Monday, January 24, 2022

PREMIUM SPOTLIGHT ON JULIAN FELLOWES' NEW 19TH CENTURY NEW YORK SET COSTUME SERIES THE GILDED AGE WHICH STARTS NEXT WEEK FILLED WITH BALLS, GOWNS AND SPLENDOUR

 THE GILDED AGE SERIES 
STARTS NEXT WEEK
New series starts this Monday on HBO Max
First reactions on this one are mixed, from some praising its lavish looks to some comparing it to watching the paint dry, but you will be able to judge for yourself as new nine episode historical series THE GILDED AGE coming from Julian Fellowes is coming to HBO Monday January 24th and then the next day to Sky in UK as well.
It begins in 1882, with young Marian Brook (Louisa Jacobson), the orphaned daughter of a Union general who moves into the New York City home of her thoroughly old money aunts Agnes van Rhijn (Christine Baranski) and Ada Brook (Cynthia Nixon). Marian inadvertently becomes caught up in a social war between one of her aunts, a scion of the old money
New Julian Fellowes' series will air in nine hourlong episodes
set, and her stupendously rich neighbors, the ruthless railroad tycoon and his ambitious wife, George and Bertha Russell, plus their son Larry.
 BERTHA RUSSELL
Played by Carrie Coon, she is determined to use her money and position to break into a polite society that resists change at every turn. She is ambitious and desperate to join the cream of society and not entirely likeable. She enjoys egalitarian marriage with George.

GEORGE RUSSELL
Played by Morgan Spector he is a classic robber baron representing "new money". He is a wealthy and ruthless railroad tycoon. He takes pleasure in every part of his life with huge vitality. Sometimes he can be a bit vile too.

AGNES VAN RHIJN
Played by Christine Baranski, she is a proud and stubborn old money Dutch-American socialite clinging to the old values of New York City's elite. She is the pillar of the established upper class and a sort of a snob. 

 MARIAN BROOK
Played by Louisa Jacobson (a rather bland face, who happens to be Meryl Streep's daughter, nepotism much?) Marian Brook is penniless and sent to live with her estranged aunts! She is a sensible and kind pragmatist, except in love.
 
 ADA BROOK
Played by Cynthia Nixon, she is optimistic, unmarried sister of Agnes and reliant upon her charity. She is middle aged, but has a heart of a girl. She is excited about the arrival of her niece, as she has no children of her own.
 
PEGGY SCOTT
Played by Denée Benton, she is a young ambitious writer returning home after finishing her education. She is one of the first people that Marian meets upon her arrival in New York. Peggy  does not care what the society thinks.
 
TOM RAIKES
Played by Australian hunkster and actor Thomas Cocquerel! He is a very charming and decent, young lawyer from Pennsylvania who is smitten with Marian, despite Agnes’ disapproval. He moves to New York to be close to her and work there.

OSCAR VAN RHIJN
Played by Blake Ritson who is well known to the fans of historical and period set shows and dramas.The prodigal son of Agnes is a man about town with a few secrets of his own. He is secretly in a gay relationship with his best friend Adams.

LARRY RUSSELL
Played by Poldark's Harry Richardson. Having just returned from Harvard, the debonair son of George and Bertha is starting to meet all the right people while he tries to sort the path he will take with his life. He actually wants to be an architect.

WHO ELSE IS IN THE CAST?
Set in the boom years of the 1880's New York, the series will also feature Taissa Farmiga as Gladys Russell, innocent and naive, yet ready to be
Taissa Farmiga is Gladys Russell
treated as an adult, Blake Ritson as Oscar van Rhijn, Agnes van Rhijn's charismatic son who does not return her adulation, Simon Jones as
Michael Cerveris is Watson, George's valet
Bannister, the Van Rhijns' butler, Harry Richardson as Larry Russell, recent Harvard University graduate eager to make his way in the world,
Ben Ahlers is Jack Trotter, Van Rhijn's footman
Thomas Cocquerel as Tom Raikes, a sensible young lawyer, smitten when he meets Marian, his late client's orphaned daughter, Jack Gilpin as Church,
Simon Jones is Bannister, Van Rhijn's butler
the Russell family's butler, evading his past by excelling at his job, with Jane Tripplehorn and Nathan Lane also as guest stars. The series was originally
Jack Gilpin is Church, the butler of the Russells
planned for ITV ten years ago, then it moved to NBC and then to HBO and Sky.  Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think:
 

10 comments:

  1. I mean, it doesn't look too terrible and it has a great cast, but whoever hired Cynthia Nixon for this one should be smacked over the head. I just don't think I can sit through any film that she's in so I'll end up passing on this one.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. She is so vile and disgusting, and Meryl' daughter is so shockingly bland, but I do love Harry, Blake and Cocquerel.

      Delete
  2. Eh, it's not my kind of show but I'm sure others will enjoy it.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I think they will, even though I'm not overly thrilled, Fellowes is usually terrible, his last one Belgravia was utter crap, but I did like The English Game.

      Delete
  3. I’m not sure if it’s as bad as paint drying, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to see it. I’ll second the Cynthia Nixon comment, too.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. She is defo the most despised actress in the world after Kirsten Stewart.

      Delete
  4. We don't have sky or hbo...so it's out for us.

    ReplyDelete
  5. 1980's and 1990's costumes (clothes) are very popular among the youth here, even we have boutiques that sell clothes from Fashion of 1980's and 90's . I think these kind of film series affect on people. These film series from 19th century looks different. I like these clothes but i dont think so i wear any of them. LOL.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I hate the revival of the frumpy 80s clothes and wish they would go away soon :)

      Delete

GIVE SOME LOVE TO YOUR DEZZY :)