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Good Luck, Good Wife: 13 TV Shows That Survived Killing off Major Characters | The Good Wife, The Good Wife, The Good Wife, The Good Wife, The Good Wife (Season 4), The Good Wife

Good Luck, Good Wife: 13 TV Shows That Survived Killing off Major Characters

Originally posted 03/24/2014 12:00PM

Killing off a main character in a television show is a risky move: You're upending the show's world (and putting a coworker out of a job) in the hope that the shake-up will lead to something greater down the line. And guess what? Despite the ministrations of fans, who claim that they will never watch their favorite show without [insert character name here], it often works!

Below, 13 shows that did the same thing The Good Wife did Sunday night, and not only survived, but thrived.

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Michelle Dockery: Expect Downton Abbey's Lady Mary to Have Many Suitors

UpdatePosted 08/08/2013 03:00PM

Michelle Dockery: Expect Downton Abbey's Lady Mary to Have Many Suitors

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.

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PHOTO: Downton's Matthew Crawley Is Now a Scruffy Brunette! | Dan Stevens

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Dan Stevens of Downton Abbey Goes Brunette and Scruffy

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.

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Is Downton's Lady Mary Getting This Guy as a Hot New Love Interest?

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Downton Abbey Heartthrob Spoiler Alert – for Next Season

Originally posted 02/18/2013 01:20PM

No moss grows under Lady Mary, that's for sure. The Merry Widow may already have a new suitor.

British TV heartthrob Tom Ellis reportedly had an impressive audition for the producers of Downton Abbey, to become what is being described as season 4's love interest for Lady Mary, played by Michelle Dockery.

According to the U.K. Mirror, an ITV source said of the 33-year-old, married father of three: "He really showed his versatility, and he's also incredibly popular with the female viewers."

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What Caused Downton Abbey's Dramatic Plot Turn?

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Downton Abbey's Dramatic Plot Turn: What Caused It?

Originally posted 01/28/2013 01:20PM

How seriously do TV viewers take what happens to the Crawleys and those in their sphere on Downton Abbey?

So seriously that, as the series' creator and writer Julian Fellowes recently admitted to PEOPLE, he even gets yelled at "a bit" by members of the public when something they dislike takes place on the show.

"And they know it all," the Oscar- and Emmy-winner, 63, said about the public's reaction. "They have opinions that are better than mine."

SPOILER ALERT: Details of Sunday's broadcast are about to be revealed.

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SNEAK PEEK: See Lady Mary's Wedding Look Before Downton's Premiere | Michelle Dockery

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Lady Mary Set to Wed as Third Season of Downton Abbey Premieres (Photo)

Originally posted 01/06/2013 11:00AM

It looks like Lady Mary will finally make a fetching and stylish bride.

New photos posted by EW.com show Mary in her wedding gown as she is set to marry distant cousin – and heir to the family's fortune – Matthew Crawley (Dan Stevens) in the third season of Downton Abbey, which returns to American television on Sunday night (9 p.m. ET) on PBS.

The show's costume designer, Caroline McCall, went all out for the bride's period wedding ensemble, making it what EW says is the show's most expensive outfit to date. A vintage veil will be anchored on Mary's head by a 45-carat floral diamond tiara, valued at $200,000, from U.K. jeweler Bentley & Skinner.

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Who Is Better Dressed: Prince Charles or Prince William? | Kate Middleton, Prince Charles, Prince William

Prince Charles Beats Prince William on Best Dressed List

Originally posted 01/02/2013 02:15PM

Move over, Prince William and Prince Harry. Prince Charles is first in line for the throne, and can unofficially be crowned the "King of good tailoring."

The 64-year-old soon-to-be grandfather reigns at No. 8 on GQ 's annual best dressed list – well ahead of dashing William, who came in at 37.

Natalie Massenet of Net-a-Porter and head of the British Fashion Council calls Charles always "on trend." His method being simple: "This is a man who knows what he likes, knows how to wear it, and sticks with it whatever the prevailing fashions," she says in the February issue of the magazine out Thursday in the U.K. and next week in the U.S.

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