‘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. This is just a request to the writers, producers, directors, cast and investors of Downton Abbey. There is an endless amount of possibilities for Downton Abbey because of the sheer number of characters that have been developed thus far and the series continues to be profitible, so please do not burden the 5th season with threats of terminating the series. Your viewers are clearly in love with your work and continue to support you financially, so in return, could you just find it in your hearts to be kind and not toy with your viewers’ emotions? There is much less anxiety involved in not knowing when death will occur, especially when death is not certain.

  2. As a result of DOwnton I want to live there, be there, eat there, drink there. I absolutely adore this series and the thought of one more season…well….makes my heart skip a beat. THANK YOU!!!!!!

    • I agree I’m so happy there will be a new season 5 I wasn’t sure there would be.

  3. To PBS and anyone listening, keep Downton Abbey going, there are hundreds of plots to explore.

  4. I didn’t start watching the show when it first aired here in America. I had no desire to watch it but when my mother told me how much she loved the show and that I should absolutely watch it, I caved and gave it a try. I am so glad I did.
    After seeing the first few episodes in Season 1, I was struck by how very refreshing it was watching a very well written and captivating series instead of the incessant “reality shows” that are thrown at us on a weekly basis.
    In my opinion, Downton Abbey is the most intelligent and exciting show that’s hit the airwaves in years.
    To the producers, I beg you to continue making the show until you’ve explored every avenue and every twist humanly possible.

  5. Why can’t they keep it going, and have the family pass through time, possibly going 5 years ahead, then 10, to the point where we can see Sybbie and George and Edith’s daughter grow up, with a changing cast?

  6. I just discovered this wonderful show a bout a month ago. I have only one episode left to watch in season 4. My mother was born in England and I love my grandmother so much…Listening to The Dowagers (Maggie Smith) sharp tongue SO reminds me of her…I am in Love!!!

    • You can catch up on back episodes thru Netflix! I did that and now I’m addicted to this show. Can’t wait for Season 5!

  7. I could have not said it any better than Becky. I would like to thank the cast and crew for believing in making shows worth watching and PBS for presenting such a classic
    series. Please don’t let this be the last season, and try to keep it going as long as you can. Maggie Smith . . . You are so loved, keep up the great work and thank you for making me smile.

  8. How do I purchase the 5 season series set [DOWNTON. ABBEY]

  9. I am fairly new to Downton Abby, having only watched for about one and a half seasons. I LOVE it and can’t wait for it’s return. Just keep it going!!!

  10. Downton Abbey is a real “Classic” and I am looking forward to Series 5 this year and more to come. Congratulations on continued success…

  11. Love Downton Abbey, well written, well cast, and makes me want more…………

  12. I’m very disappointed that season 5 will apparently be the last. I look forward to Watcing Downton every Sunday. Please consider continuing it past Season 5. I live in New York
    Thank you. Kindest regards,

  13. I used to love downton abbey until season 4. I think it went down the drain in season four and I wish that they just had concluded it nicely in season 3. They had a good thing going but season four was just too much, it even seemed different in the way it was filmed and the roles of the actors changed a lot. In season 1 Lord Grantham was a good honorable man but by season 4 he was a chump and lost a lot of his luster and prestige. The writing just diminished with time, I suppose that’s why all stories must have an end.

  14. What a marvelous escape! Although I somehow missed this series (where have I been??),thanks to Amazon Prime, I have been able to watch every single episode. I am hopelessly hooked and can’t wait for seasons 5,6,7…….

  15. I dearly love Downton…a suggestion….. time is flying too fast on the series. Perhaps a slowdown in time the period would aid in prolonging the series. The characters are incredible, so deep and interesting, wtih so many possibilities for plots. As viewers we have all developed our own relationships with them. Televsion needs the “class” that Downton brings. There are so few truly classy shows on TV these days.

  16. I have never been so enthralled be a series! I can’t wait for season 5.

  17. Actually, because of the period this takes place in, it never needs to end. They will always be loved by the future viewers.
    That is, until they get to our period…

  18. Season 5 of Downton is postured on the brink of WWII. I can’t wait to see how the writers portray the sentiments and arguments of the main characters towards the multitude of events that happened – including the bombing of London.

  19. I first watched this on netflix, I couldn’t stop watching it. I now own all 4 seasons and watch an episode every night before I go to sleep, (over and over again and when I get to the end I start all over again).

    I don’t ever what it to stop. It is very difficult to wait until it has aired in the UK. cant they air it in both places at the same time. “too long to go without knowing”

  20. See https://twitter.com/DowntonAbbey (June 1st tweet)

    We are delighted to say that #Downton Abbey is nominated for a @TVChoice
    award. Would you care to cast your vote? bit.ly/DATVChoice

    Maybe vote for Downton Abbey as “Best Drama Series” …

  21. I agree with Domal’s comments.I would love to see Downton Abbey go on for several more seasons if the zest comes back into Hugh Bonneville’s characterand the scripts improve. At the same time; I feel that too many new characters are being added – and – too many in one season. Also, wanting to see at least a third option for Mary’s future husband.

  22. Love this show so much, when will season 5 of Downton Abbey appear?

  23. Best show ever. Keep them coming.

  24. Please don’t kill off anymore immediate family. To lose Sybil and then Matthew was most unbearable. I couldn’t believe it. When is season 5 coming. The best TV ever. Thank you.

  25. Downtown Abbey is the best program I have seen in a very long time. The actors are magnificent. . Can’t wait for season 5. Never want it to end. I hope Downton Abbey will continue for many seasons to come.

  26. I absolutely in love with that series; I wish I could read the whole book, if that book exists…I cannot wait to the continue…and although English is not my strong side, I enjoy the language and voices of all the actors. I think that all of them are doing an excellent job! May Downton Abbey will last for ages!

  27. “SUPERB” does not come close to describing this production.Every episode made me feel closer to the characters and wishing the story would never end.One notable feature in this age of the disappearance of eloquence is the beautifully spoken language of the characters.BRAVO PBS for bringing such great entertainment to TV.I’m eagerly looking forward to Season 5.

  28. Downton Abbey is so refreshing. Please continue the good job. And don’t
    involve any American actors. They would ruin it.

  29. Watching Downton Abbey is like watching great live theatre. The story line, the characters, the acting, the plot are all top notch. The hour goes by way too quickly. The on-screen and behind the scenes personnel are doing a great job. Thank you PBS for bringing such quality television to viewers.