TVLine reports that the Emmy-winning series will come to an end after the next batch of episodes airs, noting that the move came down to logistics. The site writes:
Parent company NBC Universal had no comment on TVLine's report. Stay tuned for an official announcement about "Downton"'s end (and when season six may premiere).
The decision to end Downton was mostly a practical one - the cast's contracts expire at the end of Season 6 and, with one or two possible exceptions, the actors are ready to move on.
"You can keep the show going without Matthew and Sybill, but you can't continue it without the entire Crawley family," an insider notes.
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