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Confirmed: 'Downton Abbey' Will End After Season Six

It turns out that sometimes those crazy internet rumors actually turn out to be true, after all. 

So, yeah, it's official: Megahit costume drama Downton Abbey  will officially end after next season, ITV and PBS have confirmed

“Millions of people around the world have followed the journey of the Crawley family and those who serve them for the last five years. Inevitably there comes a time when all shows should end and Downton is no exception," Executive Producer Gareth Naeme said in a statement. "We wanted to close the doors of Downton Abbey when it felt right and natural for the storylines to come together and when the show was still being enjoyed so much by its fans. We can promise a final season full of all the usual drama and intrigue, but with the added excitement of discovering how and where they all end up."

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Rumor Has It: ‘Downton Abbey’s’ Upcoming Sixth Season is Reportedly Its Last

Every since Downton Abbey Season 5 wrapped here in the US a few weeks ago, speculation about the show’s future has been rampant, pretty much everywhere. The start of filming on Season 6 has done little to tamp down on this topic, with another new speculative piece popping up every day.

What’s going on is this: Downton had already been renewed for a sixth season, which will likely screen in the UK this September and in America beginning in early January 2016. However, many of the cast’s contracts are ending following Season 6, and internet scuttlebutt says that many of them are ready to move on to other projects.

Popular entertainment site TV Line is now reporting that “multiple sources” have confirmed to them that Season 6 will, officially, be the show’s swan song.

But is this even true? Let's talk about it.

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‘Mr Selfridge’ Renewed for a Fourth Season

The third season of popular period drama Mr. Selfridge is about to kick off here in the US beginning March 29, but a bit of extra good news for fans has arrived just in time to celebrate the show’s return.

It’s official: ITV has already renewed the drama for a fourth season!

Star Jeremy Piven will once again reprise his role as the colorful but deeply troubled entrepreneur Harry Selfridge. Katherine Kelly will be back as everyone’s favorite socialite Lady Mae Loxley, and several other series regulars will also be returning for another season, including Sherlock’s Amanda Abbington (Miss Mardle),  Tom Goodman-Hill (Mr. Grove), Ron Cook (Mr. Crabb), Amy Beth-Hayes (Kitty), Trystan Gravelle (Victor), Sacha Parkinson (Connie) and Samuel West (Mr. Edwards). 

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Confirmed: The Upcoming ‘Sherlock’ Special Will Be ‘Victorian’

You may have noticed the blog’s been quite for the last few days – this is because yours truly has been a bit busy at the annual SXSW Interactive festival in Texas. I learned a lot, including the tidbit referenced below.  It was awesome – but I am very glad to be home, and catching up on the tons of stuff it looked like I missed!

Sherlock fans everywhere are already counting the days until the release of the series’ new one-off special later this year – you know, the one that is totally, probably a Christmas special that no one is willing to call a Christmas special yet? Yeah, that one.

Anyway, the real point is that stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman will definitely be back on our screens at some point in 2015, and that’s enough to make every kind of fan happy, right?

Another little tidbit sure to intrigue fans is that we now have official confirmation that the upcoming special isn’t going to be exactly what you’d call a normal episode. Executive producer Steven Moffat has confirmed that the special will be set in the Victorian period. 

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Maggie Smith Might Be Done with ‘Downton Abbey’ After Season 6

Oh, dear. Downton Abbey fans, brace yourselves, it looks like big changes could be headed our way – star Maggie Smith has indicated that the next season of the world’s most popular costume drama will be her last with the show.

In an interview with the Sunday Telegraph promoting her upcoming film The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Smith commented a bit on the next season of Downton Abbey, and her words definitely seem to imply that she doesn’t plan to have much of a future with the show beyond next season. 

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'Broadchurch' Series 2: Meet the New Characters

Think back to August 2013. Besides the fact that the weather was likely much warmer than it is right now, you may recall that was also when the very first episode of Broadchurch aired on BBC America. An eleven-year-old boy’s body was found on the beach and his death was ruled a homicide. And our minds (for the next eight weeks at least) were occupied with the question, “Who killed Danny Latimer?”

In the course of the investigation DI Alec Hardy (David Tennant) and DS Ellie Miller (Olivia Colman) pursued leads involving friends and neighbors of the Latimer family. Even Danny’s dad, Mark (Andrew Buchan) was considered a suspect at one point.

In the end, however, Ellie Miller’s own husband, Joe (Matthew Gravelle), confessed to and was arrested for the child’s murder. This bombshell shattered both of the families involved and shook all Broadchurch citizens, not to mention the viewing audience, to their core.

In case you weren’t aware, the US premiere of the next installment of Broadchurch is nigh. It’s Wednesday, March 4th at 10 pm on BBC America to be exact.

I’ve not watched any of the new episodes in advance but I as I understand it, old cases will be revisited rather than jumping into a whole new murder investigation. I also gather from the UK ratings that the series two started strong, dropped sharply in the middle and rebounded for the finale. Having read that series creator Chris Chibnall envisioned the story as a trilogy; it’s understandable that the narrative could have gotten bogged down in the middle. Hopefully an exciting conclusion is on the horizon, especially considering that series three has recently been commissioned.

Despite my stringent desire to avoid spoilers, I thought it might be helpful to introduce you to some of the new faces you’ll be getting to know in the weeks to come. 

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'Downton Abbey' Recap: Series 5, Episode 9

Previously, on Downton Abbey:  Rose and Atticus get married amid drama that includes: Rose’s awful mother’s existence, her awful mother’s attempt to frame her future son-in-law for an affair he wasn’t having, her awful mother telling her future in-laws that she’s divorcing and bringing scandal upon them in an attempt to stop the wedding. In short: Lady Flintshire is THE WORST.  Edith spends a lot of time mooning over Marigold and doing a terrible job of pretending that’s not her kid. Robert figures it out and is surprisingly not a jerk about it. Tom has decided to go to America, and Tony Gillingham has decided to marry Mabel Lane Fox. Mary is depressed over both these developments. The London cops literally have no other crimes to solve (poorly) other than Green’s murder and have arrested Anna, because this show hates the Bateses (and its viewers, possibly). Need more details or just want to squee about it? See last week’s recap.)

It’s season finale time! Hasn’t this season gone by in a blink? What will happen? Read on and let’s find out. 

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Watch: The Extended PBS Trailer for ‘Wolf Hall’

We’re a little over a month away from the US premiere of the highly anticipated Tudor-era series Wolf Hall and PBS has released a new, extended trailer with a ton of heretofore unseen footage from the period drama.

Based on the Booker Prize-winning novels by Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall tells the story of Thomas Cromwell, a blacksmith’s son who rose to greatness in the court of Henry VIII, ultimately becoming one of the most powerful and influential men in England. Cromwell, among many other things, was one of the primary architects behind the Protestant Reformation in England and helped engineer the dissolution of King Henry’s marriage to Katherine of Aragon so that he might wed his mistress Anne Boleyn.

Tony and Olivier Award-winning actor Mark Rylance plays Cromwell, Homeland’s Damian Lewis plays Henry VIII and Claire Foy plays Anne Boleyn. They’re joined by a rather fantastic array of British talent, including Jonathan Pryce, Jessica Raine, Mark Gatiss, Joanne Whatley and more. 

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ITV Confirms ‘Broadchurch’ Will Return for a Third Season

Good news for fans of dark, interesting and occasionally creepy detective shows! British network ITV has officially confirmed that Broadchurch has been renewed for a third season.

The announcement that the detective drama would return for another go-round came as the credits rolled on its Season 2 finale. Stars David Tennant and Olivia Colman are both set to return as Alec Hardy and Ellie Miller. Other cast details and filming details will be announced at a later date apparently, but word around the internet is that Season 3 is currently slated to air in early 2016 in the UK, much as it did this year. 

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'Downton Abbey' Recap: Series 5, Episode 8

Previously, on Downton Abbey:  Cora and Rosamund track Edith to London, where she’s fled with Marigold and convince her not only to return to Downton with the child, but that lying about the Drewes ability to take care of the child is enough cover for her to just adopt her. Sure, okay. Isobel gets engaged to Lord Merton, but his hellspawn sons ruin the dinner party the Crawleys throw in their honor. Daisy mopes about the state of progressivism in the world. Rose and Atticus are so adorable they are basically made of kittens and puppies and also they get engaged. Isis is diagnosed with cancer because this show hates me so much. There’s more stuff, but just see last week’s recap.)

It’s the penultimate episode of the season and there is a lot going on. Let’s dish. 

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