How Networks Are Breaking the Period-Piece Curse

Downton Abbey | Photo Credits: Carnival Film & Television Limited/Masterpiece

Downton Abbey transformed PBS from a sometimes stodgy channel into a destination network, drawing 5.4 million viewers for its second-season finale (doubling PBS’ primetime average). Now, Downton creator Julian Fellowes has signed with NBC to create The Gilded Age, his first series for American broadcast TV. NBC is betting that the drama will attract the same audience for its depiction of New York’s moguls of…

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