UPDATED: Torchwood star John Barrowman has landed the last series regular role on KJ Steinberg and Shonda Rhimes’ ABC period drama pilot Gilded Lilys. Set in 1895, it centers on the Lilys, who are looking to revive their family’s fortunes by opening the most lavish hotel in New York history. Barrowman, best known for his role as Captain Jack Harkness on Torchwood, will play playboy brother Julius Lily. After one modestly rated season on Starz, the cult British sci-fi drama was quietly shelved. While it hasn’t been officially cancelled per the pay cable network, there are currently no plans for a new season, and Gilded Lilys has Barrowman in first position. The pilot reunites Barrowman with ABC and ABC Studios after doing an arc on the network and the studio’s dramedy Desperate Housewives in 2010. He is with WME and UK’s Gavin Barker Assoc.
Ally McBeal alum Greg Germann is set to co-star opposite Mary McCormack in Kari Lizer’s ABC comedy pilot, aka The Unprofessional. The multi-camera comedy, from Warner Bros. TV, centers on Hilary Pfeiffer-Dunne (McCormack), a high-powered executive who, having dominated the corporate America for years, now faces the biggest challenge of her life when she finds herself unemployed and acting as a full-time mom to her two teenagers. Germann, repped by APA and The Collective, will play Hilary’s frequently traveling husband and the father of their 2 kids who is much more easy going than Hilary, but equally successful. He has recently recurred on Showtime’s House Of Lies.