HBO has revealed the first teaser for Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes’ newest period drama titled The Gilded Age, starring Christine Baranski, Carrie Coon, Morgan Spector, and more. The series is scheduled to make its debut on January 24, 2022.
The Gilded Age teaser, which you can check out below, highlights the rivalry between wealthy families from old money and new money as they fight for power within New York’s elite society.
In a new world, a new age is about to begin.
— HBO (@HBO) November 18, 2021
The Gilded Age is created and executive produced by Julian Fellowes from a screenplay he co-wrote with Sonja Warfield. The series will star Christine Baranski, Cynthia Nixon, Morgan Spector, Taissa Farmiga, Denée Benton, Louisa Jacobson, Blake Ritson, Simon Jones, Harry Richardson, Thomas Cocquerel, and Jack Gilpin.
“The American Gilded Age was a period of immense economic change, of great conflict between the old ways and brand new systems, and of huge fortunes made and lost,” reads the synopsis. “Against the backdrop of this transformation, the HBO 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). Exposed to a world on the brink of the modern age, will Marian follow the established rules of society, or forge her own path?”
Rounding out the cast are Ben Ahlers, Michael Cerveris, Kelley Curran, Claybourne Elder, Linda Emond, Katie Finneran, Amy Forsyth, Michel Gill, Ward Horton, Bill Irwin, Sullivan Jones, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Nathan Lane, Audra McDonald, Debra Monk, Donna Murphy, Kristine Nielsen, Kelli O’Hara, Patrick Page, Taylor Richardson, Douglas Sills, John Douglas Thompson, Jeanne Tripplehorn, and Erin Wilhelmi.
The Gilded Age is executive produced by Warfield, Gareth Neame, David Crockett, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, and Micheal Engler, with the latter two also serving as directors. It is a co-production between HBO and Universal Television.