Lucy Liu to Play Watson to New Sherlock

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 13: Lucy Liu arrives at the Australian premiere of "Kung Fu Panda 2" at Event Cinema on George Street on June 13, 2011 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images) Photo: Lisa Maree Williams/2011 Getty Images

The relationships between recent iterations of Sherlock Holmes and his faithful sidekick Watson have been highly bromoerotic -- just think of Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law in the big-screen franchise, or Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman in the imported Sherlock -- but the new CBS version is going a different way. Southland star Lucy Liu has been cast as Watson in the modern-day pilot, Elementary, which finds her playing sober sponsor to Jonny Lee Miller's rehabbed Sherlock in New York. They are so going to do it. (Solve crimes, that is.)