NBC has ordered to series period drama THE GILDED AGE, from Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes, the network announced Wednesday.
The series, which will premiere in 2019, is set in 1880s New York and follows Marian Brook, 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.
“To write The Gilded Age is the fulfillment of a personal dream,” Fellowes said in a statement. “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.”
The Gilded Age was originally developed for NBC in 2012, but was put on the back burner as the studio and network allowed Fellowes to concentrate his efforts on Downton. That ended in 2015, allowing Fellowes to return to his passion project.
Ten episodes will premiere on NBC in 2019.
Linda Ge | TV Editor