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.
It’s January, time for some TV pageantry. I’m not talking about beauty pageant pro Honey Boo Boo’s Sunday return to TV with several specials on TLC, but rather about the semi-annual tradition known as Television Critics Association press tour, which starts today in Pasadena. The two-week affair features broadcast and cable networks touting their upcoming shows. Increasingly, hit series make repeat appearances alongside newbies. This time around, that includes NBC’s Revolution and Grimm, ABC’s Shark Tank, IFC’s Portlandia and CBS’ Elementary (tied to the freshman’s post-Super Bowl episode). For the casts and producers of Revolution and Elementary, this marks the second consecutive TCA press tour after first facing the critics in July. Also returning to TCA after a decade-long break is Arrested Development, which has been revived by Netflix.
Below is a basic schedule for the tour, which kicks off with a packed lineup that includes panels for David E. Kelley’s new TNT drama Monday Mornings, TBS import Cougar Town, A&E’s Psycho prequel Bates Motel executive produced by Carlton Cuse, and Christopher Guest’s new HBO series Family Tree. HBO once again is bringing out the star power for its movies, with Al Pacino, Helen Mirren and David Mamet on tap for Phil Spector and Michael Douglas, Matt Damon and Steven Soderbergh for Behind The Candelabra. Here is the schedule, and check back for Deadline’s TCA coverage:
Friday, January 4 – Cable: Turner, Nat Geo, A&E, HBO, IFC
Saturday, January 5 – Cable: Discovery, Starz, BBC America, Viacom Networks
Sunday, January 6 — NBCUniversal: NBC
You wouldn’t think so based on the lousy prime time ratings for everybody except NBC so far in the 2012-2013 season. But CBS’ dauntless Chief Research Officer David Poltrack vigorously argued today in his annual industry forecast at the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference that broadcasters are in great shape. Poltrack projects that advertiser spending for time on the major broadcast networks will fall 2% next year vs 2012. That’s good: It would represent 3% growth if you factor out this year’s boost from the Olympics and the elections. “The economy is finally gaining momentum in the right direction,” Poltrack says. (Zenith Optimedia also predicts a 2% drop for network TV to $16.9B in 2013.) As for the recent ratings, Poltrack says not to worry: The slide is due to what he calls “a chaotic start” with some shows premiering a week early, the presidential debates, and Hurricane Sandy. That’s “not indicative of how the season will progress,” says Poltrack.
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.)
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.)
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:
Diane Haithman contributes to Deadline’s TV coverage.
Is it a procedural, or is it not a procedural? This question has come up twice at today’s ongoing CBS TCAs: Once in the case of the drama Elementary, the network’s …
Diane Haithman contributes to Deadline’s TV coverage.
At the top of today’s TCA session on the new CBS drama series Elementary — the network’s new take on the Sherlock Holmes legacy with the twist of a female Watson (Lucy Liu) — executive producer Rob Doherty announced that the show’s producers “have a plan” to introduce their own version of Holmes’ criminal nemesis, Professor Moriarty, as well as Sherlock’s father.
But beyond describing Holmes’ father as “an interesting shadowy figure,” Doherty left the characters a mystery except to say: “We look forward to introducing them as we go,” not specifying a time frame. Later in the session, Doherty said about a new Moriarty: “We want to keep all our secrets. I feel it’s important at the end of the day to be true to the spirit of the character” whom he described in the original books by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle as “a spider at the center of the web of crime in London.”
EXCLUSIVE: Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly are staying put at CBS TV Studios. The duo’s Timberman/Beverly Prods has signed a new three-year overall deal with CBS Studios, where they have been since 2010. Like their previous pact, the new one is exclusive in network TV and first-look in cable. Timberman and Beverly landed new series on the air in both years of their first deal with CBS Studios. The company is behind one of this fall’s highest-profile new shows, CBS’ Sherlock Holmes reboot Elementary, which landed the marquee Thursday 10 PM slot. It is one of three series Timberman/Beverly has on the air alongside FX’s Justified and Showtime’s newly picked up Masters Of Sex, both produced by Sony Pictures TV, where Timberman and Beverly were previously based. Last season, Timberman/Beverly had two freshman series on the CBS schedule, Unforgettable and A Gifted Man. Following the surprise cancellation of Unforgettable, the studios that produced the drama procedural, CBS TV Studios and Sony TV, are currently exploring ways to continue it elsewhere.