The Gilded Age (TV series)

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The Gilded Age
GenrePeriod drama
Created by
Written by
  • Julian Fellowes
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)
Production company(s)
DistributorNBCUniversal Television Distribution
Original networkHBO

The Gilded Age is an upcoming television drama developed by Julian Fellowes for HBO that is set in America during the Gilded Age, the boom years of 1880s New York City. Originally announced in 2018 for NBC, it was later announced in May 2019 that the show would move from NBC to HBO.[1]



NBC originally announced that the show would have a ten-episode first season,[2] with a premiere in 2019.[3] In conjunction with the move to HBO, the series is now planned to begin filming in 2020.[4]


In September 2012, The Daily Telegraph reported Julian Fellowes as saying that he was working on a spin-off prequel of Downton Abbey that revolves around Lord Grantham and Cora's romance and eventual marriage as the earl and countess of Downton Abbey. Initially conceived as a book, it was then planned for pick-up by ITV.[5]

In a 2015 interview with The Mail on Sunday,[6] Fellowes announced that a spin-off prequel television series was in planning: a new period drama series for NBC television, to be set in late 19th-century New York City, titled The Guilded Age [sic]. Fellowes suggested that a younger version of Maggie Smith's Dowager Countess character from his Downton Abbey drama might appear in the new series, saying: "Robert Crawley would be in his early teens, Cora would be a child. A young Violet [the Dowager Countess] could make an appearance." As the title suggests, the series is to be set during the time of America's so-called Gilded Age – the industrial boom era in the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries – and portray the upper echelons of New York's high society during that period.[6]

Production and writing for The Gilded Age was updated in January 2016. Asked whether he'd written the script yet, Fellowes said, 'No I haven't, no. I'm doing that this year', before adding: 'And then hopefully shooting at the end of the year.'"[7]

On June 4, 2016, Fellowes was asked by The Los Angeles Times, "Where does The Gilded Age stand?" Fellowes replied, "It stands really with me up to my neck in research, and I’m clearing the decks, so that when I start Gilded Age, I’m only doing Gilded Age. These people were extraordinary. You can see why they frightened the old guard, because they saw no boundaries. They wanted to build a palace, they built a palace. They wanted to buy a yacht, they bought a yacht. And the old guard in New York weren’t like that at all, and suddenly this whirlwind of couture descended on their heads. They redesigned being rich. They created a rich culture that we still have — people who are rich are rich in a way that was established in America in the 1880s, ’90s, 1900s. It was different from Europe. Something like Newport would never have happened in any other country, where you have huge palaces, and then about 20 yards away, another huge palace, and 20 yards beyond that another huge palace. In England right up to the 1930s, when people made good money, they would buy an estate of 5,000 acres and they’d have to look after Nanny. The Americans of the 1880s and ’90s didn’t want too much of that."[8]

In January 2018, NBC confirmed a 10-episode series had been picked up for a 2019 premiere.[9]

About the show, Fellowes stated: "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."[10]

In May 2019, the series moved from NBC to HBO, with a straight to series order.[11]


In September 2019, the production announced the addition of Christine Baranski, Cynthia Nixon, Amanda Peet and Morgan Spector to the cast.[12]


  1. ^ Keene, Allison (31 January 2018). "'Downton Abbey' Creator Julian Fellowes' New Drama 'The Gilded Age' Heads to NBC". Collider. Retrieved 31 January 2018.
  2. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (31 January 2018). "'Downton Abbey' Creator Julian Fellowes' 'Gilded Age' Drama Picked Up to Series at NBC". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 31 January 2018.
  3. ^ McHenry, Jackson (31 January 2018). "Julian Fellowes's The Gilded Age Is Finally Coming to NBC". New York Magazine. Retrieved 31 January 2018.
  4. ^ Griffiths, Eleanor Bley (11 September 2019). "The Gilded Age is on its way – but it's not a Downton prequel says Julian Fellowes". Radio Times. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  5. ^ Singh, Anita (28 September 2012). "Downton Abbey: Julian Fellowes plans a prequel". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 29 September 2012.
  6. ^ a b "The Dowager Duchess WAS young once... as new show is set to prove". Mail Online. 5 April 2015. Retrieved 8 January 2019.
  7. ^ "Julian Fellowes' NBC period drama The Gilded Age will start filming this year". 21 January 2016. Retrieved 13 June 2016.
  8. ^ "Interview with Julian Fellowes". L.A. Times. 4 June 2016. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  9. ^ Andreeva, Denise Petski,Nellie; Petski, Denise; Andreeva, Nellie (31 January 2018). "Julian Fellowes' 'The Gilded Age' Drama Series Set For 2019 Launch On NBC". Retrieved 8 January 2019.
  10. ^ Vick, Megan (31 January 2018). "Downton Abbey Boss Brings The Gilded Age to NBC". Retrieved 31 January 2018.
  11. ^ Julian Fellowes’ ‘The Gilded Age’ Moves From NBC To HBO With Series Order
  12. ^ ‘The Gilded Age’: Christine Baranski, Cynthia Nixon, Amanda Peet & Morgan Spector To Star In HBO Period Drama

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