Downton Abbey, Season 6

(Rochester, NY) – The top- rated PBS drama of all time approaches its climactic chapter as Downton Abbey enters its sixth and final season on MASTERPIECE, bringing exciting closure to a  remarkable series. Where will fate, passion, ambition, and duty lead television’s most  beloved characters? Millions of devoted viewers will soon find out on the final season of Downton Abbey, airing in nine enthralling episodes at 9 p.m., Sundays, January 3 –  February 21, 2016 with the series finale airing Sunday, March 6, 2016 WXXI-TV.

Making their bittersweet farewell are members of the beloved cast, including Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, Elizabeth McGovern, Jim Carter, Joanne Froggatt, Penelope Wilton, Phyllis Logan, Laura Carmichael, Brendan Coyle, Lesley Nicol, Sophie  McShera, Robert James-  Collier, Allen Leech, Kevin Doyle, Samantha Bond, David Robb,  Raquel Cassidy and Michael Fox.

Since Downton Abbey’s first season, its audience has grown at a phenomenal rate, more than doubling by Season 5, which reached 25.5 million viewers. The show is consistently one of the most-watched dramas on American television, often beating all competitors in its Sunday night time slot.

Downton Abbey opened Season 1 with a crisis sparked by the sinking of the Titanic in 1912. Having weathered the demise of a string of heirs, the horrors of World War I, the Spanish flu, false convictions and romantic betrayals, not to mention the compromising death of a Turkish diplomat in the throes of passion, Downton Abbey is primed for new surprises in Season 6.

Season 6 opens in 1925 with a series of crises reflecting the momentous changes that are transforming society. Women's rights have given Lady Mary and Lady Edith new positions of responsibility: Mary runs the estate, and Edith manages the magazine she inherited from Michael Gregson. Meanwhile, Tom Branson has left for Boston, and newlyweds Lady Rose and Atticus Aldridge are trying their luck in Jazz Age New York. Anna Bates faces a murder charge, though many still suspect her husband. And for the rest of the servants, big doubts hang over their jobs. Will great houses and the fortunes that support them soon be gone?

Caption: Downton Abbey Cast, Final Season
Courtesy of Nick Briggs/Carnival Film & Television Limited 2015 for MASTERPIECE



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