Julian Fellowes

‘Downton Abbey’ Creator Julian Fellowes Developing Series About the Rothschild Dynasty

Julian Fellows during "Downton Abbey" Season 6 promotion (Photo: Masterpiece/Carnival Films)

While we all doubtless still miss mega-popular period drama Downton Abbey, its creator Julian Fellowes seems to be working hard to fill the Highclere-shaped hole in all our hearts.

There’s The Gilded Age, his NBC new series that will premiere in 2019 and focus on the world of New York business tycoons and the rise of “new money” in late nineteenth century America. Beyond that, it sounds as though Fellowes will focus his attention on telling the story of one of the richest families in history.

According to Deadline, Fellowes is developing another new series called Five Arrows, which will focus on the Rothschild banking dynasty. This ultimate “rags-to-riches” tale follows a family who, in one generation, rose from humble beginnings to amass the largest private fortune the world had ever seen.

Julian Fellowes' New Series ‘Doctor Thorne’ Comes to America on Amazon Prime

Is it wrong that I think I'm most excited about the costumes in "Doctor Thorne"? (Photo: Courtesy of the Weinstein Company)

Even though many people are probably still deep in their Downton Abbey withdrawal following the conclusion of the show’s run earlier this year, there is hope for those looking for a period drama fix from within the same family. Downton creator Julian Fellowes new series Doctor Thorne, which premiered in the UK earlier this year, is coming to America!

The three-part period drama, now titled Julian Fellowes Presents Doctor Thorne will premiere on Amazon’s Prime Video service beginning May 20

Get a Look at Julian Fellowes’ New Post ‘Downton’ Drama ‘Doctor Thorne’

Everyone in "Doctor Thorne" DOES look quite posh... (Photo: ITV)

Even though fans here in the U.S. are still deep in the start of our mourning period for Downton Abbey, which just wrapped up its six year run on Masterpiece, creator Julian Fellowes’ next project is already here.

His first post-Downton project is (no surprise) also a splashy period piece called Doctor Thorne. The three-part drama, adapted from the Anthony Trollope novel of the same name, kicked off on ITV in the UK this past weekend, and looks like a lot of fun. The ensemble cast is full of familiar faces, including Rev’s Tom Hollander, Deadwood’s Ian McShane, Community’s Allison Brie and more. 

‘Downton Abbey’s’ Julian Fellowes to Adapt Trollope’s ‘Doctor Thorne’ for ITV

Yes, Downton Abbey is ending after next season, but creator Julian Fellowes already has his next iron in the fire. The man behind the megahit costume drama is set to adapt another period piece, based on Anthony Trollope’s novel Doctor Thorne.

The novel tells the story of Thomas Thorne, who lives in the village of Greshamsbury in Barsetshire, with his beautiful niece, Mary, a girl blessed with every gift – except, as it always seems to go in these instances, money. Mary Thorne has grown up alongside the Gresham sisters – Augusta, Beatrice and Alexandrina and their handsome brother Frank – whose home is the great house and estate at Greshamsbury Park.

Downton Abbey Creator Weighs in on the Dan Stevens Thing

Though it's now several months later, the exit of popular leading man Dan Stevens still has Downton Abbey fans reeling the world over. Even Downton creator Julian Fellowes doesn’t seem to be doing a lot better, since even he doesn’t seem too thrilled by the way that certain events at the end of Series 3 shook out.

In a new interview with UK paper The Express, Fellowes contends that he did everything he could to get keep Stevens on the show, but, alas, it was just not to be.

Will Julian Fellowes Give America Our Own Downton Abbey? And Will Americans Watch It?

Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes is currently developing an American period drama for NBC, focused on New York City in the 19th century. Tentatively known as The Gilded Age, it would appear that the drama is set to give Manhattan society in the 1880s the American version of the Downton treatment.

Per the press release, the series is described as “an epic tale of the princes of the American Renaissance, and the vast fortunes they made—and spent—in late nineteenth-century New York.” The Gilded Age will doubtless present the many professional challenges and personal tribulations of America’s first millionaires who helped shaped the city and pioneered innovations in business, transportation and industry.

"This was a vivid time," Fellowes said,"with dizzying, brilliant ascents and calamitous falls, of record-breaking ostentation and savage rivalry; a time when money was king." Per the Daily Mail online (which, as always take with a grain of salt), The Gilded Age could screen as early as Fall 2013. The Mail further speculates that Fellowes’ new drama could include fictionalized versions of famous figures like J.P. Morgan, John D. Rockefeller, Andrew Carnegie or Cornelius Vanderbilt.

The concept sounds intriguing – but is it something that Americans will watch?