Morris Chestnut is set to play the title role in “Watson,” a new “Sherlock Holmes”-inspired procedural medical drama series that has scored a straight-to-series order at CBS.
Dubbed a “medical show with a strong investigative spine,” the series unfolds in a universe in which Holmes himself has been killed off at the hands of Moriarty.
A year later, Dr. John Watson (Chestnut) 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 the story.
The project hails from “Elementary” writer Craig Sweeny, Kapital Entertainment and CBS Studios with plans to premiere it during the 2024-25 broadcast season.
Amy Reisenbach, President, CBS Entertainment says in a statement:
“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. Craig Sweeny’s bold new vision for the complex Dr. Watson deftly interweaves rich character storytelling with edge-of-your-seat medical mysteries.”
Chestnut and Larry Teng are set to executive produce with Teng directing the pilot. Sweeny wrote the pilot and will serve as showrunner.