The Gilded Age (TV series)

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The Gilded Age
GenrePeriod drama
Created byJulian Fellowes
Written byJulian Fellowes
Directed by
Starring
Composers
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes1
Production
Executive producers
Production companies
Release
Original networkHBO
Original releaseJanuary 24, 2022 (2022-01-24) –
present (present)
External links
Website

The Gilded Age is a historical drama television series created by Julian Fellowes for HBO that is set in the United States during the Gilded Age, the boom years of 1880s New York City. Originally announced in 2018 for NBC, it was later announced in May 2019 that the show was moved to HBO.[1] The series premiered on January 24, 2022.[2]

Cast and characters

Main

  • Christine Baranski as Agnes van Rhijn, a proud and stubborn old money Dutch-American socialite clinging to the old values of New York City's elite
  • Cynthia Nixon as Ada Brook, sister of Agnes and reliant upon her charity
  • Carrie Coon as Bertha Russell, determined to use her money and position to break into a polite society that resists change at every turn
  • Morgan Spector as George Russell, a classic robber baron representing "new money"
  • Denée Benton as Peggy Scott, a young ambitious African-American writer returning home after finishing her education
  • Louisa Jacobson as Marian Brook, penniless and sent to live with her estranged aunts
  • Taissa Farmiga as Gladys Russell, innocent and naive, yet ready to be treated as an adult
  • Blake Ritson as Oscar van Rhijn, Agnes van Rhijn's charismatic son who does not return her adulation
  • Simon Jones as Bannister, the Van Rhijns' butler
  • Harry Richardson as Larry Russell, recent Harvard University graduate eager to make his way in the world
  • Thomas Cocquerel as Tom Raikes, a sensible young lawyer, smitten when he meets Marian, his late client's orphaned daughter
  • Jack Gilpin as Church, the Russell family's butler, evading his past by excelling at his job

Recurring

  • Jeanne Tripplehorn as Sylvia Chamberlain
  • Patrick Page as Richard Clay, George Russell's loyal secretary.[3]
  • Douglas Sills as Monsieur Baudin, the chef of the Russell house.[3]
  • Amy Forsyth as Caroline Astor, the handsome daughter of one of the most powerful women in New York City.[3]
  • Taylor Richardson as Bridget, the Brook house maid, troubled by an abusive past [3]
  • Kelley Curran as Turner, Bertha's ambitious American lady's maid, who does not intend to be a servant all her days[3]
  • Ben Ahlers as Jack Treacher, footman of the Brook house[3]
  • Nathan Lane as Ward McAllister, the ultimate arbiter of social rules and style in old New York. McAllister maintained an elite list of the creme de la creme of New York society known as "The Four Hundred".

Guest

Episodes

No.Title [7]Directed byWritten byOriginal air date [7]U.S. viewers
(millions)
1"Never the New"Michael EnglerJulian FellowesJanuary 24, 2022 (2022-01-24)0.463[8]
2"Money Isn't Everything"TBATBAJanuary 31, 2022 (2022-01-31)TBD
3"Face the Music"TBATBAFebruary 7, 2022 (2022-02-07)TBD
4"A Long Ladder"TBATBAFebruary 14, 2022 (2022-02-14)TBD
5"Charity Has Two Functions"TBATBAFebruary 21, 2022 (2022-02-21)TBD
6"Heads Have Rolled for Less"[9]TBATBAFebruary 28, 2022 (2022-02-28)TBD
7"Irresistible Change"[10]TBATBAMarch 7, 2022 (2022-03-07)TBD
8"Tucked Up in Newport"[11]TBATBAMarch 14, 2022 (2022-03-14)TBD
9"Let the Tournament Begin"[12]TBATBAMarch 21, 2022 (2022-03-21)TBD

Production

Development

In September 2012, The Daily Telegraph reported Julian Fellowes as saying that he was working on a spin-off prequel of Downton Abbey. Initially conceived as a book, it was then planned for pick-up by ITV. At the time, Fellowes planned to focus the show around Lord Grantham and Cora's romance and eventual marriage as the Earl and Countess of Grantham.[13]

Production and writing for The Gilded Age was updated in January 2016. Asked whether he'd written the script yet, Fellowes said, 'No I haven't, no. I'm doing that this year', before adding: 'And then hopefully shooting at the end of the year.'"[14]

On June 4, 2016, Fellowes was asked by The Los Angeles Times, "Where does The Gilded Age stand?" Fellowes replied, "It stands really with me up to my neck in research, and I'm clearing the decks, so that when I start Gilded Age, I'm only doing Gilded Age. These people were extraordinary. You can see why they frightened the old guard, because they saw no boundaries. They wanted to build a palace, they built a palace. They wanted to buy a yacht, they bought a yacht. And the old guard in New York weren't like that at all, and suddenly this whirlwind of couture descended on their heads. They redesigned being rich. They created a rich culture that we still have—people who are rich are rich in a way that was established in America in the 1880s, '90s, 1900s. It was different from Europe. Something like Newport would never have happened in any other country, where you have huge palaces, and then about 20 yards away, another huge palace, and 20 yards beyond that another huge palace. In England right up to the 1930s, when people made good money, they would buy an estate of 5,000 acres and they'd have to look after Nanny. The Americans of the 1880s and '90s didn't want too much of that."[15]

The final confirmation the show would be produced was announced by NBC in January 2018.[16] NBC originally announced that the show would consist of ten episodes and premiere in 2019.[16][17] About the show, Fellowes stated: "To write The Gilded Age is the fulfillment of a personal dream, I have been fascinated by this period of American history for many years and now NBC has given me the chance to bring it to a modern audience. I could not be more excited and thrilled. The truth is, America is a wonderful country with a rich and varied history, and nothing could give me more pleasure than be the person to bring that compelling history to the screen."[18]

In May 2019, the series moved from NBC to HBO, with a straight to series order.[19] The series premiered on January 24, 2022, and consist of nine episodes.[2]

Casting

In September 2019, the production announced an initial cast consisting of Christine Baranski, Cynthia Nixon, Amanda Peet and Morgan Spector.[20]

In November 2019, it was announced that Denée Benton, Louisa Jacobson, Taissa Farmiga, Blake Ritson and Simon Jones would be joining the show.[21] In January 2020, Harry Richardson, Thomas Cocquerel and Jack Gilpin were cast as series regulars, with Jeanne Tripplehorn cast in a recurring role.[22][23] In April Carrie Coon was cast as Bertha Russell to replace Peet because of delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.[24]

In January 2021, Nathan Lane joined the cast in a recurring role.[25]

Filming

Following the move to HBO, the series was expected to begin filming in March 2020,[26][27] before the COVID-19 pandemic delayed production.

Filming of the series began in Newport, Rhode Island in February 2021, at the mansions Chateau-sur-Mer, The Elms, and The Breakers.[28] A casting call for Rhode Islanders to work as extras on the series was made in December 2020 prior to the production setting up in the city.[29]

In April 2021, filming continued at The Lyndhurst Estate in Tarrytown, NY and the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, NY. In May 2021, filming continued in Troy, NY in its Central Troy Historic District where multiple city blocks were transformed to resemble a Victorian era street.[30]

Controversy

On May 21, 2021, the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFM) filed a charge for unfair labor practices against HBO and its Gilded Age production. The union claimed musicians were fired after asking they be represented by AFM.[31] Two days later HBO agreed to cover the members "on an AFM basis".[32]

Reception

Critical response

On Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds a "Certified Fresh" 84% approval rating based on 31 reviews, with an average rating of 7.1/10. The site's critical consensus reads: "Julian Fellowes' brand of upstairs, downstairs intrigue makes a seamless transatlantic transition in The Gilded Age, with an outstanding cast making the travails of the rich a compelling watch."[33] On Metacritic, the series has a score of 72 out of 100, based on 24 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews."[34]

Ratings

Viewership and ratings per episode of The Gilded Age
No. Title Air date Rating
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "Never the New" January 24, 2022 0.03 0.463[8] TBD TBD TBD TBD

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