ABC Picks Up Edgar Allan Poe Pilot

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Edgar Allan Poe seems to be a bit of a popular character these days – fictionally speaking, of course. With the recent acquisition by ABC of Poe and the upcoming John Cusack film The Raven, one would think the fabled writer had been born of a screenwriter’s mind.

The concept of Poe, a “crime procedural following Edgar Allan Poe as the world’s very first detective, using unconventional methods to investigate dark mysteries in 1840s Boston,” may have many people scratching their heads, but if the idea of being taken to a dark place by the inventor of detective fiction sounds thrilling, then Poe could be one of the more enticing programs to watch out for on ABC.

Besides, a crime drama without the aid of DNA, security camera footage that can be enhanced to the nth degree, or a title sequence to any song by The Who sounds like a much-needed breath of fresh air. And with the aforementioned Cusack thriller, a sequel to the Robert Downey Jr. Sherlock Holmes, and Sherlock—a Holmes UK update already on the air —Poe may prove to be the perfectly-timed American acquisition to make before 19th century detectives become the next popular trend over-saturating the airwaves.

For people who loved the rich atmosphere of Sleepy Hollow or even From Hell, ABC’s Poe should be right up their alley. Getting a chance to visit a bygone era on a weekly series isn’t something television is often about, and with the exception of Supernatural the horror and suspense genre has been woefully underrepresented as well. With any luck, Poe will prove capable of delivering one of the most unique viewing experiences on television.

While there is no word on casting, the title role will easily make or break the potential series. The linchpin of making Poe work will be in the execution of characters that exist in a very convincing Boston circa 1840. If the series expects to be taken seriously, slapping a mustache on any hot, young actor who is hungry to brood isn’t going to cut it here. Dark, moody undercurrents are the order of the day, so Warner Bros. and ABC need to plan accordingly, as the potential for this series is almost as high as its risk of failure.

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Certainly, writer-producer of the pilot, Chris Hollier of Kyle XY and executive producer Dan Lin of Lin pictures feel Poe is interesting and successful enough to be greenlit to series come the 2011-12 season. For the rest of us, well, there’s no doubt it is interesting. Successful? We’ll just have to wait and see.


Source: Deadline

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  1. THIS, if done right, could bring me back to the regular viewership of ABC, a state not visited since my high school days. Poe is my favorite overall author (Neil Gaiman, Stephen R. Donaldson, and Fred Saberhagen being other well-loved choices), so a series using him as the protagonist in a detective procedural woul be Heaven…

  2. For more on Poe’s real relationship with Boston,
    check out the Edgar Allan Poe Foundation of Boston’s website

  3. For pure physical resemblance, John Hawkes, of Deadwood fame, would fit the bill.

    • Oh yeah! John Hawkes woud be awesome. I could not agree more. Beyond the resemblance, I feel he also comes across as contemplative, sharp. And he could carry a requisite amount of awkwardness around the ladies considering the awkardness of Poe’s relationships.

    • Good call Bill totally see that!

  4. I’m confused. I thought poe was from baltimore not boston. .need more info on his life history. .detective? ?that’s a bit farfetched..if that’s the case you might as well add hg wells and lovecraft to the mix.

    • That’s certainly a viable, if doubtful, consideration; other mystery/suspense/horror authors would provide interesting guest appearances. I do not believe we’ll see any.

      As for Poe as a detective, this is not a documentary of Poe’s life; Poe wrote some brilliant detective stories (he IS the father of the American detective story, and Dupin was easily as accomplished as Holmes or Poirot), so Poe, himself, could be imagined in similar stories with little difficulty.

    • KatnVyate-

      Your post cracks me up and I agree w you! How about HG Wells, Lovecraft AND Poe each week they get a call on the telegraph from “Charlie”? :)

  5. I’m down.

  6. But Poe WASN’T a detective… he was a poet/writer/journalist. Besides, the idea of Poe as a sleuth has been done a million times in indie flix, books and plays, and it never really works. How can this? They should have done POE as a journalist, ala Murder She Wrote, or Lou Grant, but nooooo….Sorry folks, this is LAME!

    • In terms of things done a million times, so have many superheroes, Dickens tales, Austen novels, etc. That doesn’t mean a new version can’t be enjoyable and even thought-provoking…if done well. I think seeing Poe as a detective on the small screen (which has NOT yet been done, by the way) could be a lot of fun and certainly a welcome change from a lot of the crap currently on t.v.

      In short…Sorry, C.C. Stone, this is COOL!

  7. For anyone looking for a perfect screen play featuring Edgar Allen Poe as a detective, one must read The Man Who Was Poe by Avi.