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'Elementary' brings a stateside Sherlock to London

LONDON — Sherlock Holmes is back on home turf in the second-season premiere of "Elementary" — and so, a bit uncomfortably, is star Jonny Lee Miller.

"It's a little bit surreal, to be honest with you," said the British actor, who plays a New York-based Sherlock in CBS' modern-day take on the great detective.

It was the U.S. setting that convinced him to do the show, which debuted last fall on the heels of both Robert Downey Jr.'s big-screen Holmes and the BBC's acclaimed series "Sherlock," starring Benedict Cumberbatch.

There were grumbles in the media about a Sherlock glut, and Miller says he felt some trepidation about taking on the iconic role.

"I turned it down because of that, initially," said Miller, who has played a San Francisco lawyer in the ABC TV series "Eli Stone" and a Scottish heroin addict in 1990s movie classic "Trainspotting."


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