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George Clooney To Appear In Beloved British TV Series...Sort Of

September 11th, 2014 2:11pm EDT
George Clooney
George Clooney will appear in a "Downton Abbey" charity film alongside his "Monuments Men" co-star Hugh Bonneville.

Clooney has already filmed several scenes for the project, which is part of ITV's Christmas fundraiser, Text Santa. It's set to air in the United Kingdom in December.

The actor will reportedly play an American wedding guest.

A source told Britain's The Sun newspaper, "This is the biggest moment in Downton history and shows it's now the biggest drama in the world. All the plans have been shrouded in secrecy because George was determined for his role not to leak out... George...
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'Downton Abbey' Season 5 Photos Include One With A Glaring Mistake

August 14th, 2014 9:57pm EDT
'Downton Abbey' Season 5 Photos Include One With A Glaring Mista
"We are delighted to present to you, lords and ladies, a first look at your beloved characters in Series 5 of Downton Abbey," declared the show's Facebook page earlier today.

"What stories may unfold for them in the coming episodes, what dramas await? The excitement is almost unbearable!"

One story that's currently making the rounds is the photo they released showing a modern-day water bottle in the background. Oops!

The image features the Earl of Grantham (Hugh Bonneville) and Lady Edith Crawley (Laura Carmichael) standing in front of a fireplace. On the right side of the mantle is th...
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'Downton Abbey' Season 4: Episode 7 Recap

February 18th, 2014 7:20am EST
'Downton Abbey' Season 4: Episode 7 Recap
Sunday night’s episode was one of the better of the season as plot lines that have been building started to play out, leaving enough in question to make me eager to see next week’s conclusion.

Warning: Major spoilers ahead!

Everyone upstairs and down are preparing for the church bazaar, which will be held on the grounds of Downton Abbey. With Lord Grantham still in the states sorting out his brother-in-law’s involvement in the Teapot Dome Scandal, the planning falls to Cora, who finally has a use this season.

Mary and Lord Gillingham

After the pig incident, Charles Blake and Mary hav...
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Recap: 'Downton Abbey' Season 4 Episode 6

February 10th, 2014 4:12pm EST
Downton Abbey
With only two episodes to go, last night’s Downton Abbey had some fairly predictable plot developments, and one not-so predictable moment that made me wonder briefly if we had fallen into some sort of parallel Downton universe.

Warning: Spoilers below!

This episode opens with Robert leaving on the next boat to America. Apparently Cora’s brother is in big trouble, and needs his aristocratic brother-in-law to add a bit of clout to his tarnished name. While Robert expects Bates to travel with him, Mrs. Hughes intervenes and enlists the help of Mary to get him to take Thomas instead, thus a...
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'Downton Abbey' Season 4 Premiere Recap – Welcome Back!

January 6th, 2014 6:30pm EST
Downton Abbey
Warning: Spoilers ahead for season 4, episode 1

After last season’s devastating finale, we’ve spent a year waiting to see how the characters of Downton Abbey would move forward without its leading man and heir, Matthew Crawley.  The season 4 premiere picks up 6 months after Matthew’s untimely demise, and at a crossroads for Mary.  As the wise Dowager Countess tells her, she must choose between either death or life.  And while she spends the first half of the episode in a grief-stricken fog, in the second half we see Mary rejoining the land of the living.  Welcome back, Mary, and welcome ba...
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Former 'Downton Abbey' Star Dan Stevens Will Watch Show With American Audience

January 3rd, 2014 10:00pm EST
Downton Abbey
Former "Downton Abbey" star Dan Stevens has been so busy with his acting career, he hasn't watched any of the season four episodes.

The actor's character Matthew Crawley was shockingly killed off in a car crash during the 2012 Christmas episode.

Stevens plans on watching the period drama when the new season premieres in the United States this weekend. He explained, "I want to watch it with the American audience... It will be fun. After all, I live in Brooklyn now." 

Stevens is currently shooting "Night at the Museum 3" with Ben Stiller.

Meanwhile, Michelle Dockery, who played his on-s...
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'Downton Abbey' Producers Won't Be Punished For Rape Storyline

November 4th, 2013 3:00pm EST
Downton Abbey
British TV watchdog officials have refused to take action against Downton Abbey honchos after receiving a slew of complaints following the broadcast of a contentious rape storyline last month.

Fans of the hit period drama were left  horrified on October 6th, when lady's maid Anna May Bates, played by actress Joanne Froggatt, was sexually assaulted by valet Mr. Green, portrayed by Nigel Harman, and although the attack was not directly shown onscreen, it prompted more than 200 viewers to make their feelings known to Ofcom.

Nevertheless, regulatory bosses have decided against taking the co...
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Joanne Froggatt 'Really Proud' Of 'Downton Abbey' Rape Scene

October 8th, 2013 12:18pm EDT
Joanne Froggatt
Downton Abbey actress Joanne Froggatt insists she is proud of the show's producers for tackling the contentious rape storyline which sparked complaints from viewers.

The disturbing scene in which the British star's character, Anna May Bates, is attacked by Lord Gillingham's valet Mr. Green, played by Nigel Harman, prompted complaints from at least 60 fans to honchos at the ITV network and an undisclosed number to U.K. broadcasting watchdog Ofcom.

Nonetheless, during an interview on British TV show Breakfast, the star reveals she is proud of the plot and insists it was brave for the show...
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2013 Fall TV Preview: The Returning Shows On Cable & Premium

September 3rd, 2013 8:30pm EDT
The Walking Dead
The fall television season for cable begins tonight, actually. Luther's four night run premieres at 10PM on BBC America. There are plenty of options for primetime entertainment until Christmas, including reality television, which I do not preview.

ADULT SWIM

CHINA, IL returns Sunday, September 22 at 11:30PM

THE HEART, SHE HOLLER returns Wednesday, September 11 at 12:15AM

AMC

THE WALKING DEAD returns Sunday, October 13 at 9PM (and TALKING DEAD returns the same night at 11PM, which is then followed by Kevin Smith's Comic Book Men at 11:30pm)

The Walking Dead's third season received trem...
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2013 Fall TV Preview: the New Shows On Cable & Premium Channels

August 31st, 2013 10:00am EDT
BBC's Atlantis
Cable and premium channels are light on new shows and heavy on returning shows. An overwhelming amount of content exists across cable and premimum. Overwhelming's not even the right word to use to describe the the amount of shows available to watch. There can be too much of a good thing. I won't remember these shows below premiering because of all the other shows premiering at the same time.

BBC America
ATLANTIS

Created By Howard Overman, Johnny Capps & Julian Murphy

Premiere Date: Saturday, November 23 at 10PM

Premise: (from BBC America's press release, July 2013) The new 13-part fa...
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