Having failed to come to an agreement to do a straight-up American version of the BBC’s Sherlock, CBS has gone in a completely different direction. They’ve greenlit ElemeNtarY, a pilot which updates Sherlock Holmes to the present day, but sets it in NY. (You see what they did there, yes?) They’ve cast Jonny Lee Miller, who just did a tremendous run on stage in Frankenstein, alternating as the monster and his maker with co-star Benedict Cumberbatch. (Hm. Name sounds familiar.)
And now, they’ve announced their Watson. Lucy Liu.
In honor of this innovative, game-changing paradigm shift, I’ve come up with several alternate titles in case focus groups are confused by the capital E along with the NY. (“Why isn’t it set in Elmyra?”)
How I Met Your Watson
The Good Watson
Two and a Half Watsons
A Gifted Watson
Murder, She Watson
Watson Jones (a Quinn Martin production)
The Watson Whisperer
Watson of Interest
Sherlock and Key (apologies to Joe Hill)
NCIS: Los Watson
You’re welcome, CBS. You know where to send the check.