'Downton Abbey' Creator Julian Fellowes Says the Show Might End After Season 5

'Downton Abbey' creator Julian Fellowes hints that the beloved TV show may end after season 6.

'Downton Abbey' creator Julian Fellowes hints that the beloved TV show may end after season 6.

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Is Downton Abbey ending? The show's creator, Julian Fellowes (pictured above with Michelle Dockery, who plays Lady Mary), reveals that the hugely popular British drama may end after its fifth season.

Although a fifth season of the show is already confirmed, Julian reveals to the Wall Street Journal that he's not sure what will happen after that. "I don't know yet if there is a season six, but it's not going to go on forever," the writer said.

In fact, the author is already committed to another show, The Gilded Age, about NYC aristocrats in the late 1800s. But Julian says the new program, which is under contract to NBC Universal, can't start until Downton is over and he has more time to work on it.

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"[Downton] won't be Perry Mason," he joked, a reference to the 1960s legal drama that ran for nine seasons, plus a sequel and a series of TV movies.

The hugely popular series, about the Earl of Grantham and his wealthy family dealing with changing social standards in World War I-era Britain, has won a Golden Globe for Best Miniseries and an Emmy for actress Maggie Smith. It also set a record for the most Emmy nominations for a non-American show in history and has also been spoofed on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and on Saturday Night Live.

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