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'Downton Abbey' renewed for Season 5

November 10, 2013|By Jessica Gelt
  • Hugh Bonneville as Lord Grantham, left, and Jim Carter as Mr. Carson from the series "Downton Abbey." The fourth season will debut Jan 5, 2014.
Hugh Bonneville as Lord Grantham, left, and Jim Carter as Mr. Carson from… (Joss Barratt / Associated…)

Just as "Downton Abbey" fans are gearing up for the Season 4 debut of their beloved period drama, which is scheduled for Jan. 5, 2014, it's been announced that there will be a fifth season.

The show, which will continue to air on PBS' "Masterpiece Classics" in the United States and ITV in the U.K., has proven a pop-culture phenomenon for PBS. It's actually the network's most-watched drama ever.

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Created by Julian Fellowes, "Downton Abbey" first aired in 2010 and has since garnered much critical acclaim and won a number of Golden Globe and Emmy awards. It takes place in the Yorkshire country estate called Downton Abbey and follows the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and its live-in staff during the early 20th century — a time of massive change for the British class system.

"Downton Abbey" is a Carnival Films and Masterpiece co-production, and although the show seemed a shoo-in for renewal due to its unprecedented popularity, nothing was for sure thanks to a variety of factors, including how in demand Fellowes has been outside the series.

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