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Sherlock Holmes Reboot fever to spread to the U.S.

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When the modern-day update of Sherlock Holmes aired on the BBC, audiences in the UK freaked over it so much that even before the last in the 3-episode season aired, the show had already been picked up by. Although already big in television Anglophile communities, Sherlock will inflict many more Americans with the same addiction soon after PBS airs the first episode.

Sherlock‘s music definitely borrows a bit from Guy Ritchie’s reboot in the way of Hans Zimmer’s score, but just about nothing else. Benedict Cumberbatch plays the title role expertly, dominating almost every scene. This version of Dr. John Watson, played by Martin Freeman (previously on The Office), has a uniquely awkward and reverential chemistry with Holmes. Most of the details are intact in the first episode “A Study in Pink,” based on Arthur Conan Doyle’s first Holmes and Watson novel A Study in Scarlett. Character backgrounds, however, do contain clever updates from their Victorian origins: Tech-savvy Holmes loves to text/use smartphones; Watson blogs instead of journals; characters refer to each other by their first names; Watson came from the recent War in Afghanistan instead of the Victorian war in the same country, et. al.

So fear not devoted Sherlock Holmes fans: this modernization of the classic story was written by true Arthur Conan Doyle geeks Stephen Moffet and Mark Gatiss (who also plays Mycroft in the show). If the slick camerawork, great acting and faithfully adapted story of the series’ first episode doesn’t hook you, then I’ll be completely surprised. Each episode runs an hour and half long, but it’s a fast 90 minutes, especially without commercials.

PBS will air the first episode of Sherlock this Sunday, Nov. 24, at 9 p.m. (ET), and the next two episodes will air on the following Sundays.

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