The ‘Elementary’ Showrunner SWEARS That Holmes & Watson Will NEVER Hook-Up

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Back in February we learned that the new CBS remake of the classic Sherlock Holmes series titled Elementary will feature a female Watson played by Lucy Liu (opposite Jonny Lee Miller as Holmes). From the start, people wondered (and feared) if the plan would be to have a romantic relationship develop between Holmes and Watson on this new series. Today we hear from Elementary showrunner Rob Doherty who PROMISES that there will be no sexual tension between Holmes and his female Watson partner … never … never ever … swear.

Sherlock Holmes purists who might already be knitting their brows over CBS’ Elementary casting Lucy Liu as a female Watson can find great solace in the fact that, even with that male/female dynamic, the New York City-set freshman mystery series will not devolve into some “Will They/Won’t They?” thing. “For me, it’s completely off the table,” Elementary showrunner Rob Doherty told TVLine at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour in Beverly Hills. “It’s just not in my head for Season 1 and, looking ahead … I just don’t feel like that’s a part of the show.” Doherty instead says his sole goal is to “honor the original relationship” between the partners in crimesolving. “And the original Holmes, to the best of my knowledge, never slept with Watson.” When apprised that CBS has been running promos purposely edited to, for example, make a jailhouse visit come off as a flirtatious exchange between Sherlock (Jonny Lee Miller) and Watson (who in this iteration is the deductive genius’ sober companion), Doherty could only shrug. “I get that. I understand that. [CBS] has to use every arrow in its quiver, and we have a mind-bogglingly attractive pair in Jonny and Lucy,” he noted. “But that’s one of the reasons I feel we the writers don’t have to write to it. There’s a natural sexual tension when you put them in a room, so you’re just go to feel it. So, are we going to write to it? No. Are they going to act to it? No. But it will be there.” As such — and admittedly despite his very best efforts — Doherty is nonetheless prepared to field an unending volley of questions throughout the show’s run, about the “Will They/Won’t They?” topic. “People will ask us every week, and there will be people who want to see it happen, and I don’t want to break any hearts but it’s just not in our plans,” he reiterated. “And I have felt no pressure [from higher-ups] to pursue that kind of storyline.”

Well this is great news. Honestly, I am all for this retelling of the adventures of Holmes and Watson. I think it’s brilliant to make Watson a female (tho, I think it’d be even more brilliant if Holmes was the female) so I would like to see this series succeed. I am VERY happy to learn that there are no plans to make these characters engage in a romantic relationship. It would be so cheap to just take these classic characters and involve them in a petty romance just because Watson is female. I’ve seen the Elementary promos and I like what I see. Now that I know Holmes and Watson won’t be cooing over one another, I think I’m sold:


New Holmes. New Watson. New York. Love it. Do you?

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  1. Lulu

    Jonny Lee Miller.. ‘enough said. sigh :) I’ll watch!

  2. Good to hear! That was my main concern. I really like Liu & Miller so I’m excited to see what they do with it.

  3. Ria

    I’m a huge fan of the (original) British series. The trailer for this one just didn’t match the sheer brilliance of its predecessor. That being said, I will give it a try just to be fair.

  4. jenn

    I freakin’ love me some Lucy Lui. She is a total babe and I’m loving the idea of Watson as a lady. I’m excited to see this work!

  5. Casey

    This looks amazing! I hadn’t heard of it before, so thanks for sharing! I’ll def be tuning in !

  6. Jenn

    i feel like this series is unnecessary when something as brilliant as sherlock is still on.

  7. Jessica

    The intersection of Johnny and Benedict is VERY very interesting. They actually traded rolls back and forth (just like they’re kind of sharing Holmes) when acting together in this: http://movieline.com/2012/05/08/benedict-cumberbatch-jonny-lee-miller-frankenstein-theaters/

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