The boss of NBC has promised an “addictive new universe of fabulous people” in Julian Fellowes’ latest period drama.
Following half a decade in development, the Downton Abbey creator’s new series The Gilded Age was officially picked up by NBC in March.
The network confirmed a 10-episode order for the first season of the show, which will be written by Fellowes and executive produced by Downton exec Gareth Neame.
The Gilded Age is described “a Downton Abbey-esque series about the millionaires of 1880s New York.”
Fellowes commented: “To write The Gilded Age is the fulfillment of a personal dream. 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.”
NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke added: “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.”
The Gilded Age will premiere on NBC in 2019.
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