The actress who originated little Emily Quartermaine on General Hospital, Amber Tamblyn, has officially grown up. ABC just announced five midseason pickup series and Amber is all set to star in one of them. It’s called “The Unusuals” and Ms. Tamblyn plays an NYPD detective named Casy Schraeger who unexpectedly ends up working in homicide. She feels like an outcast among a clique of people with odd senses of humor and one big secret.

The pilot filmed in New York City’s Chinatown and other locations in June. In addition to our GH alum, the cast includes Jeremy Renner (“House MD”), Terry Kinney (“Oz”), Kai Lennox (“Grey’s Anatomy”), Harold Perrineau (“Lost”), Adam Goldberg (“Entourage”), Monique Gabriela Cumen (The Dark Knight) and Joshua Close (The Day The Earth Stood Still). The drama’s director is Emmy award-winning Stephen Hopkins (for the 2004 mini-series “The Life and Death of Peter Sellers”). Hopkins has also been recognized for his directorial work on “24”.

Since leaving GH in 2001, Amber’s has been a presence in feature films (“Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” and its sequel that came out this summer) and in her own primetime vehicle, “Joan of Arcadia”, for which she earned a Golden Globe nomination. Soaps.com is proud of all soap alumni who go on to find new roles for themselves. Congratulations!