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Lucy Liu Will Be Watson In Elementary
And Cuba Gooding Jr will be Guilty

28 February 2012  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Deadline

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Lucy Liu Will Be Watson In Elementary

It seems like we’ve heard Lucy Liu more than we’ve seen her on screen recently, with a lot of voiceover work for films such as the two Kung Fu Panda adventures. But she’s also been finding more reliable work by returning to TV, on the likes of cop show Southland. And soon she’ll be putting that law-keeping experience to use, signing on to play Watson to Johnny Lee Miller’s Sherlock in CBS pilot Elementary.

The concept finds the legendary ‘tec re-imagined, with Sherlock (fortunately still a Brit) having finished a round in rehab for addiction issues. He’s now living in Brooklyn with “sober companion” and former surgeon Joan Watson and getting back to his old gig – albeit for the NYPD instead of Scotland Yard.  Watson has her own demons, since she lost her medical licence following the death of a patient.

Robert Doherty is the man behind the tweaking and yes, we’re aware that, between this and Sherlock, both of Danny Boyle's Frankenstein stage stars have now played the iconic detective. Whether the show goes forward, of course, will entirely rely on how successfully the pilot works. We're not convinced by the concept just yet, but that might be because Sherlock Holmes in modern times on the telly never, ever succeeds. Ahem. Just kidding, Moffat fans! Stand down, Benedict brigade!

In related small screen news, Cuba Gooding Jr is signing on the dotted line for Marc Guggenheim and Greg Berlanti’s pilot Guilty over at the Fox network.

 He’ll star as a brilliant but morally dubious defence attorney (a lawyer on a TV series? New! Fresh! More Sarcasm Here!) who has his legal licence revoked when he’s falsely convicted of fraud. So what does he do? He uses his unusual methods to pursue cases anyway, while also figuring out a way to get revenge on those who done him wrong. He’s a maverick, see? Gooding Jr has cropped up in guest roles on various shows in the past and has one or two TV movies on his credit list. But this will be his first stab at telly leading man status.

McG is directing the pilot, which means it stands a good chance to making it to the screen: he’s got quite the track record for TV shows, including Chuck, Supernatural and Nikita.


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Your Comments

are you kidding ==
1st of all im asian 2nd of all this asian chick seriously DOESNT LOOK ENGLISH AT ALL its not racism when you trying to relive an ENGLISH story with an asian, its just plain stupid and lack of common sense (Director: i'm sure the viewer are stupid enough to be fooled thinking a chinese GIRL as Watson). americans are not stupid but this particular director is. More

Posted by JacKOLantern1234 at 13:44 on 22 December 2013 | Report This Post

RE: pointless
I am surprised and disappointed to see Licy Liu still getting work all these years after Ally McBeal. She is not a talented actress by any stretch of the imagination, and while sure, she has been in a handful of successful films, I defy anyone to tell me that that she brought anything unique or special to those roles. Even O-ren (spelling) in KB is pretty much a cipher, and Liu's performance is broad and largely uninteresting. The character has a compelling history and story, but Liu fails to s More

Posted by King of Kafiristan at 05:24 on 01 March 2012 | Report This Post

pointless
I like Lucy Lui and I'm not opposed to modernisation or reinterpretation so I probably wouldn't hate this show as long as they kept her Watson as a military surgeon. I think that Watson's service is intrinsic to the character. Unfortunately from what I've read that won't be the case, so why bother calling it Sherlock Holmes and then changing everything about it apart from the character names? More

Posted by crazycatlady at 13:35 on 29 February 2012 | Report This Post

Ally Mcbeal
if lucy plays watson as she did in that show then i'll watch More

Posted by spark1 at 10:07 on 29 February 2012 | Report This Post

A terrible idea with an awful cast
So it will probably run for 6 or seven years More

Posted by potemkin1925 at 16:43 on 28 February 2012 | Report This Post

RE: The Maleable Watson
The only problem I see with this casting is that they might try and ignite a romantic flame between Holmes and Watson which wouldn't work at all. I have to say, I am curious as to how this might work out. Whereas Sherlock was a fairly direct modernisation, this seems to be shaping up to be a pretty interesting interpretation what with Holmes just out of rehab I get the feeling this may not be as family friendly as Sherlock More

Posted by musht at 15:01 on 28 February 2012 | Report This Post

The Maleable Watson
I saw, why not? Watson has been everything from a chipmunk yborg, Black Law, and now a modern day Londoner over at BBC. So why not a female Watson? The character obviously lends itself much better than Holmes to re-interpretation--witness how not even the folk at CBS could make Holmes an American--and a Joan Watson of the few re-imaginings we haven't seen yet. Being realistic, this will probably flop, but I think it's just good fun. My two gripes here are bringing Holmes to the US lmes being... More

Posted by HighwayJoe at 14:10 on 28 February 2012 | Report This Post

The Woman
funny i would have picked to be a possible irene adler but she might make a female watson work too. More

Posted by spark1 at 12:22 on 28 February 2012 | Report This Post

NOOOO
Sounds like the typical American formula of Guy/Girl police dramas as seen in Life, Castle and Bones (all one-word titles too). Hope it doesn't get picked up as Lucy Lui is really good in Southland, playing a completely unglamourous role. More

Posted by Kavandclay at 11:55 on 28 February 2012 | Report This Post

NOOOO
Sounds like the typical American formula of Guy/Girl police dramas as seen in Life, Castle and Bones (all one-word titles too). Hope it doesn't get picked up as Lucy Lui is really good in Southland, playing a completely unglamourous role. More

Posted by Kavandclay at 11:55 on 28 February 2012 | Report This Post

similar to 1970's 'there might be giants'? More

Posted by spark1 at 10:31 on 28 February 2012 | Report This Post

ffs
Lucy Lui?? Jesus, they just can't cope with the two males angle of the Sherlock Holmes mythos can't they. The Beeb's Sherlock will piss all over this. Hope it doesn't get past the pilot. More

Posted by artilleryman at 09:49 on 28 February 2012 | Report This Post

EH!
1) Why? 2) Whats wrong with the truly awesome BBC Sherlock? 3) Johnny Lee Miller!?!?!? Really! 4) Again....why the fuck are they bothering? 5) Can't they just piss off and reboot the Equaliser?! More

Posted by femalebodyinspector at 09:47 on 28 February 2012 | Report This Post

EH!
1) Why? 2) Whats wrong with the truly awesome BBC Sherlock? 3) Johnny Lee Miller!?!?!? Really! 4) Again....why the fuck are they bothering? 5) Can't they just piss off and reboot the Equaliser?! More

Posted by femalebodyinspector at 09:45 on 28 February 2012 | Report This Post

Really!!
Just leave it alone...please... we beg you...step away... More

Posted by Trubie at 09:33 on 28 February 2012 | Report This Post

This is just awful
Utterly awful. The American's just couldn't leave a fantastic British series alone could they? More

Posted by criffle at 08:45 on 28 February 2012 | Report This Post


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