Pilot Scoop: Shonda Rhimes' Gilded Lilys Period Drama for ABC Casts Blythe Danner, Others

Two-time Emmy Award winner Blythe Danner has joined the cast of Gilded Lilys, a period drama pilot being executive-produced by Shonda Rhimes (Grey’s Anatomy) for ABC.

Madeline Zima (Californication) and Sarah Bolger (The Tudors) have also landed roles.

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To be penned by K.J. Steinberg (The Nine, Gossip Girl) — who with Betsy Beers is also an EP on the project — Gilded Lilys is set in 1895 and promises to deliver an epic love story, a vicious rivalry and a scandalous secret unfolding against the backdrop of the opening of New York’s first luxury hotel.

ABC’s 11 other drama pilot orders include Marc Cherry’s Devious Maids, the supernatural-tinged 666 Park Avenue, Beauty and the Beast (a reimagining of the classic fairy tale) and Gotham (about a female cop who discovers a magical world that exists within New York City).

Comments (17)

  • I’m really looking forward to this

    Comment by Martina – February 10, 2012 07:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I wanted to watch this as soon as I heard about it, now I need this to be picked up. Love Blythe Danner! Coincidentally I just watched the Grey’s episode with Madeline Zima.

    Comment by Ben – February 10, 2012 07:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Lots of Downton Abbey vibes from this. Who bets Blythe Danner’s character is like the Maggie Smith/Dowager Countess of this series?

    Comment by Bob – February 10, 2012 07:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I also thought of Downton Abbey when I read about this show. If it’s as good as Downton Abbey then I’ll be happy.

      Comment by mags – February 10, 2012 08:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I thought of ‘Gran Hotel’ a Spanish series based in 1905 in a luxury hotel. It premiered last year

      Comment by Olivia – June 27, 2012 03:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I can see GILDED LILIES taking the Sunday 9 pm DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES slot and 666 PARK AVENUE taking the 10 pm PAN AM slot. Or maybe vice versa.

    Comment by Tim – February 10, 2012 08:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Blythe = <3. Loved her in Will & Grace and the Meet the Parents. Looking forward to seeing her as a series regular on a tv show. Hopefully she'll still be able to return to Up All Night though if needed.

    Comment by Mark – February 10, 2012 10:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It can never be as good as Downton, since it’s an American production. Face it, the Brits those these type of period pieces soooo much better!

    Comment by Maddy – February 11, 2012 06:21 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I take your meaning. What seems to be lacking when Americans do this type of production is lack of attention to detail. Not to mention the fact that we tend to tear down our mansions and replace them, whereas the Brits preserve their great houses, respecting the history and the architecture, and use them for films. Having to build a set to resemble a Victorian mansion eats up a good deal of the budget and corners get cut.

      Comment by JJ – February 11, 2012 08:12 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • i’d feel much better about this if it was being done by shonda herself rather than just being produced by her like off the map was. but i’m still very interested so i hope it turns out good.

    Comment by Bee – February 11, 2012 08:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • My thoughts exactly. She has Scandal, yes, but, maybe she can write an episode or two in the future.

      Comment by Martin – February 11, 2012 11:01 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Loving the sound of this one; hope it’s filmed in similar ‘glossy’ style homage as Pan Am or Castle’s Noir episode.

    Comment by Bear75 – February 11, 2012 09:01 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It’s being penned by a Gossip Girl writer, not a good sign.

    Comment by Diva – February 11, 2012 10:35 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • this years trends: Downton Abbey, The Hunger Games, and magic.

    Comment by cj – February 11, 2012 11:24 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • And, like it or not, country is coming back into vogue. Get ready for western type shows [Dr. Quinn, Urban Cowboy], Big crossovers of country music into pop etc.

      Comment by Templar – February 12, 2012 08:43 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Boston is a diverse city. I wonder if the period drama aspect of this film translates into zero work for non-whites. (Its a big deal in a city with such a history of racial tension)

    Comment by Suri – February 21, 2012 03:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • sad this wasnt picked up

    Comment by me – August 20, 2012 04:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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