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It's Confirmed: Downton Abbey's Sixth Season To Be Its Last!

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After weeks of speculation, Downton Abbey will indeed come to its conclusion after its sixth season.  The producers of the popular series announced in London that the sixth season — the one currently in production — will be the last one because “it’s the right time.”

EP Gareth Naeme stated,”Our feeling is it’s good to quit while we’re ahead. The show is in incredibly strong shape. The danger is to let it go on forever … eight, nine, 10 years. We wanted to end when the time is right, so that people will love it for years to come and not feel there’s a drop-off, and we’ve not outstayed our welcome.”

It was an emotional day late last week when the cast was also in on the decision.  On social media, the show announced it with a collage of the cast of characters with the note:  “The time has come to announce that Series 6 will be our final visit to . Thank you for sharing our journey.”

There are possible plans for a ‘Downton’ movie, but no plans for a spinoff.   The last season will debut  in September in the U.K., and it will be seen in the U.S on PBS Masterpiece Classic in January 2016.

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Rebecca Eaton, programming executive at PBS shared on the news: “Downton Abbey has been a television executive’s dream come true: a beautifully-made, returning series that captures a nation’s attention and becomes a household name. It’s been a game-changer for Masterpiece. We are indebted to our UK partners for making a show which will go down in television history, not just for its impeccable writing, acting and production values, but most importantly, for its enormously warm-hearted audience appeal.” 

Are you sad to hear that this it the end of the road for Downton Abbey?  Do you think it’s the right time  for it to take it’s final bow after season six?  Share your thoughts below!

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jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Well, all good things must come to an end…and its better to end on a high than a low!!!

Patricio
Patricio

What a loss.!

Stephanie
Stephanie

So sad, this is one of my favorite shows!

Rose
Rose

PBS in conjunction with British TV has set the standard for quality programming. No dumbing down, reality shows, gratuitous violence and sex. Just great acting and storytelling. Downton Abbey will be missed, but like it’s time period, we got to see it in it’s last hey rah before it’s eventual decline.

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

I am very sad to hear this. Downton Abbey is definitely a first rate, A number 1 production in every aspect. I am sure this beloved program will go out on a very high note.

Rodd
Rodd

Absolutely adore this show and will be sad to see it end. However, I will eagerly anticipate a movie in the future. It should be great fun.

Shay
Shay

Although not entirely unexpected, the news that “Downton” is going to be “Done-ton” is well and truly a downer!!!!! This show was a once-in-a-lifetime experience not only for its cast and crew, but the viewers who were privileged to share in it. Such magic rarely strikes twice, but best wishes to the future endeavors of all involved, especially those I shall miss the most: Dame Maggie as the Dowager Countess Violet and Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary!

Ravello
Ravello

I love the show but they are smart to go out on top before viewer fatigue sets in. American daytime soaps run things into the ground, they air bad material for decades and little by little the audience fades away.

carol
carol

This is my favorite show of all time. I would never get tired of it no matter how many years it was on. I’m very disappointed in this news.

CarolynCal2422
CarolynCal2422

I’m very sad it will end S6. I just keep watching it. Thank you PBS. I also ordered
the DVD’s. I could have watched it forever. A great deal of my Canadian friends agree the best show ever on TV & boy can those British act.

janet
janet

The British can write .USA have actors and if the bosses would make sure the writers actually write they could make our shows good also. I love Downton all the actors the stories and the show makes sure I do NOT read any spoilers so I enjoy it when its on. Ithink a lot of the reason the show is so good is One cook. Too many cooks spoil the broth. Julian Fellows loves the show so he makes sure to keep it real. best show on TV right now one I never miss, Primetime TV . I love this show never miss it.

CarolynCal24422
CarolynCal24422

Janet I so enjoyed your response on DA. All the responses reinforced my belief that I have probably watched the best acting & best series ever on TV. Thank you Michael Fairman for the opportunity to write about this amazing series.

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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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