“Gilded Age,” a term given by Mark Twain for the last few decades of the 19th century. It was the deafening time period after the American Civil War, where America was becoming the super power in the world with all its growth in different sectors such as economic, industrial, technological and even political. With all its positive growth the downfalls were also noticeable. It showed the rise in the American philanthropy, corruption, expansion in personal wealth, women’s suffrage and even this era is referred to as the “nadir of American race relations” as it showed the worst conditions of racism.
HBO is bringing back The Gilded Age with its new nine-part costume drama TV series. This new period drama series is set in New York during the 1880s. The series is developed by Julian Fellowes who is also the creator of ‘Downton Abbey’ and it is made very clear that The Gilded Age is not a prequel to ‘Downton Abbey’ in fact the new show is set much before this one. As per HBO, “The story starts in 1882 introducing Louisa Jacobson as young Marian Brook, an orphaned daughter of a Union General who moves to New York to her new home of her thoroughly old-money aunts Agnes van Rhijn and Ada Brook. Accompanied by Peggy Scott, an accomplished African-American woman. Marian inadvertently becomes enmeshed in a social war between one of her aunts, a scion of the old money set, and her stupendously rich neighbors, a ruthless railroad tycoon and his ambitious wife, George and Bertha Russell.” In this new establishing world of modernity, will Marian make her own path or follow the already set rules of her aunt?
MAJOR CAST OF THE GILDED AGE:
- Christine Baranski as Agnes van Rhijn
- Cynthia Nixon as Ada Brook
- Denée Benton as Peggy Scott
- Louisa Jacobson as Marian Brook
The show was originally announced for National Broadcasting Company (NBC) in 2018 but in May 2019 the show was moved to HBO. It is still not unwrapped when the show will be released but from the sources it is highly predicted to be premiered in 2021.