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).