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Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, Maggie Smith, Dan Stevens, Penelope Wilton, Jim Carter, Phyllis Logan, Brendan Coyle, Joanne Froggatt, Michelle Dockery, Jessica Brown Findlay, Shirley MacLaine

'Downton Abbey' Bosses Wanted to Continue the Show Without Julian Fellowes

April 01, 2015 11:04:31

"" has been announced to end after the upcoming season 6, but bosses at ITV and NBCUniversal reportedly wanted it to continue. They reportedly persuaded the series' creator and writer Julian Fellowes to let someone else do the writing duties to keep it going.

"ITV and NBC wanted Julian to let someone else do it, but it wasn't something he wanted," a source told Radio Times. "Downton is Julian's." The writer admitted to The Hollywood Reporter, "I think there are some people involved who would be quite happy for it to go on for more years, but they didn't resist."

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Official: 'Downton Abbey' Will End After Season 6, May Get Movie Treatment

March 27, 2015 02:03:28

After numerous chatters during the past few months, "" is finally confirmed to take a bow with the upcoming sixth season. However, the British period drama series is not completely off the table. A movie might follow after the show comes to an end.

"Our position on that is we would be very interested in that [movie]," executive producer Gareth Neame said. "It is definitely something we're contemplating. It would be great fun to do. I think it would be a wonderful extension of everything that people loved about the TV show, but I can't confirm that it's definitely going to happen. If we can get all our ducks in row..."

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'Downton Abbey' Will End After Sixth Season, Sources Confirm

March 21, 2015 09:03:09

"" fans may need to get ready to bid farewell to the whole Crawley family. Following persistent rumor that the show will end after six seasons, multiple sources now confirm that the upcoming sixth season will be the last for the hit drama series.

TVLine points out that the actors' contracts are going to expire at the end of season 6 and most of them are ready to move on. "You can keep the show going without Matthew and Sybill, but you can't continue it without the entire Crawley family," an insider tells TVLine.

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Pregnant Kate Middleton Visits 'Downton Abbey' Set

March 13, 2015 11:03:54

A self-admitted big fan of hit TV series "", Kate Middleton stopped by its set at Ealing Studios in West London at 10:15 A.M. local time on Thursday, March 12. The pregnant Duchess was all smiles as she met everyone on the set, ranging from writer and show creator Lord Julian Fellowes, executive producer Liz Trubridge, makeup artists at work, costume designers, seamstresses and cutters in the workshop, to the people behind the design and production process of set scenery and props.



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Rep Denies Maggie Smith Leaving 'Downton Abbey'

March 04, 2015 03:03:29

's comment that seemed to hint at her departure from "" is clarified. A representative for the series claims the actress was just joking. She "has always been on the record as saying she'll be with the show for as long as the show runs," the rep said as quoted by the Associated Press.

80-year-old Smith plays Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham, on the British period drama. The role has won her numerous prestigious prizes including a Golden Globe, two Screen Actors Guild awards, and two consecutive Emmy trophies.

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Maggie Smith Says Next Season of 'Downton Abbey' Could Be Her Last

March 02, 2015 01:03:21

says her days on "" are numbered. The veteran actress has added fuel to long-running speculation that the upcoming season 6 would be the last for the show. Even if it lasts beyond the sixth season, Smith thinks she may no longer be part of it.

"They say this is the last one, and I can't see how it could go on," Smith tells the Sunday Times when asked whether the sixth season will be the last season of the period drama series. She adds of her character Violet Crawley, the Dowager Countess of Grantham, "I mean, I certainly can't keep going... To my knowledge, I must be 110 by now. We're into the late 1920s."

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'Downton Abbey' Season 5: Lady Mary Is Ready to 'Embrace Change'

January 02, 2015 10:01:04

Expect to see Lady Mary taking a major leap on "" season 5. After two years of mourning her late husband Matthew Crawley, she is ready to "embrace her life and embrace change," tells TnoV Guide. "She's got her spirit back."

The actress additionally tells USA Today, "She gets a bit feistier again and that's kind of telling with her and Edith, because she becomes quite mean to Edith again. Which Laura (Carmichael) and I love doing far more than being nice to one another."

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Video: George Clooney Sends 'Downton Abbey' Into Chaos in Christmas Sketch

December 22, 2014 02:12:41

takes over "" in a skit filmed for the ITV television fundraiser event, "Text Santa". The spoof video opens with 's Robert Crawley learning that he lost his fortune again.

He wishes that he'd never been born and Joanna Lumley appears as an angel to show him what life would've been without him. appears as his "" character, bringing undergarments from his store for the ladies. Even worse, the servants downstairs are playing poker.

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First Look at George Clooney in 'Downton Abbey' Christmas Sketch

December 02, 2014 11:12:40

A few months ago, there were reports that was on the set of "" to film a holiday charity special and now a first look at the actor in the sketch has been made available. ITV has released a brief snippet and two set photos featuring the star and director of "".



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Hugh Bonneville Talks 'Downton Abbey' Christmas Special

November 29, 2014 05:11:32

Fans of "" will be treated to a Christmas special which has a new winter setting. , who plays Lord Grantham in the ITV period drama, revealed that the series would have festive events in an episode scheduled to air on Christmas Day.

"We span several months in the Christmas episode," Bonneville told the Radio Times. "We're going grouse shooting in the north so we filmed at Alnwick Castle for a couple of weeks, which was just incredible. I mean, Highclere's pretty incredible, but Alnwick makes it look like a portacabin - it's vast, amazing."

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'Downton Abbey' Renewed for Season 6

November 07, 2014 09:11:49

"" gets a sixth season. The renewal was officially announced on Thursday, November 6 via the show's Twitter page. "We are delighted to announce a sixth season of Downton Abbey," so read a tagline written on a photo of the cast.

"We have had an amazing reaction to the story lines, acting and production values of 'Downton Abbey' this year and the whole team is thrilled to be moving ahead with a new season of the show," said executive producer and Carnival's managing editor Gareth Neame in a statement. "This will provide audiences with a fresh opportunity to see what will befall our much loved characters."

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'Downton Abbey' Star Allen Leech Says the Show Should End After Seventh Season

November 01, 2014 01:11:25

Allen Leech may give "" fans a scare about the show's possible end date with his recent comments. Met at BAFTA Los Angeles' Jaguar Britannia Awards, he told E! News that he thought the popular drama series should end after season 7.

"In my heart of hearts, I can't see it going more than two more," he said, before explaining, "I think the period of time we want to tell, we're coming to the end that us as actors we can keep playing these characters."

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'Downton Abbey' Debuts First Trailer for Season 5

August 31, 2014 11:08:15

The first trailer for the upcoming fifth season of "" is unleashed. It gives a sneak peek at what to expect from the new outing including a glimpse at what appears to be a secret hookup. "I feel a shaking of the ground I stand on," one character says.

Season 5 will premiere January 4, 2015. The show is expected to explore Mary's search for a new love following the death of her husband Matthew. "Everyone wants Mary to be happy and for her to marry again, but nobody would want that to happen too quickly because they want to respect the memory of Matthew," executive producer Gareth Neame once said. "It's about timing all those things correctly."

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'Downton Abbey' Cast Pokes Fun at Plastic Water Bottle Gaffe

August 18, 2014 08:08:57

"" cast knows how to turn a blunder into a charitable act. Following the plastic water bottle gaffe that caused a frenzy a few days before, the stars of the hit period drama posed together while holding a water bottle each to support the charity WaterAid.

"After seeing the reaction the picture caused earlier this week, the cast and crew came up with the idea of turning some of this attention towards an issue around water that really matters," a spokesperson for ITV says in a statement. "They hope that by posing for this picture they will be able to raise awareness and amplify the work of international charity WaterAid."

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'Downton Abbey' Makes Historical Blunder in New Season 5 Photo

August 15, 2014 08:08:21

"" latest effort to hype up its upcoming season 5 is ruined by a historical mistake. One of the newly released promotional photos from the next installment includes a misplaced modern convenience.

The gaffe is visible in a photo featuring Robert Crawley () and Lady Edith (Laura Carmichael). Dressing in 1920s outfits, they stand in front of a grand marble fireplace but someone apparently left a plastic water bottle in the background.

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'Downton Abbey' Reveals First Look at New Cast Members of Season 5

August 12, 2014 04:08:43

"" tides fans over the season 5 premiere with some new photos. Posted on the show's official Instagram page, the pictures give first look at two new additions to the cast ensemble.

They are twins Oliver Barker and Zac Barker, who will play Master George Crawley, as well as Fifi Hart, who will portray Miss Sybbie Branson. George is the son of Lady Mary and the late Matthew Crawley, while Sybbie is the daughter of Tom Branson and his late wife Lady Sybil. Both of these children were still babies when viewers last saw them in season 4.

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'Downton Abbey' EP and Star Tease Mary's Love Journey in Season 5

July 24, 2014 11:07:12

"" season 5 is not airing until 2015 in the U.S., but the cast and executive producer Gareth Neame have shared tidbits from the upcoming season. One of the most interesting plotlines is Mary's search for a new love following the death of her husband Matthew.

After introducing her suitors in season 4, the show will still be toying with this in the next installment as she hasn't made any decisions yet. "Everyone wants Mary to be happy and for her to marry again, but nobody would want that to happen too quickly because they want to respect the memory of Matthew," Neame said. "It's about timing all those things correctly."

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'Downton Abbey' Season 5 to Premiere on PBS January 4 Despite Protest

July 23, 2014 08:07:06

PBS has announced that it will harbor the fifth season of British drama "" starting January 4 next year at 9 P.M. ET/PT. The popular series will commence on U.K.'s ITV later this year, meaning once again the show's American fans may stumble upon the spoilers online first.

During the TV press tour in Beverly Hills on Tuesday, July 22, PBS President and Chief Executive Paula Kerger defended their choice of airing "Downton" months after it aired in the U.K. "January works well," Kerger said, reasoning that people have more time to watch TV because the weather has turned colder. She pointed out a 16 percent increase of audience in the most recent season as proof of the strategy's success.

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First Teaser for 'Downton Abbey' Season 5: Things Are Changing

June 25, 2014 10:06:40

"" season 5 is not going to air in the U.S. until at least early 2015, but fans can get an early look at the new chapter via a newly-released teaser. The video doesn't feature any characters from the drama series, but hints that things are going to be different in the fifth season.

"I feel a shaking of the ground I stand on," Jim Carter's Charles Carson narrates the snippet, while the scenes show the interior of the fictional Downton Abbey. "The nature of life is not permanence, but flux. Things are changing."

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'Downton Abbey' Season 4 Premiere Sets New Ratings Record

January 07, 2014 12:01:33

"" continues outperforming itself, maintaining its title as the most-watched drama series on PBS. On Sunday, January 5, the U.S. premiere of the show's fourth season posted a record-breaking audience of 10.2 million, up 22% from last season's premiere (7.9 million viewers).

"As this captivating drama continues, our audiences have been eagerly awaiting this new season to see what's next for these beloved characters," says PBS president and CEO Paula Kerger. "I'm so pleased that millions of viewers have returned to 'Downton Abbey' on their local PBS stations for what has become a post-holiday tradition."

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'Downton Abbey' Will Return for Season 5

November 11, 2013 08:11:17

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