2016 has already been a sad year for some TV viewers, who have had to say goodbye to beloved shows, and few of those were more internationally popular than Downton Abbey, which aired its emotional finale in March here in the U.S. Thankfully, fans of creator Julian Fellowes will not have to wait long at all to see his follow-up project Doctor Thorne, as the drama has been picked up by Amazon Studios, which will debut the new project later this month.
That’s right, the ink is still drying on the Doctor Thorne paperwork, but Amazon will allow subscribers to watch the entire first season (of three episodes) starting on May 20. So if you play your cards right, you’ll be done with it by the time Saturday night rolls around, and then you’ll be stuck waiting an undetermined amount of time for Fellowes’ next show to rear its distinguished and well-coifed head.
Created and written by Fellowes and directed by Niall MacCormick, Doctor Thorne stars Tom Hollander as the titular doc, who finds his life going from quiet to manic over the impending elopement of his niece Mary (Stefani Martini) to Frank Grasham (Harry Richardson). The problem there is Frank’s mother Lady Arabella (Rebecca Front), who lords over the village Greshambury, wants her son to instead follow through with the arranged marriage to American heiress Martha Dunstable (Allison Brie), since the family is now as broke as they used to be wealthy. The cast also includes Ian McShane, Richard McCabe, Phoebe Nicholls, Gwyneth Keyworth and many more. The story was adapted from the book written by Anthony Trollope.
Check out the trailer released to coincide with the Amazon news.
One would think that another ensemble family drama from Julian Fellowes would have been accepted with open arms and praise-heavy acclaim, but that’s not exactly what happened when the three-part series debuted in the U.K. in March. Some outlets and critics were kind, but there were many that were mixed and negative. Nothing is perfect, right? Even if you don’t like it all that much, there are only three episodes to go through. Put forth the effort!
Julian Fellowes also has some other projects coming down the line. For NBC, he’s putting together The Gilded Age, which will potentially be set in the same universe as Downton Abbey, and he’s also being sought out again by PBS to put something else together. PBS is presumably pretty happy with the Downton replacement Mercy Street, but who would turn a nose up to more from Fellowes?
So remember, Doctor Thorne will premiere on Amazon Video on Friday, May 20.