‘Torchwood’ Star Joins Shonda Rhimes’ ABC Pilot; Future Miniseries In Jeopardy?

Published 2 years ago by , Updated March 11th, 2012 at 8:34 am,

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John Barrowman may be heading back to television – but potentially not in the way fans hoped. Barrowman has been cast in a new ABC drama from Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes called Gilded Lilys – creating questions about the fate of Torchwood.

Barrowman, who is best-known for his role of rogue Time Agent Captain Jack Harkness, will play Julius Ashford Lily, the charming favored son of the Lily family. According to writer K.J. Steinberg (Gossip Girl), the series is an epic love story set in 1895, and will revolve around the Lily Family and the opening of the first luxury hotel in New York City. The Lilys have reigned over New York’s elite for decades, but in the wake of a recent family scandal, their fortunes have shifted, both financially and socially.

Friday Night Lights Matt Lauria, Matt Long (Jack & Bobby), Blythe Danner (Meet the Parents) and Madeline Zima (Californication) have all previously signed on to the pilot, with Rhimes and her Shondaland partner Betsy Beers exec producing for ABC Studios.

The burning question on the minds Barrowman’s fans concerns the fate of popular sci-fi hit, Torchwood. As it turns out, Barrowman’s potential new series is not the immediate threat to the future of the Doctor Who spin-off.  With both Barrowman and co-star Eve Myles ready and hopeful that the series will return for a fifth season, the ball remains in series creator (and Doctor Who rejuvenator) Russell T Davies’ court.

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Unfourtunatly, in late 2011 Davies had to suddenly return to the United Kingdom after his partner, Andrew Smith, was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. The sudden illness and subsequent jump back across the pond put all of Davies’ current US projects on hold – including production on his new Showtime series Cucumber and any possible plans for Torchwood season 5.

Torchwood may be on hold for the time being, but fans of Captain Jack might get to see the much-beloved character return to its parent show, Doctor Who. Current Doctor Who executive producer and writer Steven Moffat is looking to possibly have the immortal captain appear again on the series - potentially for the show’s upcoming 50th anniversary next year.

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More info on Gilded Lilys and the future of Torchwood as it comes up.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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  1. I would be ecstatic if John gets a good new role in an ongoing series and it kills Torchwood stone dead. Miracle Day was a travesty best forgotten. Hopefully onto better things now John.

  2. Agree that Miracle Day was a mess. They should have known better than to put an intelligent, quirky British show into Americanized, stretch it out for a buck, hands, and I’m American. Bring back the real Torchwood and would welcome it with open arms!!!! I miss all those great characters. The premise for the new series sounds interesting and I wish Barrowman and all the cast members well. In the meantime, Doctor Who needs a bit of spice from the Captain.

  3. I hope that will be a fith season of torchwood, I love Torchwood!! it is the best series, and the fourth season was good, yes it was not the better but she was good! they was suspens, in brief it was a good season! and I think it’s forcing that will be a 5th season because they can’t rest in this end, that would be very bad!!!!

  4. Dead and Buried in that hideous cave where it belonged, i loved the previous Torchwood series, but Miracle day… it took a miracle for me to get through it…

    kill it off now..

  5. bring jack back on doctor who!!!

    • Miracle Day had an interesting premise. However the story seemed as if it was stretched from the 5 episode style of children of earth to the 10 episode format. This stretching ruined the pacing within the show and the show’s “Miracle” seems to cut it off from the main universe of Doctor Who where there is no evidence of the “Miracle” ever happening. I hope Torchwood returns as either another (shorter) miniseries or a film. An interesting take on the show would to do a few 3-4 episode story blocks that would compromise an approx 20 episode season. It would be very similar to the how the fourth season of “Enterprise” was handled

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