Do you love Downton Abbey to the point that you’ve read stories about it for years? If so, you may find today’s news to be especially worthwhile.
Remember The Gilded Age? NBC picked up this project from Downton Abbey producers Julian Fellowes and Gareth Neame years ago in hopes of getting them to create the perfect period drama. This show is set in America during the Industrial Revolution and will feature its own story of people try to evolve in the midst of an ever-changing world.
Admittedly, over the years we’d forgotten almost entirely about this show until it was finally confirmed today that the series is coming to fruition. NBC has ordered a ten-episode first season of the show, which presumably would air during the 2018-19 season. This is ambitious and likely will carry a hefty price tag (period pieces often do), but it could help to deliver NBC even more prestige that they have built with This Is Us.
Let’s go ahead and throw this out there — we’re placing our bets that NBC puts this show on the air immediately after This Is Us in hopes of getting it off to a huge ratings start.
In a statement, Fellowes had the following to say about (finally) getting this series off of the ground:
“To write The Gilded Age’is the fulfillment of a personal dream,” Fellowes said. “I have been fascinated by this period of American history for many years and now NBC has given me the chance to bring it to a modern audience. I could not be more excited and thrilled. The truth is, America is a wonderful country with a rich and varied history, and nothing could give me more pleasure than be the person to bring that compelling history to the screen.”
Meanwhile, NBC’s own Jennifer Salke added the following:
“Julian Fellowes has the peerless ability to create complex characters and relationships set against a fantastic backdrop … We’re thrilled that NBC and Universal Television will bring you his delicious new take on both the emerging rich and the working class who were intricately entwined in opulent New York in 1882. It’s an addictive new universe of fabulous people with the same signature style, wit and emotional resonance for which Julian is famous.”
Fellowes is a genius whose talent in television writing is almost unparalleled. Without knowing anything else, it’s pretty easy to be excited about what The Gilded Age could bring to the small screen.
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