The American Version of Sherlock?

So I was reading my Daily Variety (and no, I won’t make fun of my husband’s inability to interpret the headlines–or even most of the articles’ content–due to jargon) and saw that TNT was working on a show called Enigma, which is “a modern-day Sherlock Holmes.” Haven’t I already seen this show somewhere?

Oh, yes. Yes, I have.

Well, Sherlock Holmes is public domain. But I wonder how closely the BBC and Steven Moffat and co. will be watching for potential infringement. It’s a murky area, I would think.

And where will they set this American version? New York maybe? Is that the closest we have to a London on this side of the Atlantic? Will the character even be named Sherlock Holmes, or was that just the general pitch for the show?

Curiouser and curiouser.

I don’t watch anything on TNT myself, but I may need to keep an eye on this one.

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2 thoughts on “The American Version of Sherlock?”

  1. “Among the other drama scripts already announced but still active in development are “CSI” creator Anthony Zuiker’s “Enigma,” about a modern-day Sherlock Holmes. Project comes from writer Ed Whitmore and CBS Television Studios.” http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118042062

    ” Enigma – Enigma is a modern-day mystery-of-the-week in the vein of Sherlock Holmes. The project comes to TNT from CBS Television Studios and Anthony Zuiker (CSI), Matt Weinberg and Ed Whitmore (Waking the Dead), who will write the pilot script.”

    http://www.deadline.com/2011/05/tnt-tbs-announce-development-slates/

  2. So based on the second description (modified as it is by “in the vein of”), I’d say a modern-day Sherlock Holmes is the basis of the idea but not the whole concept, which reduces the likelihood of infringement issues. Still curious about it, though.

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