“Elementary,” with the first-ever female Dr. Watson (Lucy Liu), is the most-watched new series of the 2012-2013 season, but following the special Super Bowl episode, things are about to change slightly and the show will have a serialized element to it now that Moriarty is a presence in Sherlock Holmes’ (Jonny Lee Miller) life.
“We still look to have a case that begins and ends [each week] but we want to dollop Moriarty out appropriately, says executive producer Rob Doherty at the press conference for the CBS series at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, Calif.
The role of Moriarty has yet to be cast — Doherty says he has two more weeks to make a decision — and while he would like to bring in a well-known actor to play the role, he knows that in this day and age of social media, it would be a tricky business to keep it the identity a secret if that is what he decides.
“Moriarty has to be someone who is exquisite and someone who is unique,” Liu says.”Rob knows that more than any of us and he is going to allow for that. It is difficult now in this day and age to actually surprise anyone. He has to keep it under wraps.”
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One other change that will happen before the end of the season is the formalizing of the partnership between Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Joan Watson.
“[Being a sober companion] was a starting point,” Doherty says. ” It gave Watson a real purpose to be in the life of Holmes.
You can’t do that for seven or eight years. As we get into this end run, we want to redefine the relationship. I feel that a powerful friendship has developed — although each character may not describe it that way. My sense of Sherlock is that things need to be defined. As the sober companion side falls away, he will want Watson to be more of someone he can lean on.”
That said, the two will not hook up romantically in any way, shape or form, according to Doherty as long as he is EP of the series.
“We love to defy expectations on this show. For as long as I am a part of the show, it is not something I want to see. We don’t need it. When you look at the original books, they didn’t need to get together. They did quite nicely. I would like to apply that to this show as long as I can.”
Part of the problem with that may be that the fans picked up on the great chemistry between Miller and Liu, which is why they started asking for them to get together.
“There was a note that we seemed to know each other too well,” Liu says. “That they wouldn’t know each other that much. They wanted the chemistry to start out slower. I disagreed. If you have chemistry with someone, you have chemistry.”
And Miller was very circumspect, keeping his comment about a possible hook up to a minimum, saying simply, “You can have negative chemistry, as well.”
As for the special Super Bowl episode, which will air immediately following the game on Sunday, Feb 3, Doherty is keeping the storyline under wraps. But Liu tells XfinityTV.com, “It is like our episodes normally, but on steroids. So it is a little more accelerated, a little more colorful and heightened. It is going to be sexier, but a different kind of sexy.”
“Elementary” airs Thursday nights at 10/9c on CBS.