The Guilded Age: Everything you need to know about the new Downton Abbey

Apr 6, 2015 at 3:19 p.m. ET
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Downton Abbey may be ending after the 6th season, but that doesn't mean it's the end of the historical dramatics we've come to obsess over.

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Downton Abbey writer and creator Julian Fellowes announced he's developing a new historical drama, which has been dubbed the American Downton Abbey.

The series, called The Guilded Age, is set in the late 19th century in New York, according to The Hollywood Reporter, and is set to air on NBC.

And while Dame Maggie Smith won't be appearing in the series, her character the Dowager Countess Violet Crawley just might.

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"Robert... would be in his early teens, Cora would be a child. A young Violet could make an appearance," Fellowes hinted, though he admitted he hasn't even started writing the new series yet. Fellowes said that while he has obvious ideas for the characters and where he wants to take the drama, he doesn't want to start devoting himself to the new project until Downton's sixth and final season is complete.

What we do know is that the show will focus on characters in the upper echelons of New York's society during America's industrial boom. And, like Downton, the series will be fiction with some historically accurate backdrops in setting and time period. Is anyone else thinking Gossip Girl meets Downton Abbey here? Because that's definitely where my mind went.

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So, no Smith in the new series or in the final season of Downton, but don't give up hope just yet. We most likely haven't heard the last of witty one-liners from the Dowager Countess, meaning if you weren't excited about this new series before, you definitely should be now.

Do you think The Guilded Age could replace the space Downton Abbey holds in your heart?