Q: Why is "Downton Abbey" ending when it is so popular? There aren't even that many episodes every season. Is there any way a fan can write to the show's producers and beg them to keep it going?

A: Begging won't help. The show's upcoming sixth season will be its last. As executive producer Gareth Neame said in a prepared statement, "Inevitably, there comes a time when all shows should end, and 'Downton' is no exception. We wanted to close the doors when it felt right and natural for the story lines to come together and when the show was still being enjoyed so much by its fans."

In addition, it's been clear that the cast members have been trying to use their "Downton" fame as a springboard to other roles, and ending the show gives them more of a chance. According to Deadline.com, Julian Fellowes, who wrote the series, also has a deal for an NBC series that has been waiting until he was done with "Downton." (Although the seasons are shorter than those of U.S. shows, they still reduce actors' availability.)

Yet, for all that, Neame has reportedly hinted that a movie could follow the end of the series.

'Longmire' lands at Netflix

Q: My friends and I looked forward to "Longmire" every week. Why was it canceled? It seems that shows that are good for the older generation don't make it.

A: Judging from my mail, you are not alone in wishing to see more of the contemporary western. And it will be back for a fourth season, but in a different location. Online streaming service Netflix has ordered 10 episodes for presentation later this year. It promises that the new season will begin moments after the cliffhanger ending of the third season.

Calling 'Doc Martin'

Q: Can you please tell me if "Doc Martin" will return?

A: This is among the most asked questions I get from readers. The British series, which airs on public television stations in the U.S., has a lot of admirers. And the show will be back. Production began in March on a seventh series. But don't expect it on your telly anytime soon. Some reports indicated that it would air overseas late in 2015, then in the U.S. early in 2016 — but it's possible both those times will be pushed later.

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