The next stop on my tour of Fall’s new Television Premieres features some of my favorite shows so far. One combines two of the things I love most in the world (cowboys and all things vintage), and the other creates a new take on an old story. Both have impressive casts, made up of actors and actresses that have had success on both the big and small screens. They’re also both new crime dramas, which I’m kind of excited about, since most of the new shows introduced last year in that genre (such as Prime Suspect and Unforgettable) were a flop. I really hope to see these two succeed where the others failed!
Elementary: 3 Stars. I’m liking Elementary for several different reasons. Jonny Lee Miller plays a current day Sherlock Holmes living in New York in this updated version of what in many ways, feels like the original “modern” detective story. Holmes, along with his powers of deduction, and his sidekick Watson (Lucy Liu), join forces with the a Captain of the NYPD played by Aidan Quinn to help solve some of their most baffling crimes. Personally, I think Miller is one of the best actors to come along in a while (I absolutely loved him in Eli Stone), and I’ve always felt there’s just something likeable about Quinn. Even though this show is based on a familiar character, and has a similar feel to detective shows such as The Mentalist and Lie To Me in that most of the crime solving is centered around Holmes’ powers of deduction, it still finds a way to be different. I hope this one lasts! Elementary airs Thursday nights at 10p on CBS.
Vegas: 3 Stars. So far this season, Vegas is the first show that hasn’t needed any time to grow on me – I liked it straight out of the gate. First, there’s the cast: Dennis Quaid, Michael Chiklis, and Carrie-Anne Moss are the heavy hitters, though you’ll recognize a lot of the other faces as well – and with names like that, it’s hard to go wrong. Second, it’s set in Vegas in the early 60s, so it’s the perfect backdrop for romanticizing the glitz and glamor of the time, while still being able to play off of the ideas of corruption and greed. Third, the main character (Quaid) is a former rodeo cowboy/rancher turned sheriff (based on a real person, Ralph Lamb), so it’s got all of the rough-and-tumble action that you would expect. Honestly, this entire review could be boiled down to one sentence: “It’s a 1960s crime drama about cowboys, starring Dennis Quaid,” and if that right there doesn’t make you want to tune in…then I might as well just stop talking. Vegas airs Tuesday nights at 10p on CBS.
Have you been watching Elementary or Vegas? What do you think?