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'Elementary' season premiere: Prepare to meet Mycroft Holmes and Inspector Lestrade

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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Connie Britton, Michael J. Fox, Giancarlo Esposito to present at Emmys

Stars of some new fall shows are set to present Emmys at the TV awards ceremony this weekend. Revolution‘s Giancarlo Esposito and Nashville‘s Connie Britton have joined the group of celebrities to take the stage at the Nokia Theater on Sunday. They also will be at the ceremony as nominees — Britton for American Horror Story and Esposito for Breaking Bad — along with fellow newly announced presenter Michael J. Fox, nominated for guest roles on Curb Your Enthusiasm and The Good Wife.

Other presenters announced today include Ron Howard, Lucy Liu, Kiefer Sutherland and nominees Jon Hamm, Julianna Margulies, and Julianne Moore.

They join previously announced presenters Jon Cryer, Claire Danes, Zooey Deschanel, Tina Fey, Melissa McCarthy, Emily Van Camp, Louis C.K., Ricky Gervais, Ginnifer Goodwin, Mindy Kaling, Jim Parsons, Amy Poehler and Kerry Washington.

The 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards will air live on ABC this Sunday, Sept. 23 at 8 p.m.

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'Elementary': Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu as Holmes and Watson! -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTO

When CBS’ new Sherlock Holmes series Elementary debuts this fall, you can expect a few changes to the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle story. For one thing, the genius British detective will be solving crimes this side of the pond in New York City. For another, his trusty companion Watson…is a woman! We begin the countdown to Thursday’s Elementary Comic-Con panel (moderated by yours truly) with an exclusive new image of Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu as Sherlock Holmes and Joan Watson. Apparently, they’re very into reading! Check out the photo below (and click on the link below that for a high res version), and for more news and views, follow me on Twitter @DaltonRoss. READ FULL STORY

CBS orders 7 shows: Sherlock Holmes drama, Groupon sitcom, more

CBS pilot verdicts are in: Four dramas, two comedies — including a Sherlock Holmes detective series and sitcom about working at Groupon. The network also picked up a reality show from Mark Burnett.

CBS has given a half-dozen scripted projects series orders for next season, starting with Elementary, a modern-day New York City-based drama series that’s sounded like a no-brainer for the network’s brand since it was first developed. Jonny Lee Miller plays Sherlock, Lucy Liu gives a feminine twist to Watson. Aidan Quinn co-stars.

The network’s most intriguing-sounding new drama is Vegas, a period piece set in the 1960s centered around the true story of Ralph Lamb: rodeo cowboy turned longtime sheriff of Las Vegas. On paper, this one seemed like a long shot given the way fellow recent ’60s-set dramas Pan Am and Playboy Club fared in the ratings. But if you’re going to dip into the past on CBS, you can’t get much safer than doing a Vegas-set crime drama — you could almost call it a CSI prequel. Plus the cast is great: Dennis Quaid is the sheriff, Michael Chiklis is a mob fixer, plus there’s Jason O’Mara and Carrie-Ann Moss. READ FULL STORY

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