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The Modern Spin on Sherlock Holmes “Elementary” Renewed by CBS

Elementary, the modern adaptation of Sherlock Holmes starring Lucy Liu and Jonny Lee Miller, will return for its sixth season CBS announced. The network made this decision despite the fact that this crime show was CBS’ lowest-performing returning scripted series, averaging just a 1.2 rating in the key demo with a very old audience of 7.7 million viewers.

Positive attitude of international audience and potential lucrative deals with libraries and streaming services are among the motivations behind keeping the series alive.

Following in the footsteps of the British series Sherlock, Elementary is an American procedural drama series that presents a contemporary update of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s character Sherlock Holmes. Jonny Lee Miller is the actor behind Sherlock Holmes roles and Lucy Liu is portrayed as Dr. Joan Watson. The series which premiered on CBS on September 27, 2012 is set and filmed primarily in New York City.

In Elementary, Holmes who is a recovering drug addict and former consultant to Scotland Yard, assists the New York City Police Department in solving crimes. His indifference to police procedure often leads to conflict with Captain Thomas Gregson (Aidan Quinn), although the two still remain mutually respectful of one another. He is accompanied by Dr. Joan Watson (Lucy Liu), who initially acts as his sober companion.

She is a former surgeon and was hired by Sherlock’s father to help him in his rehabilitation. They eventually begin to work together on his cases, and she becomes Holmes’ apprentice. The series also features Holmes’ ongoing conflict with his nemesis Jamie Moriarty (Natalie Dormer). Other supporting roles include Jon Michael Hill as Detective Marcus Bell, Rhys Ifans as Sherlock’s brother, Mycroft Holmes, and John Noble as Sherlock’s father, Morland Holmes.

Before the series premiered, it was met with some criticism given it followed closely on the heels of the BBC’s modern adaptation Sherlock. After the premiere, it was picked up for a full season and later an extra two episodes. The season two premiere was partly filmed on location in London. The series has since been well received by critics, who have praised the performances, writing, and novel approach to the source material.

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