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Do you watch Downton Abbey? Are you aware of Julian Fellowes and Gareth Neame; creators of Downton Abbey? Well, they have another costume drama series in the works! Hooray!

NBC is working with Downton Abbey creative team Julian Fellowes and Gareth Neame on The Gilded Age, a costume drama set in 1880s New York.

The 10-episode series is scheduled to begin airing in 2019. No casting has been announced yet.

"To write The Gilded Age is the fulfillment of a personal dream," Fellowes said in a statement Wednesday. "I have been fascinated by this period of American history for many years and now NBC has given me the chance to bring it to a modern audience. I could not be more excited and thrilled. The truth is, America is a wonderful country with a rich and varied history, and nothing could give me more pleasure than be the person to bring that compelling history to the screen."

"Julian Fellowes has the peerless ability to create complex characters and relationships set against a fantastic backdrop," added Jennifer Salke, president of NBC Entertainment. "We're thrilled that NBC and Universal Television will bring you his delicious new take on both the emerging rich and the working class who were intricately entwined in opulent New York in 1882. It's an addictive new universe of fabulous people with the same signature style, wit and emotional resonance for which Julian is famous."

Downton Abbey, which was set in the English countryside in the early 20th century, initially ran 2010-15 on ITV in the United Kingdom and PBS in the United States.

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Steve


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Mark Salling, 'Glee' star dead from apparent suicide at 35
Glee alum Mark Salling died Tuesday from an apparent suicide at the age of 35.

Salling's death of an apparent suicide was confirmed by the Los Angeles Police Department to Us Weekly.

The actor's body was found near a riverbed in the Sunland-Turjunga neighborhood of Los Angeles, the area where he lived, TMZ reported.

"I can confirm that Mark Salling passed away early this morning. Mark was a gentle and loving person, a person of great creativity, who was doing his best to atone for some serious mistakes and errors of judgment," his attorney Michael Proctor said to People magazine. "He is survived by his mother and father, and his brother. The Salling family appreciates the support they have been receiving and asks for their privacy to be respected."

Salling was awaiting sentencing after he pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography in October. He faced four to seven years in prison as part of a plea bargain.

He pleaded guilty to "one felony count of possession of child pornography involving a prepubescent minor" and also faced 20 years of supervised release, $50,000 in restitution pay to each of his victims and to register as a sex offender.

Salling appeared on Glee as Noah "Puck" Puckerman between 2009 and 2015. He also starred in an episode of Walker, Texas Ranger and in Children of the Corn IV: The Gathering.


Tom Hanks to portray Mister Rogers in 'You Are My Friend'
Tom Hanks is set to portray late children's television personality Mister Rogers in an upcoming biopic titled You Are My Friend.

TriStar Pictures has acquired the rights to the film which will be directed by Diary of a Teenage Girl helmer Marielle Heller, Deadline reported. Production will begin in September.

You Are My Friend is scripted by Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster. The film is based on the real-life friendship between Mister Rogers, real name Fred Rogers, and award-winning journalist Tom Junod, noted The Hollywood Reporter.

Junod begrudgingly accepted an assignment to write a profile piece on Rogers and found his perspective on life transformed during the process.

Rogers hosted Mister Rogers' Neighborhood on PBS from 1968-2000. He died at the age of 74 in 2003 from stomach cancer.

The series will celebrate its 50th anniversary in February. A documentary on the program from Focus Features titled Won't You Be My Neighbor?, recently premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.


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"We are a bunch of silly, good-hearted people. So whatever squabbles and drama that is created between us - of which there is - it all has a quality of like of a dysfunctional family."
--David Harbour, on the Stranger Things cast, to PEOPLE



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Who did Debra Messing say will play Grace's dad on 'Will & Grace'?


David Schwimmer 'really' doubts 'Friends' revival will happen
Former Friends star David Schwimmer says he "really" doubts a revival will happen.

The 51-year-old actor, who played Ross Gellar on the NBC series, discussed the possibility of a reunion on Monday's episode of Megyn Kelly Today after a fake movie trailer went viral.

"Look, the thing is, I just don't know if I want to see all of us with crutches [and] walkers," Schwimmer joked to host Megyn Kelly.

"I doubt it, I really doubt it," he said of the prospect. "But thank you for asking, and moving on!"

A YouTube video titled "Friends (2018) Movie Teaser Trailer #1" received over 8.6 million views this month. Some believed the video, which featured clips of Friends stars in other films and shows, was a real trailer.

Friends starred Schwimmer, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc and Matthew Perry, and had a 10-season run on NBC. Perry, who portrayed Chandler Bing, said in June that he would say no to a reunion.

"I have this nightmare that we do Friends again and nobody cares," the actor told Variety. "We do a whole series, we come back, and nobody cares about it. So if anybody asks me, I'm gonna say no."

"The thing is: We ended on such a high. We can't beat it. Why would we go and do it again?" he explained.

Kudrow, who played Phoebe Buffay, said on Today in February 2017 that she had reunited with the cast at a private gathering. The actress said she "had such a good time" laughing "nonstop" with her co-stars over dinner.


Shannen Doherty hopes 'Charmed' reboot will 'respect' original
Shannen Doherty hopes the Charmed reboot will "respect" the original show.

The 46-year-old actress weighed in on the new series on Twitter after former co-star Holly Marie Combs slammed The CW project.

"I hope they respect the original and listen to you all and make a show that's inspired by charmed that focuses on what's important in life," she wrote in response to fan questions and comments about the reboot.

Doherty said she was "intrigued" by the reboot's potential to comfort and inspire a new generation of viewers, in addition to the show providing "more great roles for women."

"Im intrigued by the idea that a new generation might be comforted, inspired like all you were. Charmed helped us all in some way," the star wrote.

"I love charmed. I also want it to be respected. I'm simply choosing to be constructive about it because negativity has no place in my life," she added.

Doherty was largely optimistic, although she took issue with The CW describing the show as a "feminist reboot of the original series."

"Their wording is terrible and a bit offensive. But, everyone makes mistakes. Perhaps with the backlash they will be more thoughtful in the future," she wrote.

The original Charmed starred Doherty, Combs, Alyssa Milano as sisters Prue, Piper and Phoebe Halliwell, with Rose McGowan later joining the series as the trio's half-sister, Paige Matthews. Combs criticized the reboot in a tweet last week.

"Here's the thing. Unless you ask us to rewrite it like Brad Kern did weekly don't even think of capitalizing on our hard work," the actress wrote. "Charmed belongs to the 4 of us, our vast amount of writers, crews and predominately the fans. FYI you will not fool them by owning a title/stamp. So bye."


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Who did Debra Messing say will play Grace's dad on 'Will & Grace'?

Debra Messing announced on Instagram Monday that Robert Klein will be taking over the role of Grace's dad on Will & Grace.

"BIG NEWS! The comic Legend Robert Klein is playing Grace's dad!" Messing said alongside a selfie before commenting on her history with the actor as they both appeared on NBC's short-lived series, The Mysteries of Laura.

"So happy because as any Mysteries of Laura fans know, Robert was my dad on MOL too!" she continued.

Alan Arkin previously appeared as Grace's father in one episode titled "It's a Dad, Dad, Dad, Dad World" which premiered in May 2005.

"The Great Alan Arkin was not able to return as dad so we feel very lucky to have Robert. Blythe Danner is BACK as Will's mom! #Adlerfamily," Messing said.

It was recently announced that Jennifer Lopez will also be guest starring on the Will & Grace revival.

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