If you’re a follower of our sister site Cinema Blend, you may have spotted the news earlier today that Torchwood star John Barrowman has signed on for a role in the new ABC pilot Gilded Lilys. Set in 1895 and executive produced by Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes, Gilded Lilys focuses on New York City’s first luxury hotel. Barrowman will play a member of the show’s central family named Julius Ashford Lily.
At this point Gilded Lilys has only been ordered to pilot, so we won’t know for a while whether it will go to series. If it does, the show could theoretically hit the airwaves next fall or later. Assuming that’s the case, what does that mean, if anything, for the future of Torchwood?
Whether Torchwood even has a future is still up in the air at this point. After a much-hyped premiere on the Starz network last summer, Torchwood‘s most recent incarnation as Torchwood: Miracle Day was a disappointment in both quality and ratings. While I would argue that the show rallied somewhat and wound up in an interesting place, it spent waaaaaaaaaaaay too long getting there. If the show is to return at all, its presence on Starz is definitely not a sure thing.