Hypable was present at yesterday’s Elementary panel and got to see the pilot and hear from its stars!

Elementary takes a unique look at Sherlock Holmes as a recovering addict with Joan Watson as his sobriety coach, all set in New York City. The pilot was an intriguing mix of murder/mystery and character development. This show does have promise as long as it continues to keep the storylines different from THAT other Sherlock we all know so well.

Let’s start with Johnny Lee Miller’s version of Sherlock Holmes. First off, it is not a mimic of Benedict Cumberbatch in anyway. The character will always have certain characteristics that have to be present in order for it to be that character. So will Miller’s Sherlock be incredibly observant and somewhat arrogant? Yes. But he is also fallible, sometimes apologetic, and has the occasional temper tantrum. These characteristics humanize Miller’s version of Sherlock in a way that has not been seen before.

Lucy Liu’s version of Watson is definitely different and not in a bad way. Joan Watson is hired by Sherlock’s father, a shadowy, elusive figure, to help Sherlock remain sober. Watson moves into Sherlock’s broken down town house. She has her own secrets and reasons for being a sobriety coach which are revealed in the pilot. Traditionalists may balk at the gender switch but it plays nicely with this version of Sherlock.

Lucy Lu’s thoughts on Watson being female:

“I think it is wonderful when you turn things on their heads and think outside the box. I think the gender change also creates a dynamic and chemistry that you don’t normally see in the films and obviously the BBC version. There is a very strong link between the two, but there is a difference when there is a man and woman and a man/man there. I think there is something special there in the show for us, and there’s potential. I’m not saying it is romantic, but it is different.”

At one point during the Q&A Johnny Lee Miller was asked if he and Benedict Cumberbatch had discussed the role considering they had just worked together. His response:

“There was obviously a conversation there, we wanted to be sure that it was very different and we had a private conversation about it.  He has been very supportive and we’ve just been discussing the character and how fun he is to play.  I’ve gone back to the books really, that’s where I’ve got most of my information.”

Overall this show has great potential. The pilot established that this is not a mimic of Sherlock for American TV. This show stands on its own and utilizes the books to create backstory that hasn’t been seen in recent adaptations. The storyline about Sherlock’s addiction helps humanize him. It will be interesting to see where the story goes.  Definitely add this to your fall premiere schedule.

Starz has decided that their original programming can compete with the other hot shows airing on Sunday nights.

Network CEO Chris Albrecht has told THR that they are planning on moving all of their original shows including Outlander, Ash Vs Evil Dead, and Black Sails — which currently air on Saturdays — to Sundays. The move will begin July 17 with the Starz series Power. Outlander will likely not move to Sundays until next season.

“Sundays are a prestige night and we feel our shows are definitely going to be very competitive, not just in viewership but in the attention-getting business on Sundays,” Albrecht said to THR, “So it made sense to move.”

Outlander and Starz’s other original series will be going up against tough competition, including AMC’s The Walking Dead and HBO’s Game of Thrones. Albrecht says part of the reason he wanted to move the shows was to make sure they were part of the watercooler talk on Monday mornings.

THR notes that Showtime’s original series typically get DVR’d, “growing 214 percent [in viewership] during the course of a week.” This would suggest that a lot of people aren’t sitting in front of a TV on Saturdays and want to watch the shows on a different day of the week. So, moving their programming to Sundays may not impact overall viewership numbers much.

Starz recently overtook Showtime as the second-most subscribed to cable channel. HBO still sits at number one, though all three are facing tough competition from Netflix.

Disney has set its sights on another live-action retelling of an animated classic: The Little Mermaid.

Deadline reports that the studio “recently heard a new take and are currently evaluating whether to proceed with the idea,” and “discussions have also taken place with some major producers, including some with a strong connection to the studio.”

That’s all we know for now. A “new take” makes it sound like they could be contemplating an alternate story than the one we saw in the 1989 animated classic, but I’d personally prefer a direct adaptation. I want to see live-action Ariel sing some of the Disney classics! Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book has spoiled me.

Like Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid is one of Disney’s most beloved animated movies, so expectations for a live-action adaptation will immediately be set very high. With their recent adaptation of The Jungle Book hitting theaters to very positive reviews and the first trailer for their live-action Beauty and the Beast being very well received, it wouldn’t be shocking to see Disney start to look at other potential animated properties for source material. (But you would’ve expected to hear about a live-action Lion King before Little Mermaid after The Jungle Book’s success, wouldn’t you?)

The Little Mermaid is the latest in a long line of animated-to-live action projects in the works at Disney. Others include an Aladdin spinoff looking at the Genie’s origins, The Jungle Cruise starring Dwayne Johnson, Dumbo with director Tim Burton, Mary Poppins with Lin-Manuel Miranda and Emily Blunt, and Tinker Bell with Reese Witherspoon. And then there are sequels to the adaptations like Maleficent 2 and The Jungle Book 2.

Be sure to cross The Little Mermaid off your animated-to-live-action bingo card.

Do you think Disney can pull off a live-action ‘Little Mermaid’?

With Donald Trump’s presidency looking less and less like a joke, these high-profile authors and writers believe the time for silence is over.

Over 400 authors have signed a petition to keep Donald Trump out of the White House.

The petition, titled “An open letter to the American people,” was written by Andrew Altschul and Mark Slouka. It unequivocally states that Trump must not become President of the United States, and explains why writers in particular are worried about the power of his empty words and fear-mongering rhetoric.

Signed by the likes of Stephen King, Junot Diaz, Daniel Handler (Lemony Snicket), Cheryl Strayed, Colm Tóibín and Jennifer Egan, the open letter lays out reasons for openly opposing Trump’s candidacy, which they believe “appeals to the basest and most violent elements in society.”

The letter states:

“Because, as writers, we are particularly aware of the many ways that language can be abused in the name of power;

Because we believe that any democracy worthy of the name rests on pluralism, welcomes principled disagreement, and achieves consensus through reasoned debate;

Because American history, despite periods of nativism and bigotry, has from the first been a grand experiment in bringing people of different backgrounds together, not pitting them against one another;

Because the history of dictatorship is the history of manipulation and division, demagoguery and lies;

Because the search for justice is predicated on a respect for the truth;

Because we believe that knowledge, experience, flexibility, and historical awareness are indispensable in a leader;

Because neither wealth nor celebrity qualifies anyone to speak for the United States, to lead its military, to maintain its alliances, or to represent its people;

Because the rise of a political candidate who deliberately appeals to the basest and most violent elements in society, who encourages aggression among his followers, shouts down opponents, intimidates dissenters, and denigrates women and minorities, demands, from each of us, an immediate and forceful response;

For all these reasons, we, the undersigned, as a matter of conscience, oppose, unequivocally, the candidacy of Donald J. Trump for the Presidency of the United States.”

While there are plenty of arguments for why Trump should not receive as much media coverage as he gets, we have to acknowledge the seriousness of the situation when some of the country’s most respected artists take such a powerful stance as this.

The petition has been signed by over 7,000 people so far, and you can add your name to the list right here.

You can find out more about the group of writers who oppose Trump on Twitter, at @WritersOnTrump.