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Will Downton Abbey Come To Its Conclusion After Season Six?

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Rumors are that the ITV British soap and American favorite, Downton Abbey will end after its sixth season!

As we had previously reported, “Downton” creator Julian Fellows has become very in demand! In fact, he is working on the new series for NBC Universal, The Gilded Age, which would most then preclude him from continuing on with steering the citizens that inhabit the story of Downton Abbey? But, will someone else take over the reins so the series could continue past a season six?

According to radiotimes.com, “There is talk at producers NBC Universal that it could all be coming to an end after the next series, according to sources at the company.”  And earlier this year, Fellows hinted at such saying, he cannot commit to both shows – although he went to great lengths to say that he does not foresee the show would not end after season five.

So could you see “Downton” being as good as it has been Fellowes-less? Do you think “Downton” can sustain your interest past six seasons? Weigh-in below!

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Lin

I’d rather have a Fellowes-less Downton than no Downton at all. Perhaps he could start training someone and be a consultant when needed. Please don’t end downton!!! NOoooooooooooooo

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Llanviewer717

That’s very upsetting news. Downton Abbey is a masterpiece that could go on and on for many seasons to come. Since important historical events serve as a backdrop to the drama, there could be no end as long as there are compelling characters. I hope Mr. Fellowes can act as a consult and guide for NBC Universal and continue to direct his primary efforts toward Downton Abbey.

Shay
Shay

Excellent suggestion, but since Mr. Fellowes is very “hands-on” with his projects, I don’t know if it is within his ability to do that. He writes all the dialogue for “Downton Abbey,” and has an intimate relationship with each and every character….and it shows!!!! It’s that sort of loving care and quality that makes this program such a pleasure to behold…I would not want to see him surrender that same responsibility, even in America, to anyone else. Rather much more preferable he continue to postpone the “Yank version” of the Abbey while he can, and keep the original open as long as demand warrants…..and no, I do not foresee that waning anytime soon.

carol
carol

Since this is one of the most popular shows, it seems a shame not to find a new writer. I look forward to it all year. I don’t want to see it end.

Sal Piscioneri
Sal Piscioneri

Me too Carol, a wonderful asset to my sluggish out of touch Sunday viewing. A sad day in my household when this series truly ends. Please keep it going Mr. Fellows.

janet
janet

What a shame if he lets it go. Fellows is the reason the show is so good. He needs to keep his hand in, and if he decides he then wants to let go , make sure that the new guys know why the show is such a hit. Don’t ever turn it into a American soap. .Ever. I look forward to Downtown Abbey , and as someone else said. That is my Sunday entertainment. The garbage on American tv on Sunday is just that garbage. What is really funny about that is, most British tv I find to dry .D.A. I love it and I recommend it to everyone I know.

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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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