Julian Fellowes, the creator of costume-drama phenom “Downton Abbey” and the Academy Award-winning screenwriter of “Gosford Park,” is bringing his next project Stateside. NBC and Universal Television have signed on to “The Gilded Age,” a new series created, written and produced by Fellowes.
The drama will be set in late-19th century New York and follow the American aristocracy of the era as they make and spend fortunes. As Fellowes puts it, “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’ “Downton Abbey” was renewed for a fourth season in the UK last week, with the third season set to premiere on PBS in the U.S. in January. If he can recreate the period appeal of that series in an American setting on one of the big four networks, Fellowes will have another hit on his hands.
The post-Civil War era is having something of a moment on TV, with AMC’s railroad drama “Hell on Wheels” and BBC’s vintage procedural “Copper” both taking place in the 1860s, a little before the time period of “The Gilded Age.”