CBS has officially greenlit the medical drama “Watson,” featuring Morris Chestnut as the iconic Dr. John Watson, the companion of Sherlock Holmes.
CBS has given a series order to a new medical drama series titled “Watson,” it is set for the 2024-25 broadcast season.
This series marks the network’s return to the Sherlock Holmes universe, with Morris Chestnut taking on the lead role of Dr. John Watson. The show, developed by Craig Sweeny, delves into Watson’s life a year after the death of his partner, Sherlock Holmes. In the series he resumes his medical career by heading a clinic dedicated to rare disorders.
Watson’s old life isn’t done with him, though—Moriarty and Watson are set to write their own chapter of a story that has fascinated audiences for more than a century.
The series, developed by Craig Sweeny, shifts the focus from solving crimes to solving medical mysteries in a modern twist on the iconic detective.
Sweeny, known for his work on “Elementary,” serves as the showrunner and wrote the pilot. Alongside Chestnut, the executive producers include Shäron Moalem MD, PhD, and Aaron Kaplan and Brian Morewitz for Kapital Entertainment. Larry Teng will direct the pilot and serve as an executive producer.
CBS Entertainment President Amy Reisenbach expressed excitement about bringing the beloved character of Dr. Watson to life in a fresh and unexpected way, praising Sweeny’s bold vision for the complex character.
This announcement comes as CBS continues to expand its scripted lineup for the 2024-25 season, with “Watson” joining other new series like “Matlock” and the comedy “Poppa’s House.”