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Downton Abbey Finale: A Reassuring Ending for a Turbulent Season | Downton Abbey

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Downton Abbey Finale: A Reassuring Ending for a Turbulent Season

Originally posted 02/24/2014 05:30AM

Sunday's Downton Abbey on PBS Masterpiece brought a nice, gentle close to a difficult, unsatisfactory season. At the end we got to see Mr. Carson and Mrs. Hughes on a rare day off, at the English seaside, wading into the water and holding hands like two children afraid of being carried off by a wave.

This may even have hinted at a growing, sunset intimacy between the two. Given all the misalliances on Downton, what could be better than the prospect of a romance between the two characters with the best hearts?

Considering last season's brutal finale and the sometimes ridiculous swings of the show's plot, this could very well mean that Carson winds up like poor Mr. Pamuk, smuggled out of a bedroom wrapped in a sheet. Not yet, anyway.

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'I'm Engaged!': 7 Quotes to Remember from a Very Romantic Downton Abbey | Downton Abbey

'I'm Engaged!': 7 Quotes to Remember from a Very Romantic Downton Abbey

Originally posted 02/17/2014 12:10PM

Rose asks the women of Downton Abbey.

Yes, love is in the air at Downton, and there's no better place to show it off than at the church bazaar. While Lord Grantham is in America helping Cora's brother out of jam (which history knows as the Teapot Dome Scandal), Cora manages to stage an elaborate fundraiser for the church, complete with games, drinks, bunting and plenty of gossip.

Here are 7 quotes to remember from this season's penultimate episode:

1. It's not exactly news to Mary, given that Tom Branson saw Rose and Jack Ross out on the town together, and she's not very happy about the match, which seems driven less by true love than by Rose's desire to retaliate against her hated mother. ("I want to see her face crumble!") Concerned about the engagement, Mary heads to London to petition Ross, who is surprisingly receptive and agrees not to marry Rose, but for a different reason entirely: He loves her, and doesn’t want to ruin her life with the complications of an interracial marriage. A surprisingly tolerant Mary understands, but adds, "To be fair to papa, he would find you being a bandleader harder to swallow than your color."

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'I Refuse To Be Shocked': A Downton Abbey Recap in 7 Quotes

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'I Refuse To Be Shocked': A Downton Abbey Recap in 7 Quotes

Originally posted 02/10/2014 11:55AM

Shocking, but true: Lady Mary got down and dirty on the Feb. 9 episode of Downton Abbey , but it was Rose and Edith who had far darker secrets to conceal.

Here are seven of Sunday's more memorable quotes, as the passive-aggressive Downton drama unfolded:

1. While Mary and Mr. Blake revealed an instant, though superficially courteous, dislike for each other, things quickly heated up as Blake soon realized that Mary isn't just another aloof aristocrat. When the two went to inspect the estate's newly arrived pigs, he realizes the poor animals are dehydrated and on the verge of dying. When he suggests Mary leave so he can save the pigs, she balks, "I'm not going, they're my pigs!" Working side by side, the two – dressed in their dinner-at-Downton best – spend hours carting buckets of water through the mud to save the pigs, finally lightening the tension (on every level) by breaking into a mud fight. Returning to the house, Mary cooks up some scrambled eggs – further impressing Blake – and thanks him: And thus is a new flame ignited.

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'No More Secrets': 7 Quotes That Defined Sunday's Downton Abbey | Brendan Coyle, Joanne Froggatt

'No More Secrets': 7 Quotes That Defined Sunday's Downton Abbey

Originally posted 01/27/2014 12:45PM

Skipped this week's episode of Downton Abbey to watch the Grammy Awards? Find out what happened with our recap in seven quotes. (Warning: Spoilers ahead.)

1. "Well, it's in the open. No more secrets."
After a grueling couple of episodes in which Anna avoids Bates at all costs, Bates bullies Mrs. Hughes into telling him the truth, and, just like that, the secret is finally out in the open. While Anna and Mrs. Hughes conspire to throw Bates off the scent by insisting that Lord Gillingham's valet, Green, wasn't the attacker, Bates does not buy it. While he and Anna work on their relationship – and Anna moves back into the house – at the end of the episode, Bates ominously growls, “Nothing's over and done with.”

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'Better a Broken Heart Than a Broken Neck': 7 Quotes That Defined Sunday's Downton Abbey | Downton Abbey

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'Better a Broken Heart Than a Broken Neck': 7 Quotes That Defined Sunday's Downton Abbey

Originally posted 01/20/2014 12:35PM

There was a pall cast over Downton after the dark events of last week's episode. Fortunately, to lift the spirits, this week brought a trip to London, a surprising and modest proposal, dancing at the Lotus Club and the comeuppance of a certain conniving maid.

Here, in seven quotes, is everything you need to know about Sunday night's episode of Downton Abbey:

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In Honor of Maggie Smith's Birthday, Her Best Downton Zingers | Downton Abbey, Maggie Smith

Happy Birthday, Maggie Smith: The Dowager's Best Downton Zingers

Originally posted 12/28/2013 12:10PM

Maggie Smith turns 79 Saturday. And while the inimitable actress's career spans six decades, she's currently beloved for her meme-worthy one-liners as the caustic Lady Violet Crawley, the Dowager Countess of Grantham, on Downton Abbey.

What better way to celebrate Smith's birthday than with a look back at some of her funniest zingers? There's sure to be plenty more to come when Downton Abbey's fourth season premieres on PBS Jan. 5.

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VIDEO: Downton Abbey's Season 4 Trailer Revealed!

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Downton Abbey's Season 4 Trailer Reveals Lady Mary's Grief

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.

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TV Critic on Emmy Nods: Good for Kerry Washington! But What About Keri Russell?

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PEOPLE TV Critic on Emmy Nominations: Good Job, Kerry Washington!

Originally posted 07/18/2013 12:30PM

The best news out of Thursday's Emmy Awards nominations is that newlywed Kerry Washington is up for best actress for Scandal.

I was worried that the ABC melodrama – about a beautiful political fixer with conflicted romantic feelings for a handsome, emotionally disturbed president – wouldn't be considered serious enough to merit attention.

Actually, now that I've written that out, I can see why the show might not be considered serious. It's ridiculous. And, in fact, it was shut out of the other top categories. (Although Dan Bucatinsky got a guest-actor nod.)

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Paul Giamatti Joins Downton Abbey Next Season

Paul Giamatti Joins Downton Abbey Next Season

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.

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Diddy Does Downton in Hilarious Spoof

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Diddy Does Downton Abbey – His Way

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.

So, maybe?

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