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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.

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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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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