‘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. Great Show !
    Was surprised by how good it is !
    Still sad that Mathew .anyway !
    Season 5 is welcomed !

  2. I thought season 4 was a little weak but….Downton Abbey even at it’s weakest is still great in it’s own charming way. I’m elated that it will be back for another season at least. I never ever miss an episode and look so forward to it each Sunday when it’s on.

  3. See, I never liked the look of the show for years but caught season 4 due to it being on TV as I did other things on the computer and honestly, the only fun I’ve had with it was watching a guy on Gogglebox making fun of the show, otherwise, I think Downton is just another bland and generic period drama that happens to have a few good actors in it.

    Gogglebox for those outside the UK is a show that airs Wednesday nights where regular British people are filmed watching specific TV shows and their reactions to them. Absolutely hilarious.

  4. I was surprised by how good season 4 was — especially recovering from the loss of such a integral main character. And I continue to be amazed by how well written the show’s dialogue is. It contains a nuanced brilliance that certainly can’t be appreciated by everyone.

    Season 5? Yes, please! And thanks for the heads-up on The Gilded Age.

  5. I called season for Downer Abbey – it was not a good season. My hubby stopped watching after the second episode. I slogged on until the end and am hoping the Christmas special will help the show rebound. Sour-faced, self pitying Lady Mary has no appeal and it is ridiculous that they have three men fawning over her. The scene with the pig “emergency” was so contrived. I thought it seemed quite obvious that Jullian Fellowes does not have his full attention on writing for Downton. It really showed.

    • I 100% agree with your assessment of season 4 – I’ve never liked Mary and you said it -she’s snooty, sour-faced an self-pitying and I can’t suspend disbelief that three men would want her. I liked earlier season but 4 as a bore

  6. This past Monday my mother searched high and low for all the seasons she could find and we haven’t stayed away from Downton since. Great show! It the midst of all the anti-climatic shows that are popular now I must say Downton is a breath of scandalously fresh air. Julian Fellows has done a great service to his audience. Regardless of the fantastic hoopla that drama must entail the writer has managed to relay gripping stories. It’s much better than the shows that are continuously brought to screen written poorly and highly praised like Pretty Little Liars and spun out of control. At any rate if nothing else I am glued to the couch and stuck in Downton.

  7. I’m thrilled to read on your website that there will be a 5th season of our beloved Downton! please keep us informed, regards, Ineke

  8. Yes season 5! Cant wait

  9. Canada so loves Downton. I told my hubby he had to sit and watch one of my shows one night (as I heard all the talk of Downton) and he said ok. We have watched season 1-3 in less than 2 weeks!! Only trying to watch 1-2 per evening as we need to get up for work but we find ourselves watching 3-4 and staying up well past mid-night! We can’t help ourselves we live the series!!!!

    • I so agree! Canada LOVES Downton!!! I never miss watching the entire series as soon as it comes out! So many of us just can’t get enough of it. Absolutely love the countryside too and all the details of historical “Downton” life. So excited for Season 5 – and many, many more, please!

  10. This definitely is one of the best (for me ‘the’ best) series! Downton Abbey is a real masterpiece and I agree with the Wall Street Journal “Impossible to resist.”
    Finally a series without drugs, police, gunfights and killing! Can’t wait for season 5 and neither for season 6,7,8… for that matter.

  11. My parents love Downton. They heard about it from our family in England. We have watched the 1st two seasons together and I’m almost don’t season 4 now in only 3 weeks! It’s absolutely amazing, I feel right at home. Season was sad but I can’t wait for season 5. We’ve gotten carried away staying up past midnight watching. It’s so addictive!!! And who doesn’t love Mr. Bates and Anna!? :))

  12. I love Downton Abbey.love it, love it, love it..I love Mary’s character…and Edith is really starting to shine,,every character is brilliantly played..hated it when Mathew died though..one thought how old is Isis now…or is she immortal

  13. Here in Finland we love D A as well! All the actors are splendid, Carson absolutely outstanding!

  14. There better be a season 5!

  15. How about season 105!!!!!! I’m good til then…

  16. I thoroughly enjoy this show and hope it continues even past season 5.

  17. I love Downton!!! Can’t wait for season 5!

  18. I can’t wait for the show to start again next year! Love, love, LOVE this show!!!

  19. I love Downtown Abbey!!!I am so pleased that there will be a Season
    5. Season 4 left me a little out of sorts, too many loose ends.

  20. Hopefully it goes on for many more seasons. One of the best shows I’ve seen.

  21. I love this series! I didn’t start watching till season 3, after that I was hooked. I ordered all 4 seasons. Anxiously awaiting season 5….
    I love all the characters what splendid actors. There are a lot of stories yet to be finished….
    If the original cast does not return than I don’t think it will be as successful.

  22. Geweldig we kunnen niet wachten hoop dat het snel begint

    Gr Ton en Ellen

  23. So excited to hear we will get to watch for one more season! Would love to see Anna and Bates start their family!

  24. I have just finished season 4. I can’t want to see season 5. I still love the family, upstairs and well as downstairs.

  25. I was heartbroken when my daughter said Season 4 was the end of the series. I was mourning! Now I am rejoicing. I can’t wait to pass this info on Season 5 on to my fellow fans.

  26. We’re hoping down-under in New Zealand that Downton Abbey will continue for at least a few seasons more. Bit puzzled when we finally get a decent series – usually British – they decide to can it after just a few seasons – excluding Midsomer Murders of course. Our TV programs down here are generally poor, and when we get a good one…..well, Downton Abbey is just great. Keep up the grand work, Eve

  27. I love Downtown Abbey! We received seasons 1-3 as a gift and watched them in just over 2 weeks. I tried to watch season 4 an episode at a time but ended up preordering the season disc from amazon as soon as it was available. It is a wonderful series and I am thrilled there will be a season 5. I just wish we didn’t have to wait so long for it!

  28. I wish there were more than 9 episodes. 12 would be better. I love love love this show!

  29. I do love Downton Abbey, very much!! Watched all the four seasons, over and over again, waiting for the 5th. And I really hope for more seasons. I don’t know how to live without Violet, Carson, Isobel and Mrs. Patmore… :)

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