Oliver Goldstick will write and executive produce remake of UK miniseries
Eight new "Downton Abbey" episodes plus a Christmas special will begin filming in February
Maggie Smith has reportedly told "Downton Abbey" creator Julian Fellowes that she wants the third season to be her last on the show
The first of 26 episodes will debut Sunday, Oct. 3
Hourlong show will feature interviews with Boyle, Cowell, as well as performances.
Forget "Brideshead," What we excel at are ghastly reality shows.