Elementary Exclusive: Look Who's Playing Joan Watson's Mom! -- Will She Approve of Sherlock?

Freda Foh ShenFreda Foh Shen (Everwood, Close to Home) will pay a visit to CBS’ Elementary as Joan Watson’s mother, TVLine has learned exclusively.

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Mary Watson appears in Episode 9, slated to air Dec. 13, and she’s not very happy about her daughter’s choice of profession. As established in the pilot, Lucy Liu‘s Joan “doesn’t feel a tremendous amount of support from [her parents] when it comes to her second career as a sober companion,” explains executive producer Rob Doherty.

But another, unexpected dynamic may prove even more interesting.

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“Mom will meet Sherlock,” confirms the EP. “Given what we know about mom — or heard about mom — and given what we know for sure about Sherlock, you can see it going a certain way. I feel like we’re going to tell a story with a few lovely, little surprises.”

Shen’s TV credits also include The Defenders, JAG and Gideon’s Crossing.

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  1. Patrick says:

    Awesome news. Now get Idris Elba on the show.

  2. Keren says:

    Ms Shen looks way too young to play Lucy Liu’s mother!

  3. Michelle says:

    Why do I get the feeling Mama Watson would like the idea of Joan solving crimes with Sherlock better than the “sober companion” thing? ;)

  4. Daniel says:

    yeah indeed, she’ll approve of the detective assistant gig indeed

  5. Leon says:

    The funny part about this is that lucy liu is seven years oldier than freda

  6. Diana says:

    We refuse to watch this show. It is not Sherlock Holmes as written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It is a very poor imitation. For the real deal people should watch the Granada Sherlock Holmes starring Jeremy Brett, David Burke, and Edward Hardwicke