Hell to the no

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Dear ladies and gents,

I will preface this by saying I have a nasty cold so my tolerance is even lower than usual (which isn’t saying much really).

But when I read the news Jonny Lee Miller has been cast as Sherlock Holmes for CBS’ Elementary all I could do was snort. Well it was something between a snort, a cough and a sneeze (trust me, it is possible).

Seriously, CBS? SERIOUSLY?

This is nothing personal against Jonny Lee Miller. I think he is a wonderful actor with a great range. Loved him in Eli Stone, loved him in Dexter, Trainspotting, hell he even looked cute in Keeping Up Appearances (one of his first roles). And I get it – dude is an actor and a job is a job, can’t fault him for that.

But CBS? CBS should know better. Let me save you some money you would otherwise spend on focus groups, consultants, script doctors and whathaveyou.

Spaced
Absolutely Fabulous
Fawlty Towers
Are You Being Served?
Coupling
Dad’s Army
Men Behaving Badly
Skins

All of these were originally British shows. Almost all didn’t make it pass the pilot stage. And these are the ones that I could think of off the top of my head (I won’t even talk about this abomination). It simply doesn’t work.

Not to mention there is perfectly good nay exceptional version of modern day Sherlock already on air (and I’m not saying that only because Cumberbatch is nice to look at. One of the reasons, not the only reason. Oh shut up – we’ve already established I’m shallow).

Luckily Sherlock’s producer Sue Vertue is having none of it:

We are very proud of our show and like any proud parent, will protect the interest and wellbeing of our offspring.

Bless you Sue and your balls of steel (well figurative balls of steel).

So if CBS wants to do something worthwhile with their money – give some to BBC, excuse yourself from the creative process (so we don’t have another Torchwood on our hands) and let them write and film what they want to. That way the writers/producers/actors/networks get more money and we get more than 3 episodes per season. Win – win in my book.

But then again I’m not a television producer so what would I know?

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