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Lucy Liu will play Watson to Jonny Lee Miller’s Sherlock Holmes in Elementary, the CBS drama pilot that transplants the legendary detective from Victorian London to present-day New York City, TVLine reports.
The switch from John Watson to Joan Watson will help to put a little distance between BBC One’s modern Sherlock, which concluded its second season last month, and the American spin.
Stepping up with the first significant details of the show, Deadline contends Miller’s eccentric Holmes is a former consultant for Scotland Yard whose addictions force him into a New York City rehab clinic. Now out, he consults for the New York Police Department while living in Brooklyn with “sober companion” Watson, a surgeon who lost her license following a patient’s death. Robert Doherty (Medium) wrote the script for the pilot, which will be directed by Michael Cuesta (Homeland).
Liu, who rose to fame on Fox’s Ally McBeal before moving on to such films as Charlie’s Angels, Chicago and Kill Bill Volume 1, currently has a recurring role on TNT’s Southland.