ABC Greenlights Pilot About Edgar Allan Poe as a Detective in the 1840s

Posted on March 7, 2011

The fall pilot season is shaping up to be pretty interesting. Deadline reports that ABC just greenlighted a detective drama set in ...wait for it....1840s Boston. And the lead detective is Edgar Allen Poe. Chris Evans will star in the series which is called Poe. Deadline explains:

The project, from Warner Bros. TV and Lin Pictures, is a crime procedural following Edgar Allan Poe (Egan), the world's very first detective, as he uses unconventional methods to investigate dark mysteries in 1840s Boston.
Poe's muse will be played by Tabrett Bethell, who starred on The Legend of the Seeker which was based on the Sword of Truth books by Terry Goodkind. Now we all know that Poe was no detective, although he is credited for creating the classic detective fiction trope of the brilliant detective and his sidekick solving crimes. What we really want to know is this: will Tabrett be allowed to carry an Agiel (serious pain stick) to use on the bad guys? Either way, we'll be tuning in for the premiere, that's for sure.

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