Sherlock-Free Watson Series Starring Morris Chestnut Ordered at CBS

R.I.P., Sherlock!

CBS on Wednesday announced a straight-to-series order for Watson, a contemporary medical drama starring Resident vet Morris Chestnut that will pick up one year after the death of Sherlock Holmes.

The series, which hails from Elementary EP Craig Sweeney, bears no connection to the former CBS procedural. It is expected to premiere during the 2024-25 TV season, where it will join Kathy Bates’ Matlock update and Wayans family comedy Poppa’s House.

“We are thrilled to feature such a beloved character from the world of Sherlock Holmes at the center of this series and have it brought to life by Morris Chestnut in a fresh and unexpected take on the immortal doctor,” CBS entertainment president Amy Reisenbach said in a statement. “Craig Sweeny’s bold new vision for the complex Dr. Watson deftly interweaves rich character storytelling with edge-of-your-seat medical mysteries.”

Per the official logline, Watson picks up “a year after the death of his friend and partner Sherlock Holmes at the hands of Moriarty,” at which point “Dr. John Watson resumes his medical career as the head of a clinic dedicated to treating rare disorders. Watson’s old life isn’t done with him, though – Moriarty and Watson are set to write their own chapter of a story that has fascinated audiences for more than a century.”

CBS goes on to describe Watson as a medical show with a “strong investigative spine, featuring a modern version of one of history’s greatest detectives as he turns his attention from solving crimes to solving medical mysteries.”

Will you check out Morris Chestnut in Watson when the medical drama makes its CBS debut? Let us know in Comments.

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