The annual battle of the grid-iron behemoths will be followed by a battle of wits.
CBS tapped its new hit "Elementary" for the prime post-Super Bowl time slot, and the show's crew is eager to prove themselves in one of their most exciting episodes yet. "[The episode] is like our [regular] show, except it has a lot more injected in it; it’s like our show but on steroids a little bit," Jonny Lee Miller, who plays Sherlock Holmes on the series, told Entertainment Weekly.
The episode finds the World's Greatest Detective on the hunt for similarly brilliant prison escapee Martin Ennis (played by Terry Kinney) who, according to Miller, is "probably one of the worst [criminals] we've had."
Co-star Lucy Liu, who plays Holmes' sober companion Dr. Joan Watson, added "[Ennis] is willing to manipulate even his own family members to do what he needs to do and... he’s myopic about what he wants to do."
Their pursuit of the escaped criminal is complicated by a ghost from Holmes' past, as FBI profiler Kathryn Drummond (played by Kari Matchett) will join the NYPD in the pursuit. "[Holmes] has an intense dislike for her," executive producer Rob Doherty says. "Joan's a little puzzled as to why that is, but as we get deeper into the episode, we find that they had a more significant connection than she initially thought."
Added Miller, "[There's] sexual tension but not romantic." With Holmes, it rarely is.
The relatively self-contained episode puts a pin in the current story arc, which features Holmes growing in his obsession with finding arch-nemesis Moriarty, responsible for the murder of his lover Irene Adler. Setting aside the serialized aspect of the show in favor of more mystery is by design, said Doherty. "The challenge with [the Super Bowl episode] is to try to craft something that's more inclusive, something that our regular audience will enjoy, but something that will also hopefully pull in some new people," Doherty told TVGuide.com in a recent interview. "The goal is to demonstrate what the show is and can be week in and week out and we feel like we have a good episode for those purposes."
However, Miller insists the spirit of the series is still very much ingrained in the high profile effort. "There’s definitely been an injection of certain elements because you’ve got this audience, and there’s an intent to hook people in, but it’s still definitely our show," he said.
Will you be tuning in to the post-Super Bowl episode of "Elementary"?