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Everything We Know So Far About The Gilded Age, Which Is Practically an American Downton Abbey

For starters, Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes is producing it.
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Downton Abbey fans, we have good news. No, it's not a premiere date of the long-awaited movie adaptation. It's a new series called The Gilded Age from Downton creator Julian Fellowes. Here's what we know so far:

JULIAN FELLOWES IS BOTH WRITER AND EXECUTIVE PRODUCER OF THE SHOW.

NBC initially started working with Fellowes on the show back in 2012, during peakDownton Abbey popularity. The timing wasn't quite right, and so the series was "put on the back burner," according to Deadline, but NBC was willing to wait until Fellowes was ready to take on the project.

Now, more than two years after Downton wrapped, Fellowes is diving into The Gilded Age. "To write The Gilded Age is the fulfillment of a personal dream,” Fellowes said in a statement.

"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."

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THE DOWAGER COUNTESS WILL MAKE AN APPEARANCE!

Despite Maggie Smith's general disdain for the rumored Downtown Abbey film, fans haven't seen the last of her oh-so-quotable character, Violet Crawley, the Dowager Countess of Grantham. She'll reportedly appear with her children in the American show.

"It might be quite fun to have a young Violet getting into trouble, and her son, Robert, and daughter, Rosamund, who would be in their early teens in the 1880s," Fellowes told the Telegraph. 

THE SHOW WILL TAKE PLACE IN NEW YORK CITY IN THE 1880S.

Set just before we meet the Crawley family in Downton Abbey (that series begins with the sinking of the Titanic in 1912), The Gilded Age will take on issues of wealth and class in turn-of-the-century New York City.

A brief synopsis of the plot reads:

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In the series, Marian Brook is the wide-eyed young scion of a conservative family who will embark on infiltrating the wealthy neighboring family dominated by ruthless railroad tycoon George Russell, his rakish and available son Larry, and his ambitious wife Bertha, whose “new money” is a barrier to acceptance by the Astor and Vanderbilt set. Marian is about to experience a whole new world springing up right outside her front door.

"It's about a society forming itself out of two disparate groups; the old New York families and the people with new money," Fellowes said. "One family thinks they are much grander than the other, and the other knows they are much richer. Between the two of them, they fight it out."

Just as the setting of Downton played a significant role in the plot, so will New York City. "The character in The Gilded Age which is the balance to Highclere Castle - a kind of character in Downton - will be New York itself. During this period there was an enormous expansion of the city," Fellowes said.

IT'S SET TO PREMIERE IN 2019.

Per Deadline, the network ordered ten episodes to premiere in 2019.

NO ADDITIONAL CASTING OR PLOT INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE YET.

But we'll be sure to update as soon as we know more.

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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