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Downton Abbey Posts Invite To Series Finale! Michelle Dockery On Filming Last Episode: "I Felt Sick … I Didn't Expect To Feel So Sad."

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The UK is preparing themselves for a hankie-filled moment in time with the upcoming series finale on Christmas of the Emmy Award-winning smash hit soap, Downton Abbey.

On Friday, the official series Twitter feed posted an invitation to tune-in that said: “You are cordially invited to by The Earl and Countess of Grantham to join us on Christmas Day for The Final Episode in the Final Series of Downton Abbey. Thank you for sharing this journey with us. Let’s raise a glass to our last episode, the 25th December. 2015 as we open the doors to the Abbey for the last time.”

Meanwhile, series star Michelle Dockery (Lady Mary) revealed in a new interview with UK’s Red Magazine, just how she felt when she wrapped her final scenes on the show. Dockery expressed: “On my last day of filming, leading up to that final take, I felt sick.  I didn’t expect to feel so sad. But I think it was a smart move to end the show where we did. At the wrap party, the producer did a speech and said, ‘Now let’s party like it’s 1925!’ My feet have only just recovered from all the dancing.”

Viewers in the U.S. will have to prepare themselves starting on January 3rd to see how it all ends for the Crawley and company, when the series sixth final series begins its final run on PBS Masterpiece.

So, what do you think about the finale annoucement in the UK? Michelle Dockery’s comments? Are you excited to see Downton begin in the U.S. in six weeks?  Comment below!

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The UK will run out of tissues. I’m stocking up for January 3rd. Downton Abbey is an absolute wonder.

Shay
Shay

It’s always a great treat to anticipate a new season of “Downton Abbey!” I’m currently enjoying the reruns of the last installment, which only adds to the excitement of the forthcoming shows, although that joy is somewhat tempered by the sobering notion that this shall be the beginning of the end of the Crawley family chronicles….so bittersweet! Having read much of the UK coverage, I’m pretty much already aware of what lies ahead for my beloved (and NOT so beloved) characters, but I’m still awaiting the viewing with bated breath, all the same. It would seem that the program is going to go out on a high note, but I shall terribly miss it when it reaches its conclusion, especially my personal favorites, the steely Lady Mary and redoubtable Dowager Countess Violet….they simply don’t make priceless women like that anymore, do they?

Mark Y
Mark Y

On Downton they do – Anna Bates!

Shay
Shay

Well, yes, Mark Y, Anna is a true heroine and sweetheart…I quite like her, too! Whilst most are attached to her for her complex and sometimes tortured romance with Mr. Bates, it’s her friendship with Lady Mary that totally makes her character for me. They are quite a unique team….an early 20th century example of “Girl Power!”!

JANET
JANET

can’t wait. I love this show, knowing it will end is sad. But better they end it on a high note, and not drag it out till no one cares.

carol
carol

I am looking forward to the new season, however, I feel terrible that it’s ending. It’s been my favorite show of all time.

Karen Kelly McEachern
Karen Kelly McEachern

will be sad, but “all good things come to an end ” .

Marilyn
Marilyn

I am “sick” also, just like Lady Mary! I will miss watching the show each season! I dare say one more year would have been fine!

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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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