A grand manor will close its doors to its millions of weekly guests after "Downton Abbey" concludes next year. Producers of the popular British period drama confirmed Thursday that the saga will end after its sixth season, scheduled to air in the United States in early 2016. The finale will air earlier in England — on Christmas Day 2015.
"Our feeling is that it's good to quit while you're ahead," executive producer Gareth Neame said. He said that he and Julian Fellowes (who created the series and has written every episode) made the decision to wrap, in conjunction with the cast.
Asked about a rumored "Downton Abbey" feature film, Neame said, "It would be great fun to do," but added there are so far no plans in place, nor are there plans for a series spinoff. Stars include Hugh Bonneville, Jim Carter, Michelle Dockery, Elizabeth McGovern and Maggie Smith.
Harper Lee's new book cover revealed
The cover for Harper Lee's new novel will surely remind you of the cover for her old one. HarperCollins unveiled the jacket art for Lee's "Go Set a Watchman," the unexpected follow-up to her classic "To Kill a Mockingbird." The new cover, like the one for "To Kill a Mockingbird," is a moody illustration featuring an oak tree in front, but also shows train tracks and a train in the distance. HarperCollins President Michael Morrison noted that "Go Set a Watchman" begins with "Mockingbird" protagonist Scout Finch returning by train 20 years later, in the 1950s, to her native Alabama. HarperCollins has announced a first printing of 2 million copies and a July 14 release date for "Watchman."
probation: A man who crashed into Jennifer Lopez's Rolls-Royce last year has been sentenced to three years of probation after pleading no contest to drunken driving. The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said that Robert John Reitz, 54, of Las Vegas, also was sentenced to an alcohol rehabilitation program. Lopez was riding in the car with her two children when Reitz's pickup truck rear-ended their vehicle on the Pacific Coast Highway in September. Actress Leah Remini was behind the wheel at the time.
returning: Celine Dion is returning to the Colosseum stage at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas on Aug. 27 after a yearlong hiatus to care for her cancer-stricken husband, Rene Angelil, to allow her inflamed throat muscles to heal and to spend time with her three children. Caesars Entertainment Corp. said the singer's residency would resume with 40 performances between August and January.