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Downton Abbey Season 4 Premiere Date Announced: January 5, 2014!

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Masterpiece exec producer Rebecca Eaton announced Tuesday at the PBS Annual Meeting, that one of the most talked about shows on television, Downton Abbey has been given it’s  official U.S. premiere date for season four.  ‘Downton’ will begin airing new episodes stateside on Sunday, January 5, 2014.   Season 4 will run for eight weeks through to February 23, 2014.

In total, 24 million viewers tuned into the third season of Downton Abbbey, and its emotional February 17 finale was the #1 show on television, beating all broadcast and cable in primetime.

Casting news for season 4 includes the return of Shirley MacLaine as Martha Levinson and several new actors, including Tom Cullen, Nigel Harman, Dame Harriet Walter, Joanna David, Julian Ovenden, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and Gary Carr. They will join Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, Maggie Smith, Michelle Dockery, Jim Carter, Joanne Froggatt, Brendan Coyle, and the rest of the large and beloved Downton Abbey “family.”

There was little hope that PBS would cave and air ‘Downton’ in step, or earlier with the first run U.K. version which will air this fall. U.S. fans will have to try to avoid spoilers once again, for the amazing period soap opera from across the pond!  Will you be watching season 4?  Let us know!

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Alicia
Alicia

Oh yes, heck of a cliffhanger I’ll be watching

janet
janet

Looking forward to it. I avoid the spoilers with a passion. great show and Julian doesn’t let fans tell him what to write. Sorry Matthew is gone but it was his decision, so on with the show!

Kathy
Kathy

Love, love, love Downton Abbey!

Scott Paquin
Scott Paquin

I can’t wait!!!

ethel
ethel

absolutely! i love that show!

Deirdre
Deirdre

This has to be my favorite show OF ALL TIME, love it, love it, love it…..so sorry we have to wait til next January for the new season. Thought PBS would work a deal with the Brits that we get to watch each episode a week or so after them…….weep, weep…….:(

Don
Don

I be watching, and avoiding the spoilers as best I can.

Delainey
Delainey

I purchase each season on Amazon so I can watch over and over again! This show is so well done it cannot be compared to anything else on the tele.

bc
bc

downton abbey’s storyline w/ its only char of color is the only storyline w/ any kind of potential. downton has done it all w/ their white chars. There really needs to be more racial diversity on downton abbey. It’ll be strange if abbey does not tackle racism. A lot of their white chars would realistically be racist towards the only char of color.

Laurie-Ann
Laurie-Ann

LOVE this most excellent series, can’t wait for season four!!

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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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