If this takes off, we can probably write off Torchwood for quite a while. [LINK]
John Barrowman, best-known for playing the immortal Jack Harkness on Torchwood, has landed a leading role in ABC’s Gilded Lilys pilot from Shonda Rhimes, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively.
The project is an upstairs-downstairs look at the opening of the first true luxury hotel built in New York City circa 1895. Barrowman will play Julius Ashford Lily, the golden boy of the prestigious Lily family opening the hotel. He’s mama’s favorite son, who’s very charming, lucky and loose.
Shonda Rhimes is the creator of Grey’s Anatomy, and this show sounds like it’s aiming for an improbable pair of audiences: the ABC prime-time-soap crowd (think Grey’s Anatomy and Desperate Housewives) and… the “period soap” crowd (Mad Men, Downton Abbey)??!? ABC’s already been trying to get into Mad Men territory with Pan Am (which hasn’t exactly… well… flown).