Good news Downton Abbey fans, there’s another period drama coming your way!
NBC has picked up 10 episodes of Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes called The Gilded Age. This news comes after the project has been in the works for a while. The network has set a 2019 release date for the period drama.
Set in New York City in 1882, the series centers on Marian Brook. The young heiress must find her way into the world of her family’s wealthy neighbors when complications arise as new money is thrown into the mix of social barriers typical of an ordered world.
“To write The Gilded Age is the fulfillment of a personal dream,” Fellowes said in a statement. “I have been fascinated by this period of American history for many years and now NBC has given me the chance to bring it to a modern audience. I could not be more excited and thrilled. The truth is, America is a wonderful country with a rich and varied history, and nothing could give me more pleasure than be the person to bring that compelling history to the screen.”
Jennifer Salke, president of NBC Entertainment said that the network is absolutely “thrilled that NBC and Universal Television will bring… a new take on both the emerging rich and the working class who were intricately entwined in opulent New York in 1882,” adding that “it’s an addictive new universe of fabulous people with the same signature style, wit and emotional resonance for which Julian is famous.”