ABC returns to paranormal programming with 'Gothica'

Despite their recent failure with the Faustian drama 666 Park Avenue, ABC is not giving up on the notion that paranormal shows are hot. Casting has begun on the new soapy-style para-drama called Gothica. This show will have some of literary history’s classic spooky characters, namely Dr. Victor Frankenstein, Dorian Gray, Count Dracula, and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

It sounds kind of like a horror-themed League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, actually.

Anyhow, our friends over at FEARnet got the scoop on the show’s premise and who will be playing some key roles. The show is set in modern times but the characters are tied together in some interesting ways. For example, Dr. Frankenstein, who will be played by Tom Ellis (The Fades, Merlin), "runs a hospital with a biotech research department which Dr. Frankenstein uses to develop a way to bring his recently deceased daughter back to life. Victor was once romantically involved with Grace Van Helsing."

Oscar Wilde’s creation, Dorian Gray (Chris Egan of Resident Evil: Extinction) is described by The Hollywood Reporter as "a beautifully charming and devastatingly sexy man with a smile like a switchblade. He's an enigmatic playboy who develops a relationship with Grace Van Helsing and attempts to help her figure out who killed her family."

The pilot will be written by Matt Lopez (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice), who will co-executive produce with Mark Gordon, and is scheduled to be filmed in Montreal. We’ll keep you posted on when it will air.

Do you think this could be a success for ABC? Or, will is venture down the spiral staircase to hell like 666 Park Avenue?

-Larissa Mrykalo