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'Downton Abbey' Season 4: Details Surrounding The Postponement & Move For Upcoming Season

Due to unanticipated renovations now set to take place in Baldwin, which is where the crew of Downton Abbey was supposed to shoot, PBS made the announcement that season four of the hit British-American drama won't be airing until the spring 2014.

By Robert Leo, EnStars on Apr 01, 2013 03:17 PM EDT
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The cast of British period drama "Downton Abbey." (Photo : PBS.org)

Due to unanticipated renovations now set to take place in Baldwin, which is where the crew of Downton Abbey was supposed to shoot, PBS made the announcement that season four of the hit British-American drama won't be airing until the spring 2014.

According to Albion Pleiad, series creator Julian Fellows acknowledged the issue on March 30.

"We halted plans for production because of the construction going on in lower Baldwin.  We're anticipating a new modern, atmosphere to film peasants serving the Crawley family," he said.

Since the PBS network reduced its budget for the upcoming Downtown Abbey, the program was forced to move locations from Highclere Castle in the UK over to Albion College in the U.S.

"Filming with the Brits at Albion College allows us to maintain our connection with British culture, even though we're producing the series in a college cafeteria," said Jim Carter, who dons the role of butler Charles Carson.

The cast was familiarized with the new plans that are currently being laid out for renovations, as Maggie Smith (Lady Grantham) took an interest how students around the college were dining.

"What is a weekend?  You are quite wonderful the way you see room for improvement wherever you look.  I never knew such reforming zeal."

While touring the Albion set, Smith appeared to resemble more and more of her character, as she jokingly dissed her fellow cast members' excitement to be in the U.S.

"It always happens when you give these little people power.  It goes to their heads like strong drink."

The students themselves were actually quite vocal about the popular series' postponement.

"How ratchet that PBS can't film until after the Baldwin Renovation," said Ann Arbor sophomore Nicole Iraola.

 

 

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