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'Downton Abbey' renewed for sixth season

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The Crawleys will return: PBS Masterpiece’s Downtown Abbey has been renewed for a sixth season.

The crunchy gravel period drama will go back into production next year. “We have had an amazing reaction to the story lines, acting and production values of Downton Abbey this year and the whole team is thrilled to be moving ahead with a new season of the show,” said executive producer Gareth Neame. This will provide audiences with a fresh opportunity to see what will befall our much loved characters.”

Season 5 is currently airing in the UK. The U.S. of the new season is on Sunday, Jan. 4. “At its heart, television is about storytelling, and Downton Abbey is certainly storytelling at its finest,” Paula Kerger, PBS President and CEO. “Downton Abbey and the Crawley family have kept us on the edge of our seats as they navigate through some of the biggest moments of the 20th century.”