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TV News: 'Blood' Loses Ball, Lucy Liu First Female Watson for 'Elementary,' Robb for 'Carrie Diaries'

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood February 28, 2012 at 1:42PM

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...
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Lucy Liu, B&W

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.
 

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.