NEW YORK - Could the Crawley family of "Downton Abbey" - and their loyal servants - ever come to America?

Executive producer Gareth Neame says he'd like to see it happen.

PBS hosted a Q&A with Neame and some of the cast members Monday in New York, where a portion of the Season 5 premiere was screened.

An audience member noted that the Crawleys - the fictional aristocratic family on which the show is centered - have relatives in New York and asked whether "Downton Abbey" would ever go there on location.

Neame said it was a great idea - one that would cost roughly $10 million.

Shirley MacLaine and Paul Giamatti play the family's American relatives who have made cameos on the series.

"Downton Abbey," made by Britain's ITV network, returns Jan. 4 on WHYY12 and other PBS channels.

There also will be a sixth season of the popular show, says the real-life lady of Highclere Castle, where the series is filmed in Britain.

Lady Fiona Carnarvon, in New York for a fundraiser, told the New York Post's Cindy Adams this week that the show's sixth season is already planned.

- Daily News wire services