‘Downton Abbey’ season 6: Return date, what to expect from Michelle Dockery, cast

Mary -Tonight, “Downton Abbey” ended its fifth season on PBS, and it has already been over for months in the United Kingdom.

So when can you expect the likes of Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, and more back on your TV sets? Well, be prepare to wait for a very long time. The new season is going to be filming over the months ahead, and it will premiere in Great Britain on ITV this September … at least so long as it follows the same tradition of what the network has done the past few years. There are no reports out there of major departures, though there are rumors surrounding the likes of Allen Leech, Lily James, and more.

As for America, expect the sixth season to be back on the air come January 2016. Why won’t PBS move the date around? The simple answer is that there is no reason for them to. They like having the show in this spot. While you have competition from the Super Bowl, the Oscars, and the Grammys, they still feel like as a whole, there are more opportunities for the show to shine here than it would if it aired during the fall. There are also some other factors that are at play here, given that it is jumping countries and networks.

As for whether or not this will be the last season, there are of course rumors about that, as well. Nothing is confirmed, and while we’d want the show to live forever in our mind, the reality here is that nothing great lasts forever. It may be better to end on top.

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