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Sherlock Holmes’ brother Mycroft Holmes (Rhys Ifans) “will absolutely be back” in Season 2 of CBS’ Elementary, creator/producer Robert Doherty confirmed at this evening’s PaleyFest: Made in NY panel. Doherty said the series plans to include “as much as we can get” of the character. “You’ll see him a couple more times in the first 12 (episodes) and four more times in the back 12,” said Doherty, who was joined on the panel by EPs Craig Sweeney and Carl Beverly and cast members Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Aidan Quinn and Jon Michael Hill. The panel was moderated by TV Guide’s Bruce Fretts. Doherty added that Mycroft will be coming to New York and “circumstances will draw him back into Sherlock and Joan’s orbit”. Producers also confirmed that guest Natalie Dormer (as Irene Adler) will return “around midseason” and that the show hopes to have Sean Pertwee return as Inspector Lestrade but nothing has been confirmed.
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Rhys Ifans (The Amazing Spider-Man) has been cast in the recurring role of Sherlock Holmes’ older brother, Mycroft Holmes, in the upcoming second season of CBS’ drama series Elementary. He will make his debut in the season premiere, which will be shot on location in London. In the episode, Sherlock (Jonny Lee Miller) is called to London to revisit an old case, where he is forced to face his brother. Although the siblings suffered a drastic falling-out a few years earlier, Mycroft allows Sherlock and Joan (Lucy Liu) to stay in his new home, 221B Baker Street. With Joan in the middle, the brothers are forced to confront their very complicated history. Read More »
Sherlock is going home. CBS‘ drama Elementary will film its second-season premiere episode in London, marking the first time the series has shot on location outside New York. In the Season 2 premiere episode, Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) is called to London to revisit an old case and, while doing so, is forced to face his past. Meanwhile, Watson (Lucy Liu) learns more about Holmes’ mysterious life and the company he kept before he left for New York. The shoot is “an opportunity to see Sherlock’s old stomping grounds and take a closer look at a life that, until now, we’ve only been able to glimpse through the lens of his recovery”, said creator/exec producer Robert Doherty. “Watson’ll have to keep up with a Sherlock who is both more comfortable in his surroundings and even bolder in testing the limits of those around him.” The two-hour Season 1 finale of Elementary will air Thursday, May 16.
UPDATED: NBC‘s Chicago Fire planted spinoff has cast Tania Raymonde (Lost) and Scott Eastwood, son of Clint Eastwood. As we first reported, the Dick Wolf-produced firefighter drama is eying a spinoff series, a cop drama about the Chicago Police Department, which is being developed by Chicago Fire creators/executive producers Derek Haas and Michael Brandt, executive producer Matt Olmstead and executive producer Wolf, whose company Wolf Films produces Chicago Fire with Universal TV. The potential spinoff is being introduced in the Chicago Fire‘s first season finale directed by Joe Chappelle. As reported by TVLine, Raymonde and Eastwood have been cast in the finale as new characters, police officers named Nicole and Jim, respectively. It is still unclear which Chicago Fire actors may transfer to the spinoff series. Chicago Fire‘s recurring cast includes Chicago PD Detective Antonio Dawson, played by Jon Seda, who is considered a likely potential co-star for the new project.
Game Of Thrones‘ Natalie Dormer has been tapped for a key arc on another freshman drama, CBS’ Sherlock Holmes procedural Elementary. In a three-episode stint, building to Elementary‘s two-hour season finale, The Tudors alumna Dormer will play Sherlock Holmes’ former lover, Irene Adler, whose name has been frequently evoked on the show as a key to Holmes’ past. Irene … Read More »
CBS kept the tradition of renewing most of its slate in one fell swoop. Demonstrating its signature stability, the network has picked up most of its current series for next season, with two major exceptions: veteran Criminal Minds, which is in the midst of renegotiations with the cast, and freshman Vegas, which will get a tryout on Friday later this spring. Renewed for next season are freshman drama Elementary; critical darling The Good Wife; comedies 2 Broke Girls and Mike & Molly; and drama procedurals NCIS: LA, Person Of Interest, The Mentalist, Hawaii Five-0 and Blue Bloods. The nine join previously renewed The Big Bang Theory (part of a three-year pickup), How I Met Your Mother for a final season, and veterans NCIS and CSI, picked up when their stars Mark Harmon and Ted Danson, respectively, re-upped their contracts. Additionally, CBS said it continues negotiations with Warner Bros TV for another season of Two And A Half Men. Parallel negotiations with stars Ashton Kutcher and Jon Cryer are underway too and progressing. Also picked up for next season are unscripted series The Amazing Race, Survivor and Undercover Boss and newsmagazines 60 Minutes and 48 Hours.
Not surprisingly, MIA from CBS’ early renewal list again is perennial bubble comedy Rules Of Engagement. With the series recently hitting the 100-episode mark, the deals for the … Read More »
Ray Richmond is contributing to Deadline’s TCA coverage.
If Rob Doherty, the creator and showrunner of the freshman CBS hit Elementary, wasn’t already nervous about the fact that his Sherlock Holmes-centered hour has been given the covered post-Super Bowl slot on February 3, he is now. During a TCA session promoting the series touted by the network as the most-watched new show of the season, Doherty called the surprising move “a tremendous honor” while promising to “do our level best to keep the audience in their seats after the game.” But one critic asked Doherty to dig a little deeper into his soul and assess how it really feels to be given a time period that will guarantee the episode draws “more people than anything you’ve ever done in your life — and if it works might result in you being set for life.”
“Well, now I’m stressed,” Doherty quipped. “Yes, I’ve felt all of those things. I mean, I’m stressed-out all the time anyway. It’s hard to go from a 10 to an 11, but I did.” He added that mostly what he feels is “great excitement” more than grave responsibility. “It’s an incredible opportunity to expose the show to people who haven’t checked it out yet, and we took that into consideration when developing the episode.” The production team hasn’t quite wrapped work on the … Read More »
Another black eye for TV newscasters whose rush to get the news out fast, especially on big breaking stories, sometimes leads to erroneous reports. Today several major news outlets initially misidentified the older brother as the gunman who killed 20 children and 7 adults – and had to retract their reports. Various media plucked a photo and profile of Ryan Lanza from his Facebook page that were widely circulated before authorities pointed out the error. The New York Post and Fox News were first to report that Adam Lanza and not his brother was the gunman. Corrections from CNN, ABC, CBS, Associated Press, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times and others quickly followed. According to later reports, the confusion apparently resulted from a law enforcement official inadvertently transposing the brothers’ first names. One TV broadcast report claimed that Adam Lanza, 20, was wearing ID belonging to his brother Ryan Lanza, 24, who was questioned by police and not involved in the shootings. Five months ago, ABC News mistakenly linked the Colorado movie theater shooter to the Tea Party.
EXCLUSIVE: CBS has tweaked the full-season orders to freshmen Elementary and Vegas as the network is firming up its scheduling needs for the rest of the season. Elementary, the stronger between the two rookies, is getting two extra episodes for a 24-episode season. Elementary just landed the coveted post Super Bowl slot, and one of additional episodes accounts for that. Vegas‘ order has been trimmed from 22 to 21 episodes.
CBS has picked freshman drama Elementary to follow the network’s broadcast of the Super Bowl on February 3. The networks occasionally opt to launch new series behind the Super Bowl, like Fox did with American Dad (in tandem with The Simpsons) in 2005, and CBS premiered Undercover Boss the last time it had the Super Bowl in 2010. But for the most part, the rule of thumb has been to put a young show on an upswing behind the big game to help it get to the next level. Recent examples include CBS’ Criminal Minds, ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, Fox’s Glee and NBC’s The Voice. (Overall, reality series have fared better than scripted following American TV’s highest-rated yearly telecast.) Read More »
CBS has given back-nine orders to freshman drama Elementary and Vegas, bringing their freshman seasons to a full-season 22 episodes each.
Elementary‘s pickup was a no-brainer as the Sherlock Holmes reboot has been the the No. 2 new series of the season among adults 18-49 (behind NBC’s Revolution) and total viewers (behind Vegas). In the most current ratings (two weeks of Live+7 and two of Live+Same Day), Elementary has averaged 14.3 million viewers and a 3.5/10 in 18-49, improving its Thursday 10 PM time period by 17% in 18-49. In total viewers, it is even with The Mentalist‘s performance last fall. As expected, Vegas has been older-skewing given its subject matter and star Dennis Quaid, but it ranks as the most-watched new series this fall. In most current ratings, it averages 14.9 million viewers and 2.7/8 in 18-49. It has improved the year-ago time period by 8% in viewers, but it is down 7% in 18-49 from Unforgettable‘s delivery in the Tuesday 10 PM hour last fall. “Vegas and Elementary have opened strong, delivering big audiences and winning performances in important time periods,” said CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler. ”Each of the shows has rich characters, big stars and a unique visual style that have stood out in the crowd, helping make two of our strongest nights even stronger.”
CBS’ third new fall drama, Made In Jersey, has … Read More »
Is the black hole known as ABC’s Thursday 8 PM slot ready to swallow another high-profile scripted series? Shawn Ryan’s well received submarine drama Last Resort launched to a modest 2.2 rating/share in adults 18-49 last night. That was just a tenth better than last fall’s debut of the now-defunct Charlie’s Angels in the hour but qualifies as ABC’s best drama debut in the slot in three years as My Generation was DOA in the period in 2010. ABC continues to dispatch new scripted fare to the Thursday 8 PM slot where it’s only had success with the unscripted Wipeout for the past few years.
Last Resort was one of two new series to premiere last night. The other, CBS’ Sherlock Holmes drama Elementary, did better, winning the 10 PM slot with a 3.1/9 in 18-49 and 13.3 million total viewers. It built on its lead-in (2.9/8), a rare feat for a 10 PM show, and it was up by 11% in the demo from the season premiere of The Mentalist in the time slot last fall. One encouraging sign for Last Resort was the 15% 18-49 rise from the first to the second half-hour. (Elementary‘s demo rating slipped by 9% from the first to the second half-hour.) Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Gilles Marini, who joined Switched At Birth as a recurring last season, has been upped to a regular on the ABC Family drama. The series follows Bay (Vanessa Marano) and Daphne (Katie Leclerc), teenagers from different walks of life who have learned they’re living with the wrong family. Marini plays Bay’s biological father, Angelo. The Brothers & Sisters and Dancing With The Stars alum, repped by SDB Partners and Authentic, will next be seen on the All-Star edition of Dancing.
That was quick — two months after Detroit 187 alum Jon Michael Hill landed an arc on the new CBS drama Elementary, he has been promoted to a regular. The contemporary take on Sherlock Holmes stars Jonny Lee Miller as the British sleuth who is helping NYPD and Lucy Liu as his sidekick. Hill, repped by SDB and the Cornerstone Agency, plays a detective, a role he originated in the first three episodes of the series.
EXCLUSIVE: Craig Sweeny has signed a new two-year overall deal with CBS TV Studios. Under the pact, Sweeny will serve as an executive producer on the studio’s upcoming Sherlock Holmes CBS drama series Elementary. Additionally, he has teamed with CBS Studios-based Olé for a drama project, which has sold to CW.
Titled Boiling Point, the project, which has received a script commitment, centers on two former members of the boy band Boiling Point°, who, desperate for income after their fifteen minutes of fame are up, open a private detective agency. They cater to a Sunset Strip clientele consisting mostly of the semi-famous, the formerly famous, or the aspiring-to-be-famous while one of them uses the agency as a base of operations to find his missing brother and former band-mate. Sweeney is writing as well as executive producing with Olé principles Richard Shepard, Sean Furst, and Bryan Furst. Read More »
CBS is launching new on-air promos for its upcoming drama series: contemporary Sherlock Holmes reboot Elementary, starring Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu, and sprawling period mob drama Vegas toplined by Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis. Elementary takes over the Thursday 10 PM slot from The Mentalist, while Vegas will anchor Tuesday night at 10 PM. Here are first looks at the promos: Read More »