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Downton Abbey: NBC announces creator Julian Fellowes will create new period drama

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Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (R), accompanied by Julian Fellowes (L) and an academy director, watches a performance as she visits the Royal Academy of Arts in central London, on May 23, 2012.

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Carl Court

'Downton Abbey' creator Julian Fellowes has signed a deal with NBC to create a new period drama about the Gilded Age in New York.

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NBC said the new television show, “The Gilded Age,” will be an “epic tale of the princes of the American Renaissance, and the vast fortunes they made — and spent — in late 19th century New York,” the New York Times reported.

Fellowes will continue to produce the popular 'Downton Abbey' series for PBS.

In a released statement, he said “This was a vivid time with dizzying, brilliant ascents and calamitous falls, of record-breaking ostentation and savage rivalry; a time when money was king.”

NBC did not say when the program would air.

Meanwhile, 'Downton' fans were happy to learn this weekend that the program was renewed for a fourth season. It currently airs in the UK on ITV, and the third season will start airing in the US on Jan. 6. on PBS, Entertainment Weekly wrote.