[03/06/12 - 11:54 PM] Development Update: Tuesday, March 6 Updates include: Connie Britton to star in ABC's "Nashville"; Carrie-Anne Moss joins Dennis Quaid-led drama pilot at CBS; and John Barrowman is the latest to board ABC's "The Gilded Lilys."
[03/01/12 - 11:32 PM] Development Update: Thursday, March 1 Updates include: Matthew Perry to star in NBC's "Go On"; Amber Stevens to lead The CW's "Dakota"; and David Krumholtz joins Michael Urie in CBS's "Partners."
[02/24/12 - 11:42 PM] Development Update: Friday, February 24 Updates include: CBS greenlights Martin Lawrence comedy pilot; Bill Pullman to play the President in NBC's "1600 Penn"; and ABC fills out the cast of "The Gilded Lilys."
[02/20/12 - 10:43 PM] Development Update: Monday, February 20 Updates include: Mary McCormack to get "Unprofessional" for ABC; Taylor Kinney to star in NBC's "Chicago Fire"; and Peter Jacobson lands role on Showtime's "Ray Donovan."
[02/10/12 - 11:02 PM] Development Update: Friday, February 10 Updates include: John Goodman to join Roseanne Barr on NBC's "Downwardly Mobile"; Jimmy Wolk to star in USA's "Political Animals"; and Becki Newton to lead "The Goodwin Games" at FOX.
[01/30/12 - 11:10 PM] Development Update: Monday, January 30 Updates include: Steve Jones and Nicole Scherzinger dropped from "The X Factor"; Mindy Kaling to star in FOX comedy pilot; and ABC greenlights its "Scruples" revival.
[01/13/12 - 10:49 PM] Development Update: Friday, January 13 Updates include: NBC orders three dramas, one comedy to pilot; ABC greenlights comedy, drama; and Syfy to expand "Warehouse 13" season to 20 episodes.
[08/24/11 - 10:53 PM] Development Update: Wednesday, August 24 Updates include: FOX eyes "Breaking In" revival; Heather Graham joins "Little in Common"; and Eric Stoltz to star in Lifetime's "Modern Love."
STATUS: previously in development (2012-2013 season)
DEVELOPMENT STAGE: ordered to pilot
DESCRIPTION: (from ABC's press release, March 2012) At The Lillian, New York's grandest hotel, forbidden love is checking in. After a year away in Paris, Violet Langton Lily (Sarah Bolger - The Tudors) - a beautiful young socialite from the renowned Lily family - gets blindsided by love on a New York-bound luxury liner. His name is John Kidd (Matt Long - Mad Men, The Deep End), a handsome and mysterious man whom Violet's family definitely wouldn't approve of. Promised to the heir of a very prominent family, Violet was raised to find a man of acceptable class and stature. This sudden yet profound encounter, with working-class John Kidd, makes her question everything including her future. Ultimately, Violet will have to choose between what her heart wants, and what her family expects. Back in New York, Violet returns to discover her father, Edwin Lily (Brian O'Byrne - Prime Suspect, Mildred Pierce), has sunk the family fortune into the construction of the City's first Luxury Hotel, The Lillian. Eager to get in on the action and attention, Edwin's brother, Julius (John Barrowman - Torchwood), offers to become equal partner and financier, much to Edwin's chagrin. Through years of reckless behavior, Julius has earned a reputation for being a playboy and lout. He's the Black Sheep, and this is his chance at familial redemption. And he's willing to get it no matter the cost. Meanwhile, the "downstairs" at The Lillian is awash in its own strife. Struggling against society's class limitations, Abigal, Violet's Maid (Madeline Zima - Californication) and Jasper, Foot Man to Julius (Maury Sterling - Homeland) are trying to break into high society. From Executive Producers Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers (Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice and Scandal) and creator KJ Steinberg (Executive Producer of Gossip Girl) comes a fresh look at a golden world, full of glamorous galas, sibling rivalry, dangerous liaisons, and murder.