Sherlock Holmes, Elementary
Played By: Johnny Lee Miller
CBS has a very specific way of doing business: It has a blueprint for multi-camera sitcoms and a blueprint for procedural dramas. As the central characters in most of the procedurals aren't really all that colorful, it hasn't really grated on us that the leads are trapped in a formula.
It's hard to watch an actor as talented as Higgins play a character as rich as Holmes in this format and not be disappointed though. Sure, the paint-by-numbers game works for CBS, but as the landscape of television is radically changing, you can't help but wonder how much longer the formula will work. It certainly doesn't help Elementary that the same premise is being handled far better overseas by Benedict Cumberbatch, but even on its own merits, the show falls short.