Sherlock Holmes and Tom Sawyer come to TV(Read article summary)
A modern update of Sherlock Holmes will air this fall, while a show following Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn is being developed.
Two classic works of literature are headed to TV with slight twists.
One of CBSâ€™s new shows for the fall is â€śElementary,â€ť a present-day update of the Sherlock Holmes stories starring Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu, while ABC is currently developing a show titled â€śFinn & Sawyerâ€ť in which the heroes create an investigative business in a steampunk New Orleans as adults. It is described as a take on Mark Twainâ€™s â€śThe Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
â€śElementaryâ€ť stars Miller as famous sleuth Sherlock Holmes and Liu as a female Watson. In the CBS show, Sherlock has come to New York from London after spending time in rehab. He works as a consultant to New Yorkâ€™s police.
Executive producer Rob Doherty said Holmesâ€™ drug habit and his legendary nemesis, Professor Moriarty, will both be part of the show. While concerns have arisen over whether the CBS show and the BBC series â€śSherlock,â€ť which also features a modernized Holmes and Watson, can coexist, Doherty pointed out that a contemporary update of Sherlock Holmes is not a new idea and that he has seen the first season of â€śSherlockâ€ť and enjoyed it.
â€śI've seen many, many different takes and interpretations on the character and the franchise,â€ť Doherty said of Sherlock Holmes adaptations in general. â€śThey're all great. I don't think any of them hurt any of the others.â€ť
CBSâ€™s Sherlock show begins this September, while â€śFinn & Sawyerâ€ť was given a script order by ABC, so its air date (if it gets one) will be determined in the future.