Eaton anticipates increased Emmy competition for “Downton Abbey”

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The regal Downton Abbey‘s Emmy-category switch from mini-series to drama could put it up against “American TV’s real aristocracy,” reports, such as Mad Men, Breaking Bad, The Killing and Game of Thrones.

“We’re going to be in a whole other orbit,” said Rebecca Eaton, Masterpiece e.p. “We won against some very stiff competition last year from HBO, for which we all remain enormously proud. But in American TV, the drama series track clearly is the faster track. It’ll be interesting to go toe-to-toe with those very different shows and see how we do.”

Season 1 of Downton had four episodes; Season 2, seven — exceeding the six that generally define a regular series and prompting the category change.

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