Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes has signed on to write and produce another period drama, this time for NBC. Fellowes’ The Gilded Age, which has a script commitment with significant penalty attached, is described as a sweeping epic in the style of Downton Abbey. It depicts the world of the millionaire titans of 1880s New York, chronicling the lives of the princes of the American Renaissance and the vast fortunes they made — and spent. “This was a vivid time with dizzying, brilliant ascents and calamitous falls, of record-breaking ostentation and savage rivalry; a time when money was king,” Fellowes said.
This marks the first NBC project for Oscar and Emmy winner Fellowes, who is already in the NBCUniversal family — the Emmy-winning Downton Abbey is produced by NBCU-owned Carnival Films. Fellowes will continue as writer/executive producer on ITV hit Downton Abbey, which was just renewed for a fourth season, while working on The Gilded Age, produced by Universal TV. He is repped by UTA, Independent Talent and attorney George Davis.