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Rhys Ifans joins CBS' Elementary as Mycroft Holmes

06.26.2013

I was pleasantly surprised with the first season of ELEMENTARY. As a big fan of the BBC series SHERLOCK, I wasn't sure how any contemporary take on Sherlock Holmes would compete with it. But, Jonny Lee Miller's take on the detective is a much more spastic/recovering addict take on the character while Lucy Liu's Joan Watson is a suprisingly unique perspective on the sidekick. For those of you who made it through the complete season, you know that the show revealed Moriarty and it is a version of the nemesis we have never seen. Quite intriguing.

So, for the second season, new characters need to be introduced. One we know for sure will be appearing will be Mycroft, Sherlock's older brother, and he will be played by Rhys Ifans. Ifans, best known for his roles in NOTTING HILL and THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN amongst other parts, will be introduced right at the start of the new season, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

In the season opener, Sherlock (Jonny Lee Miller) is called to London to revisit an old case, where he is forced to face his older brother. Although the siblings suffered a falling-out years ago, Mycroft allows Sherlock and Joan (Lucy Liu) to stay in his home at 221B Baker Street. With Joan in the middle, the Holmes brothers are forced to confront their complex past.

Ifans is a great actor who can play both dramatic and comedic. He could not play a more varied range of characters than he has in movies like ANONYMOUS, LITTLE NICKY, and many more. I am curious if he will play Mycroft as a serious foil to Miller's take on Sherlock, or more of an enabling junkie who pulls his brother down with him.

We will find out when ELEMENTARY premieres on September 26 on CBS.

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6:49AM on 06/27/2013

I had absolutely ZERO expectations, and it surprisingly turned out to be one of the better new shows of today....

I know I'm in the minority, but I LOVED the First season ending twist....Totally unexpected and they pulled that off quite nicely too. Miller & Liu were also shockingly good in their roles. To me, It went from potentially garbage Sherlock-wannabe to an interesting and oftentimes thrilling new detective show in no time. Adding Rhys Ifans as Mycroft will only fuel my interest in Season 2 more!

Although I always thought Mycroft would turned out to be Sherlock's father in this version, as every
I know I'm in the minority, but I LOVED the First season ending twist....Totally unexpected and they pulled that off quite nicely too. Miller & Liu were also shockingly good in their roles. To me, It went from potentially garbage Sherlock-wannabe to an interesting and oftentimes thrilling new detective show in no time. Adding Rhys Ifans as Mycroft will only fuel my interest in Season 2 more!

Although I always thought Mycroft would turned out to be Sherlock's father in this version, as every time his father called/msged the caller id showed "M. Holmes" and he already had a strained relationship with him. Guess I was thinking a bit too much...
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2:23AM on 06/27/2013

Spoliers of a crappy show

So i tuned in to check this show out, pointless because BBC Sherlock is amazing. I tuned in to see how the character of Moriarty was done. This is where the show hits rock bottom where they end up combining two main character of Irene Adler and Moriarty all in one.... sooo completely awful.
So i tuned in to check this show out, pointless because BBC Sherlock is amazing. I tuned in to see how the character of Moriarty was done. This is where the show hits rock bottom where they end up combining two main character of Irene Adler and Moriarty all in one.... sooo completely awful.
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8:45PM on 06/26/2013
I will always remember him for The Replacements and Pirate Radio. Two of my favorite comedies of all time and he is a big reason why.
I will always remember him for The Replacements and Pirate Radio. Two of my favorite comedies of all time and he is a big reason why.
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10:22PM on 06/26/2013
He was priceless in the replacements lol, a very underrated comedy in my opinion!
He was priceless in the replacements lol, a very underrated comedy in my opinion!
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8:13PM on 06/26/2013
After watching Sherlock, there is just nothing else that compares. It's a wrap bro, just give it up, if this were a fight the red would've stopped it in the first round. Know when you've lost. In the end, there can be only one. It's elementary my dear Watson.
After watching Sherlock, there is just nothing else that compares. It's a wrap bro, just give it up, if this were a fight the red would've stopped it in the first round. Know when you've lost. In the end, there can be only one. It's elementary my dear Watson.
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7:47PM on 06/26/2013

Mr. Cumberbatch is my Sherlock.

I really don't have interest in multiple Sherlock shows. Although Ifans will always have my love after The Boat that Rocked. Great great movie.
I really don't have interest in multiple Sherlock shows. Although Ifans will always have my love after The Boat that Rocked. Great great movie.
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6:50PM on 06/26/2013
I always remember him from The Replacements.
I always remember him from The Replacements.
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6:00PM on 06/26/2013

Why are so many talented people flocking to that devoid-of-creativity show?

Seriously, guise.
Seriously, guise.
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4:48PM on 06/26/2013
This is pretty good casting. Other than being wafer thin Ifans can pull off lazy-eyed lethargy and laconicism while still projecting intelligence.
This is pretty good casting. Other than being wafer thin Ifans can pull off lazy-eyed lethargy and laconicism while still projecting intelligence.
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4:41PM on 06/26/2013
*sigh* Despite the fact that he's a good actor and will fit in nicely with the rest of the show, I guess this is the final nail in the coffin for a hope for an obese Mycroft, as the original source materials would attest.

But--they do have a chance to get something else right about him: he never leaves his house, EVER. Never-ever-ever.
*sigh* Despite the fact that he's a good actor and will fit in nicely with the rest of the show, I guess this is the final nail in the coffin for a hope for an obese Mycroft, as the original source materials would attest.

But--they do have a chance to get something else right about him: he never leaves his house, EVER. Never-ever-ever.
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