Jonny Lee Miller Signs Up For ELEMENTARY, Internet Rage

CBS has cast the lead in the Americanized Sherlock Holmes update you already hate.

If you're reading this site, you're probably a fan, or at least very aware, of the hit BBC series Sherlock. As you well should be: it's a smart, funny, exciting modern-day interpretation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's brilliant detective, and it shames the comparatively fluffy Robert Downey Jr. films. The second season hits PBS in the U.S. in May (though if Twitter is any indication, most of you haven't bothered to wait to watch it legally).

And since he starred on the London stage with Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch (in Danny Boyle's staging of Frankenstein), odds are Jonny Lee Miller is pretty familiar with the series as well. Which makes him a brave soul indeed, as he's about to take a mountain of shit from fans of the BBC show by playing the lead in CBS' upcoming Sherlock Holmes pilot Elementary. The pilot will not only be set in present day, but will transplant the action to New York. Swell.

I like Jonny Lee Miller's work; he was great fun as a Tony Robbins/rape club ringleader on Dexter, and I'm looking forward to his interpretation of prissy patriarch Roger Collins in Dark Shadows. And yes, this seems like a terrible idea, but I assume that, as a working actor, one's got to look at eight fucking seasons of NBC's The Office and roll them bones. Good luck, Sick Boy!