It looks like Joan Watson (Lucy Liu) has no time for romance in Season 5 of “Elementary.”
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, series creator Rob Doherty said that there are no immediate plans to introduce a new love interest for Joan. Although fans might not meet a new man In Joan’s life, the executive producer said that the CBS series “always have an eye out for someone who would fit the bill.”
Viewers have already met four of Joan’s lovers since “Elementary” debuted back in 2012. They are Ty Morstan (Bill Heck), Liam Danow (Adam Rothenberg), Mycroft Holmes (Rhys Ifans) and Andrew Paek (Raza Jaffrey), who ended up as the casualty in Elana March’s (Gina Gershon) failed attempt to assassinate Joan in Season 3.
Liu said in a separate interview with Entertainment Weekly that she’s well aware that her character is quite unlucky in matters of love.
“I need to talk to Rob [Doherty] about that,” the 47-year-old actress told the news outlet, laughing. “[When] I finally get a boyfriend … they kill him off. I would love [to have a love interest], and I’ve actually mentioned it to [Rob] before like, ‘Where are we going with her story? Where are we going to go with her personal life?’ I don’t know what Rob has in mind, but I wish I could weave that in a little bit more.”
“People are so different in relationships — good things come out, bad things come out, and I do think that could be a colorful thing,” Liu added. “But I do think the new character that we’re introducing [in Season 5] is also going to show a side of [Joan] that maybe we wouldn’t see normally when she’s on a case.”
The new character Joan was referring to is Shinwell Johnson (Nelsan Ellis) — a reformed criminal and a former patient of Joan.
While Joan won’t be getting a new love interest soon, the early part of “Elementary” Season 5 is “going to focus more on her relationship with Shinwell and how her shift into trying to help him is going to balance out (or she thinks is going to balance out) the side that she’s missing in her life.”
“Elementary” Season 5 premieres on Sunday, Oct. 2, at 10 p.m. on CBS.