Downton Abbey is coming to an end

Downton AbbeyIt’s official. The sixth season of Downton Abbey, PBS’s most-watched series, will be the last season.

Carnival Films, the producer of the show, made the announcement today (Mar. 26) and managing director Gareth Neame said, “Millions of people around the world have followed the journey of the Crawley family and those who serve them for the last five years. Inevitably there comes a time when all shows should end and Downton is no exception. We wanted to close the doors of Downton Abbey when it felt right and natural for the storylines to come together and when the show was still being enjoyed so much by its fans. We can promise a final season full of all the usual drama and intrigue, but with the added excitement of discovering how and where they all end up.”

As with many series favorites that come to an end comes the speculation of a spin-off. Unfortunately, that won’t be the case with Downton Abbey. However, all hope is not lost – Gareth revealed he and series creator Julian Fellowes are all in favor of making a Downton Abbey movie, although nothing is set in stone.

“We would be very interested in that,” he said. “[A movie is] definitely something we’re contemplating, it would be great fun to do.”

As for the direction of the sixth season, which stars Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville and Elizabeth McGovern, all that’s known for certain is the time-period setting, which will be 1925.

Downton Abbey will air its final season in North America in early 2016 on PBS. It will air in the U.K. in fall. ~Sandra D. Sukraj 

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  1. Alice Murphy-Saulnier • March 27, 2015 @ 8:48 AM

    I can not tell you how disappointed I am to read the news regarding Downton Abbey.
    It was at the top of my list for mini series, I so looked forward to it every season. I cannot understand the reason for not continuing the series? I disagree with the statement that the managing director, Mr. Neame has made…..’there comes a time when all shows should end, and Downton is no exception! He might as well said, that he didn’t care about the ratings, or how disappointed the faithful viewers would be, it was ending, period! This is not what I call good Public Relations! I am sure my opinion doesn’t really make a difference, with any decisions that have been made, however I wanted to express my views on the matter, for myself, and all the people that feel the same way about this situation. Thank you for listening!

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