John Barrowman to Star in Shonda Rhimes' ABC Pilot

John Barrowman Headshot - P 2012
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John Barrowman Headshot - P 2012

ABC is bringing the captain back.

John Barrowman, who starred as Captain Jack Harkness on Torchwood, has landed a starring role on ABC's period drama pilot Gilded Lilys, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

The drama, from Grey's Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes, revolves around the opening of the first luxury hotel in New York City in 1895 and tells stories of love, treachery and disdain between the classes set against a backdrop of vicious family rivalries, scandalous secrets and conflict and co-mingling of the classes.

As first reported by, Barrowman will play Julius Ashford Lily, the charming son of the Lily family, who has reigned over New York's elite for decades but a recent family scandal has undermined their fortunes both financially and socially.

Gossip Girl scribe K.J. Steinberg is penning the project, with Rhimes and her Shondaland partner Betsy Beers exec producing for ABC Studios.

Barrowman joins a cast that includes Friday Night Lights' Matt Lauria, Matt Long, Blythe Danner, Maury Sterling, Brigid Brannagh, Brian F. O'Byrne, Sarah Bolger and Madeline Zima.

In addition to Torchwood, Barrowman's credits include its predecessor Doctor Who and Desperate Housewives. He's repped by WME.

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