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.