Producers announced that the popular period drama's is coming to an end after its upcoming sixth season. Executive producer Gareth Neame said in a telephone news conference that the decision had nothing to do with cast contract negotiations or a dip in ratings. He said it's just the "right time" to end things and that producers feel "it's good to quit while we're ahead."
Though there are no plans for a spin-off TV series, Gareth said a Downton Abbey movie may happen.
The British series first aired in 2010 and since has become one of the most widely watched television dramas in the world.
The filmmaker said in a statement, "Directing Fifty Shades of Grey has been an intense and incredible journey for which I am hugely grateful. I have Universal to thank for that. I forged close and lasting relationships with the cast, producers and crew and most especially, with Dakota [Johnson] and Jamie [Dornan]. While I will not be returning to direct the sequels, I wish nothing but success to whosoever takes on the exciting challenges of films two and three." Johnson has previously stated that she and Fifty Shades author E.L. James often feuded throughout the making of the movie.
After months of speculation, FOX announced Tuesday that The X-Files will be revived in a six-part series premiering this summer.
Series creator and executive producer Chris Carter says, "I think of it as a 13-year commercial break. The good news is the world has only gotten that much stranger, a perfect time to tell these six stories."
Stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson will reprise the roles they played from 1993 to 2002 on the small screen and in two films on the big screen.
Producers admit that the HBO series will spoil the novels. At Oxford University Friday, David Benioff said, "I wish there were some things we didn't have to spoil. We are kind of stuck between a rock and a hard place." The problem is that the final two books have yet to be published with the seventh and final one, A Dream of Spring, not even written.
David added that readers will still be in for some surprises. "There are certain things that are going to happen in the books that are different from the show."
Season five premieres April 12th on HBO.