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'Elementary' exec teases Moriarty: 'He won't be comic book villain'

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Elementary creator Rob Doherty has hinted at the introduction of iconic villain Moriarty.

Sherlock's famous nemesis "plays a part" in the CBS drama's 12th episode, the exec confirmed to TV Guide.

Elementary S01E06: 'Flight Risk'

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"That sounds a little misleading - that sounds like there's an actor playing the part," he said. "Moriarty will come up in that episode... [but] as far as getting to lieutenants first, we'd like to see one or two before we get all the way to the man himself."

Doherty added that it will be "challenging" but also "a lot of fun" to update the scheming character for a contemporary audience.

"It's easy to veer into archness," he acknowledged. "So we're hopeful we won't go down that path. The intention would be constructing a nemesis that is appropriate to our Sherlock (Jonny Lee Miller) and not necessarily someone from other books, or movies, or shows. We want to build around our guy.

"If you look back at the original Moriarty, the original motivation was money and profit. He wasn't a comic book super villain. He wasn't doing bad just to do bad. There was a real and relatable motive. So in that respect, I think we will be able to ground our version and make him feel like he's a part of our world and our show."

Doherty previously compared the Elementary version of Moriarty to "a spider at the centre of the web of crime in London".

Elementary continues on Thursdays on CBS in the US and airs on Tuesdays on Sky Living in the UK.

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