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Hugh Bonneville Grateful and 'Amazed' That Downton Abbey Lasted Longer Than One Season | Downton Abbey

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Hugh Bonneville Grateful and 'Amazed' That Downton Abbey Lasted Longer Than One Season

Originally posted 03/27/2015 11:00AM

Though the show's massive international success could hardly have been anticipated, Downton Abbey star Hugh Bonneville is somehow "amazed" that the award-winning show went beyond its first season – as was everybody else involved.

"Those who follow the show might remember at the end of [season] 1, there was a slightly odd feeling because some of it was wrapped up in case the show never returned and some of it was led to pen in case it did – so, there was no guarantee the show was going to continue," Bonneville, 51, told ITV's Good Morning Britain.

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Producer Talks Downton Abbey's Final Season, Possibility of a Spinoff or Movie

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Downton Abbey Producer Discusses Decision to End the Series, What's in Store for Season 6

Originally posted 03/26/2015 02:00PM

After confirming on Thursday that Downton Abbey will conclude after its sixth season, executive producer Gareth Neame discussed the decision, admitting, "It's a very emotional day for all of the people involved in the show."

"The danger with this sort of thing is to let them go on forever," Neame told reporters during a conference call.

Neame stated repeatedly that ending the show was a joint decision between producers and cast. He also dismissed claims that creator Julian Fellowes solely forced the issue or that the show is shuttering under pressure from exiting cast members (particularly Golden Globe winner Maggie Smith), falling ratings or the show's networks (ITV in the U.K., PBS in the U.S.).

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Rep. Aaron Schock Resigns from Congress

Rep. Aaron Schock Resigns from Congress

Originally posted 03/17/2015 03:15PM

Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock has announced his resignation from Congress.

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From Downton to Disney! All About the New Cinderella, Lily James

5 Things to Know About Cinderella's Lily James

Originally posted 03/14/2015 09:00AM

Lily James snagged the role of a lifetime playing the title character in Disney's new live-action reboot of Cinderella, and she knows it.

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Princess Kate Gets an Adorable Cake from Downton Abbey's Mrs. Patmore | Downton Abbey, Kate Middleton

Princess Kate Gets an Adorable Cake from Downton Abbey's Mrs. Patmore

Originally posted 03/13/2015 06:05PM

See the personalized note written just for Kate

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You'll Never Guess Princess Kate's Favorite Room on the Set of Downton Abbey

UpdatePosted 03/12/2015 12:10PM

You'll Never Guess Princess Kate's Favorite Room on the Downton Abbey Set

Originally posted 03/12/2015 10:50AM

Princess Kate meeting the cast of Downton Abbey is the most English thing to happen since tea met crumpets.

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Princess Kate Meets Downton Abbey – and Gets Teased by Thomas the Butler!

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Princess Kate Meets Downton Abbey – and Gets Teased by Thomas the Butler!

Originally posted 03/12/2015 08:35AM

Alert the downstairs staff: Princess Kate visited the set of Downton Abbey on Wednesday.

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What Happened When Cinderella's Lily James Met Prince William? (VIDEO)

Originally posted 03/12/2015 08:10AM

[BRIGHTCOVE "4105175044001" "" "" "auto"] She plays the radiant blond princess in Disney's new Cinderella live-action remake. But Lily James is a big fan of some other royals as well.

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Princess Kate Is Heading to Downton Abbey

Princess Kate Is Heading to Downton Abbey

Originally posted 03/05/2015 08:45AM

Downton Abbey has welcomed its share of fictional dignitaries. But next week it will host a most esteemed visitor for real.

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Maggie Smith May Not Be Leaving Downton Abbey | Maggie Smith

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Maggie Smith May Not Be Leaving Downton Abbey

Originally posted 03/04/2015 09:25AM

The Dowager Countess of Grantham may not be leaving us after all.

While actress Maggie Smith, in a recent interview, made cryptic comments about the sixth season of Downton Abbey and appeared to hint at the show's end, her publicist is pushing back on that statement in what is certainly welcome news for devoted fans of the Masterpiece Theatre hit.

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