by Lisa de Moraes
January 19, 2015 11:21am
Bad news, Downton Abbey fans. PBS declined to discuss the future of the period drama
beyond next January’s Season 6, at Winter TV Press Tour 2015. On Friday, NBC Chairman Bob Greenblatt announced Julian Fellowes’ long-awaited NBC period drama The Gilded Age had been put on the front burner – disturbing news for Downton fans, given that Fellowes writes every episode of the PBS hit.
“I think he’s at a point now where he’s able to start developing and writing our new show,” Greenblatt said during NBC’s portion of the tour. “Hopefully this show will be coming to life sometime in the next season.”
Greenblatt first had announced Gilded Age more than two years ago, lining up Downton’s creator to create and EP a fictional saga about New York millionaires in the late 19th century. (Downton is produced by Carnival Films, which NBCU subsequently bought.) Gilded Age was put on hold with Downton’s success.