CBS All Access has announced that Lucy Liu (Elementary) has joined upcoming dramedy Why Women Kill. She’ll be playing elegant Simone, a stylish, confident, and sometimes smug woman to whom appearance is everything. However, Simone’s seemingly perfect world of parties and designer labels is soon upended when she finds out why her otherwise doting and indulgent husband Karl cheated on her.
From Marc Cherry (Devious Maids), Why Women Kill centers on 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. The series will chronicle that while the roles of women in society have changed over the years, their reaction to being betrayed has not.
Liu is the first confirmed casting for the series. She’s coming off seven seasons playing Joan Watson on CBS procedural Elementary and has television credits that include Ally McBeal, Sex and the City, and Difficult People.
Why Women Kill is part of a scripted slate for CBS All Access that includes The Good Fight, Star Trek: Discovery, and Strange Angel. It’s one of several new series that the streamer will be debuting this year, including Jordan Peele’s take on The Twilight Zone and Star Trek spinoff Picard.