Is 'Downton Abbey' About To End? Producers Say 'It Won't Go On Forever'

Downton Abbey marked its triumphant return to TV this week, but there are always underlying rumors the show may be ending sooner than later.

Downton AbbeyThe cast of 'Downton Abbey' at the 2013 SAG Awards 

But Executive Producer Gareth Neame said that couldn't be further from the truth. He told the Sydney Morning Herald that "there is no plan to end the show" anytime in the near future. Filming for season five is set to begin in February.

Creator Julian Fellowes caused a stir when he told the Wall Street Journal, "I don't know yet if there is a season six."

"It won't go on forever," Neame admitted. "No show does, (but) the show - first telecast in Britain in 2010 - will live to an age of somewhere between five and 10 years."

Maggie SmithDame Maggie Smith on the set of 'Downton Abbey'

Downton Abbey airs in the United Kingdom before it airs in the United States. Season four has already aired on ITV in Britain, but only just premiered in the United States. More than 10 million people watched the premiere on PBS, compared to 7.9 million at the beginning of season three.

But even so, the show hasn't yet signed on with ITV and PBS for a season six.

"We don't know beyond season five because that's the order (from ITV and PBS) that we've got and that's the season that we're making," Neame said.

The EP added that the story should be what dictates the end, rather than their time commitments to the networks.

Viewers in the US can watch season four of Downton Abbey now, and it is also available on DVD.


Contactmusic

Tags:


Advertisement

Editors Recommendations

Why ‘The House of Magic’ Is The Movie To Go See This Weekend

If you’re looking for a cinematic treat for all the family this weekend, then...

Why ‘The House of Magic’ Is The Movie To Go See This Weekend

Here Comes Guardians of The Galaxy, A Huge Weekend in Store?

‘Guardians of The Galaxy’ hits cinemas next weekend with Marvel...

Here Comes Guardians of The Galaxy, A Huge Weekend in Store?

Bastille - Flaws [Live]

Bastille perform their 2012 single 'Flaws' live at The Troubadour in London to an enthusiastic crowd. The...

Bastille - Flaws [Live] Video

Colbie Caillat - Try Single Review

Colbie Caillat isn't known for producing 'trendy' pop songs of any kind, but she certainly always maintains...

Colbie Caillat - Try Single Review

'The Purge: Anarchy' Launches Another Grisly Franchise

Last year's sleeper hit The Purge was an unusually intelligent thriller starring Ethan Hawke as...

'The Purge: Anarchy' Launches Another Grisly Franchise

Nightcrawler Trailer

Lou Bloom is a hard-working budding journalist whose deep obsession with his career has rendered him...

Nightcrawler Trailer
Advertisement

'Joe' Is A Reminder That Nicolas Cage is a Great Actor

There are all kinds of theories about Nicolas Cage's acting style, usually centred on whether...

'Joe' Is A Reminder That Nicolas Cage is a Great Actor

Blunt, Mirren or Winslet? Who Will Win Best Actress Oscar 2015?

The biggest night in the film award circuit is still seven months away. But...

Blunt, Mirren or Winslet? Who Will Win Best Actress Oscar 2015?

Legendary Rocker Tom Petty Returns With New Album 'Hypnotic Eyes'

American rock legend Tom Petty reunites with backing band The Heartbreakers...

Legendary Rocker Tom Petty Returns With New Album 'Hypnotic Eyes'


More recommendations

Advertisement

Comments

Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All