The 2014 fall television season has brought us a lot of folks a tad reminiscent of our friend Sherlock Holmes so far, but in a little over a week, we'll also be getting another show that a Holmes fan might want to note, so let's review that show's premise:
1.) A recovering heroin addict detective who is getting a fresh start in New York City.
2.) A ruined surgeon who has become a paid addiction companion, hired by a wealthy man to live with his son, the addict detective.
3.) The deceased love of the addict detective's life, whose death is largely responsible for his breakdown and drug dependence, and who turns out not only to be alive, but to be a major criminal of some sort.
4.) The addict detective's brother, a restauranteur who is working with the mob in New York as a pawn of MI6. The ruined surgeon falls in love with the brother and eventually moves in with him.
Had this show with the details listed above come on a major network and called the detective "Chauncey Nichols," I doubt a single Sherlockian would care much about the start of its third season. We'd be talking about Ioan Gruffud in Forever, or whatever Benedict Cumberbatch is doing between Sherlock seasons, or maybe the original stories of Sherlock Holmes and John H. Watson, two lifelong friends who raised the art of detection to previously untouched heights.
But for those of you curious about "Chauncey Nichols," and how his story begins its third season on October 30, here's a synopsis from The Futon Critic site. *SPOILER ALERT* (We used to just call this the TV Guide description, back when spoilers had not been invented yet.) The names have been changed to protect the innocent (as in "the original Canonical characters").
"Chauncey Nichols returns to New York with a new apprentice and a renewed interest in working with the NYPD after being fired by London's MI6. However, Captain Martin won't let him resume consulting for the department without the permission of his former partner, Marge, the NYPD's go-to private investigator."
Boy, that Chauncey Nichols sounds like kind of a loser, doesn't he? Well, we'll be finding out come October 30th, just what ol' Chauncey has going for him as he confronts villain Allison March (didn't have to change that name at all).
*Heavy sigh* Here we go again.