Seems Dame Maggie Smith was correct about next season being her last on “Downton Abbey” since it will be the last for everyone. The cast’s contracts expire at the end of Season 6 and most are ready to move on.
The finale will air on Christmas Day in England, where the series has always been shown first. Traditionally, the American season begins the following month in January.
I know. George Clooney has nothing to do with Broadway, NJ regionals, or London stages — except maybe as an audience member — but he is a class act and is supporting “Downton Abbey,” which is filled with veteran stage actors.
He filmed a scene for the popular TV series, which airs in the U.S. later than in England as part of Masterpiece Theatre. The scene will used for charity efforts during Christmas.