On the heels of Sherlock Holmes getting a successful contemporary makeover in features with the Robert Downey Jr.-starring franchise, and on public television with Masterpiece Theater’s Sherlock, the famous 19th century British detective is headed for a commercial TV series update. CBS has bought Sherlock Holmes, a drama project from CBS TV Studios and studio-based Timberman/Beverly Prods., which is described as a modern take on the cases of the pipe-smoking private eye created by Arthur Conan Doyle. Rob Doherty is writing and will executive produce with Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly. Timberman/Beverly has 2 new series on CBS this fall, Unforgettable and A Gifted Man.
In other CBS buys, the network has put in development Mommy-Track Mysteries, a series adaptation of Ayelet Waldman’s comedic series of books about Juliet Applebaum, a public defender turned stay-at-home-mom and private investigator. Waldman will write the adaptation, with Jennifer Levin and Sherri Cooper serving as non-writing executive producers. The Mommy-Track Mysteries series includes 6 novels: The Big Nap (2001), A Playdate With Death (2002), Death Gets a Time-Out (2003), Murder Plays House (2004), The Cradle Robbers (2005) and Bye-Bye, Black Sheep (2006)