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2013-05-12 01:13:53 PM
Maybe I'll start watching it at that point.

/not dissing, just don't watch
 
2013-05-12 01:19:40 PM
It's British TV.  Ten years means, what, 30 episodes?

/actually thinks that they're on to something there
//seen too many good American shows go straight into the shiatter at about episode 50
 
2013-05-12 01:36:08 PM
If it were on network tv, it'd have been cancelled by now.
 
2013-05-12 01:46:51 PM
I thought it already ended.
 
2013-05-12 02:41:58 PM
I'll start watching again for the episode when Lady Edith takes a magnificently gilded and ivory-inlaid axe and hacks up the whole lot of them, only to be told one last time by Lady Mary that Edith's axe-strokes are sub-par and merely ensure she'll be alone forever.
 
2013-05-12 02:57:38 PM

jake_lex: It's British TV.  Ten years means, what, 30 episodes?

/actually thinks that they're on to something there
//seen too many good American shows go straight into the shiatter at about episode 50


You just shut up. Cousin Oliver was the best character on The Brady Bunch.

That being said, I got hooked on Downton Abbey and I hope they bring the series to an end in my lifetime. I don't know if I'll be around in ten years.
 
2013-05-12 03:07:15 PM
But the Abbey is going to move to the suburbs
 
2013-05-12 03:13:47 PM
So it's just a gussied-up version of Coronation Street then?
 
2013-05-12 03:20:10 PM

Mr. Coffee Nerves: I'll start watching again for the episode when Lady Edith takes a magnificently gilded and ivory-inlaid axe and hacks up the whole lot of them, only to be told one last time by Lady Mary that Edith's axe-strokes are sub-par and merely ensure she'll be alone forever.


It's be Spartacus, only with more high brow dialogue and less breast shots.

Seriously, Netflix, get the other seasons up there already!

/And yes, Lady Mary needs to choke on a bag of dicks
//Bates is the coolest guy on that show
 
2013-05-12 03:21:26 PM
Shark-jumping was outlawed in Britain in 1921, so I doubt the series can last another ten years.
 
2013-05-12 03:21:26 PM

CarnySaur: So it's just a gussied-up version of Coronation Street then?


Nah, Upstairs Downstars 2000.

Though Upstairs Downstairs only ran for 5 years.
 
2013-05-12 03:24:30 PM
At the rate time's been progressing, 10 seasons will get them well into World War II.
 
2013-05-12 03:30:49 PM

FirstNationalBastard: CarnySaur: So it's just a gussied-up version of Coronation Street then?

Nah, Upstairs Downstars 2000.

Though Upstairs Downstairs only ran for 5 years.


And was ruined by that whiny annoying maid biatch whose voice sounds like nails on a chalkboard.
 
2013-05-12 03:32:06 PM

jake_lex: It's British TV.  Ten years means, what, 30 episodes?

/actually thinks that they're on to something there
//seen too many good American shows go straight into the shiatter at about episode 50


That's the difference between having the show creator/s writing every single episode and having a boardroom of a dozen or more doing the writing.
 
2013-05-12 03:33:16 PM
Bah I'm done with Downton after last season. Not going to post spoilers, but the show has run its course. I liked seeing the change from Victorian England to the present but after that what is there left to see?

Maybe they'll do a Star Wars and have prequels.
 
2013-05-12 03:46:45 PM
Happy Hogan approves.
 
2013-05-12 03:47:01 PM
Ten years?

That family's going to run out of cars.

/and oncoming vans.
 
2013-05-12 04:01:55 PM

war lobster: At the rate time's been progressing, 10 seasons will get them well into World War II.


Pretty much.  Hopefully, the show will end in the mid-1950s with whoever is lord of the manor at that point having the whole place pulled down to spite Inland Revenue so he doesn't have to pay death duties (a common occurance in post-War Britain).
 
2013-05-12 04:03:50 PM
I'm not sure about 10 more years.  They're already approaching the years when large estate homes like Downton were on the decline.  I'll happily continue to watch (hello, Branson!) as long as Lady Edith gets married, has a baby, and continually shoves her happy life into Lady Mary's face.
 
2013-05-12 04:08:41 PM

Dwight_Yeast: war lobster: At the rate time's been progressing, 10 seasons will get them well into World War II.

Pretty much.  Hopefully, the show will end in the mid-1950s with whoever is lord of the manor at that point having the whole place pulled down to spite Inland Revenue so he doesn't have to pay death duties (a common occurance in post-War Britain).


Or, lose all the family money in gambling debts, lose the abbey to the National Trust which turns it into a hotel.

/stayed in one of those once
//quite nice.
 
2013-05-12 04:40:31 PM
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Whenever I see this image, I think that the only person in it without a stick up his ass is Bates, and that's because he's leaning on it...
 
2013-05-12 05:03:59 PM
At the end of 10 years, we'll be in Mad Men era, and Kiernan Shipka will play Thomas' free-spirit granddaughter,
 
2013-05-12 05:06:51 PM
One of the things I like about this show is the masterful lighting and photography; there are spots in almost every episode where the missus and I pause the show to just stare at the still image on the screen and agree: "That looks just like a farking Vermeer there, GOD that is lovely."

They wrapped the last season in such a way that I guess you could walk away from it and feel like you know what the follow-on continuity will be.   I don't know how I will like some of the characters being replaced by new actors in the same roles: they're not all time-lords, you know.   But the writing and acting and editing/direction/photography make this such a treat to watch, I guess i'll stick with it.
 
2013-05-12 05:07:03 PM

DontMakeMeComeBackThere: Dwight_Yeast: war lobster: At the rate time's been progressing, 10 seasons will get them well into World War II.

Pretty much.  Hopefully, the show will end in the mid-1950s with whoever is lord of the manor at that point having the whole place pulled down to spite Inland Revenue so he doesn't have to pay death duties (a common occurance in post-War Britain).

Or, lose all the family money in gambling debts, lose the abbey to the National Trust which turns it into a hotel.

/stayed in one of those once
//quite nice.


That's another possibility: they give the Abbey to the National Trust, and the entire family ends up with a life tenancy on the dower cottage.
 
2013-05-12 05:18:02 PM
Dame Maggie Smith is 78, Even Dame Diana Rigg is 74....

Even if the actresses make it well into their 80s, we're going to need snarkier substitutes in the WWII era.
 
2013-05-12 05:47:21 PM
After last season, I don't think I want to watch anymore.  I'm not sure why Julian Fellowes is such a sadistic bastard, but damn... let's just rip every decent and good character out of the show in the most gutwrenching way possible.  Just watch, Bates will be next.
 
2013-05-12 05:49:08 PM
He added: "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."

That was this last season. The moment that y'all's writing changed from "hierarchical society adjusting to the new century" to "soap opera", the love was gone, baby. Gone.

/Carson rocks
//Thomas needs to just die
 
2013-05-12 05:54:00 PM

Iggie: [i1.cdnds.net image 618x682]

Whenever I see this image, I think that the only person in it without a stick up his ass is Bates, and that's because he's leaning on it...


Irish guy is okay and with Matthew out of the way his character might even become 2 or 3 dimensional! Especially as a parent of the eldest grandchild, and the only possible father figure for the Crawley heir.
 
2013-05-12 06:05:40 PM
I have watched a couple of episodes. Each one lasted ten years.
 
2013-05-12 06:08:50 PM
Since Game of Thrones will probably run for at least another ten years, can we continue to expect actors cycling through between the two shows?
 
2013-05-12 06:32:27 PM

Bennie Crabtree: Irish guy is okay and with Matthew out of the way his character might even become 2 or 3 dimensional! Especially as a parent of the eldest grandchild, and the only possible father figure for the Crawley heir.


Doesn't matter that he's the parent of the eldest grandchild, as she's a girl and therefore can't inherit.
 
2013-05-12 06:48:00 PM
I'd tune in for countless hours of the Dowager Countess being mortified by the changing times.
 
2013-05-12 07:09:53 PM
Show will be done when all the male heirs die in WWII, and they will have to sell off the house.
 
2013-05-12 07:14:37 PM
So, Matthew's heir will be old enough to be killed on D day, then?
 
2013-05-12 07:22:40 PM

Mr. Coffee Nerves: I'll start watching again for the episode when Lady Edith takes a magnificently gilded and ivory-inlaid axe and hacks up the whole lot of them, only to be told one last time by Lady Mary that Edith's axe-strokes are sub-par and merely ensure she'll be alone forever.


WORKING DRAFT
FADE IN:
EXT. DOWNTON-NIGHT.
CUT TO:
INT. DOWNTON-SAME.
CUT TO:
LADY MARY'S ROOM-SAME TIME.
Edith sits on a chair sulking as Mary looks at herself in the mirror.

MARY
I wonder what could be keeping Anna.

EDITH
I heard Carson say Anna was hit by a giant lorry in the village today and killed. Dragged fifty feet, apparently.

MARY
Sad. What was she doing in the village, anyway?

EDITH
Something about mailing a letter for Bates to herself.

MARY
That makes no sense.

EDITH (confused)
Why not? I used to post letters to myself all the time.

MARY
Poor Edith.

EDITH
Why does everyone keep saying that?

MARY
Because you're a foolish...
Edith stands and runs towards the closed glass window, which she crashes through and dives out of to her death.
MARY (to her own reflection)
How very boring of you Edith.
 

/Can't take credit, unfortunately.  But on the plus side, it keeps going until the badger counting contest finally arrives:

http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/shouts/2013/02/a-working-draft -f or-the-first-episode-of-downton-abbey-season-4.html
 
2013-05-12 07:29:22 PM
Since they only produce about 8 episodes a series ("season"), I can see that.

Now, if it were an American show, they'd have to do three times as many episodes per season, so they'd run out of ideas more quickly and the show'd have jumped the shark in 4.
 
2013-05-12 07:31:52 PM

Stile4aly: So, Matthew's heir will be old enough to be killed on D day, then?


Buzzbomb from the Blitz.
 
2013-05-12 07:39:45 PM

ArcadianRefugee: Since they only produce about 8 episodes a series ("season"), I can see that.

Now, if it were an American show, they'd have to do three times as many episodes per season, so they'd run out of ideas more quickly and the show'd have jumped the shark in 4.


I think it's six episodes in the UK and three in the US, but I really haven't been paying close enough attention.
 
2013-05-12 07:49:07 PM
I don't think they cancel anything in Britain. Hasn't Doctor Who been on for like 60 years?
 
2013-05-12 08:30:58 PM
It'll only seem like ten years.
 
2013-05-12 09:09:30 PM

houstondragon: Seriously, Netflix, get the other seasons up there already!


You misspelled "Amazon Streaming"

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57567159-93/amazon-scores-exclusive -r ights-to-stream-downton-abbey/
 
2013-05-12 09:29:39 PM

Dwight_Yeast: ArcadianRefugee: Since they only produce about 8 episodes a series ("season"), I can see that.

Now, if it were an American show, they'd have to do three times as many episodes per season, so they'd run out of ideas more quickly and the show'd have jumped the shark in 4.

I think it's six episodes in the UK and three in the US, but I really haven't been paying close enough attention.


I was just going on Wikipedia: 3 seasons, 25 episodes.

/study it out
 
2013-05-12 11:34:47 PM
and yet America got Firefly cancelled?

Why do you hate America? Stop watching this crap. Yes, it's crap. I've seen better crap at campground port-a-potty.
 
2013-05-13 12:46:11 AM

Galileo's Daughter: I'm not sure about 10 more years.  They're already approaching the years when large estate homes like Downton were on the decline.  I'll happily continue to watch (hello, Branson!) as long as Lady Edith gets married, has a baby, and continually shoves her happy life into Lady Mary's face.


Thread needs more shirtless Branson.
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Irish guys (from IRELAND) > all other men on planet Earth
 
2013-05-13 01:54:22 AM

eelee: Irish guys (from IRELAND) > all other men on planet Earth


This is the gods' truth right here.
 
2013-05-13 04:43:45 AM

Dwight_Yeast: Bennie Crabtree: Irish guy is okay and with Matthew out of the way his character might even become 2 or 3 dimensional! Especially as a parent of the eldest grandchild, and the only possible father figure for the Crawley heir.

Doesn't matter that he's the parent of the eldest grandchild, as she's a girl and therefore can't inherit.


Oh, haha! Whoops. I meant and as in also the only possible father figure. With Matthew gone his kid has no other father figure in the family. Irish dude's daughter won't inherit, but Matthew's son will. Who else would the scion look up to? The only man in the family of the right generation is an Irish dissident.
 
2013-05-13 10:44:19 AM

QT_3.14159: After last season, I don't think I want to watch anymore.  I'm not sure why Julian Fellowes is such a sadistic bastard, but damn... let's just rip every decent and good character out of the show in the most gutwrenching way possible.  Just watch, Bates will be next.


Matthew is dead so the show is dead to me.
 
2013-05-13 10:55:51 AM

theurge14: QT_3.14159: After last season, I don't think I want to watch anymore.  I'm not sure why Julian Fellowes is such a sadistic bastard, but damn... let's just rip every decent and good character out of the show in the most gutwrenching way possible.  Just watch, Bates will be next.

Matthew is dead so the show is dead to me.


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