Those worried about CBS' contemporary, New York set drama pilot Elementary being an Americanised rip-off BBC's Sherlock, need not be so concerned any longer. A major difference in the concept has just been announced. Deadline reports that Lucy Liu has been cast as Dr. Watson. Joan Watson to be precise. CBS have switched the gender of the super sleuth detective's sidekick to female, meaning there will be no Robert Downey Jr/Jude Law type bromance in this one, but instead a sexually charged chemistry so often seen in male/female detective shows. Jonny Lee Miller was cast recently as a Brit Sherlock Holmes. The show now has a synopsis;
"The project... 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."
Veteran Medium writer Robert Doherty will scribe the show based on Arthur Conan Doyles creation and oversee the development as executive producer. Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly will also produce. These are the folks behind CBSs current shows A Gifted Man and Unforgettable. Michael Cuesta (Homeland, Dexter) directs the pilot.