CBS Orders Sherlock Holmes Drama to Series, Plus 3 More Dramas, 2 Comedies, and Reality Show

Dennis Quaid starring in drama about Las Vegas sheriff

Last Updated: May 13, 2012 @ 12:45 PM

CBS has ordered four new drama series, including the Sherlock Holmes update "Elementary," as well as two new comedies and a reality show from Mark Burnett.

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"Elementary" stars Jonny Lee Miller as a modern-day Sherlock in New York City, whose Holmes is played by Lucy Liu. "Vegas," starring Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis, is a 1960s period drama about Ralph Lamb, a rodeo cowboy turned sheriff of Las Vegas. "Made in Jersey" stars Janet Montgomery as a working class woman who uses her street smarts at a tony Manhattan law firm, and "Golden Boy" tracks a cop's rise from officer to detective to police commissioner.

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The new comedy "Friend Me," is about two Indiana twentysomethings — played by Nicholas Braun and "Superbad" star Christopher Mintz-Plasse — who move to Los Angeles to work at Groupon. "Partners," the other comedy, is about two lifelong friends and business partners.

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The career-minded reality series "The Job" comes from Mark Burnett and "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" executive producer Michael Davies.

Here are descriptions of the drama and comedy shows:


VEGAS (CBS Television Studios)

Writers: Nicholas Pileggi, Greg Walker

Producers: Nicholas Pileggi, Greg Walker, James Mangold, Cathy Konrad, Arthur Sarkissian, co-executive producers Michael Chiklis and Dennis Quaid

Director: James Mangold

Logline: Period piece set in the 1960s centered around the true story of Ralph Lamb — rodeo cowboy turned longtime Sheriff of Las Vegas.

Dennis Quaid as "Ralph Lamb"
Michael Chiklis as "Savino"
Jason O'Mara as "Jack"
Taylor Handley as “Dixon”
Carrie-Anne Moss as “Katherine”

MADE IN JERSEY formerly known as BABY BIG SHOT (Sony Pictures Television/CBS Television Studios)

Writer: Dana Calvo

Producers: Jamie Tarses, Julia Franz, Kevin Falls, Mark Waters, co-executive producer Dana Calvo

Director: Mark Waters

Logline: A working class woman uses her street smarts to compete with her more polished colleagues at a tony Manhattan law firm.

Janet Montgomery as "Martina”
Kyle MacLachlan as "“Donovan”
Erin Cummings as “Bonnie”
Pablo Schreiber as “Luke"
Stephanie March as "“Natalie”
Toni Trucks as "Cyndi"

ELEMENTARY (CBS Television Studios)

Writer: Rob Doherty

Producers: Rob Doherty, Sarah Timberman & Carl Beverly, Michael Cuesta

Director: Michael Cuesta

Logline: Modern take on the cases of Sherlock Holmes, with Sherlock now living in New York City.

Jonny Lee Miller as "Sherlock"
Lucy Liu as “Joan Watson”
Aidan Quinn as “Gregson”

GOLDEN BOY (Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television)

Writer: Nicholas Wootton

Producers: Greg Berlanti, Nicholas Wootton, Richard Shepard, co-executive producer Melissa Kellner Berman

Director: Richard Shepard

Logline: Show about the making of a man that tracks one cop’s meteoric rise from officer to detective to Police Commissioner.


Walter Williams Clark Jr. as "Theo James"
Chi McBride as "Det. Owen"
Kevin Alejandro as "Arroyo"
Stella Maeve as “Agnes”
Bonnie Somerville as “Mackenzie” 
Holt McCallany as “Det. Diaco”


FRIEND ME (CBS Television Studios/ The Tannenbaum Co)

Writers: Alan Kirschenbaum & Ajay Sahgal

Producers: Alan Kirschenbaum, Ajay Sahgal, Eric Tannenbaum, Kim Tannenbaum

Nicholas Braun as “Rob”
Christopher Mintz-Plasse as “Evan”
Parvesh Cheena as “Mike”
Tim Robinson as “Sully”
Dan Ahdoot as “Reggie”

Logline: Twenty-something best friends, Evan and Rob, move from their hometown of Bloomington, Indiana to Los Angeles to begin their exciting new lives working at Groupon. Evan is having trouble breaking his old slothful habits and rather than go out after work to explore LA and meet new people, prefers to play online poker with his buddies back home. Rob has different plans and is determined to drag Evan, kicking and screaming, along with him.

PARTNERS (KoMut Entertainment, Warner Bros. Television)

Writers: David Kohan & Max Mutchnick

Producers: David Kohan & Max Mutchnick

Director: James Burrows

Logline: From multiple Emmy winners David Kohan & Max Mutchnick comes this personal story of two lifelong friends and business partners. Architects Charlie and Louis’ friendship has lasted longer than either of their romantic relationships and almost seems like a weird marriage.  When Charlie decides to propose to his girlfriend, Louis’ neurotic attempts to be supportive nearly result in the breakup of his own relationship.

David Krumholtz as “Charlie”
Michael Urie as "Louis"
Sophia Bush as "Ali"
Brandon Routh as "Wyatt"
Tracy Vilar as “RoRo” (guest star)


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