Applying the Sherlock-coloured glasses to everything as I do, it was impossible to see tonight's crossover of Family Guy into the world of The Simpsons without thinking of Sherlock Holmes finally meeting some of the other denizens of prime time. But who?
No, not "who" as in Dr. Who . . . that poses much the same problem as Sherlock Holmes meeting Dracula. They're from universes that function by completely different sets of rules. And Sherlock's universe does not allow the supernatural or inter-dimensional gateways. The Sussex vampire can never actually be a vampire (or some sort of lamprey-humanoid alien).
Personally, I'd love to see the BBC's Sherlock Holmes and Jim Moriarty run into DCI John Luther and Alice Morgan. Luther's Britain is a bit darker than Holmes's, but for a "lighter" Luther story it might just fit. With airtime for either Sherlock or Luther being such a very precious thing, I doubt that could ever happen . . . but on American TV, with seasons going on most of the year?
Heck, Elementary could practically become the new The New Scooby-Doo Movies with all the crime dramas on CBS to crossover with: CSI, NCIS, Criminal Minds, The Mentalist, Hawaii Five-O, Blue Bloods, Unforgettable . . . heck, you could just about throw The Good Wife in for good measure. Personally, I'd hope for a Joan Watson stop at the 2 Broke Girls cupcake shop.
Elementary wouldn't even have to do full crossovers, having already established a penchant for having random ladies coming out of Mr. Elementary's bedroom in the morning. A simple pre-credit walk-on of shame every week could cover a lot of ground. And who's to say, at this point, that Mr. Elementary doesn't swing both ways? Double his pleasure, double our crossover fun!
While Sherlock Holmes crosses over with other fictions like mad in fanfics and more professional works all the time, and has since the 1890s, he still has to make the leap in the medium of television . . . unless we're counting YouTube as television at this point. (Who really knows there.)
Could this be the year? With a Christmas special on the other side of the pond and a need for something exciting on this side, who knows what's possible?