Lucy Liu will play Watson in CBS' modern take on Sherlock Holmes, "Elementary." The pilot will star Jonny Lee Miller as Holmes, living in New York City. The project is being scribed by Robert Doherty; he'll also exec produce with Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly. Liu, who currently appears on TNT's "Southland," is the first woman and first Asian actor to play the famed sidekick.
The CW's new pilot (and "Sex and the City" spin-off) "Carrie Diaries" has found its leading lady in AnnaSophia Robb ("Soul Surfer"). The actress will play Carrie Bradshow in the series, based on Candace Bushnell's prequel novel, which follows a younger Carrie in high school in the 1980s as she learns about love, sex, friendship and family — drama includes a rivalry with popular girl Donna LaDonna. "Gossip Girl" scribe Amy Harris wrote the script and is exec producing alongside Bushnell, Stephanie Savage (Fake Empire) and Josh Schwartz (Warners Bros.) and Len Goldstein.
"True Blood" creator and headwaiter Alan Ball has stepped down from his post at the show, citing exhaustion. He'll remain involved but is likely less enthusiastic about the HBO show now that it's in its fifth season. Even Vampire sex gets old.