In September, CBS will premiere its modern adaptation of Sherlock Holmes, Elementary. (You may remember.) This is, of course, despite the fact that everybody is already in love with a modern adaptation of Sherlock Holmes called Sherlock and it’s on the BBC and stars Benedict Cumberbatch, who is basically Ryan Gosling at this point, and though it is unclear how many modern adaptations of Sherlock Holmes the television viewing public needs at one time, it is pretty clear that this one in particular seems somewhat unnecessary. BUT — WHAT DOES BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH THINK? From Shortlist.com:

“I got hold of the pilot script just to check it out. I don’t know, we’ll see,” Cumberbatch says in the interview. “I think there’s room for us both to coexist. I don’t feel threatened by it and I wish him the best, which is as diplomatic as I can be.”

He continues: “It’s very odd. I did say [to Miller], ‘Well, I’d prefer you didn’t do it but you’ve got a kid to feed, a nice house in LA and a wife to keep in good clothes.’ I think Jonny was like, ‘Mate, I’ve got the f—king mountain to climb here, you’ve got nothing to fear.’ I wish him the best of luck, but I’m a bit cynical about why they’ve chosen to do it and why they cast him.”

“I do understand that you have to put food on your family.” – Benedabe Cumberhaye. I don’t know, it seems like he is not excited about it? You do have to read through the lines a little bit here, but I feel like between Elementary and the second season of Downton Abbey, Benedict Cumberbatch is, like, one cloying scene away from throwing ALL the TVs out of a window. I’m so sorry, Benny! That’s just life! One modern adaptation of Sherlock Holmes piled on top of the last one over and over until we’re all buried beneath them. It’s not perfect, but it’s what we’ve got. Amen. (Via Pajiba.)

Comments (51)
  1. “Room for us both to coexist?” Sorry, BENEDUMMY, we don’t allow tautological statements in AMERICA!

  2. Don’t worry, dear readers, I’ve fetched the smelling salts!

  3. Johnny Lee Miller is really cute.

  4. translated to American:

    “that fucking jerk is ripping off my show to catch a paycheck. i hope it tanks.”

  5. I had to do a quick spot of googling to find out which Miller is going to be in this one, and I found this amazing, amazing photo that I think pretty well sums up both actors’ feelings about this project. Benny: mute rage and indignation. Miller: “I have no idea why they asked me to come in today and I’m a little uncomfortable and kind of embarrassed to be honest.”

  6. I went to the high school that large chunks of Hackers was filmed in, which is the same high school that Lucy Liu attended, and so we must have had some of the same teachers, therefore Jonny Lee Miller. #sixdegreesofr2d2esq

  7. Little snarky there, Benny. “Fancy house, expensive clothes.” I would watch JLM read the phonebook, so maybe I’m not the most impartial judge, but it seems to me that other than both being modern the shows are completely different. Sherlock is 3 nearly-movie-length episodes every couple years. Hopefully Elementary will be, what, 43-minute episodes every week for a full season (or more)? I think they’re trying to do very different things.

    That said, I doubt they would have done Elementary if it weren’t for the success of Sherlock. I just don’t see why we can’t be happy about all the interpretations, especially when we haven’t even seen Elementary yet.

    • Johnny Lee Miller reading the phone book to me is going to be my new happy place.

    • I don’t understand the snarkiness either. It’s not liek ti’s the first time the US has capitalized on the success of British TV, at least here they tried to do another modern take on some old-timey source material instead of buying the rights to some show, stripping out all the Britishness and adding some good old-fashioned American humor.

  8. Aww, so awkward! They were both in that crazy version of Frankenstein where they alternated the roles of Frankenstein and the Monster, so I like to think that they are good buds! I hope this doesn’t put a damper on their relationship! I like my British actors to all be friends, ala this photograph:

  9. I am one of those people who is going to be a spite fan of Elementary, I’m just here to tell everyone. Sorry Bandicoot Cumbersnatch that I like Lucy Liu better than you.

    (I like Lucy Liu better than everyone.)

  10. I’m confused. Do we hate or like Benedict Cumberbatch?

    • I’m confused too!

      For every story about him being perfectly wonderful to ordinary schmoes on the street, there are two stories about him wishing failure on other shows and actors. Is he the rogue we just can’t quit, a truth teller without a filter, or a sociopath we can’t stop watching (think, Robert Downy Jr in the mid-’90s when everyone assumed he was going to downward spiral all the way)?

    • I don’t particularly like Benedict Cumberbatch (come ON, that is NOT A REAL PERSON’S NAME) or Ryan Gosling, so I’m extra confused every time we get a post about either of them. I just do not get the attraction on either of them.

  11. Wait, I thought Benebert Cumberdinck was totally fine with “Elementary” so all the tumblr fangirls ripping it apart had to change their tune and pretend they are very excited about it. Do they have to go back to being haughty and dismissive now? It’s hard to keep up!!

    • Does Elementary’s exist impact the Johnlock? No? It’s okay then.

      • One will be 13 or more one-hour episodes on network TV and the other is 3 two-hour movies every year or so, airing in America on public television.

        He will have a right to be genuinely annoyed in three years, when CBS will add Sherlock: New York and Sherlock: Miami to the lineup.

    • Honestly, I think he’s just sick of answering questions about the friggin’ show. I’m sure he wants his friend to be successful, but Benny Boo Boo has bigger fish to fry. Like Brad Pitt and Michael Fassbender when they film “12 Years a Slave”. *drooooool*

  12. Wait…did Benedict Cumberbatch CREATE Sherlock or was he hired and cast to act in a project that would have existed without him because that is his job?

  13. Ladies and probably no gents (sorry, gents),
    Where is the discussion of Parade’s End?! It is *the* Edwardian soap opera….er….very serious mini-series of our time! You know you’re all watching it illegally like I am :)
    I so hope Videogum/Kelly cover it when it airs here. Please. I love you like Benedict loves sarcastically/obliviously running his mouth .

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