3 Reasons to Watch the Creators HBO Drama ‘Downton Abbey’

This is an excerpt from the 2022 Preview issue of TV Guide Magazine. For more insider news on what’s coming to TV and streaming in the new year, catch the issue on newsstands on Thursday, January 13.

If you love Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes‘a lavish depiction of the life of an aristocratic family and their servants in early 20th century England, none other than his 1880s New York twist on the concept for the next addiction. your. Welcome to…Gilded Age.

The Gilded Age Season 1 Carrie Coon and Morgan Spector

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It looks like Downton in the US – but more upstairs than downstairs!

A gripping historical drama set in the post-Civil War era, when huge fortunes were created by industrial giants, some highly talented, others self-made. (Nothing says “We have the money” like a sparkling chandelier, which happens to pop up in the opening credits for both of them.) Downton and Gilding.) The new series focuses on a number of wealthy and pedigree families, including the famous Brook-Van Rhijns and the extremely accomplished Russells.

It’s time to embrace change.

“We accept only the old, not the new,” declared widow Agnes van Rhijn (Christine Baranski). Think: a named (albeit untitled) number à la Maggie SmithThe dowager queen’s countess, who is fighting, as Agnes puts it, “to stop the wave of vulgarities that threaten to engulf us.”

The Gilded Age Season 1 Louisa Jacobson and Denee Benton

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That danger would be her new Fifth Avenue neighbors, who had built a house luxurious enough to rival a French castle. George Russell (Morgan Spector) may not have a luxurious lineage, but the ruthless railroad magnate can destroy any opponent who dares to stand in his way. Meanwhile, his wife, Bertha (Carrie Coon), “Her energy can only be applied to social struggle, charity work and creating good marriages for her children,” says Coon. Although many in society mocked Bertha’s attempt to gain access, the actress defended her: “Today, she could already be a politician or a businessman in her own right. she.”

Fellowes agrees. “Agnes hates change because it is the old system that supports her ideas. Bertha, a child of the new, sees doors opening – and she intends to walk through them”.

The younger generation will check the status quo.

Agnes and her sister, sweet cameraman Ada Brook (Cynthia Nixon), adopts penniless granddaughter Marian (Louisa Jacobson, Meryl Streepher youngest daughter), who shocked them with her independent and questioning thinking. Two men seem to like Marian – the serious lawyer of his late father (Thomas Cocquerel) and the son of the Russells (Harry Richardson), a handsome charmer – but the rules governing the era don’t nourish romantic. “There is no such thing as dating, and a young couple is not allowed to be alone until they are engaged,” noted Fellowes.

Marian’s new friend Peggy Scott (Denée Benton) faces challenges posed by her gender and race: A bright, ambitious product of Brooklyn’s black middle class, she hopes. new enough world to accept her as a respected writer. Can the gilded age also proudly enlighten?

Gilded Age, Mass Premiere, USAonday, Jan 24, 9/8c, HBO

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Caroline Bleakley

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