The Gilded Age gives viewers all the glitz and glamour of the late 19th century Manhattan. This new show kicked off with the pilot episode on HBO on January 24, 2022.
It comes with 10 episodes which will continue to air weekly on this channel at 9pm ET. And Episodes will also be available to stream on HBO Max after they have aired.
Julian Fellowes, the 72-year-old screenwriter, novelist, and multi-talent who is best known as the creator, writer, and executive producer of Downton Abbey did it again.
Speaking about The Gilded Age, Fellowes said in a statement: “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 I could not be more excited and thrilled.”
He added: “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.”
Where is the Gilded Age Filmed?
Well the shoot commenced in February 2021, and the cast and crew moved to Newport, Rhode Island to make it happen. But the film was set in New York City in the 1800.
The Gilded Age lies itself among the Queen bees of New York high society. Reuniting with Downton executive producer Gareth Neame, Downton Abbey feature film director Michael Engler, and Altered Carbon director Salli Richardson-Whitfield, it’s no wonder then, that the series has been dubbed the ‘US Downton Abbey’.
Neame, 54 of the project says “the Gilded Age is an American story and it needed to have an American perspective”.
“Downton was really about the decline of the aristocracy in a way; they’re losing power and they’re having to think about money… but in The Gilded Age, we’re seeing the beginning of the American Dream, the industrialisation of America, and seeing how that created enormous fortunes.”
What is the Gilded Age About?
The Gilded Age is an American story from the late 19th century, which follows a young woman Marian Brook (played by Louisa Jacobson) as she moves from rural Pennsylvania to New York City after the death of her father, accompanied by an aspiring writer, Peggy Scott ( played by Denée Benton) who is looking forward to starting life afresh.
She moves in with her wealthy aunts Agnes van Rhijn and Ada Ross (played by Christine Baranski and Cynthia Nixon), and not long after she got caught up in the aunts’ battle with their neighbors, a railroad tycoon and his over ambitious wife George and Bertha Russell (played by Morgan Spector and Carrie Coon).
Exposed to a world on the verge of the modern age, will Marian follow the established rules of society, or forge her own path?
Fellowes telling on the American story says “the real difference actually, was that [Americans] didn’t go in for primogeniture – they didn’t leave the bulk of their fortune to their eldest son, or even a chosen child, they always divided their money between their children.”
“Of course, that’s why there were so many more heiresses from America than there were from anywhere in Europe, because in Europe to be an heiress, everyone else had to be dead,” he added.