“Downton Abbey” creator Julian Fellowes’ long in the works NBC drama series “The Gilded Age” is jumping ship to HBO. The premium cabler has given a ten-episode production commitment to the series, which is now a co-production between HBO and Universal Television.
The epic scale series received a ten-episode order from the NBC in 2018 and was supposed to debut this year, but when NBC Entertainment Bob Greenblatt changed jobs to become entertainment chairman of WarnerMedia (HBO’s parent company), he’s taken the project with him.
The American Gilded Age in 1885 was a period of immense economic change 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?
The series marks Fellowes first project since “Downton Abbey” and he’ll serve as writer and executive producer. Gareth Neame and Michael Engler will also executive produce.
Source: The Wrap