Lucy Liu Cast as Watson in CBS’ Modern-Day Sherlock Holmes Pilot ELEMENTARY

     February 27, 2012

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A couple weeks ago, we told you that Jonny Lee Miller has been cast as Sherlock Holmes in the pilot for Elementary, CBS’ New York-set contemporary spin on the world’s most famous detective (next to Batman). It made sense; he’s British and has been bouncing around American airwaves the last few years, with a starring role on ABC’s Eli Stone and a juicy Big Bad turn on season five of Dexter.  A slightly less intuitive choice: casting Lucy Liu (Charlie’s Angels) as Holmes’ trusted companion Dr. Watson. But that’s exactly what exec producers Robert Doherty, Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly have done, according to The Live Feed. Hit the jump for more.

If the show is ultimately ordered to series, this decision certainly has the potential to rankle fans of the original Sir Arthur Conan Doyle stories, particularly if it renders the Holmes-Watson dynamic in the provocative “will they-won’t they” sort of way common to opposite-sex partnerships on network TV. Can’t you just picture Miller whispering “You know my methods, Watson,” as his lips draw closer and closer to Liu’s, who breathily replies “Indubitably, Holmes” before a maddening cut to black just before the big payoff? There it is—that’s your first-season finale. Then again, I wouldn’t be surprised to find an identical scene in the next winking big-screen installment of the Robert Downey-Jude Law relationship, so what the hell? Maybe it’s not that big of a leap.

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