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is cbs’ elementary worth watching?

A few weeks ago, Elementary found itself on the list of shows we at TVDM couldn’t wait to see in the Fall 2012 season, as well as among those we’re sure will be cancelled. Unlike some of the other new shows, Elementary isn’t a sure bet for quick cancellation (*cough* Animal Practice *cough*) or a second season pick-up. It was guaranteed views by people who wanted to compare/contrast to other Sherlock Holmes adaptions (as of recently, Robert Downey Jr. and BBC’s Sherlock) and those that know CBS handles the crime procedural genre almost as well as The CW runs the popular teen drama game. So, low ratings may not be an immediate issue, but is the show any good?

Well, I don’t usually feel the need to check out shows that involve oddly-paired duos running around solving crimes, unless they’re Shawn and Gus (Psych), so I’d planned to let this show quietly slip under my radar like most of CBS’ programming. Then I remembered how much I loved Lucy Lui in Ally McBeal and Kill Bill,and I promised I’d at least check out the pilot. I can’t definitely say if I loved or hated the pilot episode, but here’s what stood out:

  • Sherlock Holmes is played by Johnny Lee Miller (who I will always remember as the annoying Jordan Chase on Dexter). It’s unfair to compare him to any of the other actors who’ve played the Holmes role, so instead I’ll think of him as an incarnation of the Hugh Laurie’s House, which is to say he’s brilliant beyond measure,  incredibly flawed and the dysfunctional protagonist network television needs. Holmes is a recovering alcoholic and Dr. Joan Watson (Lucy Lui) is his ‘sober companion’, hired to make sure he doesn’t fall off the wagon. He’s a rich boy who loves what he does so much, that he works for free and she’s a former surgeon who clearly hates her new job. Together, they’re an interlocking puzzle that solve crimes while trying to figure each other out. Their dynamic wasn’t immediately annoying, so that goes in the plus column.
  • Fans of Sherlock Holmes will appreciate Elementary‘s subtle nods to the legacy, such as him keeping bees on the roof of his home in the city or use of drugs, as well as noting that Watson is a former surgeon. I simply respect any adaptation that recognizes its roots, either in major or minor ways. It says that the writers are considerate of the fans and did the smallest bit of research. Something that tends to bode well if you’re interested in quality television, which I am from time to time. Another plus for this show.
  • Although Holmes is pure genius, Watson isn’t intimated by him in the least. This is illustrated in their interaction when she notes that he doesn’t keep any mirrors in his home because he “knows a lost cause when he sees one.” Watson is Holmes’ balance and it’s good to see that they went with that tone in the pilot instead of feeling the need to make her character continually clash with Holmes in some alpha male pissing contest just to prove her strength as a woman. I’m sure the fact that Watson as a girl instead of a guy will play a part eventually, I just didn’t want it continuously emphasized throughout the first episode.
  • There wasn’t a surprise twist-ending in the vein of the Law and Order franchise. Holmes solved the crime with 15 minutes left in the episode, so I was really scared it would get hokey and lame just to get a “gasp” out of the audience, but it didn’t. Instead, we watched (mostly) Watson get the proof they needed by making tiny connections and Holmes presenting it in a nice pretty package for the detectives. In that respect, it was the lack of twist that surprised me. I’m torn between respecting the show for not stealing a storytelling technique and annoyed that there wasn’t more “pow” in the episode.

I don’t think it will be the connect-the-dots format that will make this show a hit, unless they get a little more inventive with their crimes and how Holmes solves them. Instead, I believe the true potential lies in how amazingly screwed-up they can make Holmes and how he interacts with Watson. Elementary isn’t mind blowing, but it’s solid enough that I’d at least recommend checking out the pilot. Overall: 6/10 will probably watch next week.

 

Nicole is a TV junkie and TVDM helps her feed a lifelong addiction. She can be found here, providing biased commentary (sprinkled with a few Pop Up Video-esque insights) on her favorite shows, every week.

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fall 2012: tv shows that will be (or should be) cancelled

Last year, we accurately predicted that shows like Work It, The Playboy Club and Pan Am would flop. We didn’t understand the appeal of Revenge (that has since changed) and doubted Whitney (that will NEVER change), but we can begrudgingly admit that we were wrong and they’ve both successfully secured a second season. The following new shows are a mix of those we want to see cancelled immediately and those we don’t think have a chance in hell of making it past an episode or two. Two things of note: NBC clearly failed to impress us and yes, Chicago Fire and Elementary are considered picks to win and fail. We’re fickle like that.

Go On

“I want to like this one because of the love affair I began with Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing on Friends, but his last attempt Mr. Sunshine didn’t work out. Here’s hoping Perry can make his comeback, but I don’t think this is it, (here’s hoping!)”kris10alyse

Premieres on NBC, September 11th (Tuesday) @ 9/8c

Animal Practice

“Being toted as a “House-esqe + monkey” does not sound like a winner to me. This added to the fact that people know it solely as “that one show NBC showed after the Olympics instead of Muse and The Who” will equal very low ratings in my book.”emilymorita

“With every annoying Animal Practice commercial interrupting the Olympic coverage (including their Gabby Douglas/gymnastic monkey commercial gaffe), I started to hate this show a little bit more. I’m hoping the rest of America agrees with me on this one.” –nmnelson

“The one with the monkey. The one that interrupted the Olympics’ Closing Ceremony. Yeah, good luck, show. You’re going to need it.”saidhayley

“I love Justin Kirk (Andy Botwin, Weeds). He’s funny, quirky even. Coupling all that quirk with Annie’s Boobs was a cute idea, but not quite enough to convince me that this show wont’ end up being a mark on Kirk’s record as well as another bad decision to go along with all the other bad decisions NBC seems to enjoy making.”nicolewritenow

Premieres on NBC, September 26th (Wednesday) @ 8/7c

Do No Harm

“I just hate the picture they use in the ad, therefore I will root for this to fail. I’m petty like that.”kris10alyse

Premieres on NBC, Winter 2013 (Sundays)

Chicago Fire

“Yes, this is a Dick Wolf show and those tend to have some longevity. However, this is also NBC. They have a special talent for making me fall in love a show and then cancelling it after one season. After after they cancelled my faves Trauma and Mercy, I’ve learned not to grow too attached to anything.” –nmnelson

Premieres on NBC, October 10th (Wednesday) @ 10/9c

The Mob Doctor

“I like Jordan Spiro and I thought this could be a good pick for fall. But I thought it would be a comedy…not so much.” kris10alyse

Premieres on FOX, September 17th (Monday) @ 9/8c

Elementary

“It seems that CBS wants to compete with BBC’s award-winning Sherlock by adding a few twists of their own: modern setting! A female Watson! I’ll have to agree with the Brits on this one: let’s keep it classy, with a few modern twists. There’s nothing worse than having an adapting so different from the original that the only thing that remains the same as the original are the names.”emilymorita

CBS has essentially taken the entire concept of BBC’s Sherlock (complete with modern retelling and snarky lead), imported it to New York City, and changed the affable John Watson to eye-rolling Lucy Liu. I just dislike this on principle. Maybe it will be good. Maybe what we really, really need is another “unorthodox” pairing of a male and female crime-fighting team. Maybe.”saidhayley

Premieres on CBS, September 27th (Thursday) @ 10/9c

Beauty and the Beast

“This show is being marketed as “a modern-day romantic love story with a procedural twist.” Plus a beast? And of a course a pretty girl who is both a braniac and a bad ass. Of course. I can’t run away from this show fast enough.”saidhayley

“When Beauty and the Beast was a TV show in the late 80s, it did well, we’re talking cult classic status. This won’t be like that. This will fail. The only saving grace is that it will fail on a network where shows like this are expected.”nicolewritenow

Premieres on The CW, October 11th (Thursday) @ 9/8c

 

Want to know what shows you should check out? These are our picks for the new fall season.

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fall 2012: tvdm’s picks for the new season

Last year we gave you our top nine picks for the fall season. We got a few right (The New Girl, Homeland, Once Upon a Time), and a few very, very wrong (Terra Nova, Alcatrez). This time around, the TVDM family is a little bigger and a year wiser, but we’re still bringing the same conceit that our selections will surely make it safely to a second season.

Here are the new shows we’re 99% positive will live to see syndication. Maybe.

Revolution

“JJ Abrams + dystopian society. What can go wrong? (Let’s ignore the recent cancellation of Alcatraz and focus on the genius found in Lost and, of course, Fringe!)” emilymorita

“When J.J. Abrams and Eric Kripke come together on a show, I tend to get excited. I also love post-apocalyptic survival scenarios because they throw the world as we know it out the window and focus on how humanity adapts. Let’s just hope this doesn’t turn into another Lost.” nmnelson

“Despite J. J. Abram’s rather shaky track record (for every Lost he gives us there’s an Undercovers not far behind), this high concept science-fiction tale about life after the fall of electricity may have what it takes to break through the primetime clutter. I’m expecting a slightly tamer Walking Dead with some added Abrams-esque flair — which sounds pretty spectacular to me.”saidhayley

Premieres on NBC, September 17th (Monday) @ 10/9c

Chicago Fire

“I am sucker for two things: shows based in my hometown of Chicago, and any medical/police/emergency services drama. Chicago Fire? Check and check! It even has the adorable Taylor Kinney, from my tragically cancelled paramedic drama Trauma.” – nmnelson

Premieres on NBC, October 10th (Wednesday) @ 10/9c

The New Normal

“With what looks like a hilarious cast, Ryan Murphy (who is hit or miss for me), and the idea that normal is no longer what we all believe it to be, not to mention never existed in the first place, I think this show has a lot of potential.”kris10alyse

“Ryan Murphy, the genius behind Glee, Nip/Tuck and American Horror Story, has a penchant for creating shows that are both amazing and only similar in that they’re so uniquely different from the project that came before. Couple that with a solid premise and the gorgeous-hilarous hybrid that is Ellen Barkin and I’m sold for at least an episode or two.”nicolewritenow

Premieres on NBC, September 11th (Tuesday) @ 9:30/8:30c

Guys with Kids

“Like that scene from What to Expect When You’re Expecting, on replay. Though it has some serious potential.”kris10alyse

Premieres on NBC, September 26th (Wednesday) @ 8:30/7:30c

Partners

“We have Michael Urie (Ugly Betty), David Krumholtz (Numb3rs, Harold and Kumar, Serenity), Sophia Bush (One Tree Hill) and Brandon Routh (Superman Returns, but more importantly, Life is Hot in Cracktown) as four friends who are connected by one bromance. Bush finally gets to step away from the brooding she did for the last three season on OTH, Urie gets to be funny again and Routh as Urie’s boyfriend immediately reminded me of this. Toss all that together, and I have a new comedy to look forward to that will hopefully follow the same longevity as its lead-in, HIMYM.” nicolewritenow

Premieres on CBS, September 24th (Monday) @ 8:30/7:30c

Elementary

“Let’s be clear, Sherlock this is not. But I like Lucy Liu, and Jonny Lee Miller, and I’m digging this revival of Sherlock Holmes in the cultural zeitgeist, and I’m curious to see what they come up with.” – nmnelson

Premieres on CBS, September 27th (Thursday) @ 10/9c

Arrow

“Honestly, I think this show is more in danger of being awful than being canceled. The fan base for the legendary Green Arrow is already built in — though not by the CW’s usually demographic — so all they need to worry about is making this as awesome as it should be. Dark, moody hero equipped with a nasty-looking crossbow? Yes, please!”saidhayley

Premieres on The CW, October 10th (Wednesday) @ 8/7c

Nashville

“Another show with singing, yes please. Country singing? Could be even better. Plus Hayden Panettiere (Heroes) as a country star makes sense to me.”kris10alyse

Premieres on ABC, October 10th (Wednesday) @ 10/9c

666 Park Avenue

“In recent years, ABC has been my go-to network for drama and comedies, so I’m a little apprehensive when they delve outside of those areas (I blame shows like The River). However, this supernatural drama has two stars, Terry O’Quinn (Lost) and Vanessa Williams (Ugly Betty), that have proven to do quite well on this channel. Fingers crossed it’s ‘first season of American Horror Story’ good and not ‘every episode of the Charlies Angels remake’ bad.”nicolewritenow

Premieres on ABC, September 30th (Sunday) @ 10/9c

Ben and Kate

“A fun comedy with siblings as the main protagonists. With writers and actors from Community and New Girl, this show is sure to take the best of both and turn it into a hilarious show everyone can laughingly relate to– or wish they couldn’t relate to.”emilymorita

Premieres on FOX, September 25th (Tuesday) @ 8:30/7:30c

The Mindy Project

“Mindy Kaling,  a writer and actress from The Office starring in her own comedy? I think yes! As her Office episodes have been some of my favorites, I’m positive that this show will go places.”emilymorita

“I’ll admit, I cheated and watched the first episode of this new series when Fox released the preview. I already know that Mindy as an OB/GYN who believes in all the rom-com BS and just desperately wants to get her life together is the role she was made for, outside of Kelly Kapoor, of course. I will watch faithfully and thank whoever the genius was at Fox who decided this show was the perfect compliment to New Girl. I’m sure NBC will kick themselves for not realizing adorably comedic gold when they see it.”  – nicolewritenow

Premieres on FOX, September 25th (Tuesday) @ 9:30/8:30c

The Following

“This show is stacked with star power and a thrilling premise that’s not afraid to break out of the snooze-worthy procedural format. Kevin Bacon and James Purefoy (who history nerds like me will recognize from Rome, Camelot, and Vanity Fair) lend their impressive acting chops to this cat-and-mouse crime thriller about an escaped serial killer and his quest for vengeance.”saidhayley

Premieres on FOX, midseason

 

Check back next week when we’ll revisit the shows we knew would get cancelled and cover the new shows we hope will have the same fate.

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