PBS Downton Abbey Final Season a Triumph, Begins Countdown Tonight 8pm

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Siblings Mary (Michelle Dockery) and Edith (Laura Carmichael)

Downton Abbey fans should look forward the final season, which is the best for last and is going out on a high note **** 4 Stars

By Gabrielle Pantera

HOLLYWOOD, CA (Hollywood Daily Star) 2016/1/3- Before the serious business of discussing the final season of Downton Abbey, here’s an irreverent and strange video clip of Will Ferrell’s impression of under-butler Thomas Barrow doing an Olympic Skating routine on The Tonight Show.

Fans of Thomas, that is, Rob James-Collier, will get to see more of him this season as he is central to the plot. Thomas continues to struggle to find his proper place in the world. A life of service at the great houses may soon cease to exist as a profession. Being a homosexual means he has no prospect of a life partner or family, that Downton Abbey may be the only family he has.

Although I won’t give spoilers, I have seen the entire season including the Christmas special finale. I can tell you this season is marvelous, that it has everything a Downton Abbey fan loves about the series, the touching family relationships upstairs and downstairs, and the sometimes ruthless competition to one-up.

Kelli O’Hara, star of Broadway’s King & I, kicks off the Downton Abbey season with a catch-up show for those (few) who may not have followed the series closely or anyone who wants to relive the best moments. Countdown to Downton Abbey premiers on Sunday, January 3rd, 2016, 8-9p ET on PBS. Cast and filmmaker interviews about the final season. There will be a live Twitter event during the broadcast. They will be tweeting during 9 to 10pm ET with PBS and MASTERPIECE insiders, as well as Yahoo TV, Mashable, and Tom & Lorenzo. @DowntonAbbey

Downton Abbeythe year is 1925 and more change is coming the Crawley estate’s owners and servants. The locations and fashion are an important part of the show, worth watching twice just to see the fashions and décor again. I wish there were 24 episodes this season, not just nine.

Last season Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) and Tom Branson (Allen Leech) where able to talk Robert, Earl of Grantham (Hugh Boneville) into letting them be the estate agents, but Branson leaves for America. Can Mary run the estate on her own?

Lady Edith (Laura Carmichael) is having issues with the editor at the magazine can she make the changes she needs to or will the magazine fall to ruin? With her daughter Marigold is at the house how will she keep the secret that Mary can use to ruin her life?

Cora (Elizabeth McGovern) has found purpose helping with the hospital, with the Dowager Countess (Maggie Smith). A change at the hospital pits Cora and Isobel (Penelope Wilton) against the Dowager, and she never loses.

The butler Carson (Jim Carter) and Mrs. Hughes (Phyllis Logan) face conflict over their upcoming wedding. Molesley (Kevin Doyle) helps Daisy (Sophie McShera) study for her exams. And the timid Molesley faces whether he will pursue his own secret ambition. Thomas Barrows  (Rob James-Collier) sees the result of his life choices, that being kinder would have been better, but will he change? Mrs. Patmore (Lesley Nicol)  finds her bed-and-breakfast business has hidden pitfalls. Anna (Joanna Froggatt) and her husband Mr. Bates (Brendan Coyle), finally clear of their legal troubles, find that life has another challenge for them to face.

Downton Abbey has become an obsession for many Americans. It’s a view into a past aristocratic world. History, romance, glamour angst and wit. Julian Fellows wrote Downton Abbey. It’s become a classic like Pride and Prejudice.

that most just read about. Downton Abbey’s last season starts this Sunday January 3, 2016.  It’s got

episode of Season 6.

Downton Abbey has won 12 Emmy awards. The series broadcasts first in the UK on ITV, then a year later in America. Downton Abbey saved PBS. What will happen next at PBS?  Can they find another must-see series to bring them success? Only time will tell. In the mean time, enjoy Downton Abbey.

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