‘Downton Abbey’ final season: Emmy Awards FYC campaign mailer sneak peek

Shipped to Emmy voters in a simple bubble wrapper, the “Downton Abbey” sixth season set consists of three DVDs (see below). Though it lacks the bells and whistles that TV academy members are accustomed to from other campaigns, there are plenty of colors, visuals, photos, FYC category contenders and critical praise to entice voters to take a closer look. And here’s a strategically placed solo flap dedicated to the Dowager Countess of Grantham herself, Violet Crawley (played by three-time Emmy-champ Maggie Smith). Could this be a “Hey, don’t forget about her again!” wink? We’ll let you decide.

While “Downton Abbey” is the reigning SAG Awards champ for Best Drama Ensemble, it has yet to claim the equivalent prize at the Emmys despite four previous bids for Best Drama Series (it won Best Miniseries/TV Movie for its first season back in 2011). Will its sixth and final season be a winner with Emmy voters who just received all nine episodes? After all, in 2014 “Breaking Bad” won this award when it signed off after five seasons. But to do so it must best frontrunner “Game of Thrones.” That fantasy series won this race last year over, among others, both “Downton Abbey” and “Mad Men,” which ended after seven seasons.

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