When the ornate doors of “Downton Abbey” closed earlier this year, it left a hole not only in the hearts of the show’s legions of fans worldwide, but also in the programming lineup at PBS, where the drama had been a huge hit as a mainstay of the broadcaster’s “Masterpiece” series.
Now PBS has detailed how it plans to fill that void, and a big part of the plan involves giving fans of “Downton Abbey” the “royal treatment” — starting with “Victoria,” a series focused on the British royals of the 19th century that is likely to appeal to those who have had their Anglophilia stoked by “Downton.”
And that’s just the beginning. In a presentation at the TCA summer press tour, PBS unveiled a strong lineup of dramas and documentaries that will be premiering in the months ahead. Click here to read Open Mic blogger Hillary Atkin’s full report.