Following the news that there could well be a Downton Abbey movie in the works, it seems screenwriter Julian Fellowes is spoiling us with new scripts! He’s announced a new series set in 1880s America, called The Gilded Age, will launch in 2019.
The series has been in the pipeline for ages – he started development back in 2012 but found it clashed with his Downton schedule – and he’s called it ‘the fulfilment of a personal dream.’
The Gilded Age has been commissioned for a 10-part series by American network NBC – British TV is yet to buy it, but we predict a bidding war over such hot TV property.
It will be set in New York and follow families who have developed sudden wealth. It will examine the battle between new-money social climbers and more established families, including the Astors and the Vanderbilts. In this old versus new world conflict, it sounds like it has some themes in common with Downton Abbey already. The style, combining period drama with soap-style storylines is also a tried and tested Fellowes formula. Casting has yet to be announced but we’re predicting some big names.
Read the official synopsis:
The Gilded Age in 1880s New York City was a period of immense social upheaval, of huge fortunes made and lost, and of palaces that spanned the length of Fifth Avenue. In the series, Marian Brook is the wide-eyed young scion of a conservative family who will embark on infiltrating the wealthy neighboring family dominated by ruthless railroad tycoon George Russell, his rakish and available son Larry, and his ambitious wife Bertha, whose 'new money' is a barrier to acceptance by the Astor and Vanderbilt set. Marian is about to experience a whole new world springing up right outside her front door.
We can't wait!