‘Downton Abbey’ Creator Sets New Series ‘The Gilded Age’ for HBO

Julian Fellowes brought the world of “Downton Abbey” to viewers for six seasons (2010 to 2015). He’s making another period historical drama with a focus on America in “The Gilded Age.”

HBO has acquired “The Gilded Age,” which was originally set for development on NBC. The show has been signed on for a 10-episode commitment and the details are below:

The American Gilded Age in 1885 was a period of immense economic change, of huge fortunes made and lost, and the rise of disparity between old money and new money, which is being reflected again today. Against this backdrop comes young Marian Brook, the orphaned daughter of a Southern general, who moves into the home of her rigidly conventional aunts in New York City.

Accompanied by the mysterious Peggy Scott, an African-American woman masquerading as her maid, Marian gets caught up in the dazzling lives of her stupendously rich neighbors, led by a ruthless railroad tycoon and his ambitious wife struggling for acceptance by the Astor and Vanderbilt set. Will Marian follow the established rules of society, or forge her own path in this exciting new world that is on the brink of transformation into the modern age?

Casting for “The Gilded Age” will soon be underway. It’s likely that filming the series will begin production later this year, with the series set to premiere in 2020.

“I feel very privileged to be making “The Gilded Age” with HBO and Universal Television,” Fellowes said in a press release. It has been a dream of mine for some time, as I am fascinated by this brutal and intensely glamorous period of America’s history. It will be about ambition, of course, and envy and hatred and, perhaps most of all, about love. I hope people will enjoy the series. I know I will enjoy making it.”

Meanwhile, Fellowes will be hitting the red carpet this fall for the release of the “Downton Abbey” movie follow-up. Set for September, the film version will tie up and update fans of what has happened to the Crawley family since the show bowed off the air more than three years ago.