Shipped to Emmy votersÂ in a simple bubble wrapper, the “Downton Abbey” sixth season setÂ consists ofÂ three DVDs (see below). Though it lacksÂ theÂ bells and whistles that TV academyÂ members areÂ 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-champÂ Maggie Smith). Could this be a “Hey, don’t forget about her again!”Â wink? We’ll let you decide.
While “Downton Abbey” is the reigning SAG Awards champÂ for Best Drama Ensemble, it has yet to claimÂ the equivalent prize at the Emmys despite fourÂ previous bids for Best Drama Series (it won Best Miniseries/TV Movie for its first season back in 2011). Will its sixthÂ and final season be a winner withÂ EmmyÂ voters who just received all nine episodes? After all, in 2014Â “Breaking Bad” won this award when it signed off after five seasons.Â ButÂ 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.