As we eagerly await the season three premiere of “Downton Abbey,” consider this over tea and crumpets: life before Lady Mary was mucking up her love life and Lady Sybil was wearing pants. Julian Fellowes, the creator of of the show, has announced his plans for a spin-off drama, following the courtship of Lord and Lady Grantham. At a recent BAFTA lecture, he said, “I do have an idea of doing a prequel of the courtship. He only fell in love after they married. He married her for the money. That is something he came to feel quite guilty about.” Here’s what we have to say on the matter: SMASHING. Cora … that minx. And now I’ll have to talk in a British accent for the rest of the day. [Express UK]
I’m purposefully putting this “Downton Abbey” spoiler-y stuff after the jump so no one has a heart attack and dies and then it is on my conscience. I won’t even tell you which Crawley sister the spoiler involves! You have to click “Read more” to find out. Really. Keep reading »
Quick! Watch the leaked “Downton Abbey” season three trailer! Before it gets yanked offline! In case it gets pulled before you can watch it, here’s quick sort of spoiler-y summary, after the jump! Keep reading »
The cast of “Downton Abbey” — both upstairs and downstairs — attended the Olympic Opening Ceremony last Friday. They posed for a group shot in front of the stadium, with Mr. Bates in something of a compromised position. But! Where’s the Dowager Countess? You know she wouldn’t dare mingle with the hoi polloi. And speaking of the Countess … the season three promotional cast shot is online, and it features some of the heralded new castmates and a foreboding dark sky (oooh symbolism!). Check it out after the jump!
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“Downtown Abbey”‘s season three premiere on January 6 is a long way off. But it’s never too early for spoilers! At a press tour last night for the Television Critics Association, creator Julian Fellowes spilled the beans on what we can expect from the PBS upstairs/downstairs tale. Namely, Shirley MacLaine. Keep reading »
The 2012 Emmy Award Nominations were announced this morning and, personally, I was pretty stoked on the nominations. “Girls” and Lena Dunham were nominated in the comedy series and lead actress categories which made me think two things: A) “Girls” is a comedy series? and B) Suck it, haters! Practically the entire cast of “Breaking Bad” was nominated (though Saul and Hector were overlooked, in my opinion), as were a number of actors from “Downton Abbey.” “Mad Men” represented, as did “Game of Thrones” — Peter Dinklage, I’d guess, is a lock to win his category. After the jump, check out the nominations for all the major TV categories (those in bold are who I’m rooting for, because I know you care), and the rest of the nominees at the link. [Emmys] Keep reading »
The news that Dame Maggie Smith — aka the Dowager Countess — is hesitating to renew her contract for future seasons of “Downton Abbey” shook me to my very core. I mean, what would Downton be without her? A sad, empty shell of a show, that’s what. Here are 10 reasons “Downton Abbey” desperately needs the Dowager Countess … Keep reading »
Could there be two worlds set more far apart than that of party monster baseball player Kenny Powers and the genteel universe of butlers, maids and secret eavesdropping at Downton Abbey? And yet! When the two come together, something more than magical occurs. It’ll have you wondering why it took so long for someone to sloppily edit these two TV shows together.