After the British pre-war society became the focus of the Downton Abbey, Julian Fellowes turns his attention to New York City, the setting for his latest period drama, The gilded age. With Christine Baranski, Cynthia Nixon and Carrie Coon, the nine-part series will explore the time of great conflicts between the old and the new way in the late 19th century.
According to HBO, The gilded age begins in 1882 when Marian Brook (Louisa Jacobson) moves to town from rural Pennsylvania after the death of her father to live with her wealthy old aunts Agnes van Rhijn (Baranski) and Ada Brook (Nixon). Accompanied by aspiring writer Peggy Scott (Denée Benton), Marian accidentally finds himself in the middle of a social war between one of her aunts and her nouveau riche neighbors, railroad magnate George (Morgan Spector) and his wife Bertha Russell (Coon).
Prior to its January debut, HBO shared the first teaser and pictures, giving the audience a glimpse into the cast of the ensemble, which also includes Taissa Farmiga, Blake Ritson, Simon Jones, Harry Richardson, Thomas Cocquerel and Jack Gilpin. The lavish, star-studded costume drama will also see performances by Michael Cerveris, Nathan Lane, Audra McDonald, Debra Monk, Donna Murphy, Kelli O’Hara, Jeanne Tripplehorn and many others.
Behind the scenes, the series unites Fellowes with his Downton Abbey Team, director Michael Engler and executive producer Gareth Neame, who had previously spoken to ET about the upcoming drama, and stated that similar to the top-down drama and Belgravia “this will overlap in some themes and some tonalities, however the story “and the characters are fresh.”
The gilded age Premiere on Monday, Jan. 24, 2022 at 9 p.m. ET / PT on HBO.
Reference from etonline