Pilot Scoop: Former Jersey Girl Janet Montgomery Joins ABC's Gothica as Van Helsing

Gothica ABC Pilot Cast Janet Montgomery Ex-Made In Jersey star Janet Montgomery has scored the female lead in Gothica, ABC’s dark soap opera from Grey’s Anatomy EP Mark Gordon.

Gothica is — as the titled suggests — a modern-day Gothic soap that weaves together the mythologies of Dracula, Jekyll and Hyde, Frankenstein and Dorian Gray, among others.

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Montgomery, whose rookie CBS drama Made In Jersey was this season’s first casualty, will play Grace Van Helsing. As a member of one of the city’s founding families, Grace could have inherited her parents’ newspaper fortune, but emotional scars inflicted 10 years ago – by the mysterious death of her parents, and by her one, great love leaving her — set Grace on her own path to New York.

She joins Welsh actor Tom Ellis and Kings alum Chris Egan, who were previously cast as Frankenstein and Dorian Gray, respectively.

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  1. Kaycee says:

    Yes! I love Janet. She’s a great young actress. Tom Ellis is such a hunk!
    Really good cast :D
    I hope this does well, sounds far more interesting than Grimm.

  2. wordsmith says:

    Great news – It would be nice to have Janet back on my TV again. Made in Jersey fizzled so fast I didn’t even have a chance to check it out, but this show just sounds way more promising conceptually, if a little risky. High concept is clearly in this year.
    I wonder if they’ll actually let her be British this time around. She has a knack for accents, but her natural one is fantastic.

  3. Jason says:

    Sounds like A Dark Shadows rip-off but Im In!! And that may be one of the most beautiful women I’ve seen!!

  4. TMW says:

    Gothica seems to me to be an ensemble show. Good for Montgomery. She’s beautiful and hugely talented and this definitely sounds like the right show for her.

    • lll says:

      This sounds like a better fit than Made in Jersey. It has a good chance of getting picked up because of the Once Upon a Time hype. Good for her.

  5. Jade says:

    When ABC says Gothic Soap..hopefully its more like OUAT and NOTHING like that horrible 666 Park Ave.

    • wordsmith says:

      I’d be fine with this show being SOMETHING like 666 Park, as long as it’s also good. The flaw with 666 wasn’t the concept or the atmosphere, it was the dull story.

  6. Lannie says:

    Nobody watches Dancing on the Edge?

  7. Memah says:

    ABC do you really need an OUAT rip-off?

  8. MaryAnn says:

    Looks fantastic! I really hope this one gets picked up!