Upfronts 2012: Preview 'Elementary,' 'Vegas,' 'Made in Jersey'
CBS renewed 19 series for the upcoming fall season, so they didn't have many schedule holes to fill, but the network did show off three new drama series at its Upfront presentation Wednesday.
Sherlock Holmes gets another modern-day updating (in addition to Stephen Moffat's "Sherlock") in "Elementary," starring Johnny Lee Miller as the world's greatest detective and Lucy Liu as his Dr. Watson. In this case, Watson is a sober companion for Holmes, who's attempting to clean himself up. Exiled from London, this Holmes decides to solve crimes in New York City with the assistance of Police Capt. Toby Gregson (Aidan Quinn).
Writer Rob Doherty, who wrote for the short-lived series "Headcases," is the show creator. It will air Thursdays at 10 p.m.
"Vegas," not to be confused with NBC's "Las Vegas" or the late 1970s ABC series "Vega$," is a look back at Las Vegas' boom days in the 1960s, when real-life Sheriff Ralph Lamb was brought in to clean up the town. In this series, created by "Goodfellas" writer Nicholas Pileggi, Dennis Quaid takes on the role of Lamb, called into the city from his ranch by the mayor to battle a ruthless Chicago gangster, played by Michael Chiklis.
Director James Mangold shot the pilot and is one of the series' executive producers. The series also stars Taylor Handley, Jason O'Mara and Carrie-Anne Moss. It will air Tuesdays at 10 p.m.
In "Made in Jersey," a street-smart Jersey girl shows that the Garden State's residents know more than GTL (gym, tan, laundry) as she works her way up through the ranks at a New York law firm. Janet Montgomery plays the Jersey girl and Kyle MacLachlan plays the firm's very un-Jersey founder, who takes a shine to her. Toni Trucks and Erin Cummings also star in the series created by former "Covert Affairs" writer Dana Calvo.
The series airs Fridays at 9 p.m.
-- Patrick Kevin Day
Photo: "Vegas." Credit: CBS