CBS casts its Sherlock Holmes

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CBS has found its Sherlock Holmes. The network has tapped Jonny Lee Miller to play the iconic detective in its modern-day reboot of the character.

The former Eli Stone star will play Holmes in the CBS drama pilot Elementary, which has Holmes solving crimes in New York City. Miller also recently did an arc on Showtime’s Dexter.

Fans of BBC’s excellent Sherlock have been quick to dismiss CBS joining the game, but it will be interesting to see what the network comes up with. Side note: Though most detective shows owe some credit to Arthur Conan Doyle’s creation, CBS’ The Mentalist was directly inspired by Holmes, its creator Bruno Heller considers Patrick Jane to be a modern-day update on the character — so in a way, CBS already has a Holmes.

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