05:57 PM EDT 10/02/2015
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.).
Originally posted 03/17/2015 03:15PM
Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock has announced his resignation from Congress.
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.
Originally posted 03/13/2015 06:05PM
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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.
Originally posted 03/12/2015 08:35AM
Alert the downstairs staff: Princess Kate visited the set of Downton Abbey on Wednesday.
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.
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.
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.
Originally posted 03/02/2015 10:35AM
As season five of Downton Abbey came to a romantic end on Sunday (Carson proposed! Does Mary have a new love interest?) Maggie Smith fueled speculation that the show's next season could be its last.
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