NBC Signs Creator of ‘Downton Abbey’ for Drama About Gilded Age in New York
I don’t expect to see Danish modern furniture on the sets of Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes’ new Gilded Age drama for NBC. But I’m not expecting the layers of period
detail the Brits and Masterpiece do so well. HBO’s Boardwalk Empire is a visual feast, but they have Scorsese to nudge them on the finer points. I’ll stay hopeful. Maybe the Peacock Network really does get Edith Wharton’s New York.
From the New York Times:
By BILL CARTER
“Julian Fellowes, the creator of the British period drama “Downton Abbey,” has concluded a deal to create a new period drama for NBC based on the Gilded Age of New York City, the network announced on Tuesday.
The new television drama will be produced by the NBC Universal television studio.
In its release, NBC described the series, which will be called “The Gilded Age,” as an “epic tale of the princes of the American Renaissance, and the vast fortunes they made — and spent — in late 19th century New York.”
Mr. Fellowes said in a statement, “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.”
He will continue in his executive producer role on the Emmy-award-winning “Downton Abbey,” which is shown on PBS. The show just announced that a fourth season would go into production.
NBC did not say how soon its show might be on the air, but it comes at the tail end of the traditional development period for the fall television season”