STATUS: previously in development (2011-2012 season)
DEVELOPMENT STAGE: ordered to pilot
DESCRIPTION: (from ABC's press release, April 2011) Its 1840 and Boston is in the grips of a series of mysterious murders. When dark forces threaten, the only man who can protect the city is one who has spent his life chasing shadows - the legendary writer Edgar Allan Poe (Chris Egan). The authorities don't like Poe's cocky, devil-may-care attitude, but they need him. His brilliant and unorthodox methods offer the only hope of solving the eerie crimes sweeping the city. While many people fear for their lives - and souls - Poe and his unlikely partner in crime, Celeste Chevalier (Natalie Dormer), are ready to meet evil head on. Celeste is a beautiful and intelligent reporter who's way ahead of her time. Where Poe looks for possible supernatural forces at work, Celeste will stop at nothing to uncover more logical explanations. There's combustible chemistry between Poe and Celeste, but the dangers of their work and tragedies from their past keep them apart. Each week, sparks fly as Poe and Celeste combat the rising darkness with humor and intellect. For Poe, the greatest mystery of all is his own past. He's haunted by the image of a raven that is somehow connected to the crimes he investigates - and every case brings him closer than ever to discovering its meaning. From executive producer Dan Lin (Sherlock Holmes) and writer Chris Hollier (Alias) comes this romantic, crime procedural that perfectly blends Castle's sexy, playful banter with the dark intrigue of The X-Files.