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U.S. Spin On ‘Downton Abbey’ Being Planned By NBC

Submitted by on November 28, 2012 – 10:18 am Comments

Recently, NBC revealed that it has roped in Julian Fellowes, the creator of ‘Downton Abbey’ to create a Downton-esque drama about the moguls and mavens of late-nineteenth-century New York City; dubbed ‘The Gilded Age’. According to NBC it’s  ”an epic tale of the princes of the American Renaissance, and the vast fortunes they made — and spent”.    In a press release, Fellowes said the show will be set in “a vivid time” in American history, a period “with dizzying, brilliant ascents and calamitous falls, of record-breaking ostentation and savage rivalry; a time when money was king”. It hasn’t been revealed yet, as to when this show will begin airing.

For the uninitiated, Downton Abbey is a British-American period drama television series created by Julian Fellowes and co-produced by Carnival Films and Masterpiece. It began airing on ITV in the United Kingdom on 26 September 2010 and on PBS in the United States on 9 January 2011 as part of the Masterpiece Classic anthology.

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The series, set in the fictional Yorkshire country estate of Downton Abbey, depicts the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in the post-Edwardian era — with the great events in history having an effect on their lives and the British social hierarchy in general. Such events depicted throughout the whole series include the news of the sinking of the RMS Titanic in the first series; the outbreaks of World War I, the Spanish influenza pandemic, and the Marconi scandal in the second series; and the Interwar period and the formation of the Irish Republic in the third series.

Downton Abbey has received critical acclaim from television critics and has won numerous accolades in its entire broadcast – including a Golden Globe Award for Best Miniseries or Television Film and a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Miniseries. It was recognised by Guinness World Records as the most critically acclaimed English-language television series of 2011, and became the international television series to receive the largest number of nominations in the history of the Primetime Emmy Awards, with twenty-seven in total. It was also the most watched television series on both ITV and PBS.

Nigel Owen

Nigel is a graduate from Birmingham University, Nigel has worked for about 8 years in the banking industry, until one day he discovered his passion for writing. It basically gives him the opportunity to enlighten himself about subjects and things that he normally might not come across.

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