Emmys 2011: 'Downton Abbey' Crew Celebrates Their Wins
Rebecca Eaton, executive producer of the British series by Julian Fellowes airing on PBS, said "the Academy recognized" a show "that stands on its merits."
The domination of the period drama Downton Abbey at the Primetime Emmy Awards (where it had four wins on Sunday night, more than Boardwalk Empire or Mildred Pierce) was also a victory for PBS over other services, especially HBO which has frequently won the category in the past.
Julian Fellowes, executive producer of the British-made series, had said on the stage it was a victory of David over Goliath.
As Julian said, “HBO has tremendous marketing and advertising muscle behind it,” said executive producer Rebecca Eaton. “This is about a show that stands on its merits and the Academy recognized that. I’m very proud of it.”
Fellowes, an actor turned producer, said there is another season of Downton Abbey coming. In fact, as it was winning the Emmy, the second season was premiering in the U.K.
Eaton said it would air in the U.S. beginning next January.
Will the attention from Emmy help raise its profile in the U.S. Eaton noted Downton Abbey has already been named the most critically acclaimed TV show of the year. She said the nominations were wonderful but it is this win that she feels will really bring the program a lot more attention in the U.S.