Chris Egan & Tabrett Bethell Land ‘Poe’ Leads; Other ABC Casting News

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egan bethell abc poe Chris Egan & Tabrett Bethell Land Poe Leads; Other ABC Casting News

Chris Egan of the short-lived NBC drama Kings will play Edgar Allan in Poe, a one-hour mystery for ABC. Tabrett Bethell, who made a splash on another ABC project, Legend of the Seeker, will play the female lead.

Poe is a period piece/mystery project following the titular character’s adventures around Boston in the 1840s. Egan and Bethell join Kevin McNally (Captain Jack’s first mate Mr. Gibbs in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies) as the only cast members announced thus far. Poe is shaping up to be a 19th-century version of ABC’s other crime-fighting novelist series, Castle, which also teams up a prolific writer with police to track down murderers.

Egan played Captain David Shepard in Kings, a high-concept political thriller transposing the biblical story of King David to modern times. (No points for guessing who Egan’s character is supposed to represent.) The show was well-received by critics, but failed to find an audience when it aired on NBC in 2009; the network ultimately canceled it in the middle of its summer run. Egan also had small roles in Eragon and Resident Evil: Extinction, as well as last year’s romance Letters to Juliet.

Bethell is an actress to watch. She turned heads as the warrior maiden Cara in Legend of the Seekers, and has worked on a few other small Australian projects. Her role is an investigative journalist named Sarah.

If the writers are trying to set up any sort of love interest they’ll have to bend history a bit – Edgar Allan Poe famously wed his own cousin when he was 26 and she was 13. Of course, Poe was considered notably unattractive and they cast a type-A hunk to play him, so why not go for broke?

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In other pilot news, Bruce Greenwood (Star Trek‘s Captain Pike) will play the lead in The River, an ABC thriller about a Bear Grills-esque TV explorer.

Jesse Bradford (Outlaw) has been cast as the lead in Other People’s Kids, a half-hour comedy for ABC. Bradford’s character marries an older woman with two children of her own.

Finally, soap opera starlet Sherri Saum and Mad Men regular Abigail Spencer have been cast in Grace, an ABC drama set in the world of professional dance, written by Krista Vernoff of Grey’s Anatomy.


Poe still doesn’t have a time frame locked down, but expect to hear a series order for the fall if ABC executives like the pilot when they see it this summer.

Source: TV Line

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  1. Nice to see Bruce Greenwood getting a regular gig. I enjoyed his series Nowhere Man.

  2. Tabrett Bethell won the Best Actress Award at the Manhattan Film Festival last year for her performance in Anyone You Want, one of the indie films she shot in Australia. The film also won the Indie Spirit Best Storyline Award at the Boston International Film Festival.

  3. Can’t wait to see Tabrett Bethell back on screens….:)

  4. i’m just glad that tabrett bethell moving on to a newseries so quickly. tho i’m sad to have seen the end of legend of the seeker it had so muchmore potential.

  5. Cant wait to see Tabrett in this! and Kevin McNally too lol that should be interesting!

  6. Im so happy to see the incredibly talented Tabrett again. Hopefully, this show will be successful.

  7. Actually, there are several instances of people who met Poe or knew him personally, who described him as being handsome and even beautiful. It was remarked by his one-time fiance, Sarah Hellen Whitman, that the photos of him didn’t do him justice.

    I, nonetheless, hope they dye his hair (which has been described as dark brown, almost black).