From creator Julian Fellowes (“Downton Abbey”), HBO’s THE GILDED AGE debuts on Monday, January 24 at 9 pm on HBO and will be available to stream on HBO Max.
The series, which was written by Julian Fellowes and Sonja Warfield, and directed by Michael Engler and Salli Richardson-Whitfield, was filmed in and around Newport in early 2021.
The Preservation Society of Newport County recently shared that scenes were filmed at six of their properties.
The nine-episode drama series stars an ensemble cast of Carrie Coon, Morgan Spector, Denée Benton, Louisa Jacobson, Taissa Farmiga, Blake Ritson, Simon Jones, Harry Richardson, Thomas Cocquerel, Jack Gilpin, with Cynthia Nixon and Christine Baranski.
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“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. Against the backdrop of this transformation, HBO’s The Gilded Age 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?”
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Update from The Preservation Society of Newport County
Julian Fellowes’ “The Gilded Age” series puts Newport Mansions in spotlight
“The Gilded Age,” HBO’s new period drama series by “Downton Abbey” creator Julian Fellowes, will bring the opulence and elegance of the Newport Mansions to a worldwide audience starting Monday, January 24.
Scenes for the show were filmed in several of The Preservation Society of Newport County’s historic house museums from February to April 2021. While most of the drama is set in New York City, much of the scenery comes from the beautifully preserved interiors and exteriors of The Breakers, Marble House, The Elms, Rosecliff, Chateau-sur-Mer and Hunter House.
“We have been excited for a long time to see this first season of ‘The Gilded Age’ come to fruition,” Preservation Society CEO and Executive Director Trudy Coxe said. “Our houses are like time capsules where Gilded Age architecture and decor can be seen in all their glory, and the Preservation Society is honored that Lord Fellowes recognized the authenticity these settings lend to his stories.
“The plots may be fictional, but they are based on the historical reality of the Gilded Age. Nowhere is that reality better preserved than here in Newport,” Coxe added. “We are also grateful to Steven Feinberg at the Rhode Island Film and TV Office, who was instrumental in creating this opportunity.”
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. Against the backdrop of this transformation, HBO’s “The Gilded Age” begins in 1882 with young Marian Brook (Louisa 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 (Christine Baranski) and Ada Brook (Cynthia Nixon). Accompanied by Peggy Scott (Denée 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 (Morgan Spector) and Bertha Russell (Carrie 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? The show airs Mondays, January 24 through March 21, on HBO.
Update from Rhode Island Film & Television Office
On Monday, January 24, the Rhode Island Film & Television Office shared the following press release about The Gilded Age;
RHODE ISLAND SHINES IN NEW HBO SERIES “THE GILDED AGE”
The Rhode Island Film & TV Office is pleased to announce that Lord Julian Fellowes’ new HBO television drama series, The Gilded Age, which filmed in Newport and Warwick in early 2021, will have its world premiere on Monday, January 24, 2022.
Set in New York City and Newport, Rhode Island circa 1882, the series regulars will be Emmy-award and two-time Tony-award winner Christine Baranski (Cybil, Mamma Mia), Carrie Coon (Widows), Emmy winner Cynthia Nixon (Sex and the City), Morgan Spector (Homeland), Denée Benton (UnREAL), Louisa Jacobson (Gone Hollywood), Taissa Farmiga (The Twilight Zone 2019), Blake Ritson (Krypton), Simon Jones (Downtown Abbey), Harry Richardson (Poldark), Thomas Cocquerel (SeaChange) and Jack Gilpin (Billions). Rounding out the cast are Patrick Page (Hadestown), Douglas Sills (The Scarlet Pimpernel), Amy Forsyth (Beautiful Boy), Taylor Richardson (All Together Now), Kelley Curran (The Blacklist), and Ben Ahlers (When the Street Lights Go On).
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. Against the backdrop of this transformation, HBO’s The Gilded Age begins in 1882 with young Marian Brook (Louisa 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 (Christine Baranski) and Ada Brook (Cynthia Nixon). Accompanied by Peggy Scott (Denée 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 (Morgan Spector) and Bertha Russell (Carrie 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?
Creator, Writer and Executive Producer Lord Julian Fellowes stated, “One of the principal joys of filming The Gilded Age was the discovery of Newport, Rhode Island. I had heard of it, of course, but I never went there until now and I found a beautiful seaside town, filled with architectural marvels, and not only that, but the people were as kind and helpful as any filmmaker could wish. I look forward to returning as soon as it can possibly be arranged.”
Recurring cast includes three-time Tony award winner and Emmy nominee Nathan Lane (The Producers), Kelli O’Hara (Sex and the City), Donna Murphy (Tangled), Michael Cerveris (The Blacklist), Debra Monk (New Amsterdam), Katie Finneran (Brockmire), Celia Keegan-Bolger (Bull), Kristine Nielson (Little Voice), John Douglas Thompson (For Life) and special guest stars Audra McDonald (The Good Fight), Jeanne Tripplehorn (Basic Instinct) and Bill Irwin (Rachel Getting Married).
Executive Producer David Crockett said, “We are incredibly thankful for all of the collaborations we had in Rhode Island – from Steven Feinberg at the Film & Television Office, to the whole team at the Department of Business Regulations, to Trudy and Phil at the Newport Preservation Society and to the owners of numerous homes and business that welcomed us for housing, feeding and holding our cast and crew.”
The Gilded Age, a co-production between HBO and Universal Television (a division of the Universal Studio Group), is the brain-child of the acclaimed Downton Abbey team of Lord Fellowes, executive producer Gareth Neame and Michael Engler. David Crockett (The Town) also executive produces along with directors Michael Engler and Salli Richardson-Whitfield. Sonja Warfield is also on board as writer and co-executive producer.
Governor Daniel J. McKee said, “Rhode Island is very proud to have hosted the cast and crew of such a high-quality series as “The Gilded Age”. It’s great to see a production that showcases our beautiful Ocean State. With our unique landscape and talented local artists, Rhode Island is an ideal location to film a motion picture or television series. Every time a production shoots here we see a positive impact on our local businesses. This is the type of energy that keeps moving our economy forward.”
Steven Feinberg, Executive Director of the Rhode Island Film & TV Office, remarked “HBO’s The Gilded Age television series is a dream come true! Since its inception over a decade ago, we were tenacious to bring this very special production to the Ocean State. Our beautifully preserved mansions are priceless jewels and we always believed that Newport would be the ideal location for Lord Julian Fellowes’ tale and would help maximize his exquisite vision. Thankfully, he and his talented team agreed. Rhode Island is fortunate because we have superb collaborative partners in both the public and private sectors who enjoy building a positive environment for the creative economy to shine. We are particularly grateful to HBO for choosing to make television history here while providing good jobs for many local artists and hard-working technicians from across Rhode Island. This is exactly the result we’ve all been working towards for the past few years. We strongly believe the global audience’s enthusiasm for this entertaining series will boost Rhode Island tourism for many, many years to come!”
Speaker of the House K. Joseph Shekarchi (District 23, Warwick) commented “Newport has always been considered a treasure of Rhode Island and starting soon, when The Gilded Age debuts, the rest of the world will also recognize this fact that so many Rhode Islanders already know. The majesty of the Newport Mansions will be its own character alongside the internationally known actors and actresses who will be filling its grand halls and I am eagerly awaiting the recognition and tourism that this A-list production will bring to our state.”
Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio (District 4, North Providence, Providence) said “Rhode Island has always been a unique and beautiful place to live and work. It is also ideally suited to the needs of the film and television industry. Our small, compact size makes us accessible both in terms of coordinating with state and local agencies and businesses, and in working at locations ranging from city streets and historic homes and mansions to the shore and peaceful woodlands. We warmly welcome The Gilded Age to Rhode Island and greatly anticipate seeing our state grace the screen once again.”
Preservation Society of Newport County CEO & Executive Director Trudy Coxe stated, “It is impossible to overstate the importance of this decision for our work of historic preservation and awareness of Newport’s role in this important era in American history. The selection of the Newport Mansions for Julian Fellowes’ new television show demonstrates the quality of our efforts to keep these spectacular houses looking the way they did during the Gilded Age. Evidently, the producers believe they will serve as the perfect settings for the show’s stories. In addition, this production will have an incredible economic impact for Newport and Rhode Island.
Discover Newport CEO Evan Smith commented, “Discover Newport, on behalf of the local hospitality industry, cordially welcomes Sir Julian Fellowes, HBO, Universal Television and the entire cast and crew of The Gilded Age television series to the legendary shores of Newport and our historic city. What better way to brand a charming yet dazzling destination like Newport than through the magic of a television series spinning the tale of a glamorous moment in history, filmed in Newport’s estimable mansions. America’s Gilded Age – not to be forgotten but to be relived and visited for years to come – will come alive yet again through the hearts and minds of its characters. Kudos and thanks to the Rhode Island Film and Television Office for providing this global opportunity to welcome visitors, producers, directors, writers, actors and dreamers to our city.”
Secretary of Commerce Stefan Pryor stated, “We are proud that this important production has been filmed in Rhode Island – with thanks to the hard work of the Rhode Island Film and Television Office. Newport was an international star during the Gilded Age. It is entirely proper that this community – which remains a stellar destination – take center stage with this dazzling production.”
Newport Mayor Jeanne-Marie Napolitano said, “The City of Newport with its ocean views, beautiful vistas, and large estates, recognizes sharing these assets with others gives the viewing public a unique perspective on how history unfolded in the United States. Newport is extremely proud of its efforts of preservation through the years providing employment for our thriving arts community.”
Representative Marvin L. Abney, Chairman of the House Finance Committee (District 73 – Newport, Middletown) added, “We Rhode Islanders know about the beauty of Newport already, but once The Gilded Age premieres, our secret will be out and I could not be more pleased with this fact. It took a lot of hard-work and collaboration to bring this project to Newport and I thank everyone who was involved, and I cannot wait to witness the fruits of this labor once The Gilded Age reaches the public.”
Representative Lauren H. Carson (District 75 – Newport) said, “Once again, the wonderful and historic atmosphere of Newport will serve as a backdrop for a period drama. As we have in the past, Newport welcomes the arts and entertainment industries to our community. Our citizens know how special Newport is and seeing Newport on the screen will again be a wonderful experience to lighten up 2021, remind us how lucky we are to live here and share with HBO viewers. Welcome to Newport, The Gilded Age. Enjoy your stay in Newport.”
Senator Louis P. DiPalma (District 12 – Little Compton, Middletown, Newport, Tiverton) stated, “This truly is an exciting time for Newport and the state of Rhode Island. Newport will be showcased to the world, and I am grateful for all of those who were involved in bringing this first-rate production to Newport. Rhode Island and Newport have much to offer and now the rest of the country and world will be able to see that on their television screens.”
Senator Dawn Euer (District 13 – Newport, Jamestown) commented, “Those of us in modern-day Newport will be proud to see our city’s most beautiful and historic properties showcased as the rich backdrop for what is sure to be a visually stunning drama. And after such a difficult period for our economy, our small businesses will greatly appreciate the opportunity to support this production.”
The Gilded Age airs Mondays, January 24 through March 21, 2022, on HBO and HBO Max .