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Lucy Liu and Jonny Lee Miller star in the new CBS series "Elementary" (Source: CBS)

Lucy Liu and Jonny Lee Miller star in the new CBS series “Elementary” (Source: CBS)

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LOS ANGELES (CBSMiami) — It’s another big night of premieres on CBS4 including a new show called “Elementary” starring Jonny Lee Miller as a modern day Sherlock Holmes fresh out of rehab.

Sherlock Holmes was created in 1877 by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and ever since, the character has fascinated millions including producer Rob Doherty of Elementary.

“I’m a huge fan of the character and the books and was excited to talk about it,” explained Doherty.

Sherlock and his trusted sidekick Doctor Watson were featured in 4 novels and 56 short stories. He’s been big at the box office too and Sherlock has spawned a popular BBC TV series.

But Thursday night, be prepared for a totally different Sherlock Holmes.

Jonny Lee Miller stars as a modern day version of Sherlock who is in drug rehab, sports a few tattoos and is based in Manhattan.

“I just felt like New York would be formidable, an interesting place to watch him navigate,” said producer Carl Beverly.

Miller said he’s not worried about previous versions of Sherlock that are out there.

“There’s so much information available in the books I feel the script steers away from those characters. I’m confident that I am different enough from those two gentlemen to be a different enough Sherlock,” explained Miller.

Lucy Liu steps in to play a female version of Doctor Watson.

“She goes wherever he goes, she’ll fill in one of the problems that is missing and will connect all the dots for him,” said Liu. “Jonny has taken whatever character this is and has made it so fresh and so different to me. I think people will be pleasantly surprised and excited there’s something very funny very lovable and curmudgeonly mixed together.

Reactions from Sherlock experts across the pond are solid.

“I think if you’re gonna have a Sherlock Holmes story you have to do something different every time otherwise you are telling the same stories. Seems like the CBS version is more gritty than the ones we have had more recently,” said Katherine Kafers, a Sherlock Holmes podcaster.

The series premiere of “Elementary” airs at 10:00 p.m. Thursday on CBS4.

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