The name is Watson, Joan Watson. Lucy Liu is set to play Sherlock Holmes’ sidekick in CBS’ drama pilotElementary, whose tweaks to Arthur Connan Doyle’s classic include switching Watson’s gender to female. The project, written by Robert Doherty, is set in present day and stars Jonny Lee Miller as eccentric Brit Sherlock Holmes, a former consultant to Scotland Yard whose addiction problems led him to a rehab center in New York City. Just out of rehab, Holmes now lives in Brooklyn with “sober companion” Joan Watson (Liu), a former surgeon who lost her license after a patient died, while consulting for the NYPD. Michael Cuesta is directing the pilot, produced by CBS TV Studios and Timberman/Beverly. Ally McBeal alumna Liu, who had 2 pilots vying for her, is recurring on the current season of the TNT cop drama Southland and will next be seen in the feature Man With The Iron Fists.
This is certainly an original idea.
You know what? I almost forgive CBS everything (I still need to see the end product). But Lucy Liu as Watson is BRILLIANT.
EDIT: I will clear my point here: I don’t care if Watson is a woman (especially played by badass woman Lucy Liu), I just think that they have to handle the script very carefully there. It is possible though for this to be actually amazing and I forever will hold my hope that it will.
However, it’s very easy for this to become a disaster and it may get scrapped even before broadcasting, so… Anyway, any hint of romance and I am outta there faster than you can say “Sherlock”. (not because it would be a hetero-romance, I don’t ship Sherlock and John, Holmes and Watson romantically and never will).
Anyway, I will give it a chance if it airs. I just don’t see that big a deal (for me a bigger problem is casting JLM as Holmes).