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An update on Sherlock season 3 and co-creator shares reaction to impending US series

UK TV Show Sherlock Will Air in 2012

Yesterday, Radio Times posted an interview with Steven Moffat, in which the Sherlock co-creator provided eager fans of the fantastical master detective show with an update on season 3.

What did he say? When will Sherlock air? And what does Moffat think of the US’ impending Elementary Sherlock Holmes TV show? Find out right here!

Of course, we are still a long way away from the show going into production and even longer before it airs but quite frankly any news about Sherlock has my pulse racing.

“Mark [Gatiss, other co-creator of the show] and I have planned it out,” he stated. “We haven’t started writing it yet because I’ve got God knows how many episodes of Doctor Who to get sorted first. But the way it works with Sherlock is that we starve you and then we give you a short burst and then we starve you again. It’s worked so far, we’re not going to change it.”

And predictably, Moffat had no new information on when season 3 would air. “Given that this is a show I haven’t started writing yet, it’s a bit early to suggest scheduling. Once we hand them over, they’ll be on television quite quickly.” So my spring/summer 2013 prediction may be more accurate than I first thought.

Steven Moffat discusses Sherlock Season 3 and the US imaginging of Sherlock Holmes in Elementary

But Mr Moffat hasn’t stopped there. In an interview with BBC Newsbeat posted today he answered the question most have been thinking for the past couple of weeks: what he thinks about the impending US Sherlock Holmes TV series.

“It isn’t a version of our show,” he said. “They’ve just decided to go off and do one of their own, having been turned down by us to do an adaptation of our version.”

That’s interesting. They apporached Sherlock co-creators to go into production on an adapted version of their Sherlock series…and Moffat and Gatiss turned them down? Badass. And they will be doing something on their own too, with Lucy Liue being cast as Dr Watson in the show. The mind boggles just what in the hell they were thinking with this, not that I dislike Lucy Liu, but a female Dr Watson? It feels as they’ve just done it for shock value more than anything else. If Watson become Holmes’ love interest in the show, then I’m definitely out. Sherlock Holmes, of course, will be played by Johnny Lee Miller, who I actually think will nail the role if I’m honest.

Moffat goes on to say, “So how do you think I feel about it? Annoyed is in there.”

“The bigger problem for us with Elementary [the name of the US adaptation] is, what if it’s terrible? What if it’s awful? Then it degrades the brand,” he added.

“I remember there was a legitimate American version made of Coupling, actually adapted from our version. It was terrible and it was a disaster and it did sort of diminish the original. So if there’s this completely unrelated rogue version of Sherlock going around and it’s bad, it can be bad for us.”

Hmm. Interesting thoughts there from Moffat…what do you think? Will Elementary be as godawful as it sounds? Will it degrade the brand as a whole? Is it a fresh idea for them to cast Dr Watson as a woman? Please let me know in the comments section below!

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5 Responses to An update on Sherlock season 3 and co-creator shares reaction to impending US series

  1. Hannah Martin says:

    I don’t think the US version will ruin ‘Sherlock’ because there have been so many versions of Sherlock Holmes, and if you think back to when the US did their own version of Life on Mars, almost everyone preferred the English version anyway, (even some of the Americans!) and it will always be the best.
    The US cannot ruin Sherlock, there are too many fans for that :) don’t worry Stephen!!

  2. Dec says:

    I think us Americans should just leave the series alone. It seems like if the British start a TV show: Merlin for example, we have to do our own version (Camelot) which turns out horrible.

    I say leave Sherlock to the British and make Americans actually create something new and original. Just swapping the main characters gender does not make it original. Look at all the Sherlock fanfiction…

  3. Tran says:

    I agree that we Americans should let the series be. Sherlock is absolutely amazing, and it’s not that Elementary is going to ruin that, it’s that Elementary doesn’t sound all that great. Dr. JOHN Watson should and will be preferred to Dr. JOAN Watson.

    Anyways, it’s not like BBC’s Sherlock will have to compete with Elementary. Sherlock will never topped nor ruined by Elementary.

  4. Kayla says:

    I am very unhappy to find out watson will be played by a woman. i think american shows overall suck which is why i look elsewhere for my tv entertainment…oh beautiful internet :D the only american show i watch is Once Upon A Time. Mr.Moffet shouldnt be worried as he and others should not let other shows allow to sway their opinion. if elementary is bad it does not make Sherlock bad. i will always love Sherlock as much as i love dr who and harry potter. a Sherlockian through and through.

    dont let other things tarnish your view of an original or a show you like… for example sherlock holmes the movie while i like downey and the other guy if asked i would say sherlock had the better quality and loved it more simply cuz i love things that stay true to the books. and as they say Brainy is the new sexy. much like the thinker more than action though i dont mind. sorry rambling that is all.

  5. Darla Dasha says:

    Ick. I detest US TV. I don’t even have reception anymore as I never even watch the news. I watch Brit telly via the internet. I have NEVER seen a single thing done by Britain and remade by the US that was remotely decent. And making a female Watson is completely disrespecting ACD. Yes, Sherlock reinvents canon – making it modern, but it simply puts the character in a cutting edge modern society, not disrespects the original completely. Seriously. Ick.

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