Downton Abbey Season 6 will be the Last

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With the announcement that “Downton Abbey,” premiering January 2016 on MASTERPIECE, will be its sixth and final season, I’m writing to thank you for your enthusiasm and support of the series. And as a fan of Downton, I’m also a bit melancholy about the news.

All of us at KSPS share your appreciation of this drama – one of the most popular in the history of PBS and MASTERPIECE, and one of the most-watched dramas on American television.

The goal of the show’s creators was to evolve the series to reflect the characters’ growth, and the historical changes affecting life at Downton Abbey. They believe the past five seasons—and the sixth in production now—accomplish this.

There will be nine new episodes of “Downton Abbey” in its final season. KSPS will be also be bringing you new, ongoing MASTERPIECE dramas, including an 8-hour remake of “Poldark” in June and “Indian Summers,” an epic 10-part series, in September. Also coming: new episodes of “Sherlock”; a 6-hour “Home Fires,” telling the story of English life at home during WWII; and “Arthur & George,” based on Julian Barnes’ novel about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. In addition, “Last Tango in Halifax” returns in June, and in 2016, PBS and KSPS will premiere its first American drama in more than a decade.

It’s been great meeting all of the fans at our Downton events over the years, and we’re already planning several ways to say an appropriate goodbye to a show that’s meant so much to so many.

Together, let’s plan to make the coming year a celebration of “Downton Abbey,” and enjoy these new opportunities to experience some of the best drama on PBS.


Gary Stokes
General Manager, KSPS-TV