Downton Abbey’s Creator Has a New Show: The Gilded Age
Julian Fellowes is bringing a new period drama about America’s Gilded Age to NBC in 2019.
It’s been about two years since we last caught up with the Crawley family and we’re still going through withdrawals. And we’ve got a lot of questions. How many servants has the Dowager Countess, Violet Grantham, dismissed since the series finale? Is Thomas Barrow still causing trouble downstairs even though he’s the butler now? Did Edith (finally) get her happy ending as a married woman and marchioness? The list could go on and on.
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While we might not get those answers until the promised Downton Abbey movie hits theaters, there might be something to tide you over until then. Downton creator Julian Fellowes is bringing his period drama genius to American TV with a new show, The Gilded Age. The series will have 10 episodes and will air on NBC in 2019, according to Entertainment Weekly.
The show will focus on yet another wealthy family—but on the other side of the pond during the most opulent period in American history. The Gilded Age era (late 19th century) in United States history is known as a time of prosperity, when the economy and industry rapidly grew. The wealthiest families (like the Vanderbilts and Astors) built enormous mansions and lived luxurious lives—sounds a bit like the Crawleys, right? But of course, there was extreme poverty and cultural clashes during the era, too.
According to EW, the series is set in New York City in 1882 and follows young heiress Marian Brook as she tries to navigate and infiltrate the world of her wealthy neighbors, a railroad tycoon and his family. We can only guess that, like Downton Abbey, the show will focus on class struggles, the idea of old money versus new money, romance, and family dynamics.