The fourth season of crime drama series Elementary returns on Thursday, Nov. 4 on CBS and we are getting some season spoilers already. After suffering a relapsed in the season finale of Elementary Season 3, Sherlock (Jonny Lee Miller) will have to deal with the return of his father Morland Holmes (John Noble).
Show creator Rob Doherty tells TVGuide.com that Morland, who plays the character as an international consultant who has accumulated vast fortune and considerable amount of power and influence, woul be returning from New York to check on the condition of his son.
Doherty said, "He's someone who works from the shadows to help various governments and mega-corps and titans of industry make moves around the globe. He has the ear of many important and wealthy and influential people. He has a personality that's very appropriate to that kind of work and those kinds of worlds: He's very stern, very calculating, extremely bright -- but that's probably not a big surprise. Like Sherlock, he's typically a few moves ahead of the people he works with and then [is] able to predict certain behaviors."
Morland's character is full of mystery as he has never been shown on camera in previous season. However, it was said that he was the one who recruited hired Joan as Sherlock's "sober companion" during the younger Holmes' recovery from addiction. According to the storyline of Elementary, Morland owns the brownstone where Sherlock and Joan lives.
But Sherlock has long suspected that his father's generosity towards him is because he thinks it is his obligation to his son and not because he cares for him. The father and son are not on speaking terms but when Sherlock goes through a relapse at the end of Season 3, Morland quickly flew to his side.
"We could not be more delighted to have John Noble taking on such an important role," series creator/exec producer Robert Doherty said according to The Hollywood Reporter. "We've enjoyed his work for many years now - especially his tremendous run on Fringe - and cannot wait to see him opposite Jonny and Lucy. It's going to be an exciting season."
Noble is also known for his portrayals in other series, including Fox's Sleepy Hollow and guest gigs on ABC's now defunct Forever. His appearance in Elementary reunites him with CBS after a guest stint on the network's The Good Wife.
Also making a comeback in season 4 of Elementary is Jonathan Bloom (Patrick Page) who was introduced in the last season's finale. Bloom is a man with an unsavory history of preying on desperate women who then disappear. But Bloom will be seeking Sherlock's assistance in the coming episodes.
"Bloom insists that he is not responsible for the disappearance of at least one of the women," Doherty said. "His wife vanished without a trace five years ago. He's always insisted that he's innocent. He's been in the tabloids quite a bit. So, he approaches Sherlock, engages him and wants Sherlock Holmes to prove that he's innocent of his wife's disappearance."
Last week, Lucy Liu tweeted a black-and-white photo of herself holding baby Rockwell Lloyd Liu. News that Liu's child came from a surrogate was confirmed by the LA Times on the same day. The 46-year-old actress did not reveal the circumstances behind her arrangement.
Liu is better known for her portrayal of Dr. Joan Watson on Elementary. She is currently starring opposite of actor Jonny Lee Miller, who stars as main protagonist Sherlock Holmes.