Downton

Gareth Neame wants 6 more years of Downton Abbey. That’s fantastic, because, you know what–fans want 6 more years as well. Don’t you agree?

The Emmy-winning British series has three successful seasons under its belt. If you’re like me, you have been riveted by each and every second. So, it is very pleasant to hear that series creator Gareth Neame has faith in just how much steam this locomotive has to keep running. Neame has a number in his head and that number is 10–10 seasons–at least of Downton Abbey, allowing the soapy period drama to go for at least 6 more years if he gets his way.

“I think it is going to go on for a while,” he said. “Right now the show is still growing in the U.S. and it would be awful to think of the show ending.”

Amen to that. The best part of this news is the writers don’t show signs of being too troubled by having to kill off the handful of deserters as I like to call them.

NY Daily News also reminded us why 6 more years of Downton would be highly lucrative. The PBS Masterpiece Theater runaway hit airs in something like 219 countries around the world, and despite being about a rich family and its servants in 1920s England, is considered one of the most popular series around.

“I would rather let the show run between four and 10 years, I imagine,” said Neame. “I would rather that we picked the right year (to end) and that in 20 years time the show was loved rather than we went on a season too long and people fell out of love with it,” he said.

Season four of Downton is in production now and has added a rather interesting actor of color to the cast, as I mentioned previously. Many think this was a move much overdue.

The only item on the agenda which threatens Neame’s grand schemes is that his co-producer and sole scriptwriter Julian Fellowes has a new project, namely NBC’s upcoming The Gilded Age.

“I dread that day when there might be a time we might bring a couple of other writers into that process,” he said. “We have been very fortunate and a key part of the show’s success is Julian. He invented all the characters and every word they say and that has got to be part of the success of the show,” says Neame. “I hope to keep him for as long as we possibly can. What Julian does is unique.”

The Gilded Age is poised to be a hit as well. If Americans love Downton, wouldn’t they also enjoy an American Downton story? NBC’s project will follow the lives of the American Robber Barons in 1800s New York. You know, families like the Rockefellers, Carnegies, Astors, and Morgans. Hey, I’ll give that a try, not that my loyalty for Downton will falter…so long as the Dowager Countess sticks around at least.