'Elementary' EP Rob Doherty, Star Jonny Lee Miller Take THR's Fall TV Poll
Who has an affinity for "Justified"? How did the drama's New York setting affect the pilot? The duo sounds off on updating Holmes and more.
CBS unspools its updated take on Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson with Elementary, which finds the famed detective transplanted to New York with a female sidekick who's as much her own individual as he is.
From Ringer's Rob Doherty, former Dexter baddie Jonny Lee Miller is on the case for the New York Police Department, who isn't totally happy to have his know-it-all attitude helping with their most challenging cases. Meanwhile, recovering addict Holmes isn't as happy to have a babysitter in Dr. Joan Watson (Lucy Liu), who regardless of if she likes it or not, will wind up playing a role in his investigations.
The Hollywood Reporter caught up with Doherty and Miller to challenge them to our Fall TV poll -- including the writer and guest stars they'd like to see take the trip to the East Coast setting.
The Hollywood Reporter: Fill in the blanks -- if you like X, Y, and Z, you'll like my show.
Rob Doherty: If you like intricate mysteries, humor and tremendous acting, you’ll like our show.
Jonny Lee Miller: If you like Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson and new ideas, you’ll like the show.
What was the funniest thing that happened while filming the pilot?
Miller: We had to deal with a lot of [crazy] people on the streets of New York City (laughs).
If you weren't on Elementary, what show would you want to be part of?
Doherty: FX's Justified.
Miller: I'd want to be some scumbag on Breaking Bad (laughs).
If you could scrub anything off your résumé, what would it be?
Doherty: I don’t think I could do that without disrespecting the people I’ve worked with and love even though there may be a couple stinkers on my résumé, I’ll never tell you which ones (laughs).
Miller: Good lord, I’m not going bring that up to the Hollywood Reporter!
What's the most bizarre network not you've ever gotten?
Doherty: One executive said he had an issue with the flashbacks in my script because it kept bringing him back to the past (laughs).
What are three necessary items you need in order to write?
Doherty: I need a white noise machine, green pen and the occasional action figure to prop up and twiddle with as needed.
If you could add any one writer to the Elementary staff, who would it be?
Doherty: I’m going to stay on the Justified tip and go with Graham Yost though Arthur Conan Doyle is a writer I’ve adored since childhood who came up with a character as endearing as Holmes would be a naturally good addition (laughs).
Who's your dream guest star on Elementary?
Miller: The Chelsea football team, all of them, the whole lot. We get to shoot in London at Chelsea. Or the New York Jets.
Elementary premieres Thursday at 10 p.m. on CBS.