The farewell to Downton Abbey — stateside, at least — begins early next year.
The sixth and final season of the series will premiere Jan. 3 on PBS, it was announced Saturday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills.
In March, executive producer Gareth Neame issued the following statement about the decision to shutter Downton.
Millions of people around the world have followed the journey of the Crawley family and those who serve them for the last five years. Inevitably there comes a time when all shows should end and Downton is no exception. We wanted to close the doors of Downton Abbey when it felt right and natural for the storylines to come together and when the show was still being enjoyed so much by its fans. We can promise a final season full of all the usual drama and intrigue, but with the added excitement of discovering how and where they all end up…