julian fellowes downton abbey the gilded age nbc gi 'Downton Abbey' creator Julian Fellowes will produce a period drama for NBC

Life is good in the period-drama world. Not only will “Downton Abbey” return for a season 4 on PBS, but the show’s creator, Julian Fellowes, has just signed a development deal for a new series, “The Gilded Age,” to NBC. This time, Fellowes will take on the lives of New York City millionaires in the 1880s.

NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salk and Universal Television executive vice president Bela Bajaria announced the news on Tuesday (Nov. 27). The new show focuses on a particularly dynamic time in American history when new industries and increased trade created an extreme upper class in the society.

“The was a vivid time, with dizzying, brilliant ascents and calamitous falls, of record-breaking ostentation and savage rivalry,” Fellowes explained about his new venture. “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,” Salk said in a statement.

Bajaria concurred: “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.”

Fellowes is expected to write and produce the show.

Posted by:Laurel Brown