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Lucy Liu of 'Elementary'
Lucy Liu, "Elementary"
Nomination Status: Can she get votes for proving doubters wrong?
In Her Favor: Many Sherlock Holmes purist whined up a storm about the idea of a female Watson in general and Lucy Liu in specific. As "Elementary" developed and as Liu's Watson evolved, she became more and more of an asset for Holmes and more and more of an asset for the show. She's not Holmes' equal yet, but she brings value to every mystery and every episode and she's getting better.
Working Against Her: Jonny Lee Miller has the showy role, while Lucy Liu is largely reactive. There have been a couple episodes that have provided backstory and motivation for Watson, but I don't think she's had enough to do to really make a play for an Emmy nod.