CBS boldly reclaims Sherlock Holmes for America

CBS boldly reclaims Sherlock Holmes for America

The BBC has enjoyed considerable success with Sherlock, a 21st-century update of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories that's nearly flawless aside from the fact that it isn’t American, nor is it ever paired with an episode of the Sherlock Holmes stories’ contemporary equivalent, CSI: Miami. So CBS will solve those problems with its own modern-day update, Sherlock Holmes, a project that at last has absolutely nothing to do with British people, who for too long have profited off of Sherlock Holmes simply because he’s from there. Instead, this modern-day Sherlock comes from the producers behind the forthcoming CBS dramas Unforgettable and A Gifted Man—Americans making American shows about decidedly American people, such as detectives who are really good at remembering, and surgeons with ghost wives. Like ABC’s recent absconding with its own modern-day Jekyll And Hyde—which has absolutely nothing to do with Sherlock co-creator Steven Moffat’s Jekyll—CBS’ patriotic usurping of Sherlock Holmes and other British ideas for American television can be seen as yet another victory in the transatlantic culture war. You can read all about it in the forthcoming leaflet, Common Sense, Addressed To The Inhabitants Of America, On The Subject Of Why Steven Moffat Should Suck It.

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