01:04 PM EDT 03/27/2015
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 03/04/2015 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.
Originally posted 02/27/2015 09:00AM
[BRIGHTCOVE "4080634843001" "" "" "auto"] Before Downton Abbey finishes its fifth season, many questions must be answered: Will Anna (Golden Globe winner Joanne Froggatt) remain in jail for the murder of her rapist? Will Mary (Michelle Dockery) officially settle on a suitor? And will Violet (Maggie Smith) please deliver a zing – or six – to lighten the mood?
In the midst of all those questions, an exclusive clip sees Lord Grantham (Hugh Bonneville), accompanied by Branson (Allen Leech) and Thomas (Rob James-Collier), heading for a sporting week with the judgmental Lord Sinderby (James Faulkner), aka Lady Rose's new father-in-law.
Originally posted 02/17/2015 06:40PM
Acting royalty mingled with real-life royalty at a special film premiere in London Tuesday.
Originally posted 01/06/2015 09:30AM
Like a mini Madame Tussauds figure, but with batter!
Originally posted 01/04/2015 03:35PM
No meth labs. No superheroes. No steamy sex scenes. So what exactly is it that's got me – an avowed avoider of most things period, British and cozy – hooked on Downton Abbey?
As Season 5 kicks off (on PBS at 9 p.m. Sunday), I think it's the show's sense of human decency – amid rapidly changing times and trying circumstances – showcasing the Granthams' (and most of their circle's) ability to maintain stiff upper lips along with soft hearts.
Season 5 is a quiet but pleasurable one – nothing truly major happens, and that's just fine. After the devastation of World War I and, closer to home, the sudden death of Lady Mary's husband Matthew Crawley back in Season 3, there's enough tragedy still reverberating. As the characters all consider the next steps in their lives, here are some highlights of the new season (mild spoiler warning):
Originally posted 12/19/2014 07:25PM
He's already Hollywood royalty, but now George Clooney has become an Earl – in the world of Downton Abbey, anyway.
Originally posted 08/22/2014 05:45PM
If there were an Emmy Award for scene stealing, Maggie Smith would win it every time.
Whether she's delivering lines with deadly precision or arching an eyebrow to withering effect, it's obvious why Dame Maggie has won a Golden Globe, two Screen Actors Guild awards and two Emmys for playing Lady Violet, the Dowager Countess, on Downton Abbey.
Smith, 79, nominated again this year as outstanding supporting actress in a drama series, is "the Queen of the Double Take," says costar Jim Carter, who is also nominated for an Emmy this year for playing Mr. Carson.
Originally posted 07/10/2014 04:00PM
Now that the Emmy nominations are here, some of the day's deserving nominees are weighing in – many in wry fashion.
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