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    Downton Abbey is officially saying goodbye after six seasons. Masterpiece and PBS announced the news on Thursday (March 26th) after months of rumors and comments from the cast.

    Executive producer Gareth Neame said in a statement, "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." He told reporters after the announcement, "I think our feeling is that it's good to quite while you're ahead. We feel the show is in incredibly strong shape...the show is so popular globally, but the danger with this sort of thing is to let them go on forever. The danger is if you run to seven, eight, nine, 10 years, it's very addictive to want to do that. But I think it's more important to us to make a perfectly formed show, in our opinion, that we bring to an end when they think the timing is right and that people will love and remember that show for many, many years to come and not feel that there was any sort of drop off -- we outstayed our welcome."

    • Gareth also revealed that they are discussing the idea of bringing the Crawley family to the big screen.
    • PBS president Paula Kerger also releases a statement which read, "PBS and our member stations have been so proud to be the home of Downton Abbey on Masterpiece in the United States. We, like the fans, simply cannot wait to see what will happen to the Crawley family and their beloved staff as this incredible series culminates in Season 6. The series has enjoyed such success over the past five seasons and we'll certainly be working alongside Carnival, Masterpiece and PBS member stations to make Season 6 the biggest yet. Until then, Sunday nights on PBS continue to offer fans a full slate of must view British and, soon, American historical drama."
    • The show has earned three Golden Globes and 11 Emmys since it premiered in 2011.


    Jon Hamm made his first public appearance following his stint in rehab at a Mad Men event sponsored by AMC where he broke his silence about his treatment.

    The 44-year-old told Australia's TV Week, "Life throws a lot at you sometimes, and you have to deal with it as much as you can. I've been very fortunate that throughout the most recent 24-hour period, I've had a lot of family and friends support me. I've said in varying ways that acting can be a difficult endeavor, certainly not as difficult as the recent example I used of being a baby heart surgeon. It does present its own challenges...and so does life." Jon added, "I understand it constitutes news these days, but it's between me and my family and not something for public consumption."

    • Jon also addressed whether his issues with alcohol have anything to do with playing booze-loving Don Draper saying, "Obviously there can be a lot of discussion about how much of this is related to that, and honestly I don't have much to say about that either."
    • Jon spent 30 days at Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, Conn. at the end of February.


    'SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE' TAPS TARAJI P. HENSON TO HOST: Taraji P. Henson has been announced as an upcoming host of Saturday Night Live. The Empire star will be featured on the show on April 11th with Mumford & Sons as the musical guest. The episode will mark Taraji's first time hosting. It was also announced that Michael Keaton will host on April 4th with Carly Rae Jepsen.

    WENDY WILLIAMS LANDS NEW SHOW: Wendy Williams has landed a new show on the Investigation Discovery network called Death by Gossip with Wendy Williams. The show will explore crimes that were fueled by gossip, rumors, and sordid half-truths. It is expected to premiere later this year.

    HISTORY CHANNEL RENEWS 'VIKINGS': The History Channel wants more Vikings. The network has renewed the drama series for a fourth season. Production is expected to begin in Ireland in the spring. The third season finale will be airing on April 23rd. The network said in a statement, "Vikings has raided the hearts of both audiences and critics, establishing itself as one of the most compelling, visually stunning dramas on television. We are so proud of our immensely talented cast and crew led by Michael Hirst, whose intriguing storylines and pivotal arcs have the perfect balance of scope, smarts and bloodshed to keep our loyal fans watching and wanting more."

    WHO IS REPLACING ROSIE O'DONNELL ON 'THE VIEW'?: Producers for The View have reportedly narrowed down their search for someone to replace Rosie O'Donnell. A source told Radar Online, "They really like Raven-Symone. And comedian Mario Cantone could get a recurring contract." The insider continued, "They will have a more in-depth selection process than last time. The panel that debuts in the fall will be the panel for the year."

    'BARBERSHOP 3' IN THE WORKS: New Line is teaming up with MGM to release a third Barbershop film. According to Deadline, the studios are ironing out details for Ice Cube and Cedric the Entertainer to bring back their characters from the first two films. They are also reportedly in talks with Queen Latifah and Nicki Minaj to round out the cast. Malcolm D. Lee will direct.


    Apparently going into labor couldn't even keep Kerry Washington away from social media. The Scandal star reveals in the new issue of Net-A-Porter.com's The EDIT that she actually live-tweeted an episode of the show as she waited for her baby girl to arrive.

    Kerry tells the magazine, "Every Thursday within three weeks of my daughter Isabelle's due date, I loaded up pre-tweets based on the episodes and what I would want to say. I tweeted in the very early stages of my labor. I figured that if I went completely silent on social media, then people would know I was in the hospital!"

    • She also discusses Shonda Rhimes' vision for the character of Olivia Pope saying, "She never wrote Olivia Pope to be a role model; she wrote her to be a human being, and part of what people identify with so much is that she is conflicted. In some ways, she's so aspirational -- you want to walk like her, dress like her, command attention like her and control a situation like her. In other ways, she's a warning of what not to be. Not to say that I have it all together, but I think I have a little bit more awareness about my behavior patterns and I do the work it takes to get out of them."

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