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'Downton Abbey' producer open to taking show on location to New York

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NEW YORK — Could the Crowley family of "Downton Abbey" — and their loyal servants — ever come to America?

Executive producer Gareth Neame says he'd like to see it happen.

PBS hosted a Q&A with Neame and some of the cast members Monday in New York where a portion of the season five premiere was screened.

An audience member noted that the Crowleys — the fictional aristocratic family that the show is centered on — have relatives in New York and asked whether "Downton Abbey" would ever go there on location.

PHOTO: Hugh Bonneville, from left, Laura Carmichael, Lesley Nicol, Phyllis Logan and Robert James-Collier attend the "Downton Abbey" Season 5 cast photo call on Monday, Dec. 8, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Hugh Bonneville, from left, Laura Carmichael, Lesley Nicol, Phyllis Logan and Robert James-Collier attend the "Downton Abbey" Season 5 cast photo call on Monday, Dec. 8, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Neame said it was a great idea, but would cost roughly $10 million.

Shirley MacLaine and Paul Giamatti play the family's American relatives who have made cameos on the series.

"Downton Abbey," made by Britain's ITV network, returns Jan. 4 on PBS in the United States.


Online:

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/downtonabbey/

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