Elementary Season 5: True Blood Vet Tips Off Watson — Fall TV First Look

Sherlock and Watson’s newest mole is steeped in literary history.

In Elementary‘s upcoming fifth season, True Blood vet Nelsan Ellis debuts as Shinwell Johnson, a character created by Sherlock author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in his 1924 short story, “The Illustrious Client.” Ellis’ modern take on the ex-criminal — as glimpsed in the exclusive image above — finds the character attempting to get his life back in track after a lengthy prison stint on drug charges.

The CBS drama’s Season 5 premiere on Sunday, Oct. 2 (10/9c, CBS) finds Shinwell leveraging his illicit connections to help old acquaintance Watson (Lucy Liu) solve a murder. The info presumably checks out, because she convinces Holmes to put Shinwell on the proverbial payroll (Ellis is slated to appear in at least three episodes).

The Elementary arc marks Ellis’ most high-profile TV stint since wrapping his seven-season run on True Blood two years ago.

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  1. Pamela says:

    Can’t wait! He will make a great addition to the show.

  2. William says:

    When will Elementary have interesting plots, this sounds like a redo of a storyline with that annoying protege from season 3… very unoriginal

  3. Tony Shalhoub says:

    I’m sorry, but Lucy Liu blows in comparison to Martin Freeman.

  4. bobo the monkey says:

    Comparing apples and oranges is never going to work. Elementary is an interesting look at the Conan Doyle characters. The series portrays an American take on English institution. The evolution of Elementary is ongoing and easily seen.

  5. Patty says:

    Love love love Nelsan Ellis! Hope he stays on Elementary for a long time!