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Downton Abbey Season Three Premiere Ratings Soar To New Heights!

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Downton Abbey, the international smash that is a bonafide hit with U.S. audiences too, hit ratings gold for its season three premiere this past Sunday night!

The epic British soap opera drew 7.9 million viewers on PBS, which is its highest total yet according to the Nielsen Ratings! The third season premiere of the Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning series, a Carnival/MASTERPIECE co-production, quadrupled the average PBS primetime rating, and exceeded the average rating of the second season premiere of Downton Abbey by 96 percent (based on metered market averages).  That means the number is four times PBS’ typical nightly average and nearly twice the 4.2 million who watched the season 2 premiere episode!

“The well-loved characters that made Season 2 the most-watched series in MASTERPIECE history continue to delight us,” said MASTERPIECE executive producer Rebecca Eaton. “I’m thrilled to see so many viewers return to the Crawley family’s delicious drama and intrigue.”   The new season, which rejoins the story as the Great War is over and the long-awaited engagement of Lady Mary and Matthew is on, will be available on the PBS Video Portal after each national broadcast for a limited time.

After the jump watch this just released look into Season Three of Downton Abbey with its creator, Julian Fellowes.  What was your favorite part of the Season three premiere? The wedding of Matthew and Mary?  Shirley MacLaine’s debut?  Lord Grantham’s confession that he may lose “Downton” forever?  Let us know!

Watch Downton Abbey: State of the Abbey, Part 1 on PBS. See more from Masterpiece.

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The show is fun to watch.A soap opera.A great idea and great characters with Actors who can actually act.I loved the wedding and her sisters return with her husband. Nice that Matthew and his new brother in-law get along. The money will be gone But I think Matthew should take the inheritance because Lavinia would have wanted him to save Downtown Abbey, I hope Bates is not guilty,and he andAnna can reunite. O’Brian and Thomas need to get theirs. They are sleazy and they need to pay for their sins. I love Maggie Smith .I read she adds things to her lines and I so enjoy her. All in all I do enjoy the show.I was not a big fan of British TV before but this show I love and look forward to. I just hope it stays the same and they don’t go to writing for the fans Let Julian F do what he has been doing .He has written a show we can all enjoy. To many cooks spoil the broth.he does a great job all by himself.

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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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