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Downton Abbey Series Finale News: Expect ‘Love’ and ‘Heartbreak’ & Lily James Returns For Last Episode!

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While Downton Abbey is winding down in the U.K. the airing of its sixth and final season, which will conclude with their Christmas episode, the U.S is preparing to watch how the series wraps up when it begins here on PBS Masterpiece beginning on January 3rd, with stateside viewers seeing the finale on March 6th.

With less than six weeks to go before the U.K. says goodbye to ‘Downton’, an official press release from ITV and one from Masterpiece offered up this official logline for the series ending which previews simply:  “All the love and loss, happiness and heartbreak of Downton Abbey, and, as the family and servants prepare to welcome 1926, they celebrate an unforgettable New Year’s Eve together at the great house.”

In addition, look for Lily James, who had made quite the name for herself in motion pictures over the last year and a half, to return for the final episode as Rose, along with Matt Barber as Atticus Aldridge.

The final episode will feature returning stars: Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, Elizabeth McGovern, Jim Carter, Penelope Wilton, Samantha Bond, Phyllis Logan, Laura Carmichael, Allen Leech, Matthew Goode, Brendan Coyle, Joanne Froggatt, Lesley Nicol, Sophie McShera, Robert James-Collier, Kevin Doyle, Raquel Cassidy, Michael Fox, Harry Hadden-Paton, Sue Johnston, Jeremy Swift, Douglas Reith, David Robb, Fifi Hart, Zac and Oliver Barker and Eva and Karina Samms.

So are you getting ready to watch ‘Downton’ ‘in the states? Do you think lives will remain the same or forever change by the end of the final season?  Share your comments below!

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Barbara from Atlanta
Barbara from Atlanta

Alas, Siobhan Finneran (who played O’Brien, the manipulative lady’s maid to Cora for the first 3 seasons) is not listed. This show really lost something when O’Brien was written off, taking a job as a lady’s maid in India. I was hoping that we would get another scene or two with her.

O’Brien was the perfect “bad but not completely evil” character on the show and Finneran was excellent in the part. Things were just not as interesting when O’Brien wasn’t there to stir the pot. Thomas Barrow was also a good “bad” character but he couldn’t carry it as well without friend/enemy O’Brien mixing it up as well.

Mark Y
Mark Y

So you’re saying that Downton Abbey was one character for you? A minor character?

Barbara from Atlanta
Barbara from Atlanta

I’m NOT saying that at all. I enjoyed the show very much. However, I thought the show really lost some of its appeal when O’Brien left.

There are a LOT of good characters on the show. There were very few characters who were as good at being BAD as O’Brien. She kept everyone on guard.

Carolina
Carolina

I always wanted to watch this but not if they only delivered 12-15 episodes per season.

“Game of Thrones” only gives us ten and six years in, I still can’t forgive them.

No1_ILoveLucyFan
No1_ILoveLucyFan

I cannot believe it’s ending! Such a beautiful show, from production to wardrobe, acting & scripts. I will truly miss this masterpiece!!

Rapids
Rapids

I’m hoping Edythe finds happiness and can tell the world about her little girl. I also hope Tom returns for good to run the estate.
This show has been such a treasure but they are smart to go out on top, just like the HBO and Showtime shows generally do. Maybe they can do some specials in years to come to catch up on everyone.

brian
brian

Having already seen the entire last series… i am quite certain i did not see Rose in the finale episode.

Mark Y
Mark Y

Isn’t there a episode that airs on Christmad Day in the UK? That will be the final episode.

btian
btian

I stand corrected. You are right. I haven’t seen that episode. Lets hope Rose will be in it.

Shay
Shay

@brian….Rose is featured in the final episode to be presented on Christmas Day in the UK….it’s already been revealed in the British press.

JANET
JANET

I am looking forward to this show. I wish it wasn’t the last one I love the show and all the characters. Must be because one person is responsabale for it. Too many cooks spoil the broth. I thought I read the women who played O”Brien wanted out. she didn’t want to play it anymore.

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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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