STATUS: previously in development (2013-2014 season)
DEVELOPMENT STAGE: ordered to pilot
ADDITIONAL NOTES: network passed on 5/9/13
DESCRIPTION: (from ABC's press release, April 2013) Frankenstein. Jekyll and Hyde. Dorian Gray. Dracula. Gothic literature's most iconic characters step out of the shadows of the past and into a sexy modern soap. Welcome to Gothica, a modern city where an ancient struggle between good and evil is being fought. Grace Van Helsing (Janet Montgomery, MADE IN NEW JERSEY) has come home to Gothica one last time to visit her brother Chris, editor of their family's Guardian Newspaper and crusader against the soul-less power brokers that control this city. When her brother is killed on the eve of implicating enigmatic recluse Clayton Drax in the murder of their parents some 10 years earlier, Grace embarks on a dark and dangerous investigation of the truth that exposes the sinister underbelly of Gothica's founding families. The Van Helsing family has made a lot of enemies who all have a motive for murder. Included are Victor Frankenstein (Tom Ellis), Grace's former love, a brilliant scientist on the verge of macabre discovery; Dorian Gray (Chris Egan, LETTERS TO JULIET), a hedonistic playboy with a shrouded past; Henry Jekyll, a once prominent and now broken man whose career was destroyed by a Guardian expose; and of course, the most powerful man in Gothica: Clayton Drax who may be controlling all of them through his emissary, the seductive Fiona Hunter. Step over to the sexy dark side of GOTHICA where evil, obsession and revenge won't stay buried for long. Unravel the mystery of this thrilling new drama from Executive Producer Mark Gordon and written by Matt Lopez.