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'Downton Abbey' final season gets U.S. premiere date

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PBS Masterpiece’s acclaimed crunchy gravel drama series Downton Abbey now has a final season premiere date. 

Not surprisingly, the series will return in January — when the show traditionally returns in the U.S. The Crawley family’s sixth and final season will premiere on Jan. 3. 

The news was announced at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour in Beverly Hills on Saturday, where PBS chief Paula Kerger also revealed that Downton will have a float in the Pasadena Tournament of Roses parade.

There’s also been some rumblings of a potential spin-off series to the Emmy favorite, but nothing firm has yet been announced. 

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