If Downton Abbey has you drooling over Lady Mary’s turn-of-the-century gowns and impeccable style, then you’ll be happy to know that America is getting its very own Downton Abbey-esque series that will showcase high society Manhattanites in all their decadence and glory. Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes has just inked a deal with NBC to develop The Gilded Age, a new series that focuses on the lives of the wealthiest families in New York City at the end of the 19th century — think the Rockefellers, the Carnegies and the Vanderbilts (Anderson Cooper’s family, no less!).
We’re jumping up and down with excitement! If it’s anything like Edith Wharton’s famous novel, The Age of Innocence, then we’re going to be glued. We actually hope Julian Fellowes takes a little inspiration from Michelle Pfeiffer and Daniel Day-Lewis in Martin Scorsese’s film adaptation of The Age of Innocence, pictured above, when planning out his new series. We can’t wait to see the New World’s answer to The Crawley family. “This was a vivid time,” Fellowes said in a statement about late 19th century New York, “with dizzying, brilliant ascents and calamitous falls, of record-breaking ostentation and savage rivalry—a time when money was king.” Wow, what a description! And to think that all we have in the 21st century are The Kardashians…
The show will air in the fall of 2013, but luckily we have Downton Abbey returning to PBS on January 6th to tide us over (because we wouldn’t DREAM of watching all of season 3 of Downton Abbey online, given that it has already aired in the UK. Who would do such a horrendous thing?… Did you read that in Lady Mary’s voice like we hoped?).
The Gilded Age will no doubt be one of the most highly anticipated TV castings in Hollywood given that historical shows like Mad Men have made actors like Jon Hamm into icons overnight. We hope that true New Yorkers like Scarlett Johansson and Anne Hathaway will consider given TV a chance for this once in a lifetime opportunity. We also think Michael Pitt should make a play for a part in The Gilded Age now that he’s know longer on Boardwalk Empire. After all, he’s already got the early 20th century down pat, so the late 19th should be a breeze!
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