HBO Renews Julian Fellowes Period Drama ‘The Gilded Age’

The HBO period drama “The Gilded Age” has been renewed for a second season.

From creator Julian Fellowes (“Downton Abbey”), the series debuted on Jan. 24 with episodes currently streaming on HBO Max. The nine-episode first season stars Carrie Coon, Morgan Spector, Louisa Jacobson, Denée Benton, Taissa Farmiga, Blake Ritson, Simon Jones, Harry Richardson, Thomas Cocquerel, Jack Gilpin, Cynthia Nixon and Christine Baranski.

The season one finale will air March 21.
The series explores inhabitants of the American Gilded Age, a period of immense economic change, of great conflict between the old ways and new systems, and of huge fortunes made and lost. The series begins in 1882 with young Marian Brook (Jacobson) moving from rural Pennsylvania to New York City after the death of her father to live with her thoroughly old money aunts Agnes van Rhijn (Baranski) and Ada Brook (Nixon). Accompanied by Peggy Scott (Benton), an aspiring writer seeking a fresh start, 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 (Spector) and Bertha Russell (Coon).

The first episode of “The Gilded Age” premiered as HBO’s best Monday night debut since “Chernobyl,” according to an HBO press release. 

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“Julian Fellowes and the entire ‘Gilded Age’ family have thoroughly captivated us with their tale of late 19th century New York City extravagance,” Francesca Orsi, EVP of HBO programming, said in a statement. “Along with our partners at Universal Television, we couldn’t be prouder to embark on a season two journey with this extraordinarily talented team.”
“The first season of ‘The Gilded Age’ is the beginning of an epic story that introduced a fascinating world full of intriguing characters,” Erin Underhill, president of Universal Television, said in a statement. “The scope of Julian’s vision is ambitious, and we’re thrilled to continue to explore the depths of this fascinating era with HBO.”

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