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'Downton Abbey,' puppies and zombies: What to watch if you're not watching the Super Bowl

If recent viewing trends hold, about 100 million people -- more than a quarter of the entire population of the country -- will watch Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday (Feb. 2) and then talk about it for days afterward.But though it may seem that way, it's not the only thing on TV Sunday. The other broadcast networks are taking the night off, but there are marathons and stunts aplenty elsewhere on your channel guide -- and even a couple of original shows. If you're not watching the game, consider these options (all times Eastern).The originalsPBS: "Downton Abbey" (9 p.m.) and "Sherlock" (10 p.m.). PBS has aired new episodes of "Downton" each of the past three years opposite the Super Bowl and pulled in respectable ratings each time. "Sherlock" has its Season 3 finale.TCM: "And the Oscar Goes to ..." (10 p.m./7 p.m. PT). A history of the Academy Awards (which premieres Saturday night on TCM)... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2014/02/downton-abbey-puppies-and-zombies-super-bowl-tv-alternatives.html

'Downton Abbey' fashion: Maggie Smith, Michelle Dockery work their staid silks and subdued tones

At its essence, "Downton Abbey," PBS' biggest hit ever, comes down to Julian Fellowes' mission for accuracy.Certainly the spot-on acting and seamless directing are critical to the drama, but the reason it never wavers is because not one teacup or glove is off."There should not be anything that jars," costume designer Caroline McCall tells Zap2it. "And I would hope that [viewers] just get caught up in it and lost in it. We are trying to create this world as authentically as we can."McCall ensures that the Dowager Countess' (Maggie Smith) staid silks and Martha Levinson's (Shirley MacLaine's) flashy dresses and feather accessories could never be confused."I go through the script and break down for each character and list what each character will require for each episode and see where the gaps are, and go through the costumes and see what is available and appropriate," McCall says. "First of all, you have got to work out... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2014/02/downton-abbey-fashion-maggie-smith-michelle-dockery-work-their-staid-silks-and-subdued-tones.html

Downton Abbey February 2 Spoiler: Mary, Tom, and Isobel Talk True Love (VIDEO)

Need a good cry? Watch the latest sneak peek from the February 2 episode of Downton Abbey. For context on why we’re sobbing, this episode comes a little more than halfway through Season 4. Thankfully by this point in the series Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) has found a way to move forward from the crushing grief that paralyzed her at the start of the season. That said, Mary’s love for dearly departed husband Matthew (Dan Stevens) is still very much a part of her life, so much so she declined... http://feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/lSJlMsUJgEk/2014-01-30-season-4-spoiler-romance-video

Downton Abbey Season 5 Spoiler: Episode 1 Reveals Sad Secret!

We’re just days away from the beginning of a very important month. February 2014 marks the start of filming for Downton Abbey Season 5 and you know what that means: Spoilers! Allen Leech, who plays loveable Irishman Tom Branson, recently chatted about what’s ahead. So far, Allen says he’s received scripts for Episodes 1 and 2. Upon reading them he immediately called up his bud Rob James-Collier (Thomas Barrow). Although Downton’s two Toms don’t share much beside their first names, off camera... http://feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/ILEbGQ-BWv4/2014-01-29-season-5-episode-1-spoiler

'Downton Abbey' Season 4 episode 5 sneak peek: The best scene all season

"Downton Abbey's" fourth season has been full of heartbreak and tragedy, as Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) and cousin Isobel (Penelope Wilton) have been working through their grief over losing Matthew in the Season 3 finale, plus the below-stairs horror of Anna being raped by a visiting lord's valet.But last episode, Anna finally started on her path to healing, once she could be honest with her husband about what happened. And in this sneak peek clip of Sunday's (Feb. 2) episode, which is our favorite scene of the season, Mary, Isobel and Tom (Allen Leech) reflect on their great loves. "Aren't we the lucky ones?" muses Isobel. "Downton Abbey" airs Sunday nights at 9 p.m. ET/PT on PBS.... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2014/01/downton-abbey-season-4-episode-5-sneak-peek-the-best-scene-all-season.html

Downton Abbey Season 4: What Secret Does Thomas Know About Baxter?

Thomas Barrow (Rob James-Collier) loves to have the upper hand. Whether he’s in the trenches of war-torn France or the elegant halls of Downton Abbey, this scheming underbutler rarely misses a chance to make the most of another’s misfortune. So what exactly does he have on new addition to the staff, Phyllis Baxter (Raquel Cassidy)? Since her arrival to the Abbey in the January 26 episode, Baxter has presented a bit of a mystery. She keeps mainly to herself but beneath that chilly exterior... http://feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/tDuvZCN1-CI/2014-01-22-season-4-spoiler-baxter-secret

'Downton Abbey's' Michelle Dockery identifies with 'Seinfeld's' Elaine

Zap2it: When did people start recognizing you?Michelle Dockery: I was in the Tea Room in Greenwich (England), just as the first series was airing in January, and I sat next to a couple and they were talking about the last scene between Matthew and Mary, and just as they were leaving they recognized me. I will always remember that.Zap2it: Why do think "Downton" is such a hit in the states?Michelle Dockery: It's plate spinning. That's what keeps people watching. ... There's a romance to it. There's something in the romance of "Downton." We have come full circle. With "Downton," it is nonviolence, a subtlety about it, and normally, we see everything literally. There is a fascination with class and aristocracy. Since Kate and Wills, there is some parallel the show plays with that, some boon with it. It is very crazy that they have named the baby George after [Queen] Elizabeth's father, and we have... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2014/01/downton-abbeys-michelle-dockery-identifies-with-seinfelds-elaine.html

Top Moments: American Horror Story Axes One of Its Own, and Mindy and Danny Finally Take Off

Our top moments of the week: 14. Dead Sexy Award: Boyd's story just keeps getting twist-ier on Justified . In order to get out of his latest beef with Paxton, Boyd convinces Sheriff Mooney to switch sides in the battle and tells Paxton he had indeed murdered Boyd. But in order to pull off the scheme, Mara suggests Paxton will need to see a dead body — or at least part of one. Ultimately, the pair decides — after upping the sexual tension by taking a guided tour of the tattoos on Boyd's naked torso — to re-create Boyd's ink on one of the body parts in Paxton's own morgue as a stand-in. Ironically, if prison-bound Ava knew about Boyd and Mara's sexy stand-off in the bar, Boyd might already be a...   http://www.tvguide.com/News/Moments-Mindy-Danny-Kiss-AHS-Death-1076498.aspx?rss=breakingnews

Breaking Bad, Modern Family, Downton Abbey's Maggie Smith & More 2014 SAG Awards TV Winners

Breaking Bad's ensemble cast finally gets the recognition it deserves! The actors won an Outstanding Drama Ensemble award at the 2014 SAG Awards. See which other TV shows came out on top! Breaking Bad and Modern Family win big at the 2014 Screen Actors Guild Awards! Awards season is in full swing, and for the first time in SAG Awards history, Breaking Bad's cast took home the trophy for Outstanding Drama Ensemble, while Modern Family's cast won the Comedy award for the fourth consecutive year. Individual acting wins included Veep star Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Maggie Smith for Downton Abbey, Ty Burrell for Modern Family, and Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston. Do you agree with the Screen Actors Guild's picks? Sound off in the comments and stick with us for more awards show scoop from Celebified.

Downton Abbey January 26 Spoiler: Is Anna Bates Pregnant? (VIDEO)

Our prim and proper Downton Abbey world got shaken up on January 12 when our favorite lady’s maid, Anna Bates (Joanne Froggatt), was raped by visiting valet, Mr. Green (Nigel Harman). Terrified, Anna pled with Mrs. Hughes (Phyllis Logan) to keep the assault a secret from everyone and most particularly from Anna’s husband, Mr. Bates (Brendan Coyle). Beside feeling guilty and, as she put it, unworthy of Bates, Anna also feared her loving husband would seek revenge against Mr. Green and land... http://feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/JNr4NCT4WlM/2014-01-21-season-4-anna-bates-pregnant
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