‘Downton Abbey’ Renewed for Season 5; To Premiere in 2014

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Downton Abbey is among the most-talked-about and acclaimed dramas on television, and in addition to its Emmy and Golden Globe recognition, the British produced series has seen its stateside fanbase expand considerably from season to season, thanks to its airings as part of PBS’s Masterpiece Classic anthology. Today, it was announced the the series will be returning for season 5, set to premiere in 2014.

Here’s what executive producer Gareth Neame had to say about the Downton Abbey season 5:

“Audiences have enjoyed their regular Sunday evening visits back to Downton once again this autumn and we are thrilled to produce a new series of the show next year. We promise all the usual highs and lows, romance, drama and comedy played out by some of the most iconic characters on television. All the actors and makers of the show continue to be humbled by the extraordinary audience response and want to take the show from strength to strength next year.”


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Written and created by Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park), the series has established itself an international smash capable of attracting proven talent in both the UK and the U.S. alike, with Oscar nominated American actor Paul Giamatti joining the cast in season 4. Furthermore, Fellowes has deservedly seen his career flourish in the wake of Downton Abbey‘s success. He’s currently developing a period drama for NBC entitled The Gilded Age, set in 1880s New York.

It’s little surprise then that PBS is anxious to keep Downton Abbey alive. After all, the series has brought them record-high ratings and, as a result, a higher profile than public television has had in many years. Perhaps in a few seasons, Downton Abbey will be past its creative prime, but as it stands, this appears to be a win-win scenario for everyone involved.

Are you excited that Downton Abbey will continue (at least) through season 5? Sound off in the comments section below with your thoughts and hopes for the show’s future.

Downton Abbey season 4 will premiere in the U.S. on Sunday, January 5 on PBS.

Source: PBS

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  1. Where is Season 5? Please, please continue Downton Abbey!!! The USA loves it! My husband and I were hooked then we showed our DVD’s to our friends and they were hooked!! We have to wait too long for another season!!!

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  2. Oh my gosh, we cannot wait for the next season. When and at what time will season 5 begin? I am hopeful it is not at the same time as The Good Wife!

    • Downton Abbey season 5 will begging January 4, 2015….Can’t wait..I love all the characters, some more than others but I pretty much love all of them..Finally, good ,quality T.V …I been watch Master Piece Theatre for 25 years….But Downton has become my favorite ….Keep up the good work….Now web I see Julian Fellows name associated with a body of works…I will definitely watch it..

  3. I would love to see “Downton Abbey” go on forever…. Please make at least 10 seasons. There is a lot of historical material up to nowadays. :)

  4. Ook ik ben verslaafd geraakt aan Downton Abbey en ben dus ontzettend blij dat er een seizoen 5 komt.

    By the way … De vertalingen van Toolbar naar het Nederlands is abominabel.

    • Ook deze vertaling klopt niet: Het niet “to English” maar “from English to Dutch.

  5. PLEASE… we are dying here for season 5 in the US. So many loyal fans!! When can we expect season 5? thank you!

  6. PLEASE… we are anxious for season 5!!!! So many loyal fans!! When can we expect season 5? thank you!

  7. I just love the series. Hate having to wait till fall for season 5′ I’m already on edge.
    Please keep it going. Get some additional writers to come up with new ideas. No reason for it to end be cause the current writers run out of ideas. This show is very good and I’d hate to see it cancelled because people ran out of ideas. So happy it was renewed for another season.

  8. wow i can not wait till its back on the air in the fall. wonderful show, in today’s world there are not many clean shows. keep the shows coming!!!

  9. I haven’t been so hooked on a TV show for quite some time and this one does it for me again!

    The show is outstanding. The photography, the characters, the unpredictable plot. I’ve seen every episode on Amazon, just finished season 4, and can’t wait for 5, although alas, I fear it may be a while for that.

  10. iFinally quality shows on TV. I love Downton Abbey and can’t wait for season 5. I all but had turned my TV off and have been reading instead So nice to not have to view all that dark stuff. HOORAY to the producers.

  11. Anxiously awaiting the next installment of the series! Please give us a date to put on our calendars!so we,may start a count down & have. Date to look forward to!

  12. We wait for the season to start .It is the best show on PBS.I watch all Masterpiece shows.This has been the best series in a long time keep up the good work .Cant wait for season 5 really want see Mary take a lead in running the estate with her brother in law .Good luck Downton Abbey.

  13. Here in Brazil, we also look forward for watching Downton Abbey season 5. I hope it doesn’t take so long to begin.

  14. Oh yes, please continue! I’m a great fan from Turkey. It’s one of the best period drama since we’ve seem for a while. It’s worth the time even to enjoy the great performance of the wonderful Maggie Smith.

  15. how awesome cannot wait to see the drama unfold loved season 1-4 keep watching them over and over usually see something i missed the first time… thanks cast and crew and of course the creator JULIANNE FELLOWES

  16. I am so looking forward to the 2014 season, and hope to see many more seasons in the future. This series keeps me glued to my TV. Thank you, to the great cast, crews and Julianne Fellowes for making this show possible.

  17. My family & I love Downton Abbey. We have purchased all the DVD’s. Can’t wait for Season 5. Keep up the good work.

  18. Love Downton Abbey! Can’t wait for season 5. I do miss some of the charachters that have passed on though. Would love to see more lasting, loving relationships in couples. To speak of there is only Cora and Robert. We need more great examples of what a loving family should be! Love the show, like the respect shown by fellow workers downstairs, the care of the older workers for the younger ones and teaching them what they need to know. We could all learn from times past on how to properly treat others.

  19. I am 63 yrs old. Never have been inclined to participate in showing my enthusiasm for ANY show, even though there are some that would merit, but here I am. LOVE LOVE this show.

  20. Can’t wait for next season. I just love this show.

  21. We absolutely love Downton Abbey. The characters are always a surprise with new ones popping up each season. Too bad Matthew had to go, he was great! The main characters are stable and interesting. Hope you continue on for seasons to come! My entire family awaits patiently for season #5. Thanks to your writers and cast.

  22. I have been anxiously awaiting the new season to begin. Wish the season lasted longer. It is a great show, one of my favorites.

  23. Kati

    I am looking forward to buying the DVD Downton Abbey Season5. I am from Hungary.

  24. Love, Love this show. Can’t wait to see season 5.

  25. Downton Abbey is a hoot! Love it! I like how it goes from scene to scene without stopping. You NEVER get bored with it.!

  26. I am totally hooked on any show that comes out of the U K. Brilliant writing, humor off the charts. Great plots that do not have to have “only pretty people” to distract from the story lines. Please please keep them coming. Masterpiece you are FANTASTIC, thank you for making us think and not showing tripe.

  27. I have watched Downton Abbey since the beginning and was expecting it to start back up the 21st of Sept…..I hate we won’t be able to get it until Jan 2015….no wonder ratings were down

  28. Love this series. Can’t wait for Season 5. This time period in history fascinates me and this series is so well written, I feel I am living it right along with the characters. Keep it going!

  29. Season 5 of Downton Abbey is to premiere in 2014 or 2015? Here in Portugal it will be shown on Fox Life but when? Cannot wait for the next season!…