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Downton Abbey Updates: Maggie Smith Confirmed For Season Four! Will Continue Delayed Broadcasts In The States!

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Golden Globe and Academy Award winner  Dame Maggie Smith has agreed to be part of season four of the hit British soap Downton Abbey!  But there was some not so good news for U.S. fans of “Downton” as well!

According to VanityFair.com: “Smith will return to Downton for its next installment—even if the Crawleys are forced to downsize into a depressingly normal-sized manor house near Durham.  Apparently, series creator Julian Fellowes considered the 78-year-old Dame Commander to be a flight risk.  Last summer he told press that the actress had not signed on to a fourth tour with the period drama: “With Maggie, you never know . . . Other actors sign on for the next series and they sign for this and they sign for that, but she doesn’t. She stays her own person.”

However in the bad news department for fans in the United States, who were hoping to be looped in to the series at the same time its first airs on ITV in Great Britain, PBS and Masterpiece Classic have announced that even though the series did huge numbers for its season three premiere a few weeks ago, it will more than likely continue to run in the U.S. nearly four months after it does overseas, and that according to PBS chief Paula Kerger.

So are you happy that the Dowager Countess lives on and thus Maggie Smith can continue to delight us with her performances? And, are you upset that you basically have to try to avoid anything on the Internet regarding the cast and series spoilers since the third season and the upcoming fourth season will air in the U.S. so far out after the series first airs in the U.K? Weigh-in!

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Maggie smith is the only reason to keep watching downton abbey. Her popularity and acting probably contributed greatly to nbc universal broadcasting abbey the same day through Asian countries. downton abbey would not be downton abbey w/o maggie.

Rodd
Rodd

Delighted to have Dame Smith continue to shoot those brillant zingers ad hay to get “Downton Abbey” at anytime. Just love it!

Rodd
Rodd

Should have read, “Delighted to ave Dame Smith continu to shoot those brilliant zingers and happy to get ‘Downton Abbey’ at any time. Just love it!” ….Sorry, for the typos.

SZima
SZima

Are you going to correct the typos in your correction of typos? Haha 😉

SZima
SZima

I’m very happy Maggie will be back. She is excellent in everything she does and would sorely be missed.

I think it’s really stupid that the US has to wait 4 months for the show to air here. What’s the point? Do they think that it couldn’t compete at the same time that all the new season network shows are airing? Why not just air in both places in Nov.-Dec. and give us a nice Holiday treat?

janet
janet

I am happy that Maggie will return.She of the one zingers,really give me a smile. She is a great actress,and welcome back. I guess I wouldn’t mind seeing Downton Abbey on at the same time as in England,of course PBS has certainly turned this into a ratings bonanza. Oh well I watch when its on,and I enjoy it. It is no matter what else they call it.A soap opera.
I do not avoid the net,I just watch nothing from England,so I am not spoiled. If I am oh well.I do not go out of my way to find spoilers in this show.

mo
mo

Thrilled Mags is back. It doesn’t matter to me that it airs here after England.

JimRuocco
JimRuocco

I have seen Series 3 of “Downton” when it aired last year on ITV, so I know how things end. But when I was watching, I purposely avoided looking at any articles or spoliers, because all is revealed. Surprise is key to one’s enjoyment of this show

paul
paul

Did I miss something in SEASON THREE?! Why are they having to move into a smaller Manor House or was it sarcasm?! Sorry… a little slow today.

Not sure why they would have to move out because like Dallas with Southfork, Dukes of Hazard with the General Lee, Knots Landing without the Cul De Sac or even any of the British soaps like Coronation Street without Rovers Return Pub, the show isn’t the same.

THE GRAND CASTLE is a star on the show and we all want to leave there. A smaller Manor House is like our McMansions here. We all want them but once we get into them we regret it big time.

Salemnite
Salemnite

Thanks for posting this up. Maggie Smith’s portrayal of the Dowager, is one of the main reasons I watch the show. 🙂

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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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