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12 March 28th, 2015 It’s Confirmed: Downton Abbey’s Sixth Season To Be Its Last!


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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  1. jimh(leave it to beaver) says:

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


  2. Patricio says:

    What a loss.!


  3. Stephanie says:

    So sad, this is one of my favorite shows!


  4. Rose says:

    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.


  5. Llanviewer717 says:

    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.


  6. Rodd says:

    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.


  7. Shay says:

    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!


  8. Ravello says:

    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.


  9. carol says:

    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.


  10. CarolynCal2422 says:

    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 replied

    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.


  11. CarolynCal24422 says:

    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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