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'Abbey' creator’s next project: ‘Gilded Age’ NYC

  • 'Downton Abbey' creator Julian Fellowes is developing a period drama called 'The Gilded Age,' set in NYC
  • 'This was a vivid time... a time when money was king,' he says
NBC signed a deal with the creator of "Downton Abbey" to write a new drama set in New York City during the 1880s.

Could the United States be getting its own version of the critically acclaimed British drama, "Downton Abbey?"

The peacock network signed a deal Tuesday with Julian Fellowes, the creator of "Abbey," to write and produce a new period drama set in New York City  during the 1880s called "The Gilded Age."

NBC must have learned its lesson since it picked up the new drama two years after turning down "Downton Abbey," which went on to become a pop culture phenomenon on PBS. The high-end soap opera has collected six Emmys, including two for Fellowes.

In a press release, NBC described this New York City-based show about millionaire titans as “an epic tale of the princes of the American Renaissance, and the vast fortunes they made – and spent.”

"This was a vivid time," stated Fellowes, "with dizzying, brilliant ascents and calamitous falls, of record-breaking ostentation and savage rivalry; a time when money was king.”

If "The Gilded Age" has the dynamic of "Abbey," there's no doubt it will be as much of the success as its counterpart. The third season of "Downton Abbey" begins in January and has already been picked up for a fourth season.

Read more: Why all the fuss about 'Downton Abbey'?

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