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Romance, Scandal and that Secret Baby: What to Look for in Downton Abbey's New Season

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Romance, Scandal and that Secret Baby: What to Look for in Downton Abbey's New Season

Originally posted 01/04/2015 03:35PM

No meth labs. No superheroes. No steamy sex scenes. So what exactly is it that's got me – an avowed avoider of most things period, British and cozy – hooked on Downton Abbey?

As Season 5 kicks off (on PBS at 9 p.m. Sunday), I think it's the show's sense of human decency – amid rapidly changing times and trying circumstances – showcasing the Granthams' (and most of their circle's) ability to maintain stiff upper lips along with soft hearts.

Season 5 is a quiet but pleasurable one – nothing truly major happens, and that's just fine. After the devastation of World War I and, closer to home, the sudden death of Lady Mary's husband Matthew Crawley back in Season 3, there's enough tragedy still reverberating. As the characters all consider the next steps in their lives, here are some highlights of the new season (mild spoiler warning):

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From EW: Meet Downton Abbey's Newest Cast Members | Downton Abbey

From EW: Meet Downton Abbey's Newest Cast Members

Originally posted 01/03/2015 11:30AM

Learn more about the new faces joining the fifth season of the popular period drama

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Take the Love of Your Life to the Downton Abbey Hotel This Valentine's Day

Take the Love of Your Life to the Downton Abbey Hotel This Valentine's Day

Originally posted 12/30/2014 04:55PM

Sorry, guys. Roses just aren't going to cut it this year.

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See When Your Favorite Shows Are Returning

See When Your Favorite Shows Are Returning

Originally posted 12/27/2014 06:00PM

The holidays are not over yet, because the gift of more great TV is just around the corner!

Here's a list of premiere dates for many of your favorite shows, including the air dates for must-see award shows like the Academy Awards and the Grammys:

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These Celebrity Gingerbread Houses Are Too Sweet to Eat

These Celebrity Gingerbread Houses Are Too Sweet to Eat

Originally posted 12/18/2014 04:00PM

From cookie castles to small, sweet abodes, these stars are baking up adorable holiday homes

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It's Gingerbread Abbey! See Martha Stewart's Spectacular Downton Cookie Creation (PHOTOS) | Martha Stewart

It's Gingerbread Abbey! See Martha Stewart's Spectacular Downton Cookie Creation (PHOTOS)

Originally posted 12/20/2014 09:45AM

The Downton fan made the edible replica for the actress who plays Mrs. Patmore on the series

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George Clooney Takes Over Downton Abbey in Hilarious 9-Minute Video

Originally posted 12/19/2014 07:25PM

He's already Hollywood royalty, but now George Clooney has become an Earl – in the world of Downton Abbey, anyway.

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Watch George Clooney Seduce Elizabeth McGovern on Downton Abbey

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George Clooney Seduces Elizabeth McGovern on Downton Abbey (VIDEO)

Originally posted 12/19/2014 10:05AM

Can a girl get a better Christmas present than a kiss from George Clooney?

And not just any kiss. If you happen to be the Countess of Grantham, you get to enjoy a Clooney smooch the full length of your left arm from wrist to shoulder.

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See George Clooney's Selfie on the Set of Downton Abbey | Downton Abbey, George Clooney

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See George Clooney's Selfie on the Set of Downton Abbey

Originally posted 12/18/2014 08:05PM

Is anyone immune to the charms of George Clooney?

Clearly, the famously frosty occupants of Downton aren't – even the stiff upper lips of butler Carson and housekeeper Mrs. Hughes have been turned into glowing smiles by the Oscar-winner's presence.

The selfie was taken during the filming of Clooney's appearance in a special charity sketch of Downton Abbey. The hit period drama airs on British TV on Friday at 4 p.m. ET.

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Downton Abbey Cast Fist-Bumps in Celebration of SAG Nominations (VIDEO)

Originally posted 12/10/2014 03:15PM

[BRIGHTCOVE "20881357" "" "" "auto"] Who knew that Lady Edith Crawley could pound it out?

The Downton Abbey cast stopped by the PEOPLE Now studios on Wednesday just in time to hear that the show had been nominated for two Screen Actors Guild awards.

While Maggie Smith grabbed a nod for outstanding performance by a female actor in a drama series, the cast was also honored with an ensemble nomination.

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