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 historical drama television series developed by Downton Abbey creator 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 will move from NBC to HBO.[1]





NBC originally announced that the show would consist of ten episodes and premiere in 2019.[2][3] Following the move to HBO, the series was expected to begin filming in March 2020,[4][5] before the COVID-19 pandemic delayed production. The team is now hoping to start filming in the fall of 2020.[6] HBO has reportedly committed to 10 episodes.[5]


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 Grantham. Initially conceived as a book, it was then planned for pick-up by ITV.[7]

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.'"[8]

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."[9]

The final confirmation the show would be produced was announced by NBC in January 2018.[2] 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 an initial cast consisting of Christine Baranski, Cynthia Nixon, Amanda Peet and Morgan Spector.[12]

In November 2019, it was announced that Denée Benton, Louisa Jacobson, Taissa Farmiga, Blake Ritson and Simon Jones would be joining the show.[13] In January 2020, Harry Richardson, Thomas Cocquerel and Jack Gilpin were cast as series regulars, with Jeanne Tripplehorn cast in a recurring role.[14][15] In April, Carrie Coon was cast as Bertha Russell to replace Peet, who no longer will be available when production resumes after delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.[6]


  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. ^ a b McHenry, Jackson (31 January 2018). "Julian Fellowes's The Gilded Age Is Finally Coming to NBC". New York Magazine. Retrieved 31 January 2018.
  3. ^ 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.
  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. ^ a b Hallemann, Caroline (4 December 2019). "Julian Fellowes's New Period Drama 'The Gilded Age' Will Start Filming in March". Town & Country.
  6. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (1 May 2020). "Carrie Coon To Star In HBO's Julian Fellowes Series 'The Gilded Age' In Recasting".
  7. ^ Singh, Anita (28 September 2012). "Downton Abbey: Julian Fellowes plans a prequel". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 29 September 2012.
  8. ^ "Julian Fellowes' NBC period drama The Gilded Age will start filming this year". 21 January 2016. Retrieved 13 June 2016.
  9. ^ "Interview with Julian Fellowes". L.A. Times. 4 June 2016. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  10. ^ Vick, Megan (31 January 2018). "Downton Abbey Boss Brings The Gilded Age to NBC". Retrieved 31 January 2018.
  11. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2 May 2019). "Julian Fellowes' 'The Gilded Age' Moves From NBC To HBO With Series Order".
  12. ^ Petski, Denise; Andreeva, Nellie (26 September 2019). "'The Gilded Age': Christine Baranski, Cynthia Nixon, Amanda Peet & Morgan Spector To Star In HBO Period Drama".
  13. ^ Petski, Denise (19 November 2019). "'The Gilded Age': Denée Benton, Louisa Jacobson, Taissa Farmiga, Blake Ritson & Simon Jones Join HBO Period Drama". Deadline. Retrieved 11 December 2019.
  14. ^ Petski, Denise (30 January 2020). "'The Gilded Age': Harry Richardson, Thomas Cocquerel & Jack Gilpin Join HBO Drama Series".
  15. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (4 February 2020). "'The Gilded Age': Jeanne Tripplehorn Joins Cast Of HBO Drama Series".

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