‘Downton Abbey’ creator Julian Fellowes to develop ‘The Gilded Age’ for NBC

By Daniel S Levine,

Julian Fellowes, the creator of the surprise international hit Downton Abbey, has signed on to develop a series for NBC set in New York during the 19th century Gilded Age.

The series, which will be produced by NBC Universal Television, is simply titled The Gilded Age. Fellowes will write and produce the series. According to Entertainment Weekly, the network describes the show 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.”

“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 said in a statement.

The New York Times reports that Fellowes will still work on Downton Abbey as executive producer.

The news comes just days after it was announced that a fourth season of Downton Abbey will go into production. Downton Abbey airs on ITV in the UK and on PBS in the US. NBC Universal’s Carnival Film & Television produces the show, so Fellowes already has a relationship with NBC.

The show’s third season starts on Jan. 6 in the US.

As for The Gilded Age, NBC did not announce when production would start or when it will air.

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