Tuesday, May 21, 2024

“Downton Abbey” Will End With The Next Season


“Downton Abbey” is coming to an end. The PBS phenom will have one last season that broadcasts this fall in the UK and in January 2016 here.

Here’s the official statement:

“Millions of people around the world have followed the journey of the Crawley family and those who serve them for the last five years,” said executive producer Gareth Neame. “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…”

The story of the Crawleys will come to an end in 1925, when the 20s are still roaring and no one knows the bad things that are coming in just a few years. You can sort of guess what will happen: Matthew Goode’s Henry Talbott will marry Lady Mary, Maggie Smith’s Violet will make one more nasty quip and her servants will kill her; Edith will move to London with Marigold and take many lovers; Branson will return from Boston married to someone named Bouvier or Fitzgerald; Rose will come back from New York now as an Orthodox Jew. Downton will be carved up into small lots, with Lord Grantham selling used cars.

How will PBS keep people from watching the UK feed? No one’s going to wait for January.

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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