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'Downton Abbey' Books English Soap Opera Actress Sue Johnston for Guest Role

The "Waking the Dead" and "Coronation Street" actress will play a maid of Maggie Smith's character in the upcoming fifth season of the ITV and PBS hit drama.   Read More... http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/thr/television/~3/4VTHBIYO6rE/story01.htm

Downton Abbey Leading Lady Leaving the Show After Season 5 — Report

Grab your smelling salts, Downton Abbey devotees. The latest gossip from upstairs is one of the show’s leading ladies will be leaving the series after Season 5 wraps. Who could it be? We’ll calm your fears: the Dowager Countess (Maggie Smith) is supposedly still onboard and Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) has assured us she’s sticking with the series as long as they’ll have her. The star we may be waving goodbye to: Scottish lass Rose MacClare (Lily James). In her downtime from the ITV series,... http://feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/ayj3qPfxKy0/2014-05-01-lily-james-leaving-season-6

Downton Abbey Season 5 Spoiler Photos: The Cast Films in the Village!

Our wait has paid off, fellow Downton Abbey fans! Though filming on Season 5 has been underway since before the last installment aired in the U.S. back in February, photos from the set have been few and far between. We’ve seen a couple courtesy of new character Simon Bricker (Richard E. Grant) but show creator Julian Fellowes has since laid down the law on what can and cannot be tweeted from set. Horrible, right? Thank goodness for cameras though! Splash News and our friend Sharon Carter at... http://feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/Wj7Uzb4sG9o/2014-04-24-season-5-spoiler-photos-filming

'Downton Abbey' Season 4 and 'Sherlock' Season 3 ratings rise in final numbers

The final ratings are in for the most recent seasons of U.K. imports "Downton Abbey" and "Sherlock" and they are once again big for PBS."Downton's" fourth season saw an average audience of 13.2 million viewers when the final numbers were calculated, which is up nearly 2 million from its Season 3 numbers. This firmly cements the Crawley family period piece as the highest-rated drama in PBS history. Likewise, "Sherlock" saw a gain of 2.2 million year-over-year, going from an average of 4.4 million in Season 2 to an average of 6.6 million in Season 3.Beth Hoppe, chief programming executive for PBS, says, "The pairing of 'Downton Abbey' and 'Sherlock' was a winning blueprint this year, helping both series reach record audiences on PBS member stations. British drama lovers have even more to look forward to this spring with new seasons of fan-favorite series returning to their local stations.""Masterpiece" executive producer Rebecca Eaton adds, "The success... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2014/03/downton-abbey-season-4-and-sherlock-season-3-ratings-rise-in-final-numbers.html

Downton Abbey Season 5: A New Romance for Thomas?

Don’t know about you all, but we are seriously craving any news of Downton Abbey. We knew we’d miss the show after its February 23 season finale on PBS, but seriously. This is like we’ve run out of tea and all the shops are closed! We’re completely parched! Thankfully, however, PBS understands a bit of our need and has released a few behind-the-scenes featurettes that give us an inside look at what the cast and crew make of Downton. In one of the more recent installments, the actor who plays... http://feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/_t3JJYC0ets/2014-03-11-season-5-thomas-barrow-romance

'Downton Abbey' cast hopes for Season 5: A 'bromance' for Thomas and more

"Downton Abbey" is busy filming its fifth season in the U.K., and PBS has just released a video where some of the stars talk about what they'd like to see for their characters in Season 5. Laura Carmichael hopes to have some scenes between Lady Edith and her baby, though she's not sure how that can happen and still keep the child's parentage a secret. Allen Leech says he hopes Tom gets back into his political leanings, while Lesley Nicol hopes Mrs. Patmore gets to have a scene with the Dowager Countess (Maggie Smith) -- we would imagine that one would be on every actor's list, right?Rob James-Collier says that if creator Julian Fellowes follows the usual format for Thomas, it should be "bromance" time for him in Season 5. "He's always been unlucky in love, so it'd be nice to see him happy for once. I think he deserves it," says James-Collier. Despite... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2014/03/downton-abbey-cast-hopes-for-season-5-a-bromance-for-thomas-and-more.html

'Once Upon a Time' casts 'Downton Abbey's' Dan Stevens to narrate hour-long recap special 'Wicked is Coming'

Dan Stevens is heading to Storybrooke ... kind of.The "Downton Abbey" star has just been tapped to narrate the "Once Upon a Time" special, "Once Upon a Time: Wicked is Coming," E! News reports.Stevens will lend his voice to the hour-long recap that airs before the midseason premiere this Sunday (March 9). The special will also offer a behind-the-scenes look at the upcoming Oz chapter of the ABC magical drama. The catch-up will feature interviews with the "Once Upon a Time" cast and showrunners Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz.This isn't Stevens' first time doing voice-over work, as the "Downton Abbey" star also regularly lends his voice to "The Tomorrow People" to play the computer personality TIM."Once Upon a Time: Wicked is Coming" airs Sunday (March 9) at 7 p.m. ET before the "Once Upon a Time" midseason premiere airs at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2014/03/once-upon-a-time-casts-downton-abbeys-dan-stevens-to-narrate-hour-long-recap-special-wicked-is-comin.html

Downton Abbey Season 5 Spoilers: Details on THIS New Character!

Downton Abbey may currently be filming its fifth season over in the United Kingdom, but unfortunately that doesn’t mean we’re getting the kind of top-grade spoilers we so desperately crave after watching the Season 4 finale earlier this week. When news does make the long trip overseas, it typically comes in crumbs. One such spoiler-y morsel? In Season 5, we’ll meet a new character named Simon Brickner, who U.K. channelITV reveals will be “a guest” of the family. In fact, the actor playing... http://feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/6MBgBLx8YQQ/2014-02-27-season-5-new-character-spoilers

Downton Abbey Season 5: The Dowager Countess Set to Return!

We’ve been worried for months now that the Dowager Countess (Maggie Smith) would go the way of Lady Sybil and Matthew Crawley. That is to say, bid adieu to Downton Abbey for new projects further afield, an outcome made all the more likely considering Maggie just turned 79 last December. Show creator Julian Fellowes seemed to know our deepest fears (how does he do that?!) and gave the Dowager a bad case of the flu during Season 4. She’s made of stronger stuff than fictional illness, however,... http://feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/01AVs8hrqYo/2014-02-26-season-5-dowager-countess-returns

Downton Abbey Season 4 Finale Beats Season 3’s End in Ratings!

Downton Abbey Season 3 may have gone down in history as blowing up Twitter on Christmas Day one of TV’s most unexpected season endings, but it’s got nothing on the conclusion of Season 4. We say that not because anything nearly as devastating took place during the finale, which aired on February 23 in the U.S. Actually, we found the two-hour episode rather subdued after the rollercoaster of a season the fourth installment has been. No, when we talk about history, we’re talking about ratings... http://feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/v75KA3kpUps/2014-02-25-season-4-finale-ratings-record
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