISION’S #1 SERIES AND A GLOBAL LEADER, IS RENEWED FOR 2013-2014 SEASON

CBS-LogoFebruary 2, 2013 – CBS announced today a new contract extension for NCIS star and executive producer Mark Harmon, and that the U.S. and global ratings phenomenon NCIS has been renewed for the 2013-2014 season.

“In a world gone niche, NCIS keeps getting bigger, and Mark Harmon continues to define the role of leading man on the #1 show on television,” said Leslie Moonves, President and Chief Executive Officer, CBS Corporation.  “NCIS is the type of franchise every company wants in today’s global content ecosystem – high-quality storytelling that generates passionate viewers and drives revenue on every conceivable platform.”

Currently in its 10th season, NCIS continues to hit ratings milestones.  This season, for the first time ever, it ranks as television’s #1 program (ahead of Sunday Night Football).  NCIS is averaging 21.48 million viewers, up +7% over last year and is the highest-rated drama among adults 25-54 (5.9/15), while averaging 4.2/12 in adults 18-49.  The series delivered its second-largest live plus same day audience on Jan. 15, averaging 22.86 million viewers.  That total soared to 25.36 million viewers with L+3 day lift, marking the first NCIS broadcast to deliver more than 25 million viewers with live plus 3-day lift or live plus 7-day lift.

 NCIS is also an international hit, licensed in more than 200 markets.  It is the #1 series on M6 in France, the #1 U.S. series on Rai2 in Italy and the #2 U.S. series overall, the #1 U.S. series on TV3 in Sweden, the #2 U.S. series on LaSexta in Spain, the #2 U.S. drama on Network Ten in Australia and the #3 U.S. series on Sat1 in Germany.

In domestic syndication, NCIS is broadcast on USA Network and ranks as cable’s #1 off-network drama.

NCIS premiered on CBS in 2003-2004. Since its debut, NCIS’s ratings have steadily climbed, finishing 2008-2009 ranked fifth among all primetime programs.  During the 2009-2010 season it became the #1 drama/scripted program on television, and has remained the #1 drama ever since.

NCIS stars Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, Cote de Pablo, Sean Murray, Pauley Perrette, Rocky Carroll, Brian Dietzen and David McCallum.  Gary Glasberg, Chas. Floyd Johnson, Mark Horowitz, Mark Harmon, Shane Brennan, George Schenck, Frank Cardea and Donald P. Bellisario are executive producers for Belisarius Productions in association with CBS Television Studios.

Mark Harmon is represented by Paradigm and attorney Barry Axelrod.

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CBS: ‘CSI’ Renewed For 14th Season

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Via Press Release:

CBS ANNOUNCES NEW CONTRACT EXTENSION FOR “CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION” STAR TED DANSON

CBS ANNOUNCES NEW CONTRACT EXTENSION FOR “CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION” STAR TED DANSON

 “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” the Most Watched Show in the World, Renewed for 2013-2014 Season

 Series Stars Elisabeth Shue, George Eads, Jorja Fox, Eric Szmanda, Paul Guilfoyle, Robert David Hall, Wallace Langham, Elisabeth Harnois, David Berman and Jon Wellner Will Also Return Next Season

CBS-LogoMarch 20, 2013 – CBS announced today a new contract extension for CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION star Ted Danson and that the U.S. and global hit series has been renewed for the 2013-2014 season.  In addition, Academy Award nominee Elisabeth Shue (“Leaving Las Vegas”), original cast members George Eads, Jorja Fox, Eric Szmanda, Paul Guilfoyle and Robert David Hall along with Wallace Langham, Elisabeth Harnois, David Berman and Jon Wellner will also return next season.

“CSI is synonymous with CBS, and we are so proud of the series’ creative and commercial legacy and its continued success on our Network,” said Nina Tassler, President, CBS Entertainment. “The writers and producers have done an amazing job evolving CSI, reinventing the show around an incredible leading man in Ted Danson, the acclaimed Elisabeth Shue and our beloved and talented core of original cast members.” 

CSI is one of the top global franchises and is seen in almost every country in the world,” said David Stapf, President, CBS Television Studios.  “It defined feature television and its whodunnit storytelling captured audiences since the day it premiered.  We are fortunate to have had Carol Mendelsohn’s creative vision at the helm since the inception, as well as the talents of her partner Don McGill.  The addition of Ted Danson has infused new energy into the series and we couldn’t be more thrilled with its continued worldwide success.”

Currently in its 13th season on CBS, CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION wins its Wednesday (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) time period in viewers (11.85m), adults 18-49 (2.9/08) and adults 25-54 (3.8/09).  It is also a global ratings hit, earning the International TV Audience Award for the “most watched show in the world” for the third consecutive year, and fifth time in seven years. 

Jerry Bruckheimer, Carol Mendelsohn, Anthony Zuiker, Don McGill, Jonathan Littman, Louis Milito, Ann Donahue, Cindy Chvatal and William Petersen are executive producers for CBS Television Studios and Entertainment AB Funding LLC in association with Jerry Bruckheimer Television.

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CBS: ‘How I Met Your Mother’ Renewed For Final Season

Via Press Release:

January 30th, 2013

IT’S OFFICIAL! “HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER” SUITS UP FOR ONE FINAL SEASON!

All Series Regulars to Return for Final Season, Where Audiences Will Finally Meet the Mother

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CBS Entertainment and 20th Century Fox Television announced today that HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER will return for the 2013-2014 broadcast season.  All series regulars – Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris and Alyson Hannigan, as well as series creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas – will return for the final season, where audiences will final learn the identity of the Mother.

“Through eight years, HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER has mastered the art of leading-edge comedy, emotional water-cooler moments and pop culture catch phrases,” said Nina Tassler, President, CBS Entertainment.  “We are excited for Carter, Craig, Pam Fryman and this amazing cast to tell the final chapter and reveal television’s most mysterious mother to some of TV’s most passionate fans.”

“We‘re thrilled to have the entire and incredibly talented HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER cast back for one final season to bring the series to a proper close,” said Dana Walden and Gary Newman, Chairmen of 20th Century Fox Television.  “Carter Bays and Craig Thomas are masterful and hilarious storytellers, and we have no doubt that they will guide one of the greatest comedies of the last decade to a gratifying conclusion when they finally reveal the identity of the Mother.”

Premiering in September 2005 and currently in its eighth season, HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER has been a signature part of CBS’s top-rated Monday comedy block. Throughout its history, it has ranked among television’s top programs in adults 18-49 and adults 18-34. Last year, in its seventh season, HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER delivered its highest ratings ever in viewers and key demographics.  This year, HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER is averaging 9.75 million viewers, 4.0/11 in adults 18-49, 4.4/11in adults 25-5 and 3.7/12 in adults 18-34.

Among the numerous awards and nominations bestowed on HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER, the series was nominated for a 2009 Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series and won the 2012 People’s Choice Award for Favorite TV Comedy.  For his role as Barney Stinson, Neil Patrick Harris has been nominated for the 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 Emmy Awards as Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series, nominated for the 2009 and 2010 Golden Globe Awards for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role and won the People’s Choice Award for Favorite TV Comedy Actor in 2011 and 2012.  For her role as Lily Aldrin, Alyson Hannigan won the 2010 People’s Choice Award for Favorite TV Comedy Actress.

HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER is produced by 20th Century Fox Television.  Carter Bays, Craig Thomas, Pamela Fryman, Chris Harris, Stephen Lloyd, Chuck Tatham and Kourtney Kang are Executive Producers.

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CBS: ‘Dr. Phil’ Renewed Through 2017

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Via Press Release:

DAYTIME’S #1 TALK SHOW ‘DR. PHIL’ RENEWED FOR THREE MORE YEARS IN 77% OF THE COUNTRY 

   

CBS Television Stations Among First to Extend Through 2017

Strong Ratings Drive Renewals and Upgrades Across the Country

 

CBS-LogoLOS ANGELES – JANUARY 24, 2013 – DR. PHIL, the top-rated talk show in daytime,  has been renewed through the 2016-2017 season in 77% of the country, including by the CBS Television Stations Group, it was announced today by Joe DiSalvo, President of Sales at CBS Television Distribution. 

 

The three-year extension will take DR. PHIL through its 15th season.

 

DR. PHIL airs on 13 CBS-owned stations, including those in the top 5 markets: WCBS, New York; KCBS, Los Angeles; WBBM, Chicago; KYW, Philadelphia; and KTVT, Dallas-Ft. Worth. Other groups with stations signing on include Young Broadcasting, Post-Newsweek, LIN Television, Sinclair Broadcast, Dispatch Broadcast, Media General, Cox Television and Cordillera.

 

“To have a talk show on the air for 15 years is a huge accomplishment,” DiSalvo said. “Stations have really sat up and taken notice of the fact that DR. PHIL is the best news lead-in in the marketplace today. Recognizing that value, DR. PHIL has gotten some nice upgrades during the renewal process. We’re thrilled to continue to be in business with Dr. Phil for years to come.”

 

“I’m excited to continue my dynamic partnership with Leslie Moonves and my CBS family,” Dr. Phil McGraw said. “We’ve certainly got the best O&O group in the business. My staff and I have never been more passionate about the work that we are doing at the DR. PHIL show, and we take very seriously the faith and confidence that our viewers continue to show by bringing us into their homes each day. This renewal gives us the endorsement to continue to do the work we do, telling compelling stories for years to come.” 

“DR. PHIL has long played a major role in the success of our stations’ daytime schedules,” said Peter Dunn, President, CBS Television Stations. “We love working with the best in the business and look forward to continuing our great partnership with Phil for many years to come.” 

DR. PHIL, currently in its 11th season, is averaging 4.2 million viewers a week and is the #1 talk show in daytime. 

DR. PHIL was created by Harpo Productions and is produced by Peteski Productions in association with CBS Television Distribution and is distributed by CBS Television Distribution, a unit of CBS Corp. Dr. Phil McGraw is host and executive producer. Carla Pennington is executive producer. 

CBS Television Distribution is the preeminent company in television syndication. CTD produces or distributes 13 first-run series and holds the largest distributed television library at 70,000 hours strong. Among CTD’s critically-acclaimed programs are the #1 syndicated series Judge Judy; talk leader Dr. Phil; the #1 and #2 rated game shows  Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy!; the Emmy Award-winning talk shows Rachael Ray and The Doctors; the #1 and #2 newsmagazinesEntertainment Tonight and Inside Edition, along with omg!INSIDER; the #2 court show Judge Joe Brown; reality dating show Excused; freshman talk show The Jeff Probst Show; the upcoming late-night talk show The Arsenio Hall Show; the upcoming talk show The Test; and popular off-network product, including the CSI and Star Trek franchises, Everybody Loves Raymond, Frasier, NCIS, Criminal Minds, NCIS: Los Angeles, The Good Wife, Blue Bloods,Hawaii Five-0, Hot in Cleveland and Undercover Boss. In addition, CTD handles the domestic television distribution of CBS News, CBS Films and Showtime. CTD is a unit of CBS Corp.

CBS: Viewers Can Choose Ending For Upcoming ‘Hawaii Five-O” Episode

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My FIRST CYOA Novel. Made for 10 year-olds, because only 10 year-olds would think this would be a good idea for TV.

My FIRST CYOA Novel. Made for 10 year-olds, because only 10 year-olds would think this would be a good idea for TV.

Normally, I just like to post the press release on stories like this and be done with it but this time I feel it is a moral imperative to comment on how stupid this is.  It’s bad enough the Hawaii Five-O turned into a typical police procedural but now, making matters worse, it’s going to become a “Choose Your Own Adventure Novel”… but only for the Eastern/Central and Pacific Time Zones. So basically, what this means is that we could very well have an episode with three different outcomes.  Wow, nothing says series continuity like three different resolutions for the same episode.

Hey, CBS, here’s an idea: how about you focus on decent plot-lines and compelling stories instead of gimmicks?  We’d appreciate that.

Via Press Release:

FOR THE FIRST TIME, A PRIMETIME DRAMA ALLOWS VIEWERS TO CHOOSE THE ENDING OF AN EPISODE IN REAL TIME, ON CBS

“Hawaii Five-0” Viewers Will Be Able to Choose the Culprit by Voting Live on CBS.com or Twitter Monday, Jan. 14

Voting Will Take Place in Real Time during the Broadcasts for Both East/Central and Pacific Time Zones

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Click Here for Video Sneak Peak

CHEAT TWEET: #H50 fans! U get 2 choose the ending of the episode LIVE 1/14 #theBoss, #theTA, #theStudent 1/14 10PM ET/PT http://bit.ly/UIPig1

For the first time in television history, a primetime drama will allow viewers to choose the ending of an episode in real time when CBS’s HAWAII FIVE-0 lets fans vote on CBS.com or Twitter during the East and West Coast broadcasts, Monday, Jan. 14, 2013 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

The mystery begins on #H50 when the team must investigate the death of an O’ahu State University professor.  His boss, his teaching assistant and a student who he busted for cheating are all viable suspects.

To vote, after each of the suspect’s motives is revealed, viewers will be directed to CBS.com or Twitter to select either #theBoss, #theTA or #theStudent as the culprit, any of whom could have committed the crime.   The votes will be tallied immediately and the most popular ending will become part of the broadcast.  Separate voting will occur for East/Central and Pacific Time Zone broadcasts.  The three different endings will all be available at CBS.com after the broadcasts.

“I’ve always felt the most fun aspect of watching a mystery is trying to figure out ‘whodunit,’” says Executive Producer Peter Lenkov.  “Now the HAWAII FIVE-0 viewers will actually get the chance to tell us who they think committed the crime and we will listen. I love that our dedicated and attentive fans will actually play a part in resolving our story.”

HAWAII FIVE-0 is broadcast Mondays, (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network and is a production of CBS Television Studios.  Peter Lenkov, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are the executive producers.

Photos are now available at http://cbspressexpress.com

Website:  http://www.cbs.com/shows/hawaii_five_0/

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/HawaiiFive0CBS

Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/HawaiiFive0CBS

Show Hashtag: #H50

CBS Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/CBSTweet

Cast on Twitter:

Daniel Dae Kim     @danieldaekim

Masi Oka     @MasiOka

Michelle Borth     @michelleborth

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TV-Tastic’s Midseason Network And Cable 2012 – 2013 Schedule

Instead of doing a crap-ton (yes, that’s a legitimate unit of measurement) of pieces on the upcoming midseason 2012 – 2013 midseason schedule, we decided to make it really easy for you and just give you the rundown on the new shows that are premiering and the returning shows that we have an interest in and we know you do, as well.  If your show isn’t covered, drop us a line and we’ll get you caught up! As a bit of an aside, and before anyone asks, we have no idea when season six of Mad Men will be premiering because, as usual, Matthew Weiner and AMC are being obnoxiously tight-lipped about it. That being said, John Slattery (Roger Sterling) expects it to be premiering around the same time as season five did last year.

(All times Eastern, * Indicates a New Series/Show Premiere)

the following

January

Date

Title

Network

Time

January 4th

Merlin

SyFy

10:00 p.m.

January 6th

Downton Abbey

PBS

9:00 p.m.

January 7th

Deception* (Formerly Infamous)

NBC

10:00 p.m.

January 8th

Justified

FX

10:00 p.m.

January 10th

1600 Penn*

NBC

9:30 p.m.

January 11th

Fringe

FOX

9:00 p.m.

January 11th

Banshee*

Cinemax

10:00 p.m.

January 14th

Continuum*

SyFy

8:00 p.m.

January 14th

Being Human

SyFy

9:00 p.m.

January 14th

Lost Girl

SyFy

10:00 p.m.

January 15th

Face Off

SyFy

9:00 p.m.

January 17th

Archer

FX

10:00 p.m.

January 19th

Ripper Street

BBC America

9:00 p.m.

January 21st

The Following*

FOX

9:00 p.m.

January 25th

Spartacus: War of the Damned

Starz

9:00 p.m.

January 30th

The Americans*

FX

10:00 p.m.

January 31st

Do No Harm*

NBC

10:00 p.m.

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February

Date

Title

Network

Time

February 1st

House of Cards*

Netflix

(N/A)

February 5th

Smash

NBC

9:00 p.m.

February 6th

Spies of Warsaw(Miniseries)

BBC America

8:00 p.m. (Assumed.  No Time Given by Network)

February 7th

Community

NBC

8:00 p.m.

February 8th

Touch

FOX

8:00 p.m.

February 10th

The Walking Dead

AMC

9:00 p.m.

February 10th

Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome(Film)

SyFy

9:00 p.m.

February 14th

Zero Hour*

ABC

8:00 p.m.

February 26th

Robot Combat League*

SyFy

10:00 p.m.

Game of thrones S3

March

Date

Title

Network

Time

March 3rd

Red Widow*

ABC

9:00 p.m.

March 5th

Golden Boy*

CBS

10:00 p.m. (Series Premiere)

March 8th

Grimm

NBC

9:00 p.m.

March 8th

Golden Boy*

CBS

9:00 p.m. (Regular Timeslot Premiere)

March 25th

Revolution

NBC

10:00 p.m.

March 30th

Orphan Black*

BBC America

9:00 p.m.

March 31st

Game of Thrones

HBO

9:00 p.m.

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April

Date

Title

Network

Time

April 8th (Assumed. No Official Date Yet, Only Month)

Doctor Who

BBC America

8:00 p.m.

April [?] (No Official Date Yet, Only Month)

Warehouse 13

SyFy

8:00 p.m.

May

Date

Title

Network

Time

May 1st

Family Tools

ABC

8:30 p.m.

New Police Series, ‘Golden Boy’ Premiering In March (VIDEO)

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It’s rare that a series slips by us but it’s even rarer yet that a network does such a masterful job of burying a new series before its premiere but that’s exactly what CBS has done with its new, seemingly compelling police drama, Golden Boy, which follows the meteoric rise a of a young police officer in New York City from beat cop to police commissioner over the course of seven years.  CBS occasionally does this and it’s very puzzling. I saw ZERO trailers last year for the ill-fated police drama NYC 22 which lasted about 10 minutes on the network and it’s safe to say that the lack of promotion for the series contributed to its demise.

Here’s the thing, CBS, if you don’t have any interest in a show, don’t pick it up but for crap’s sake, don’t pick up a show and then not promote it.  Seriously, what are you… FOX?  In the case of Golden Boy, this seems particularly stupid because judging by the extended trailer below, it would seem to be the perfect lead-in for Blue Bloods on Friday nights.

Golden Boy premieres on March 5th at 10:00 p.m. and will move to its regular timeslot on Friday nights at 9:00 p.m. on March 8th.

‘Partners,’ ‘Last Resort,’ ‘666 Park Avenue,’ ‘The Mob Doctor,’ And ‘Emily Owens’ Canceled

partners-parodyIn what we can only say amounts to news that we’re surprised took this long to happen, CBS canceled their freshman “comedy” Partners on November 13th.  Yes, we know we’re late on this, as well, but we never miss an opportunity to gloat as this year’s winner for the worst new series has FINALLY been canceled and we can say, “We told you so.”

FOX has also thankfully canceled (the dreadful) The Mob Doctor, and The CW has canceled the low-rated Emily Owens.

In sadder, but, again, not unexpected news, Last Resort and 666 Park Avenue have been canceled by ABC.  Both were very good shows that didn’t take off from the start, unfortunately. But, then again, this is the U.S. television market so why should quality of programming having anything to do with success, right?

VIC’S REVIEWS: ‘Elementary’ (CBS – Thursday, 10:00 p.m.)

EDITORIAL NOTE: To understand how we do our reviews, please refer to our review of Revolutionhere.  To see Shawn’s original review of Elementary, go here.

ELEMENTARY stars Jonny Lee Miller as detective Sherlock Holmes and Lucy Liu as Dr. Joan Watson in a modern-day drama about a crime-solving duo that cracks the NYPD’s most impossible cases. Following his fall from grace in London and a stint in rehab, eccentric Sherlock escapes to Manhattan where his wealthy father forces him to live with his worst nightmare – a sober companion, Dr. Watson.  A successful surgeon until she lost a patient and her license three years ago, Watson views her current job as another opportunity to help people, as well as paying a penance.  However, the restless Sherlock is nothing like her previous clients.  He informs her that none of her expertise as an addiction specialist applies to him and he’s devised his own post-rehab regimen – resuming his work as a police consultant in New York City. Watson has no choice but to accompany her irascible new charge on his jobs.  But Sherlock finds her medical background helpful, and Watson realizes she has a knack for playing investigator. Sherlock’s police contact, Capt. Tobias “Toby” Gregson (Aidan Quinn), knows from previous experience working with Scotland Yard that Sherlock is brilliant at closing cases, and welcomes him as part of the team.  With the mischievous Sherlock Holmes now running free in New York solving crimes, it’s simple deduction that he’s going to need someone to keep him grounded, and it’s elementary that it’s a job for Watson.  Rob Doherty, Sarah Timberman, Carl Beverly and Michael Cuesta, who directed the pilot, are executive producers for CBS Television Studios. – CBS

Score:  75 out of 100

I don’t fancy the “Police Procedural” like I used to. Turning the tables on me though is Robert Doherty who is known for his exceptional work on Star Trek: Voyager and Medium. After hesitantly working up the nerve to watch a show which re-invents the famous Sherlock Holmes I’ve decided that while taking a few liberties and risks, Elementary is a slightly above-average crime show. Taking into mind that the BBC is light years ahead of CBS with their modern adaptation of Doyle’s iconic Detective with Sherlock, I still found some things to like here. I admit that I was very critical of CBS attempting this show. I, like Shawn and others, felt it was a blatant attempt to cash-in on the popularity of an already established “Reboot” or “re-imagining” started by Stephen Moffat.

First off, I was a bit thrown off by the casting of not Sherlock, but Watson. When they announced Miller I felt that it was an appropriate casting choice. Miller’s cool in my book. I’ve enjoyed his work going way back to Dracula 2000 and on. I believe I had issue with Watson being changed genders. Watson as the stoic male counterpart has always worked before so why change it? Well, I decided to accept Doherty’s take and I’m glad that I did. Kind of.  I won’t get into the chemistry between Miller and Liu too much here. It is a bit clunky at first but as each episode passes they start to gel. Watson is Holmes’ live in companion who is also an ex-surgeon. She needs to keep an eye on Holmes since he is in early addiction therapy. Some interesting moments between them include the often shown attendance of NA and AA Meetings meant to help Holmes with his rehabilitation.

From the pilot and further episodes it’s established that Holmes is combative, quirky and an isolationist. Jonny Lee Miller is very well capable dealing with the somewhat timid and redundant material and themes that he’s been given but I do like that he likes to pick locks and has decided to never pick up playing the violin again. Miller displaying his “Sherlockisms” is accurate and unconventional of course. Not much of the actual “essence” of the traditional Sherlock is displayed here. It comes in spurts. Doherty’s take falls into some conventions that can’t be helped but to be compared to other shows of it’s ilk like CSI and such. Despite my getting used to Liu and Miller there are times I wish that the crime solving was a bit more interesting and involving. Some of Doyle’s Holmes’ is on display here, especially regarding the addiction and obsessions. Holmes is quick, smart, perceptive and a social stooge. He’s brilliant but has absolutely no people skills. These aspects of the show are interesting. The crimes and stories in my opinion should have a bit more of a punch.

Aidan Quinn is just hands down brilliant as Captain Gregson. He’s fun to watch and even manages to steal a scene here and there. He provides simply placed drama playing against Miller. In one episode, he is forced to admit to Holmes that he has always known about his drug addiction. It is simply Quinn at his best. He acts with his eyes (I know it sounds weird) which is very fun to watch. Quinn plays the grizzled and work weary Captain to a “T.” He relishes having Holmes around, though, to help him with the mysterious and baffling  cases.

I’m five episodes into this season and I have grown to like the show a bit more than I did upon watching the pilot. My problem with the show is well… Lucy Liu. I have a kind of love/hate relationship with Liu’s interpretation and evolution of Watson. I got used to the gender change but I think that Watson is the most under-written character of the show. I do admit that we get to know about her much more in the later episodes. This is from Sherlock consistently picking her apart all aspects of her personal life from her love life to her now defunct medical career. Her role needs a bit more meat with more conflict and more revelations. Maybe I am being impatient but in keeping with the spirit of Doyle’s  Watson we should have had some more of a hands on feel for Watson and her inclusion in Holmes’ world. Liu is very cute, likable and very watchable but just when we want to know and see more of Watson doing her thing (with the exception of the episode, Lesser Evils, where Watson gets a diagnosis of endocarditis correct) we get some very routine melodrama (like some very lame boyfriend troubles… ugh.) and the character ends up at a standstill. I do believe that they will eventually get more out of Watson but I feel that she is falling by the wayside at times and gets boring. In Liu’s defense, she is spunky and very smart. She plays Watson with confidence and gives as good as she gets. She is just not as edgy and interesting as she should be. I’m nitpicking though.

The show is evolving nicely and I suspect the best is still yet to come.  The cast is great. Quinn and Miller being the standouts and the locale is just wonderful. Another show other than Person of Interest (CBS also) that beautifully shows off my old stomping grounds, NYC! Elementary just needs a bit more self confidence to elevate it above the mundane “Police Procedural” conventions.