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Downton Abbey Finale Scores 9.6 Million Viewers For PBS! John Legend Performs ‘Downton’ Theme Song With Lyrics!

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Even after it’s beautiful series finale on Sunday night on PBS, Downton Abbey is still making pop culture news.

First, the ratings for the season six finale and final episode of the British soap are in, and it was watched by an average of 9.6 millon viewers making it the highest rated season-ender of the series, but not the most-watched episode ever of the series on PBS.  With its 9.6 million viewers on Sunday, the last installment makes it the fourth largest audience to date for the series, behind only the 10.2 million for its season four premiere, the 10.1 million for its season five premiere and the 9.9 million it attracted in January as it kicked off its final season.

Elsewhere, on Monday’s night’s episode of ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, none other than Grammy, Oscar, and Golden Globe winner John Legend performed the haunting theme to Downton Abbey with a twist! Legend added never-before- heard lyrics in a humorous salute to the series complete with photos of the characters he is singing about encircling his piano.

Watch John Legend sing the Downton Abbey theme after the jump! Then let us know if you got a kick out of it! And what do you think of the audience numbers for the finale?  Did you watch?  Comment below!

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Tom
Tom

I hope they make the movie of it that they are talking about.

Rodd
Rodd

I really like John Legend, but this attempt at humor just wasn’t very becoming to me. Love the theme music but wasn’t wild about the lyrics. It’s a little too soon for me, as I’m really missing the show.

carol
carol

I totally agree. I like John Legend as well but did not really appreciate these lyrics coming so soon after the ending of what was my favorite show of all time. I will miss it so much that it’s difficult to find any humor regarding it right now.

Vet from the Get (abc soaps)
Vet from the Get (abc soaps)

his lyrics were horrible. and it irks me that his first line is about race. totally uncalled for.

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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.”

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”

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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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