CBS 2012-2013 Video Preview: Watch Trailers for Elementary, Vegas, Partners, and More

By Tim Surette

May 16, 2012

CBS didn't have a ton of space for new shows on its 2012-2013 schedule, but the network's new offerings do look interesting. The procedural gets an interesting makeover in Elementary, a modern-day Sherlock Holmes drama with a female Watson played by Lucy Liu. And there's a straight drama in Vegas, which has a sure bet with its all-star cast. CBS (conservative CBS!) is also taking a chance with new comedy Partners, featuring a main character who's gay! The times they are a changin'! Let's take a look at the new shows and see what we got.


THE DRAMAS



Vegas

CBS's pitch: Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis star in Vegas, a drama inspired by the true story of former Las Vegas Sheriff Ralph Lamb, a fourth-generation rancher tasked with bringing order to Las Vegas in the 1960s, a gambling and entertainment mecca emerging from the tumbleweeds. Ralph Lamb (Quaid) wants to be left in peace to run his ranch, but Las Vegas is now swelling with outsiders and corruption which are intruding on his simple life. Recalling Lamb's command as a military police officer during World War II, the Mayor appeals to his sense of duty to look into a murder of a casino worker—and so begins Lamb’s clash with Vincent Savino (Chiklis), a ruthless Chicago gangster who plans to make Vegas his own. Assisting Lamb in keeping law and order are his two deputies: his diplomatic, even-keeled brother Jack (Jason O'Mara) and his charming but impulsive son, Dixon (Taylor Handley). Ambitious Assistant District Attorney Katherine O'Connell (Carrie-Anne Moss), who grew up on the ranch next to the Lambs, also lends a hand in preserving justice. In Vegas, two powerful men—Lamb and Savino—are engaged in a fierce battle for control of the budding oasis, and for both of them, folding is not an option.

Official Trailer:

Our take: Well, this looks pretty damned good, and for CBS it's a step toward getting away from its typical procedural stuff. Chiklis is much better as a mobster than he is as a bumbling, super-powered dad who also is a police sketch artist. We're all in.



Elementary

CBS's pitch: Elementary stars Jonny Lee Miller as detective Sherlock Holmes and Lucy Liu as Dr. Joan Watson in a modern-day drama about a crime-solving duo that cracks the NYPD’s most impossible cases. Following his fall from grace in London and a stint in rehab, eccentric Sherlock escapes to Manhattan where his wealthy father forces him to live with his worst nightmare—a sober companion, Dr. Watson. A successful surgeon until she lost a patient and her license three years ago, Watson views her current job as another opportunity to help people, as well as paying a penance. However, the restless Sherlock is nothing like her previous clients. He informs her that none of her expertise as an addiction specialist applies to him and he’s devised his own post-rehab regimen—resuming his work as a police consultant in New York City. Watson has no choice but to accompany her irascible new charge on his jobs. But Sherlock finds her medical background helpful, and Watson realizes she has a knack for playing investigator.

Official Trailer:

Our take: A lot of people have been bashing this, but sorry, it looks pretty watchable. Jonny Lee Miller has a chance to be the star he's always been meant to be, but we'd like to see a little more chemistry between Miller and Liu than there is in the trailer. Still, there's potential for unexpected darkness here, and as long as you haven't seen the BBC's Sherlock, this looks like a fresh take on the character.



Made in Jersey

CBS's pitch: Made in Jersey is a drama about a young working-class woman who uses her street smarts to compete among her pedigreed Manhattan colleagues at a prestigious New York law firm. Martina Garretti (Janet Montgomery) finds her firm’s cutthroat landscape challenging, but what she lacks in an Ivy League education she more than makes up for with tenacity and blue-collar insight. After just a few weeks, firm founder Donovan Stark (Kyle MacLachlan), takes note of Martina’s ingenuity and resourcefulness, as does her sassy secretary Cyndi Vega (Toni Trucks). With the support of her big Italian family, including her sexy older sister Bonnie (Erin Cummings), Martina is able to stay true to her roots as a bold, passionate lawyer on the rise in a new intimidating environment.

Official Trailer:

Our take: Sooo...a person from the outside world shows stuffy lawyer types how it be? We've seen this about a million times before. Erin Brockovich + Jerseylicious just doesn't do it.




THE COMEDY



Partners

CBS's pitch: Partners is a comedy based on the lives of creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick, about two life-long best friends and business partners whose “bromance” is tested when one of them is engaged to be married. Joe (David Krumholtz) is an accomplished architect who leads with his head and not his heart, especially in his love life. That’s in stark contrast to his gay co-worker, Louis (Michael Urie), who is spontaneous, emotional and prone to exaggeration. Both have found joy in their love lives: Joe is newly engaged to Ali (Sophia Bush), a beautiful and sophisticated jewelry designer, while Louis is dating Wyatt (Brandon Routh), a vegan nurse who Louis insists is just a promotion away from becoming a doctor. As news of Joe’s engagement settles, time will tell if their business and personal bond can adapt to the addition of two other important relationships.

Official Trailer:

Our take: CBS should have called this The Michael Urie Show for as much screentime as he gets in this trailer. It looks like a sweet 30-minute movie, but where does it go after the pilot?



Note: Previews for Golden Boy and Friend Me aren't yet available.



What looks good to you so far? Let's hear your first impressions in the comments!



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  • hazepurple May 25, 2012

    Made in Jersey....Ugly Betty becomes a lawyer. Ugh!

    Have been excited about Partners, but I'm seeing too much Will and Grace redux in the trailer. Fingers crossed?

  • Taccado May 25, 2012

    I really want to be gracious towards Elementary. After watching the US version of Shameless - which I love - I decided to stop being one of those people who lambaste American remakes just because they are remakes. It's natural to compare a remake with the original series, and while Elementary is not an actual remake of Sherlock, all of us will compare the two. But knowing the original show makes us biassed, and not having seen the remake makes pissing on it quite unfair.

    Nevertheless, after watching the trailer of Elementary, it's really hard not to roll my eyes and sigh loudly. While it might find an audience among people who need a more Americanized version of the legend, those three minutes did not do it justice. If there are two stories of Sherlock Holmes on the air at the same time, and most will decide only to watch one, sensible people will choose Sherlock. It's very hard to top that show. Some might choose to watch both shows because they both fit into the yearly schedule; Sherlock has such a short season, while Elementary is probably aiming for the full 20-24 episodes. But in my mind the short season of Sherlock with longer episodes is one of the reasons that makes it good. No filler episodes, just deep, well-planned Sherlock mysteries. What are the chances that Elementary is able to replicate the sophisticated tension of Sherlock stories with 40-minute-a-week episodes twenty times a year?

    I've really been waiting to see Lucy Liu's performance. I think making Watson a woman is a great idea. I would even like to see Holmes as a woman some day. How cool would it be to have a brilliant female character on TV who is odd, socially awkward and does drugs? You don't often get to see women like that on screen. But sadly, in the trailer Liu looks like all the other female characters in cop shows. I just can't see the "Watsoness" in her.

  • AimeeDonaldso May 24, 2012

    sorry elementary but no one is ever going to beat either robert downey jr and jude law or benedict cumberbatch and martin freeman

  • KimGraff May 24, 2012

    CBS asked BBC if they could take the Sherlock script and concept and just cast Americans to play the part. BBC said no, since it airs in America on PBS... then CBS comes out with Elementary? Great, it's set in NYC and this Sherlock is an ex-junky with a wealthy daddy -- so they changed the background story. Big flippin' deal, they are marketing Sherlock's character (a quirky, antisocial, consultant detective) is the same thing that BBC's Sherlock is.



    They changed a few things so they couldn't get in trouble with copyright infringement, but CBS stole this show and hopes to ride on the coattail of the buzz and excitement that BBC created over Sherlock Holmes. There is absolutely NO WAY that it can be nearly as good as the BBC show. That is clever, brilliantly filmed, and the acting is phenomenal.



    I really like Miller, I loved Eli Stone, so I'm sad to see him in this, because I know that it'll only last one season. They're setting themselves up for failure, trying to compete with something like BBC's Sherlock when they can't.

  • pabloibarra_316 May 22, 2012

    about Elementary, you are right i was watching the trailer and all i could think of was about BBC's Sherlock

  • DavidJackson8 May 20, 2012

    The trailers are kinda boring, but I still plan on watching Elementary and Vegas.

  • kok_warlock May 19, 2012

    Elementary looks good, Miller is a very underrated actor and certainly looks good, but I didn't like Lucy Liu as Watson, shows like that were made extensively also, something to consider.

  • RamonVella May 19, 2012

    ....disaster =( niente

  • mad-pac May 19, 2012

    The female lead in Made in Jersey is quite beautiful in spite of her garish makeup. But I don't know if that alone would make me watch such a potentially lackluster show.

  • KayWatkins May 19, 2012

    And I DO like BBC's Sherlock so this American gender switch stuff....dunno about that. I'm pretty open minded though so I may check out the pilot - especially since Sherlock tends to just have 3 episodes anyway.

  • mad-pac May 19, 2012

    I think the man/woman dynamic could be interesting. Just forget the detective is called Sherlock Holmes and try to enjoy it like any other detective show. Hey, look at the bright side: at least they didn't turn Sherlock into a teenage girl...

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