Julian Fellowes is ready to help the Peacock network strut its stuff.
On the heels of the news that his popular UK series "Downton Abbey" would be returning for a fourth season, the creator has inked a deal with NBC and Universal Television to write and produce a new period drama for the network.
"The Gilded Age" will bring a similar sensibility to US audiences as the British series, as it revolves around the upper crust millionaires in the New York of the 1880s. "This was a vivid time," Fellowes said of his latest project, "with dizzying, brilliant ascents and calamitous falls, of record-breaking ostentation and savage rivalry -- a time when money was king."
"We at the network are all so thrilled to be working with the immensely talented Julian Fellowes, who is universally admired for his critically and commercially appealing productions,” said NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke. “Having him on our team represents a major creative coup, and everyone is looking forward to his first NBC project in The Gilded Age.”
Universal Television executive vp Bela Bajaria added, “Having been thoroughly impressed by Julian’s wit, eloquence, vast historical knowledge and collaborative nature in my past development experience with him, I’m thrilled to be continuing our relationship at Universal Television. The opportunity to work with him again was a goal of mine at Universal Television, and I’m very excited about this potential new series.”
Assuming the pilot is picked up by NBC, this would be Fellowes' first stateside project ever, and has to be considered a big get for the network.