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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”

So, thrilled to hear the Downton Abbey movie is happening? Comment below.

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Hope they keep it classy like the series…every time they move something to the big screen they add more violence, foul words and nudity…and if Miss America drops the swimsuit for the Me2 movement lets stop exploiting women in movies(even if they agree to do the scenes) and drop the nudity…maybe that makes me an old prude well i dont care…a lot of stuff in pictures is not needed-tell a good story is what is needed!!!

Jimh, thanks for your insight and common sense, two things sorely lacking today. The adage ‘less is more’ certainly applies to most movies, especially DOWNTON. They didn’t need profanity or explicit sex before and they won’t need it for the big screen. I’m not a prude and I agree with you. In fact, the more “older” movies I see, the more I see how much we’ve lost in the simple act of storytelling. The movies of the 1970s, my favorite era, pushed some boundaries but not at the expense of the movie. I guess we have to place some blame on the supporters of this recent drivel we’re being offered but, honestly, how many comic book movies or TV remakes can they regurgitate? I trust the filmmakers will honor the DOWNTON legacy, maybe even resurrect Sybil. One can always dream!

Well said…

The me too move me too moment is a joke get off watching the media it is not news anymore it’s just garbage to stir you up ! Live your life and ignore these ignorant people

I very much doubt there will be a reason for concern on that matter, Jimh! Julian Fellowes wrote the script for this film, just like all the series episodes, and he has a true love and respect for his characters….he won’t exploit them simply for the sake of the big screen! I have every expectation that they will be just as classy and unforgettable as we remember them, only a bit older and wiser(?) Best of all, Dame Maggie Smith is returning, so it will definitely be a quality project…

Shay…So our favorite dowager is back! Yea! I’m going to be optimistic the movie will not disappoint.

I’m sure it won’t, Rose! I have great faith in Julian Fellowes’ ability to recreate the magic of the original Downton….Instead of hastily cashing in with a second-rate version of the iconic series in order to placate an audience clearly hungry for more, he lovingly took the time and care necessary to assemble all of the wonderful elements found in the previous seasons of the show. Additionally, you have to know that there is no way our beloved Dame Maggie would be attached to this film unless the quality remained….The Countess Dowager simply wouldn’t have it! I’ve been watching the reruns on PBS this summer, and no matter how many times I view an episode, it still resonates for me….how special and rare is that in this day and age???

I dont go to movies anymore but i will for this one…

I watched one episode and I found it to be a snory instead of a story. Very boring show!

Hi Michael,,I see Brit media as either slapsticky or snooty, so yah boring.
But! I like Sherlock Holmes !

I go The Handsmadian’s Tail a 100 times more than Downton Abbey .

The Handmaid’s Tale is dark and depressing, but it’s still fascinating to watch and brilliantly acted with the exception of that actress who played Eden.

Michael…Agree with you about dark and depressing, which has bothered me on some of our soaps storylines…even though they don’t come close th Handmaids. But I am riveted to it, and from what I have seen from tonight’s promo…wow.

su000… On the good side, still, three quality programs worth watching. At least for me who doesn’t have/or won’t spend money to subscribe to Netflix, Hula, etc. And hopefully the few others starting in the fall won’t disappoint.


The Brits talk like they have marbles in their mouth lol
I need to use CC to know what they’re saying..
I can’t go there ..

The tower of Babel in the Old Testament stopped men from speaking one language,one dialect,and sent them off across the globe speaking in differences. The marbles made the world what it is now. SMH.

I am sure they think the same about us

SO THRILLED to know that this is coming out!!! I LOVED Downton Abbey and watched it faithfully. Just knowing that they were working on getting things together for a movie kept me happy. Now that it’s a reality, I am in seventh heaven!

This makes me sad because my sis who loved this Erie’s she had Alzheimer’s and she will now never be able to see this movie. I had never seen the series until I would go over and wstch it over and over with her . I hope it turns our grestvshe would have lived it but now really can’t watch anything. Horrible disease that is why I get upset at Gh and y&r they had a chance to be a teachable moment they both blew it

k/Kay…sorry about your sister and the ripple affect it must have on your fairly. I don’t want to dredge up any bad memories, but what would have made both soaps more of a teachable moment. I’m asking as one who may see this horrible disease creeping into a family I know. Thanks.

I am thrilled!!!!!!!!!!!! I have missed all the wonderful Downton Abbey characters so very much. Can’t wait to see the movie.

Not interested in any more stories about rich people and their happy indentured servants.

Indentured??? As an avid Downton fan, I have never seen any servants portrayed who fit that description! The term was mainly used in the “New World” for those poor Europeans who lacked ships’ passage funds, so their prospective employers in the colonies (later United States of America…) paid their way in return for a certain time of guaranteed work in service to them from each individual who agreed to such an arrangement! Nobody was indebted to Lord Grantham on such a contractual basis. In fact, there were a number of servants who left his employ during the series…Gwen, O’Brien, Alfred, just to name a few, who went on to other endeavors. And the many who stayed or returned after an enforced absence didn’t want to leave despite other opportunities presenting themselves…including Carson, Mrs. Hughes, Anna, Bates, and even Thomas in the end!!! Hence whilst you may not appreciate the show for what it is, at least give Mr. Fellowes credit for accurately depicting history during the Victorian/Edwardian eras and beyond….he painstakingly does his research and uses an expert on all aspects of life during these periods in order to provide the most realistic presentations of these times, and that is but one reason that Downton Abbey is so beloved by the masses.

Just saw this post and thanks for the wonderful explanation to the word indentured and it’s real meaning. Miss you.

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New Details Emerge in Fatal Shooting of General Hospital’s Johnny Wactor; Was Protecting Female Co-Worker From Armed Car Thieves

The brother of Johnny Wactor (ex-Brando Corbin) has come forward with some new information on the act of violence that took the life of the General Hospital favorite on Saturday May 25th in the wee hours of the morning in downtown Los Angeles.

As valiant as man as Johnny was to all those who know and loved him, he was through and through that man till the very end. According to Grant Wactor, Johnny actually shielded a female co-worker at the time of the crime before he was fatally shot.  Three men were trying to steal Wactor’s catalytic converter from his vehicle, one of which fired the shot that killed the former GH star.

According to a new report from the Daily Mail, Wactor was leaving his side job as a bartender at a downtown LA rooftop bar with a female colleague at around 3:25am when he saw the three men near his vehicle at West Pico Boulevard and South Hope Street.

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Believing he was being towed, he approached the men to try to discuss it. One of the men then looked up and pointed a gun at Wactor, who put his body in front of his female co-worker as he was shot. Police say, the three men were all wearing masks, and then fled the scene in another car.  The suspects currently remain at-large.

Grant commented on his brother’s last act of bravery, “We’re Southern, born and raised, and we would never let a female walk to their car by herself.” He added that Johnny, “Thought his truck was being towed. So he said something to the guys, like, ‘Hey, are you towing?’ And then once he turned around, he saw what was happening and he put his coworker behind him. And that’s when they shot him.

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Sadly, Grant revealed, Johnny was shot in the chest, and that Johnny and his co-worker had to park about two blocks from the restaurant, so they were walking to their cars after they finished their shift when the incident unfolded.

Grant shared that he hopes justice will be served and the men are caught, “I hope they are able to track the people who did this. I am glad in a way that this is getting the publicity so that it could shed some light that things need to change, or find ways so that no one else has to experience this – whether it be a murder or being at the wrong place at the wrong time.”

In what has already been horrific that we lost Johnny to a senseless act of gun violence over an attempted theft, learning that the actor died right after protecting somebody else, only reinforces the kind of man Wactor was to all those who knew and loved him. Share your thoughts on the latest details on Johnny’s death via the comment section below.

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‘General Hospital’ Favorite Johnny Wactor Dead at 37

Former General Hospital cast member, Johnny Wactor (ex-Brando Corbin), has died. Wactor’s mother, Scarlett confirmed to TMZ, that her son passed away early Saturday morning on May 25th. He was 37-years-old.

The details surrounding Johnny’s death are harrowing. He was reportedly shot and killed in downtown Los Angeles after three unidentified suspects were allegedly seen trying to steal a catalytic converter from his car,” shared Scarlett. She was also told Johnny didn’t try to fight or stop them. However, the men shot him anyway before taking off and fleeing the scene of the crime.

According to police reports, the paramedics rushed to the scene just after 3 AM PT, but Wactor died on his way to the hospital. At this time, police have not shared the description of the three suspects, but Johnny’s mother, is hoping they will be found soon.

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Wactor made his GH debut in 2020 as Brando and was the son of Gladys Corbin (Bonnie Burroughs). Brando fell in love with Sasha Gilmore ( got married and then the couple lost their premature son, Liam, which tore them both apart. In 2022, Brando was killed by the serial killer, The Hook, which turned to be Heather Webber (Alley Mills).

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One of Johnny’s first acting credits was in 2007 on Lifetime’s Army Wives. He later starred as Johnny in NBC’s Siberia, a supernatural drama filmed in the reality competition series vein. He also had several dramatic guest-starring roles in series such as: Criminal Minds, NCIS, Station 19 and more. As well, on the film side, Wactor had a featured role in 2016’s USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage, a World War II drama starring Nicolas Cage and Tom Sizemore. More recently (in 2024), he starred as Marcus in Dead Talk Tales: Volume I.  Wactor was also seen in several national commercials.

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Johnny is survived by his mother and younger brothers, Grant and Lance.

Share your thoughts and condolences for Johnny’s family, and please share your heartfelt remembrances of Johnny, who tragically is now gone too soon, via the comment section below.  Michael Fairman TV will continue to update this developing story.


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CBS and The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) announced on Thursday that Entertainment Tonight’s Kevin Frazier and Nischelle Turner are set to return as hosts for the upcoming 51st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, airing live on Friday, June 7 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on-demand on Paramount+*.

This marks the third Daytime Emmys in a row that the ‘ET’ combo has hosted the festivities, having done son in 2022 and 2023.

In addition, Frazier and Turner are also nominated this year for Daytime Emmys in the Outstanding Daytime Personality- Daily category. That is in addition to ‘ET’ being in the running for Outstanding Entertainment News series.

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Frazier has been co-host with Entertainment Tonight since September 2014. Previously, he was co-host and managing editor of The Insider and a correspondent and weekend host of ‘ET.’

As for Turner she has been the co-host of ‘ET’ since 2021. Nischelle first joined the entertainment news program as a correspondent back in 2014. Turner is an award-winning journalist with ‘ET’, and often lends her voice to entertainment and political news shows, along with joining their coverage on the Grammys, Golden Globes and Oscars. She was previously was an entertainment contributor for CNN.

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This year marks the 18th time CBS has broadcast the Daytime Emmy Awards, more than any other network. The show will broadcast live from the Westin Bonaventure in downtown Los Angeles.

So, what do you think about Kevin Frazier and Nischelle Turner returning as the hosts of the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards? Comment below.

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