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PBS in search of the next ‘Downton Abbey’: ‘I think that the lightning in more than one time,’ says exec

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Explaining the popularity of ‘Downton Abbey’

Critically-acclaimed series is a worldwide phenomenon

LOS ANGELES – It’s been almost three years ago that “Downton Abbey” fans have seen the beloved series on TV, but our world is still looking for her next hit show.

“We are always looking for that new something,” Paula Kerger, PBS President and CEO, told reporters in the 2018 Television Critics Associations’ Summer Press Tour in Beverly Hills, California, on Monday.

“Of course, we live in an abundance of big drama now, and I think that for us in public broadcasting… of course, we are looking for new and compelling drama,” she continued. “But we are really looking for a number of programs that we are not at other places.”

“‘Downton Abbey’ is a special moment,” Kerger noted, adding, “Some refer to it as a lightning in a bottle case, but I think the lightning in more than one time.”

Earlier this month, Focus Features announced that it will begin production this summer on a “Downton” film that will reunite the Crawley family, with the primary cast set to return.

The film adaptation, which will be written and produced by series creator, Julian Fellowes, will probably be released sometime next year.

“Downton Abbey” became a worldwide hit of 2010 to 2015, airing six seasons in at least 150 countries, and a record for a non-AMERICAN tv shows with 69 Emmy nominations.

Brian Percival, who directed the series’ pilot, will direct the film.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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