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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 #Downton. 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.” Read more >
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