Gilded Lilys

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Gilded Lilys
Genre Period drama
Created by K.J. Steinberg
Written by K.J. Steinberg
Starring John Barrowman
Sarah Bolger
Brigid Brannagh
Brían F. O'Byrne
Blythe Danner
Matt Lauria
Matt Long
Maury Sterling
Madeline Zima
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Executive producer(s) Shonda Rhimes
Betsy Beers
K.J. Steinberg
Running time

43 minutes (approx.)

480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Production company(s) ABC Studios
Audio format Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1

Gilded Lilys is an American period drama television pilot that was in development for ABC. The pilot was created and produced by Shonda Rhimes. The series was not picked up by ABC.


The network ordered the pilot on January 13, 2012,[1][2] and filming began in late March 2012 at Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts.[3] In addition to K.J. Steinberg, Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers served as executive producers.[4]


The series, set in 1895, follows the lives of the Lily family, their employees, and their establishment and management of the first luxury hotel in New York City.[5]


  • John Barrowman as Julius Ashford Lily, the charming son of the central family in the show[6]
  • Blythe Danner as Caroline Lily, the ruthless but wickedly funny matriarch who has ruled the roost of New York society for decades.[7]
  • Sarah Bolger as Violet Langton Lily, the wealthy, aristocratic and rebellious daughter of hotel owners Edwin and Elizabeth Lily.[7]
  • Matt Long as John Kidd, a lower-class survivor with an adventurous spirit and a romantic soul.[8]
  • Maury Sterling as Jasper[8]
  • Brigid Brannagh as Elizabeth,a matriarch of the Lily family[8]
  • Matt Lauria as Charlie, the nephew of a millionaire and boyfriend of the rebellious Violet Lily[9]
  • Madeline Zima as Violet’s personal maid[10]
  • Brían F. O'Byrne as Edwin Lily.[11] Edwin decides to open the luxury hotel after a scandal hits his family.


  1. ^ James Hibberd (January 13, 2012). "Shonda Rhimes period drama 'Gilded Lillys' gets pilot order". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved March 9, 2012. 
  2. ^ Lesley Goldberg (January 13, 2012). "'Gilded Lillys': ABC Orders Shonda Rhimes' Period Drama Pilot". The Huffington Post. Retrieved March 9, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Gilded Lilys films at the Wang". The Boston Globedate=March 21, 2012. 
  4. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (24 April 2011). "Shonda Rhimes sells Gilded Lillys drama to ABC". The Hollywood Reporter website. Retrieved 28 April 2012. 
  5. ^ "Pilot for Shonda Rimes Gilded Lillys will film in Massachusetts". The Boston Globe. 8 February 2012. Retrieved 27 April 2012. 
  6. ^ Michael Ausiello (March 6, 2012). "Pilot Scoop: Torchwood's John Barrowman to Star in Shonda Rhimes ABC Pilot Gilded Lilys". TV Line. Retrieved March 9, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b Lesley Goldberg (February 10, 2012). "Blythe Danner, Sarah Bolger Join Shonda Rhimes' ABC Period Drama 'Gilded Lilys'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 9, 2012. 
  8. ^ a b c Lacey Rose (February 24, 2012). "Shonda Rhimes' 'Gilded Lilys' Fills Out Cast With 'Mad Men,' 'Homeland' Actors". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 9, 2012. 
  9. ^ Ben Lee (March 2, 2012). "'Friday Night Lights' star Matt Lauria cast in ABC's 'Gilded Lilys'". Digital Spy. Retrieved March 9, 2012. 
  10. ^ Nellie Andreeva (February 10, 2012). "Blythe Danner, Sarah Bolger & Madeline Zima Cast In ABC Pilot 'Gilded Lilys'". Retrieved March 9, 2012. 
  11. ^ Catriona Wightman (February 20, 2012). "Brian O'Byrne joins ABC's 'Gilded Lilys' pilot". Digital Spy. Retrieved March 9, 2012. 

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