CBS's modern-day Sherlock Holmes is about to meet his match.
In a high-profile episode scheduled to air after the Super Bowl on February 3, Terry Kinney will guest star on Elementary as an unpredictable criminal who causes chaos in New York City. While the identity of the character has not been confirmed, this description and the timing of the episode will no doubt fuel speculation that the veteran television actor will be portraying Moriarty, the legendary rival of Sherlock Holmes, played by Jonny Lee Miller in the Eye network's contemporary update of the classic detective.
Kinney is best known for his role as administrator Tim McManus in HBO's prison drama Oz, which ran for six seasons, and also directed two episodes of the groundbreaking series. Since Oz's series finale in 2003, Kinney has booked guest appearances on a number of series including CSI: NY, The Mentalist, The Good Wife, and The Mob Doctor, and had a recurring role on SyFy's American adaptation of supernatural drama Being Human. Possibly portending bad luck, he has also been a main cast member on his share of short-lived dramas, such as Canterbury's Law, The Unusuals, and NYC 22.
With 13.9 million weekly viewers, Elementary rates as this season's most-watched freshman drama and received a full season pickup back in October, plus an order for an additional two episodes. It was also granted the coveted timeslot following the network's broadcast of the Super Bowl on Sunday, February 3.
Would you buy Terry Kinney as storied criminal mastermind James Moriarty?