Sure, we know that today is Super Bowl Sunday, but there was a show that was airing up against it at this point one year ago in “Downton Abbey” … and it’s absolutely a show that we would love to see air against it once more.
When you actually sit back and think about it in retrospect, this is easily a show that could have gone on forever. It was a primetime period soap about people who lived in a stately manor house. While the times would have certainly changed and their staff dwindled, at the same time you would still have the Robert, Lady Mary, and everyone else within the famous family. They had their own children, and you could watch them get older and embark on their own path to the future, as well.
We don’t want to get too far ahead of ourselves right now; instead, we want to focus this entry in our TV Revivals series on whether or not the show could have a season 7 somewhere down the road. It’s definitely something that has been discussed very extensively over time, so now it is largely a question of whether or not it could ever come to fruition.
How to revive it – This isn’t that difficult — you either make it into a movie, or do something similar to “Sherlock” and air a few episodes every couple of years. In doing it this way, you allow Julian Fellowes, Gareth Neame, and the cast to pursue other projects while at the same time giving them a chance to play around a little bit more at Highclere Castle. So long as you bring back most of the characters, it would be easy to make it work. The show didn’t exactly end in a way where it would be impossible to bring it back; the estate is still there, as are many characters including Tom Branson, Mary, Cora, and some of the servants. Mr. Carson may have a reduced role, but you could bring him back here and there.
Could this happen? – Michelle Dockery now has “Good Behavior,” so you have to balance the schedule around that and all of the various other TV / movie projects that the entire group has going on. We presume that this is not going to be an easy task. Yet, at the same time there’s been so much smoke here that we think that eventually, there will be fire. It may take a year or so, but given the open-ended nature of the series finale, we feel like a time will come when ITV wants to explore this.
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