'Downton Abbey' EP on Dan Stevens' exit, J.J. Abrams and Newt Gingrich

When you're executive producer of one of the biggest hits in the world, "Downton Abbey" -- airing in the U.S. on PBS' "Masterpiece Classic" -- success can bring its own problems.According to Gareth Neame, the issues for the World War I-era drama about about the aristocratic British Crawley family and its household staff begin at home.Talking to Zap2it over afternoon tea at the exclusive Soho House in West Hollywood, Calif., Neame says, "To be really honest with you, the show is so successful, and we don't like success in Britain. Everyone loved the show, then when it got really successful, the commentators thought it got too popular, too mainstream, 'It's too successful.'"Asked why the British press likes to tear down things that do well, Neame says, "Funnily enough, it stems from the very class system that we address on the show. The legacy of the class system is very, very destructive. It makes people feel...


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