John Barrowman will make the leap from the time-traveling adventures of Captain Jack Harkness on Doctor Who and Torchwood to a more permanent point in history, the 1890s. TVLine reports the actor will join the cast of the ABC pilot Gilded Lilys.
The series is executive produced by Shonda Rhimes, who created Grey's Anatomy and its spinoff Private Practice and also wrote the screenplay for Princess Diaries 2. The script, written by K.J. Steinberg (Gossip Girl), follows the Lilys as they open the first luxury hotel in New York City, circa 1895. As you'd expect from a Rhimes show, there will be all kinds of love trapezoids, bitter rivalries and drama. Blythe Danner, Sarah Bolger and Matt Lauria are also set to star.