Does Julian Fellowes’ new period drama mean the end of Downton Abbey?

The Gilded Age will arrive on American network NBC "next season"

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NBC’s new period drama The Gilded Age looks set to become a reality sooner rather than later.

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Downton Abbey writer Julian Fellowes has been lined up to create and executive produce The Gilded Age for a few years, but the project was paused to allow Fellowes to continue working on Downton Abbey.

Now though, NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt thinks Fellowes is “at a point where he’s able to start developing and writing” the new show.

“Hopefully this show will be coming to life sometime in the next season,” he added, of the series which is set in the world of the New York elite during the 1880s.

But don’t get excited, Downton Abbey fans. This could be bad news. Rather than there being two Julian Fellowes dramas on the go at once, the start of production on The Gilded Age probably means an end for Downton Abbey.

In fact, Fellowes recently told The Telegraph: “[The Gilded Age] will happen when Downton finishes, because I just couldn’t do both at once.”

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So if NBC are expecting The Gilded Age to come to life “sometime in the next season”, this could very well mean that series six will be the last we’ll see of Downton Abbey…