CBS Plans A Modern ‘Sherlock Holmes’ Series

The proposed project would be the latest present day update of the great detective, following BBC's "Sherlock."

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

Currently, CBS has a reputation for primarily stacking its drama lineup with crime procedurals including the "CSI" franchise and even the upcoming "Person of Interest." But now, CBS may be bringing one of the most famous detectives back to TV.

According to Deadline, screenwriter Rob Doherty is adapting Arthur Conan Doyle's "Sherlock Holmes" as a potential series that would jettison the traditional 19TH century setting and take place in the present day. Sarah Timberman ("Unforgettable") and Carl Beverly ("A Gifted Man") are both attached as executive producers.

As an enduring icon, Sherlock Holmes has had many previous media incarnations including a 1984 TV series starring Jeremy Brett that managed to adapt the majority of Conan Doyle's original stories. The proposed CBS series won't even be the first time Holmes was brought to the modern day. For example, during World War II, Universal's popular "Sherlock Holmes" films starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce were contemporized so that Holmes could fight Nazis and other threats native to the era.

More recently, "Doctor Who" showrunner Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss.created "Sherlock" for the BBC; which also reinvented Holmes and Dr. John Watson as modern day characters, with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman (pictured above) stepping into the iconic roles. "Sherlock" debuted last year and placed at number 9 of CraveOnline's list of top ten dramas.

Although an ideal solution would be to simply bring "Sherlock" as it is to an American network, each season consists of only three TV movies, with the second season of "Sherlock" set to debut next year. Both Freeman and Cumberbatch are likely to become better known in America late next year in "The Hobbit" when they portray Bilbo Baggins and the voice of the Dragon Smaug, respectively.

What are your feelings on another modern day "Sherlock Holmes"? Who would you cast as Sherlock and Watson in the American series? Let us know in the comment section below!