Lucy Liu is moving to CBS All Access; the network announced today that Liu is set to star in the upcoming dark-comedy drama named “Why Women Kill.” Marc Cherry (“Desperate Housewives,” “Devious Maids”) created the series, which details the lives of three women living in three different decades: a housewife in the ‘60s, a socialite in the ‘80s and a lawyer in 2018, each dealing with infidelity in their marriages.
According to the network “The series will examine how the roles of women have changed, but how their reaction to betrayal… has not.”
“Why Women Kill” is produced by Imagine Television Studios and CBS Television Studios.
In the new series, Lucy Liu will star as Simone. The network detailed the character in today’s announcement calling her “Elegant, stylish, effervescent, Simone is the picture of urbane confidence, moving through the world as if it were a delightful movie starring herself. Smugly superior, a woman for whom appearances mean everything, she thrives on shopping and throwing parties, seemingly happily married to her indulgent husband, Karl, who thinks she is simply fabulous.” The network added “However, despite nagging premonitions, Simone is devastated, her world upended, when she learns that Karl has been cheating on her.
Liu has been a regular on CBS over the past few years. Liu has co-starred in the drama series “Elementary” on the network as Dr. Joan Watson. She has also directed several episodes of the show, as well as the season two premiere episode of Netflix and Marvel’s “Luke Cage” and USA’s drama “Graceland.” Liu’s television credits also include the critically acclaimed series “Southland,” “Difficult People,” “Ally McBeal”, “Cashmere Mafia,” “Dirty Sexy Money” and guest-starring roles in “Sex and the City” and “Ugly Betty.”
Liu most recently starred in Netflix’s feature film, “Set It Up,” opposite Taye Diggs, Glenn Powell and Zoey Deutch, directed by Claire Scanlon. Liu also voices the role of Lady Sagami in the 2015 Academy Award-nominated film “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya” and recently reprised her voice as Viper in the third installment of Paramount’s animated smash hit “Kung Fu Panda,” and as Silvermist in “Legend of the Neverbeast.”
Liu, a member of the American Theatre Wing’s Board of Trustees, made her Broadway debut in March 2010, in the Tony Award-winning play “God of Carnage,” starring as Annette in a cast that included Jeff Daniels, Dylan Baker and Janet McTeer.
Creator Marc Cherry will serve as executive producer alongside Imagine’s Brian Grazer (“Empire,” “Genius”) and Francie Calfo (“Empire,” “Genius”), and Acme Productions’ Michael Hanel and Mindy Schultheis. Marc Webb will also executive produce and direct.