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Newbies and returners of old are slated to run through the hallowed halls of Downton Abbey in its upcoming fifth season. The series, currently nearing its end here in the United States on Masterpiece Theater, is already putting the gears into motion for production to begin on its next. This includes casting several new and returning guest stars, several of whom have already secured their ticket to Yorkshire.
Now in Season 4, the show lacks a large unifying thread and Julian Fellowes and co. have had to stretch a little further to come up with storylines to keep viewers enticed. The one recent storyline that has been effective emotionally involves Anna, her husband Mr. Bates and a slew of other people living in Downton.
The new season of Downton Abbey is set in a brand new age, but it’s an age in which people are still desperately clinging to various worldviews and traditions. Thus, it’s very fun to see all of the various plotlines shaking up the Downton Abbey universe each week. Without further ado, here are five of this week’s best shaker uppers.
Season 4 of Downton Abbey got off to an intricate and interesting start on PBS earlier this month. However, now that we are into the middle of a season, the story has slowed down quite a bit. We can only hope that all of this setup will lead into an interesting conclusion episode; however, Sunday night’s episode was quite the bore.
Many of us assumed going into Season 4 that a lot of romance would be on the horizon. Between Edith, Rose, Mary, Tom Branson and the downstairs staff, there are a lot of young people on Downton Abbey who are desperately in need of a partner. While Edith has shown plenty of love and affection for Mr. Gregson, this past episode gave us the opportunity to see plenty of rebuffed advances and foiled romantic plans. Without further ado, here are the biggest romantic upsets from episode 3.
While the lengthy, two-hour opener for Dowton Abbey introduced us to a world post-Matthew, episode 2 opened up a can of worms in terms of new plots and brand new directions. It was a tough episode to get through and it means that Season 4 has quite a bit to resolve in the coming weeks. Here’s the top 5 things we think need to come to a head, and soon.
The pace was rather leisurely, even for an episode of Downton Abbey, but fans of the period drama should be pleased to have gotten large doses of most of the series leads. In case you missed last night’s big premiere or want a recap as to what the characters are up to, here’s a look at all the major players in Season 4, complete with plenty of chatty gossip. So, grab a cup of tea and delve in.
Well, since its early 1900s setting, many things have changed, but these 400-year-old laws are still in the process of being overturned. The latest strike against this sexist system is being credited to Lady Mary. (Sybil would be so proud!)
It’s that time of year again! Yesterday, we heard from the Screen Actors Guild on their nominations for their annual awards ceremony, and today the Hollywood Foreign Press shares their own nominations for the Golden Globe Awards.The Golden Globes celebrate some of the best that TV and film have to offer in the past year.
It's a second coming of the American invasion, and this time it's not just Shirley MacLaine getting in on the Edwardian action at Downton Abbey. Paul Giamatti (he of Sideways fame) has also hopped aboard the good ship Yorkshire, set to portray Lady Cora's brother Harold in the upcoming Christmas Special, two-hour standalone episode for the exceedingly popular British soap opera. And times, it seems, they are a-changin' for everyone involved — and we don't just mean the ruffling of feathers our queen of Realness, the Dowager Countess experiences every single day.
Dowager Countess obsessives unite! It seems our fair lady of Yorkshire and her entire Crawley family harem are slated to return to television screens for a fifth season of Downton Abbey. Both of the series’ home networks — the British ITV and the stateside PBS — confirmed the news Sunday. So hold onto your hats and find a nice chaise lounge to faint upon because the sweeping Edwardian drama is here to stay! Somebody, quick: go tell Carson.
Last month, we saw a clip from the upcoming season of Downton Abbey, which gave us an indication of where things are for Mary in the wake of last season’s tragedy. It’s at this point that you want to stop reading if you’re still not caught up on Season 3 of Downton Abbey! In addition to showing Mary as she deals with her grief, and Dowager Countess’ efforts to bring her out of it, we also get a glimpse of some more uplifting moments, including some romance for Edith.
If you’re a fan of good British TV, you may want to keep your Sunday nights clear come this January. We’re already anticipating the fourth season of Downton Abbey, which is set to premiere after the new year, and today comes word that PBS Masterpiece is also going to be airing the third season of Sherlock in January, pairing the mystery-thriller with the period drama for what is sure to be hours of must-watch television...
Predicting the Emmy Awards isn't always an easy task, but it's certainly fun to speculate over the nominees, which is what we did for the Outstanding Drama Series category. Arguments can really be made for or against all of the nominees in the category. There are six nominated dramas, and as it happens, some of us here at Cinema Blend were able to come up with solid arguments as to why some of these dramas deserve to win this year. And then there are the dramas that might not be so deserving, either for the win or even the nomination.
Across the pond, Downton Abbey is gearing up to start its fourth series this weekend, but those of us in the States still have a few more months to wait for the show to return. I've actually felt pretty patient about the series' return, and probably wouldn't have thought much about it if not for the trailer that circulated earlier this month and now this new clip.