Orange Is the New Black star Michael Chernus has landed a guest-starring role on Elementary, EW has learned exclusively.
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Sherlock Holmes will soon find a new ally: Justified star Jacob Pitts will guest-star in an upcoming episode of Elementary, EW has learned exclusively.
What does Benedict Cumberbatch have to say about his fans? What does the future hold for his version of Holmes? And what does this week’s Entertainment Weekly cover star think about Elementary? All of these questions were addressed by the star during today’s Sherlock panel at the Television Critics Association press tour.
The new year is going to bring Sherlock and Joan face-to-face with an old foe — Natalie Dormer’s Moriarty, seen above in a photo you’re seeing first on EW.com. But what brings the trio together again in the episode, which airs Jan. 2? We hopped on the phone with executive producer Rob Doherty to get the scoop.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Set up the episode for us.
DOHERTY: A young girl is kidnapped in New York City, and Sherlock and Joan come to believe that Moriarty may have orchestrated the abduction, which is a tad confusing since she’s been in federal custody for several months now. So in the episode, they seek her out and she becomes something of a participant in the investigation into the kidnapping.
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More on the Once kiss, the upcoming chaos on The Good Wife, and Elementary‘s love problem all in this week’s Spoiler Room.
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The Nov. 14 episode of Elementary is going to find Sherlock in the state he least prefers: distracted.
The source of this distraction, as you might guess, is his brother, Mycroft (Rhys Ifans), who comes to town from the U.K. in the Nov. 7 episode seeking help from his brother. “[Mycroft]‘s a bit of a distraction to Sherlock and the bearer of some difficult news that is even more distracting, and there’s nothing Sherlock loathes more than distractions,” says EP Rob Doherty. “The episode is about finding the balance between a case and having some unwanted family in town, which is probably something a lot of people can relate to.”
The episode, titled “Blood Is Thicker,” will also find Joan and Sherlock working a case that was partly inspired by the classic Sherlock mystery “The Problem of Thor Bridge,” in which a body falls from above and lands on a moving object, in this case, a poor delivery man’s truck. (Some exclusive photos from the episode are shown here.)
“With Sherlock, once he’s, for lack of a better word, pregnant with a case,” explains Doherty, “it’s very hard to get him to focus on anything else. So I’d say this is a story about Sherlock being forced to carve out a little time for his brother, who will not be in town very long.”
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Tonight, Elementary returns with a second season premiere (CBS, 10 p.m. ET) that takes Sherlock (Jonny Lee Miller) and Watson (Lucy Liu) to Holmes’ homeland. The duo travels to London, the city where he fell apart, after Sherlock learns that his old colleague, Inspector Lestrade (Sean Pertwee) has fallen on difficult times.
“He became obsessed with a case, couldn’t quite prove his suspicion, harassed a wealthy and powerful suspect, and ended up doing more harm to himself than anyone else. His reputation’s been ruined, and he’s been suspended from Scotland Yard,” executive producer Robert Doherty tells EW. “In the book, he’s not always described in the most glowing of terms. He was a bit of a gloryhound — he liked working with Holmes because he knew Holmes didn’t care about taking credit, and so Lestrade often leaned on him to make progress and solve cases. The premise of Elementary is, of course, that Sherlock Holmes had to leave London and come to New York. So we were asking ourselves, what happens to a Lestrade when he loses his Holmes? And in this case, bad things. He has struggled for the last couple of years, and he’s been exposed as a good but not great detective, and he’s finally at the end of his rope. Once Sherlock realizes he’s struggling to the degree that he is, he and Joan depart for London to try to help him.”
The trip also gives the show the opportunity to introduce Sherlock’s brother, Mycroft Holmes (Rhys Ifans). “Sherlock looks down on Mycroft. He thinks he’s someone loaded with potential who never quite did enough with this life. The truth is, Mycroft is a smart, successful, very interesting guy,” Doherty says. “But a number of years ago, Sherlock crossed some lines, committed some offenses against his brother that he couldn’t really take back. And so we’ll learn that the brothers haven’t talked in many years. Sherlock had no intention of telling Mycroft that he was coming to the UK, but circumstances conspire to have the two of them cross paths. Sherlock has to reveal to Joan that he has a brother, and then explain the state of the relationship. Mycroft finds Joan very interesting in that she has developed what is now a pretty long-term friendship with Sherlock, and in Mycroft’s experience, that’s a rare thing indeed.”
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'Arrested Development,' 'Elementary,' 'Da Vinci's Demons,' and more: The making of this year's Emmy-nominated music
The Primetime Creative Arts Emmys celebrated behind-the-scenes artists on Sunday — including composers recognized for their work on shows like Elementary, House of Cards, and The Borgias. The characters in the series they work on play more than a small role in shaping the shows’ sounds, as EW learned in talking to the nominees in the music score categories on the carpet ahead of the ceremony, which will air on FXX this Saturday.
Starz’s Da Vinci’s Demons won the award for Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music, while Downton Abbey won for Outstanding Music Composition for a Series, and ReelzChannel’s World Without End snagged the award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries, Movie, or Special.
Read on to learn more about the making of the music for five shows.
A Broadway star has his eye on Joan Watson!
EW has learned exclusively that Steve Kazee, one of two leads in the original cast of the Tony Award-winning Once musical, is set to guest star on CBS’ Elementary, playing a man who Joan (Lucy Liu) meets while making her first foray into online dating. The hitch in this plan for love? According to scoop, Sherlock’s (Jonny Lee Miller) views on relationships — particularly internet-matchmaking — may mar the courtship before it even has the chance to get off the ground.
Prior to his appearance in the Broadway smash, Kazee, whose Once co-star Cristin Milioti is now How I Met Your Mother’s Mother, appeared on the TV series Working Class and had bit parts on CSI and NCIS.
The episode, called “We Are Everyone,” is scheduled to air in October, and Elementary returns Sept. 26.
It looks like Elementary‘s upcoming trip to London will become a family affair.
Rhys Ifans has been cast in the recurring role of Sherlock Holmes’ older brother, Mycroft Holmes, CBS announced Wednesday.
The Amazing Spider-Man actor is set to appear in the premiere of the show’s second season, which airs Sept. 26 and will be shot on location across the pond, as previously reported.
Per CBS’ synopsis of the episode, we meet Mycroft, with whom Sherlock once had a falling-out several years prior, after an old case takes Joan and Sherlock to London and they stay with his older brother — who lives at 221B Baker Street. “With Joan in the middle, the brothers are forced to confront their very complicated history,” the network teased.
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As we say in the new issue of Entertainment Weekly hitting stands Friday, behind every man with a thirst for sex and power is an equally clever, manipulative woman… who could be played brilliantly by Natalie Dormer.
The 31-year-old Brit, who broke out Stateside in 2007 as the seductive Anne Boleyn to Jonathan Rhys Meyers’ King Henry VIII in The Tudors and now embodies King Joffrey’s shrewd betrothed Margaery Tyrell on HBO’s Game of Thrones, begins a three-episode stint tonight as Sherlock Holmes’ iconic love Irene Adler on CBS’ Elementary (through May 16’s two-hour season finale). “It’s a real privilege to be asked to play that one woman who has gotten under Sherlock’s skin,” Dormer says, noting that Elementary creator Robert Doherty was a fan of her work on the 2011 cult supernatural British TV show The Fades.
Unsure if her schedule would align with the show’s, Doherty and fellow exec producer Carl Beverly wouldn’t tell her much about the arc when they first met. “We had this kind of really amusing conversation where they were like, ‘We love you!’ And I was like, ‘I love you!'” she recalls. Though she got all the details when she officially signed on, she’s still going to be “reasonably coy” with us… READ FULL STORY
The hunt for Moriarty is on.
After gaining some ground this season in his search to catch the man he believes killed his former love Irene Adler, Sherlock (Jonny Lee Miller) is more determined than ever to get revenge on Moriarty. And as the exclusive new promo for Elementary shows, his search is heating up.
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Elementary fans are going to meet the most important woman in Sherlock Holmes’s life.
CBS has announced that Natalie Dormer is set to appear in a three-episode arc, playing Sherlock’s former lover Irene Adler, whose death at the hands of Moriarty has previously been mentioned on the show.
“We’re moving to the next chapter in our show — and in some ways, to a previous chapter in Holmes’ story,” executive producer and creator Rob Doherty said in a statement. “Irene Adler is perhaps the most pivotal relationship in Sherlock’s life, and I can’t think of an actress better suited to the challenge than Natalie.” READ FULL STORY
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