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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
k/kay

Never watched the show the first time not interested yawn

Mark Y
Mark Y

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

Llanviewer717
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
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
Michael Smith

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

carol
carol

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

Shay
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
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
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
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 THE MOVIE: Official Trailer Released

Finally, Downton Abbey fans get a preview of the upcoming motion picture that is set for release in theatres on September 20th.

What we know is that the The film is set in 1927 and the plot revolves around the King and Queen of England coming to the estate for a visit and so … the Crawleys must prepare their arrival.  In fact, they have to bring back Mr. Carson to help!

Featured in the trailer are series stars, who are also back for the film: Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Michelle Dockery, Matthew Goode, Joanne Froggatt, Jim Carter and Maggie Smith.

Series creator Julian Fellowes wrote the script and Michael Engler will serve as director. Engler directed the two-hours series finale.

As fans know, Downton Abbey ran on PBS Masterpiece for six seasons here in the U.S.

Check out the trailer, and then let us know if you are excited to see the movie? Comment below.

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‘Downton Abbey’ The Movie Releases Its First Trailer

Now here’s a huge teaser that will get you wanting to see more!  Those of us who loved the British period soap opera, Downton Abbey, which came to a conclusion after its sixth season on PBS here in the United States, will finally get their wish when the film version hits in 2019.

As previously reported, the series executive producer Gareth Naeme said about the film,  “We aim to deliver everything that one would hope for as Downton comes to the big screen.”

Look for the film to land in movie theatres on Friday, September 20th, 2019, with it debuting internationally the week prior on Friday, September 13th.

Most of the cast is intact including: Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Brendan Coyle, Michelle Dockery, Kevin Doyle, Joanne Froggatt, Matthew Goode, Harry Hadden-Paton, David Haig, Geraldine James, Robert James-Collier, Simon Jones, Allen Leech, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern, Sophie McShera, Tuppence Middleton, Stephen Campbell Moore, Lesley Nicol, Kate Phillips, Maggie Smith, Imelda Staunton and Penelope Wilton.

Julian Fellowes once again writes the script for the film for the characters he created for the TV series.

Now check out the first trailer below, when just hearing that memorable opening theme song, it brought us back to the drama and the romance of Downton Abbey.

Let us know if you are thrilled to know that the movie is set for release …. and if you are looking forward to seeing what happens to the Crawleys and others in the next chapter of their story when the movie comes your way via the comment section below.

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IT’S OFFICIAL: Downton Abbey The Movie To Go Into Production This Summer

The highly-anticipated and rumored revival of Downton Abbey to the big screen is on!  Production is slated to begin later this summer.

From what we understand, all of the original cast is set to reprise their signature roles in the motion picture, written by series creator Julian Fellowes.

Fellowes will also serve as the executive producer along with other ‘Downton’ notables behind the scenes: Gareth Neame, Liz Trubridge, and Nigel Marchant. Brian Percival is set to direct.  Percival also directed the pilot episode of the critically-acclaimed and beloved period soap opera series.

In a statement, Gareth Neame expressed: “When the television series drew to a close it was our dream to bring the millions of global fans a movie and now, after getting many stars aligned, we are shortly to go into production.  Julian’s script charms, thrills and entertains and in Brian Percival’s hands we aim to deliver everything that one would hope for as Downton comes to the big screen.”

Focus Features chairman, Peter Kujawski, shared: “Since the series ended, fans of Downton have long been waiting for the Crawley family’s next chapter. We’re thrilled to join this incredible group of filmmakers, actors and craftspeople, led by Julian Fellowes and Gareth Neame, in bringing back the world of Downton to the big screen.”

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Downton Abbey ran for six seasons on PBS  and received 15 Primetime Emmy awards and 69 nominations.

Actress Joanne Froggatt, who plays maid Anna Bates, took to Twitter with much enthusiasm at the news: “Delighted to announce we’re getting the band back together! #DowntonMovie #DowntonAbbey”

So, thrilled to hear the Downton Abbey movie is happening? Comment below.

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