'Downton Abbey' Season 5 Finale: Cheerio, Aristocrats

March 2nd, 2015 7:01am EST
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It ain’t over ‘til they bring out the big guns – literally. The Crawley clan heads to a week long shooting party hosted by the in-laws of Lady Rose (Lily James) at a Northumberland castle. Yes, Lord and Lady Sinderby (James Faulkner and Penny Downie) are putting shotguns in the hands of people they don’t like (and the feeling is mutual.) As Isobel Crawley (Penelope Wilton) says to Violet, Dowager Countess Of Grantham (Maggie Smith), “Makes you wonder what they’ll be shooting at by the end of it.”

Before everyone leaves to go shoot innocent birds out of the sky for sport, Lady Mary Crawley ...

'Downton Abbey' Recap: The Old Ball And Chain

February 23rd, 2015 10:43am EST
“I feel like our household is breaking up,” says Lady Mary Crawley (Michelle Dockery). And she is right, as all of Downton (upstairs and down) pack up the abbey – all except for the children – and head to the Grantham’s London estate for the interfaith marriage of Lady Rose (Lily James) and Atticus Aldridge (Matt Barber).

But even before the caravan of cars leaves the estate, the drama begins: Sergeant Willis (Howard Ward) sends word that his Scotland Yard counterpart, Inspector Vyner (Louis Hilyer) wants to talk to Bates (Brendan Coyle) and Anna (Joanne Froggatt) regarding the death of Mr...

'Downton Abbey' Recap: Baby Come Back

February 16th, 2015 9:40am EST
Lady Grantham (Elizabeth McGovern) goes after Edith and Marigold, Lord Gillingham (Tom Cullen) and Mabel Lane Fox (Catherine Steadman) reunite to the relief of Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery), and Lord Grantham (Hugh Bonneville) must say goodbye to Isis.

But before anything else, in true Downton style, there must be guests over for dinner. The Crawley’s host two, both of which you’d rather hear the gossip about then attend.

Cora and Robert host the parents of Atticus Aldridge (Matt Barber): Daniel and Rachel Aldridge (James Faulkner and Penny Downie) as a way to get to know the new suitor of...

'Downton Abbey': Not The Usual Dog And Pony Show

February 9th, 2015 9:37am EST
Edith (Laura Carmichael) gets the bad news. Mary (Michelle Dockery) gets a new ‘do. And Bates (Brendan Coyle) isn’t a murderer, phew. Plus there’s a fabulous party to attend – with horses.

Well, it’s official: Michael Gregson is dead, killed by Nazi thugs. But Lady Edith has to grieve alone, as she is a member of one of the most insensitive families to ever sip tea. The best she gets out of her mother, Lady Cora (Elizabeth McGovern), is the condescending “Poor Edith,” headshake and some commentary on how it’s a good thing that Mr. Hitler is in jail for five years. (Yeah, that’ll show him. ...

'Downton Abbey' Recap: That's No Lady, That's My Wife

February 2nd, 2015 10:25am EST
Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) isn't the only one torn between two lovers.

Lady Cora, Countess Of Grantham (Elizabeth McGovern) ends up refereeing as Robert, Earl Of Grantham (Hugh Bonneville) beats up Simon Bricker (Richard E. Grant) after his Lordship found is wife and the art consultant in the Crawley bedroom; both Cora and Bricker were wearing their PJs.

When Robert left for an overnight business trip, Bricker took advantage and snuck into Cora's room hoping to slip into bed with her. As she persisted in asking her unwelcomed guest to leave, Robert arrives -- his meeting having ended ea...

'Downton Abbey' Recap: Sex And Drugs (Rock ’n Roll Hasn’t Been Invented Yet)

January 26th, 2015 10:57am EST
'Downton Abbey' Season 5 Episode 4 Recap: Sex And Drugs (Rock ’n
Tony Gillingham (Tom Cullen) doesn’t understand how a lady can sleep with a man, then not want to marry him; Thomas Barrow (Robert James-Collier) returns to Downton a heroin addict; and Robert, Earl Of Grantham (Hugh Bonneville) has a freak out at dinner.

Thomas is back, and as Mr. Carson (Jim Carter) puts it, “Charming as ever, I see.” Not only is the valet still surly, he’s looking ill and constantly MIA. When Thomas steals a spoon from the kitchen, everyone suspects he’s cooking in his room (a DA no-no), but Baxter (Raquel Cassidy) oddly enough keeps coming to Thomas’s rescue with excus...

'Downton Abbey' Recap: Bed Hopping Is In Their Blood

January 19th, 2015 9:45am EST
Apparently, Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) showed Tony Gillingham (Tom Cullen) more than "a glimpse of stocking."

Mary's living in sin with Tony (if only for a week in Liverpool) may be appalling for 1924, but it’s not new – at least not to Mary’s grandmother, Violet, Dowager Countess Of Grantham (Maggie Smith), who knows from scandalous love; nor to the Robert, Earl Of Grantham (Hugh Bonneville), who suspects wife Cora (Elizabeth McGovern) of cheating.

Mary and Tony are still on holiday, but it’s Mary’s last day. As their post-coital breakfast arrives, Tony must slip into his adjoining roo...

'Downton Abbey' Recap: A Baby For Edith/Birth Control For Mary

January 12th, 2015 11:35am EST
'Downton Abbey' Season 5 Episode 2 Recap: A Baby For Edith/Birth
“Downton is catching up with the times we live in,” says Mrs. Hughes.

“That’s exactly what I am afraid of,” replies Mr. Carson. (FYI: The two heads of the downstairs crowd are now a couple.)

The modern innovation that’s dragging DA into the 20th century kicking and screaming is the “wireless,” aka the radio. Lady Rose (Lily James) wants her Uncle Robert, Earl Of Grantham (Hugh Bonneville) to buy one so she can listen to her favorite tunes and dance around the castle. He’s against “people sitting around a box listening to other people talk.”

Cora, Countess Of Grantham (Elizabeth McGover...

'Downton Abbey' Season 5 Premiere: The Aristocrats Are Back

January 5th, 2015 11:52am EST
Downton Abbey Season 5
The phenomenon that is Downton Abbey returns with a premiere episode that literally and figuratively sets their world on fire.

The twenties may be roaring (it's officially 1924), but it’s still the 19th century in the Crawley home – though for how long? The Labor Party has taken over the government and the new Prime Minister is a working class Joe – a far cry from the upstairs/downstairs values of DA. In fact, unlike Downton Abbey, other grand homes are cutting back on those in service, primarily because people no longer want to be maids and butlers, but desire to work in shops and factori...

Jay Leno Wins Mark Twain Prize For American Humor

October 20th, 2014 11:38am EDT
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Jay Leno was honored with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, at the 17th awards held at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. last evening.

Comedians who were directly influenced by Leno including Jerry Seinfeld, Chelsea Handler, Seth Meyers and Wanda Sykes attended the festivities.

Former "Tonight Show" bandleader Kevin Eubanks revealed to USA Today, "It's a perfect night and all of his friends are here. Jay is really cool and relaxed."

Comedienne Chelsea Handler was among those honoring Leno. She stated, "He's been so good to me. He was integral in me having any career."