Following confirmation earlier today that “Downton Abbey” will be coming to an end with the sixth season’s Christmas special later this year, executive producer Gareth Neame has revealed to E! Online that the producers are contemplating a follow-up film. He says:
“Our position on that is we would be very interested in that. It is definitely something we’re contemplating. It would be great fun to do. I think it would be a wonderful extension of everything that people loved about the TV show, but I can’t confirm that it’s definitely going to happen. We shall see.”
Series creator Julian Fellowes has had no issues with the film world having penned the scripts for the likes of “Gosford Park” and “The Young Victoria”. While the movie may happen, one thing that definitely isn’t happening is a spin-off series. Neame says:
“There are no plans to make a spinoff. There’s been endless speculation about this, but there are no definite plans for a spinoff. Again, I couldn’t rule it out.”
The fifth season had a weekly average U.S. audience of 12.9 million viewers, almost on par with the show’s fourth season (13.3 million).