Here’s one way of putting a bit of distance between your new show and suggestions that you are simply ripping off something that’s already been done.
Change the gender of one of the leads. That’s what CBS has done by casting the not entirely unattractive Lucy Liu in the role of Doctor Joan Watson in Elementary, their new take on Sherlock Holmes. They’ve been getting a lot of stick in some quarters, with some suggesting that they are simply cashing in on the success of BBC’s Sherlock. But with Johnny Lee Miller already cast as Holmes and now Lucy Liu joining the fun, did we mention she’s not unattractive, this is certainly one to keep an eye on.