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Downton Abbey Executive Producer Gareth Neame Teases Final Season Will Be "Reflective Of All Six Seasons. Deceased Characters Continue To Be Referenced."

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While the sixth and final season of Downton Abbey will not air in the U.S till January 3rd of 2016, cast members and the executive producers were in Los Angeles this past weekend for the annual TCA (Television Critics Association) Summer Press Tour.

Downton Abbey has just two more weeks left of production back in the U.K, before everyone has to say their goodbyes to one another.  However, the actors have shot their last scene already at Highclere Castle, the backdrop for the Crawley family.

Series star Laura Carmichael (Edith) related via the Los Angeles Times: “It was strange saying goodbye to Highclere Castle because it felt like in a split second it wasn’t our home anymore.”

When asked what souvenir she would like to take with her from the series when it wraps, Emmy-winning star Joanna Froggatt (Anna) said: “The only souvenir I want to take home is Lady Mary, really — and Mr. Bates.”  While Elizabeth McGovern (Cora) chimed in: “I’ll miss the peace of it. In today’s world, we’re so inundated with information.  Oh, and I’ll miss being on a hit TV show.”

The series EP Gareth Neame said on what to expect for the show’s final season, that it will be: “Reflective of all six seasons. Deceased characters continue to be referenced.”

So, are you ready to say farewell to Downton Abbey? Hoping that the final season is filled with tears, angst, and romance? Share your thoughts below!

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k/kay

Never watched the show the first time not interested yawn

Mark Y

If you never watched it how can you be bored by it?

Llanviewer717

I am so looking forward to the return of Downton Abbey. I will be so sorry to see this wonderful program come to an end. It is entertainment excellence at every level.

abeeson01

I will definitely miss Downton Abbey… Have watch all seasons. I am really enjoying other shows that are part of Masterpiece Theater….

Michael Smith

The show is wonderful, witty and heart-tugging. It has elevated sophisticated serial storytelling and I will miss it terribly.

carol

Me too! It was by far my favorite tv show of all time. So sorry it can’t continue.

Shay

The Downton Abbey phenomenon was one of those most rare of instances where lightning simply struck and viewers were left mesmerized….it shall be near impossible to replace or replicate its success. This show’s departure from the PBS schedule shall definitely leave an abyss that no other program can possibly fill, and that includes Poldark, despite the rave reviews!

Rodd

I absolutely adore this show! I will miss it terribly and will cherish every episode in its final season.

We could use more excellent programs like this one.

I think our daytime head writers and the network suits could learn a thing or two from such shows.

maddiehayes

I just said something to that effect in another comment section .. DA has multi-generational stories, and their most popular character is an octagenarian! It has romance for young and old. And it is popular in 18-49. With nothing offensive. Younger viewers still love old-fashioned romance. It’s time the soaps took note.

Shay

Absolument, maddiehayes!!!!!! Everything you state is right on the mark, and may I also add that every Downton character seems to have a place on the canvas….there is very little waste of space or time on the unnecessary or simply decorative. That is an example that the GH folks sorely need to take note of and follow suit!!!!!! (Their “more” has certainly not made for the “merrier!”) As for Dame Maggie’s Dowager Countess, her portrayal is a glittering jewel of colossal wit and wisdom….she really should stage a one-woman show based upon Violet’s memoirs….’twould be a treat and a laugh riot!

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Downton Abbey Movie Project Moving Forward; Projected For Production In 2018

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It looks like all of those earlier reports months ago about a production being put together for Downton Abbey: The Movie, may finally becoming to fruition. Numerous items detail that motion picture project is moving forward with production slated for sometime next year.

Michael Edelstein, president at NBCUniversal International Studios, told the AP: “We are working on getting the script right and then we’ve got to figure out how to get the (cast) together. Because as you know, people go on and do other things. But we’re hopeful to make a movie sometime next year.”

Currently, the cast and writer Julian Fellowes have been on hand at the Downton Abbey exhibition which debuted in Singapore. However, some notable members of the company seemed surprised by the news including Laura Carmichael (Edith): “Well, tell my agent, because we’re still waiting to know. We’re hoping that will happen soon.”

Variety reports that an NBCUniversal spokesman confirmed the studio hopes to put the movie into production in 2018.

The Downton Abbey exhibition however, is set to travel to the United States and Australia with dates to be announced. (more…)

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SAG AWARD NOMINATIONS: Downton Abbey Scores Drama Series Ensemble Nod; This Is Us Star Sterling K. Brown Tapped For Two!

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Nominations were announced this morning for the 23rd Annual SAG (Screen Actors Guild) Awards for performances in motion pictures and television.

The awards ill be handed out Sunday, January 29th at the Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles. The ceremony will air live at 8/7c (5 p.m./PT) on both TBS and TNT.

For its sixth and final season, the British period soap, Downton Abbey once again made the finals in the Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama.  They will go up against, The Crown, Game of Thrones, Stranger Things and Westworld.  On the snub side: the widely acclaimed and highly-rated This Is Us failed to score a nomination in the category.

In addition, this is the first time that Dame Maggie Smith did not wind up with a Lead Actress in a Drama Series nomination for her performance as the Dowager Countess on Downton Abbey. (more…)

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Downton Abbey's Maggie Smith Shares Emmy Acceptance Speech; Asks Jimmy Kimmel To Direct Her To The Lost & Found To Get Her Trophy!

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Leave it to the grand dame Maggie Smith to have fun with Jimmy Kimmel’s rant last night on the 68th annual Daytime Emmy about how perennial winner Smith never is on-hand in Los Angeles on Emmy night to collect her trophy when he name is called!

Smith, who has been nominated 9 times for an Emmy and has won 4 overall and 3 of them for her work as the Dowager Countess on the beloved British period soap, Downton Abbey, used social media via the Masterpiece PBS Twitter account and shared her acceptance speech on Monday, alluding to Kimmel’s last gag about her during the live telecast.

For Minnie Driver and Michael Weatherly were presenting the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series category, and when Smith was announced as the winner, and the duo were accepting the the award on Smith’s behalf, Kimmel came out from the wings and intercepted the trophy and let Smith know she has to retrieve it herself! Kimmel said, “No, no, no, no, no.  We’re not mailing this award to her. Maggie, if you want this it’ll be in the lost and found”.

Masterpiece PBS twitter shared, Dame MaggieSmith graciously accepts her #Emmy award — @jimmykimmel, please advise on the location of the lost and found! #DowntonPBS.

Smith’s acceptance speech read: “I was very astonished and pleased to win the award. I feel the Emmys has been overly generous to me. If Mr. Kimmel could please direct me to the lost and found office I will try and be on the next flight.”  She signed it, “Love, Old Maggie” (more…)

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