12:00 PM EDT 11/19/2013
Originally posted 11/08/2013 10:30AM
Our Dearest Lord Grantham,
How strange, that on this happiest of milestones – the golden celebration of your 50th birthday – we are overcome with Grief! Sadness! Heartache! as we recall your tumultuous 49th year. Even the Dowager agrees with us: you've had a rough go of it. Please, by all means, have one of those newfangled cocktails before you continue reading this entreaty of well-being and support. There, there, our good Lord. There, there.
Originally posted 10/27/2013 07:10PM
Sip a red and a white created from grapevines dating back to the era depicted on the PBS show
Originally posted 08/31/2013 04:20PM
The fourth season of Downton Abbey won't be on the air in the U.S. until next year, but fans of the British drama can get a tantalizing glimpse of what the lies ahead for the Crawley family in a new one-minute trailer.
As Lady Mary continues to mourn the loss of her husband, Matthew, who died in a car accident at the end of the last season, her grandmother, the Dowager Countess of Grantham, tells her: "You have a straightforward choice, you must choose either death or life."
But moving on isn't easy.
Originally posted 08/08/2013 01:15PM
After losing two beloved main characters – first Lady Sybil and then Matthew – audiences may be wondering what further tragedy lies in store on season 4 of Downton Abbey.
But Michelle Dockery, who plays Lady Mary, reassures fans that as far as she knows, no other major characters will be leaving the show, which is set to return to PBS on Jan. 5, 2014.
"We're all doing series 5 next year," she told a TCA panel at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Tuesday.
Originally posted 06/24/2013 03:50PM
No stranger to period pieces – as those who saw him in the superlative HBO miniseries John Adams will attest – Paul Giamatti is joining the cast of Downton Abbey next year, for the season 4 finale, PBS announced on its website Monday.
He'll play the playboy brother of Cora, Countess of Grantham (Elizabeth McGovern), and the son of Martha Levinson (Shirley MacLaine, who is also returning to the popular British drama).
"Downton Abbey has seen many great characters visit the house over the years, and we couldn't be more thrilled to welcome the new faces that will be joining the regular cast of Downton Abbey in Season 4," the show's executive producer, Gareth Neame, said in a statement that really doesn't spill any beans.
Originally posted 05/16/2013 03:45PM
Could Diddy possibly be Lady Mary's latest love interest?
Sadly, no – but for a minute there he really had us going.
When the hip-hop mogul and part-time actor announced to his 8.7 million Twitter followers Wednesday that he would be a series regular on the next season of Downton Abbey – his "favorite show" – it seemed ridiculous.
But then again, producers of the smash-hit PBS series recently announced that they are trying to diversify, and Diddy has done serious roles, including that of the son, Walter Lee Younger, in the 2004 Broadway revival of A Raisin in the Sun.
Originally posted 04/11/2013 05:00PM
The best Young Adult fiction has plenty for grownups to love, from no-holds-barred romantic passions to page-turning plots (only some of which feature vampires). See below for a few that have us in thrall – and let us know what you're reading!
Originally posted 03/17/2013 01:50PM
Could Dan Stevens be coming back to Downton Abbey – as Matthew Crawley's thinner, darker, scruffier twin?
How else to explain the actor's dramatic transformation from blond and aristocratically well fed to trim and brunette with stubble? (Unless of course it's for another role).
Stevens, 30, last seen crashing to his death on Downton's shocking finale, reemerged over the weekend at the 2012 GLAAD Media Awards in New York with his new look (accentuated by a Calvin Klein Collection suit).
And while Michelle Dockery's Lady Mary is going to have struggle without her exceedingly earnest baby daddy next season, Stevens is taking on new acting challenges, shooting the thriller A Walk Among the Tombstones with Liam Neeson.
Originally posted 03/01/2013 06:30PM
After three scheming seasons, lady's maid Sarah O'Brien is hanging up her apron and apparently taking her nastiness to warmer climes.
Actress Siobhan Finneran confirms she won't be returning for a fourth season on Downton Abbey after appearing on the hit PBS show since the beginning.
"I'm not doing any more," she says, according to the Huffington Post UK. "O'Brien is a thoroughly despicable human being – that was great to play."
Originally posted 02/26/2013 02:20PM
Shirley MacLaine came – and just as quickly went – on Downton Abbey this season, but her breezy cameo got us thinking.
Now that the Terms of Endearment Oscar winner has broken down the barrier, who among Academy Award winners and nominees should next make a guest appearance on the popular PBS series?
And just what sort of character should he or she play? Upstairs or down?
Here, then, are some recent Oscar-caliber actors who might suitably fit the bill. Please be so kind as to select your favorite. (And, in the comments section, do cast them in suitable roles.) Ta.
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