'Downton Abbey': Maggie Smith leaving is not something to worry about


News broke on March 2 that several main cast members of "Downton Abbey," the popular British drama that has recently taken the U.S. by storm, have re-signed to the show for Seasons 4 and 5. But instead of just being happy about those who have signed on and waiting patiently for word on those who have not, everyone seems to have lost their minds.There are headlines all over the internet about Maggie Smith, who plays Dowager Countess on the program, that are essentially wailing and gnashing their teeth over the fact that she isn't returning to the show.Except no one ever said that. It is all ridiculous chatter meant to drive pageviews by eliciting panic in "Downton" fans.It's not as if all the cast members have inked new contracts except for Maggie Smith. In fact, the only ones who have re-signed are Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, Michelle Dockery, Joanne Froggatt and Brendan Coyle. Sure, those...



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