Julian Fellowes to Create Gilded Age Historical American Drama for NBC



Undoubtedly a result of its transatlantic success, it was recently announced that “Downton Abbey” will carry on for a fourth season. Shortly thereafter, NBC/Universal announced its plans for ‘Downton’ mastermind Jullian Fellowes: they have signed him on to develop a drama set in 1880s New York.

The show, titled “The Gilded Age,” will focus on the late nineteenth century and the people that shaped Manhattan. “This was a vivid time, with dizzying, brilliant ascents and calamitous falls, of record-breaking ostentation and savage rivalry; a time when money was king,” Fellowes says of the upcoming project, which he will write and produce. NBC calls it “an epic tale of the princes of the American Renaissance and the vast fortunes they made — and spent.”

According to the online edition of The Daily Mail, the new show could air as early as Fall 2013. They speculate the show could include fictionalized versions of Edith Wharton, J.P. Morgan, John D. Rockefeller, Andrew Carnegie, and Cornelius Vanderbilt – who were all central to the rise in industry, productivity, and wealth during that time.

If “Downton Abbey” is any indication, the arrival of Fellowes’ latest storytelling venture will be highly anticipated and met with great success.

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  1. avatar says

    This could be really cool. I just hope it doesn’t spread Mr. Fellowes too thinly and take away from Downton Abbey, which has a 4th series in production next year as well.

  2. avatarJohn says

    I hope Julian Fellowes millks the hell out of this contract and bails…because anything NBC puts on won’t compare to anything FX, AMC, Showtime or HBO put on. And Downton Abbey succeeds for two reasons: 1) Because it is an absolutely idyllic portrayal of life at the zenith of Western Civilization, and b) because the dialogue is music.

    We’ve all seen portraits of American decadence over and over again. It can’t help but be ugly.

    I hope Mr. Fellowes proves me wrong.

    • avatarCarol says

      I agree! NBC will most likely try to make this series into a soap opera set in that era. The dialogue will most likely be changed because the major networks feel that ‘normal’ americans won’t be able to understand, etc. etc…… I hope I am proven wrong as well!

  3. avatarRegina says

    First, I want to say BRAVO to Mr. Fellows for a job very well done! Downton Abbey is doing so well because it is on PBS where they know their viewers are INTELLIGENT. It is brilliant STORY TELLING.
    About a year ago, I started reading biographies of the “Robber Barons” starting with Astors and working my way to Fisk. As a New Yorker, I saw there names everywhere but didn’t really know who they were and I recently returned from a trip to Newport there is much to tell about. So it goes with out saying I want the Gilded Age to succeed but it will only do that if NBC let’s Julian Fellows be his marvelous self!