LUCY LIU TO STAR IN CBS ALL ACCESS’ “WHY WOMEN KILL”
Feb. 11, 2019 – CBS All Access, CBS’ digital subscription video on-demand and live streaming service, today announced Lucy Liu will star in the service’s upcoming darkly comedic drama WHY WOMEN KILL. Created by Marc Cherry (“Desperate Housewives,” “Devious Maids”), WHY WOMEN KILL 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. 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.
Lucy Liu will star as Simone. 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. However, despite nagging premonitions, Simone is devastated, her world upended, when she learns that Karl has been cheating on her.
Liu is a critically acclaimed actress who has starred in film and television and on Broadway. For six seasons, Liu has co-starred in the highly praised drama series ELEMENTARY on CBS as Dr. Joan Watson, alongside Jonny Lee Miller as Sherlock Holmes. Liu continues to direct episodes of ELEMENTARY, since her directing debut in 2014. Other series that Liu has directed are 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. Other previous films include: “The Man with the Iron Fists,” “Detachment,” “East Fifth Bliss,” and “Someday This Pain Will Be Useful To You.” Additional credits include fan favorites like “Charlie’s Angels” and “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle,” “Kill Bill,” “Chicago” and “Lucky Number Slevin,” among others. 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.
About CBS All Access:
CBS All Access is CBS’ direct-to-consumer digital subscription video on-demand and live streaming service. CBS All Access gives subscribers the ability to watch more than 10,000 episodes on demand – spanning exclusive original series, CBS Television Network’s primetime, daytime and late night shows, plus classic TV hits – as well as the ability to stream local CBS stations live across the U.S. CBS All Access’ original series include THE GOOD FIGHT, STRANGE ANGEL, TELL ME A STORY and NO ACTIVITY, as well as the upcoming reimagining of THE TWILIGHT ZONE, INTERROGATION, WHY WOMEN KILL and THE STAND. CBS All Access is also the exclusive domestic home to STAR TREK: DISCOVERY, STAR TREK: LOWER DECKS and a new untitled “Star Trek” series featuring Sir Patrick Stewart. CBS All Access also includes the ability to stream CBS Interactive’s other live channels, CBSN for 24/7 news, CBS Sports HQ for sports news and analysis, and ET Live for entertainment coverage.
The service is currently available online at CBS.com, on mobile devices via the CBS app for iOS, Android and Windows 10, and on Roku Players, Apple TV, Chromecast, Android TV, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Fire TV, Samsung Smart TVs, Vizio Smartcast TVs and Amazon Channels. Versions of CBS All Access have now launched internationally in Canada and Australia (10 All Access), with unique but similar content and pricing plans. For more details on CBS All Access, please visit https://www.cbs.com/all-access.
About CBS Television Studios:
CBS Television Studios is one of the industry’s leading suppliers of programming for broadcast, basic and premium cable, and streaming platforms. The Studio’s programming includes the phenomenally successful NCIS franchise; the critically acclaimed STAR TREK: DISCOVERY; MADAM SECRETARY; JANE THE VIRGIN; CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND; the hit dramas SEAL TEAM, FBI, BLUE BLOODS, HAWAII FIVE-0, MACGYVER, MAGNUM P.I., THE CODE, BULL, INSTINCT AND ELEMENTARY; the popular comedy series THE NEIGHBORHOOD, MAN WITH A PLAN and FAM; CHARMED, DYNASTY and IN THE DARK for The CW; and the action-adventure drama BLOOD & TREASURE, which will make its debut in summer 2019.
The Studio also produces the Daytime Emmy Award-winning talk show THE TALK, as well as the Emmy Award-nominated late night series THE LATE SHOW with STEPHEN COLBERT and THE LATE LATE SHOW with JAMES CORDEN. For CBS All Access, the Studio produces THE GOOD FIGHT; STRANGE ANGEL; the streaming service’s first comedy series, NO ACTIVITY; WHY WOMEN KILL; INTERROGATION as well as the upcoming highly anticipated revival of THE TWILIGHT ZONE. Additionally, as part of the expansion of the “Star Trek” universe, the Studio produces the Untitled Star Trek series featuring Sir Patrick Stewart reprising the role of Captain Jean-Luc Picard; STAR TREK: SHORT TREKS; as well as the recently announced STAR TREK: LOWER DECKS, which marks CBS All Access’ foray into the animation landscape. The Studio’s programming also includes series based on popular, viral segments from THE LATE LATE SHOW with JAMES CORDEN, “Carpool Karaoke” for Apple Music and “Drop the Mic” for TBS, as well as “Insatiable,” “Unbelievable” and “Dead to Me” for Netflix. Additionally, the Studio produces the comedy anthology series “The Guest Book” for TBS; OUR CARTOON PRESIDENT and YOUR HONOR for SHOWTIME as well as “A Higher Loyalty,” a miniseries based on former FBI Director James Comey’s memoir.
About Imagine Television:
Imagine Television was founded in 1986 by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard and is run by Imagine Television Group Chairman, Francie Calfo. The company’s productions have been honored with 195 Emmy Nominations and 30 Golden Globe nominations. Current programming includes Fox’s award-winning series “Empire,” Netflix’s “Arrested Development,” and NatGeo’s “Mars” and “Breakthrough” series. Earlier productions include Fox's Golden Globe and Emmy® award winning Best Drama Series “24”; NBC’s Peabody Award winning series “Friday Night Lights”; Fox’s Emmy® award winning Best Comedy “Arrested Development”; Fox’s “Shots Fired”; Fox’s “Lie To Me”; CBS’s “Shark”; NBC’s “Miss Match”; WB's “Felicity”; ABC's “SportsNight”; and HBO's “From the Earth to the Moon”, which won the Emmy® for Outstanding Mini-Series. Recently announced projects include “Wu-Tang: An American Saga” from The RZA and Alex Tse, “Swagger” from Kevin Durant and Reggie Rock Bythewood, and “Filthy Rich” with Tate Taylor. Brian Grazer and Ron Howard began their collaboration in 1985 with the hit film comedies “Night Shift” and “Splash,” and continue to run Imagine as Executive Chairmen. www.imagine-entertainment.com
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