CBS Orders Medical Drama with Morris Chestnut


CBS has given a straight-to-series order for Watson, a new medical drama starring Morris Chestnut as Dr. John Watson, partner of Sherlock Holmes.

Watson takes place a year after the death of Holmes at the hands of Moriarty. Watson resumes his medical career as the head of a clinic dedicated to treating rare disorders, but his old life catches up with him. He and Moriarty will then write their own chapter in a century-long story.

Watson, produced by CBS Studios, will air in the 2024-25 season. Craig Sweeny (ElementaryStar Trek: Section 31) wrote the pilot and is on board to showrun and executive producer. Additional executive producers are Morris Chestnut; Shäron Moalem M.D., Ph.D.; and Aaron Kaplan and Brian Morewitz for Kapital Entertainment. Larry Teng will executive produce and direct the first episode.

“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,” said Amy Reisenbach, president of CBS Entertainment. “Craig Sweeny’s bold new vision for the complex Dr. Watson deftly interweaves rich character storytelling with edge-of-your-seat medical mysteries.”