For fans looking for a little something extra between Sherlock Holmes and Joan Watson on the CBS hit "Elementary" won't get it romantically. Zap2it reported on Jan. 12 that showrunner Rob Doherty said he would not consider having the two partners hook up while he runs the show.
"As long as I'm part of this show it's not something I will want to see," Doherty said at the TCA press tour.
He said that there are some people who want to push it, but he prefers to defy people's expectations on the show. He also said that his show doesn't need the romantic relationship to work. He then pointed to the original stories where the two never needed to be more than partners to tell compelling stories.
"Elementary" is a modern day version of the classic Sherlock Holmes mythos with Dr. Watson re-imagined as a female, portrayed by Lucy Liu. That opens up a brand new set of circumstances in her relationship with Holmes, played by Johnny Lee Miller.
Journalists also asked Doherty about any reaction he might have received from Benedict Cumberbatch, who played Sherlock Holmes in the wonderful BBC series "Sherlock." Doherty said that Cumberbatch sent him messages complimenting the CBS version of the stories. Lucy Liu even said she took a photo with her and "The Hobbit" star Martin Freeman, who also plays Dr. Watson in the BBC series.
Finally, Doherty said that he will introduced Sherlock Holmes' arch nemesis Moriarty to the series later this season, but is quiet about the fate of Holmes' girlfriend Irene Adler, who was allegedly murdered by Moriarty. He hinted that Irene might show up in flashbacks, but there is no one set to take on that role yet.
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