'Abby' Creator Inks Deal With NBC

By: Tim Kenneally, The Wrap Email
By: Tim Kenneally, The Wrap Email

Downton Abbey" creator Julian Fellowes is setting up shop with NBC and Universal Television, striking a deal to create and produce his next dramatic TV series with the companies, NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke and Universal Television executive vice president Bela Bajaria said Tuesday.

The series, titled "The Gilded Age," will be set in late-19th-century New York and will focus on "the princes of the American Renaissance," according to NBC and Universal.

Fellowes, creator of "Downton Abbey," will write and produce "The Gilded Age," an epic tale of the princes of the American Renaissance, and the vast fortunes they made and spent. "This was a vivid time," Fellowes said, "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," Salke said of the collaboration. "Having him on our team represents a major creative coup, and everyone is looking forward to his first NBC project in 'The Gilded Age.'"

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