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'Downton Abbey' Season 4 premiere ratings are highest ever for a PBS drama premiere

"Downton Abbey" returned in a big way for PBS. Sunday's (Jan. 5) two-hour Season 4 premiere earning 10.2 million viewers, which is the highest-rated drama premiere in PBS history. The premiere was up 2.3 million viewers from the Season 3 premiere a year ago and between the hours of 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET, PBS tied with CBS as the most-watched network. However, the Season 4 premiere was down some from the Season 3 finale -- perhaps those still mad about Matthew Crawley's untimely demise chose not to return to the "Downton" fold."Masterpiece" executive producer Rebecca Eaton says of the success, "I'm delighted to see that the Crawley family's intrigue continues to beguile our viewers. Julian Fellowes has written every word of all four seasons of 'Downton,' and I toss him a huge bouquet on behalf of the his American fans.""Downton Abbey" airs Sunday nights at 9 p.m. ET/PT on PBS.... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2014/01/downton-abbey-season-4-premiere-ratings-are-highest-ever-for-a-pbs-drama-premiere.html

'Downton Abbey' Season 4 premiere: Lady Mary is drawn out of her grief

The "Downton Abbey" Season 4 premiere in the U.S. encompasses the first two episodes of the season from the U.K., so we'll be addressing them each separately here since there was a lot going on.Episode OneUpstairsThe first half of the "Downton" premiere is a bit off-putting from the normal tone of the show, but since the entire household is still reeling from Matthew's death, that was maybe to be expected -- the somber opening credits were a bummer, though. Lady Mary and Cousin Isobel are obviously taking Matthew's death the hardest. Mary barely leaves her room and hardly shows any interest in baby George, while Isobel breaks our heart with how lost she seems -- "You see, when your only child dies, then you're not a mother anymore. You're not anything really. And that's what I'm trying to get used to."It's the reappearance of Carson's old vaudeville buddy Charlie that shakes Isobel back into her... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2014/01/downton-abbey-season-4-premiere-lady-mary-is-drawn-out-of-her-grief.html

'Downton Abbey' Creator Isn't Sure of Show's Future Beyond Season 5

Julian Fellowes hints that the upcoming fifth season of the British period drama could be the last for the show since he has been appointed to work on a new U.S. drama series.  Read More... //www.aceshowbiz.com/news/view/00067225.html

'Downton Abbey' Season 4 premiere: Lady Edith is not promised a happy ending

Last season's cliffhanger of "Downton Abbey" left people around the world shocked, angry and eager for the next installment.Season 4 finally returns Sunday, Jan. 5, on PBS (check local listings). It picks up six months after Matthew (Dan Stevens) was killed in a car crash, immediately after his wife, Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery), gave birth to their son, George.Mary is bereft in a way that only those utterly in love can be heartbroken. Wan, thin and brittle, she has little interest in her baby and none in anything else as she floats about in exquisite black dresses."She is now a widow and a mom," Dockery tells Zap2it. "There have been so many parts of her character I have played over the three years. She started out as a spoiled young aristocrat. The incident with the young Turkish aristocrat quite wobbled Mary."She became flawed and a little more humbled," Dockery continues, referring to the Turkish diplomat... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2014/01/downton-abbey-season-4-premiere-lady-edith-is-not-promised-a-happy-ending.html

'Downton Abbey' Season 4 premiere clip: O'Brien leaves the staff in the lurch

Season 4 of "Downton Abbey" is almost here, fans. To tide you over until then, check out the video above with a sneak peek clip of the premiere episode. In the clip, the staff is discussing O'Brien's (Siobhan Finneran) departure from the estate. According to the servants, she skulked off like a thief in the night and left them all in the lurch, with no lady's maid for the Countess, Lady Cora. One can't imagine there will be any shortage of applicants to take her place, however.It also sounds as though the nanny for baby George is rubbing Thomas the wrong way. Surprise, surprise. And Anna informs Bates that Lady Mary is still mired in her depression, which EP Gareth Neame tells Zap2it is a theme of the season, at least early on."Downton Abbey" returns Sunday, Jan. 5 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on PBS.... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2014/01/downton-abbey-season-4-premiere-clip-obrien-leaves-the-staff-in-the-lurch.html

'Downton Abbey' Season 4 premiere: Mary 'is in a living death,' says EP Gareth Neame

"Downton Abbey" returns this weekend to PBS with its fourth season and executive producer Gareth Neame tells Zap2it that while Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) is a young and desirable woman, she is still very much in mourning for Matthew (Dan Stevens) and won't be turning her eyes to any new men -- not at first, anyway."Mary is not looking for any suitors whatsoever when the season begins," says Neame. "She is in a living death because of the tragedy of her loss and that's not something she's going to recover from any time soon. We've just got to see how she's doing when we return to Downton several months after the death. Really she can't do anything.""But that's what defines our show -- it is the tears and the joy that make up a life," he adds.In the wake of Matthew's death and also the passing of Mary's sister Sybil (Jessica Brown Findlay), perhaps Mary... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2014/01/downton-abbey-season-4-premiere-mary-is-in-a-living-death-says-ep-gareth-neame.html

'Downton Abbey' Season 4 episode 1 spoilers: It's all about family

"Downton Abbey" Season 4 has premiered in the U.K. and we've got all the details for you but don't keep reading if you don't want to be spoiled for when it returns in the U.S. in January 2014. UpstairsThe big theme this episode is family. We thought for much of the first half of the episode that it felt so off -- the title music was weird, Mary was being so sad, the nanny was off-putting. There were all sorts of things that felt wrong. But in the end, it was all about the core family and their servants looking out for one another, which is what we love about "Downton."Lady Mary is so blinded by her grief that she barely comes out of her room, barely pays attention to her new baby boy. Cousin Isobel is likewise paralyzed by her grief. But industrious Branson and Mrs. Hughes find them new things to focus on,... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/09/downton-abbey-season-4-episode-1-spoilers-its-all-about-family.html

'Downton Abbey' Season 4 premiere: 'Mary is in a living hell,' says EP Gareth Neame

"Downton Abbey" is about to kick off its fourth season in the United Kingdom, picking up six months after Matthew's sudden death at the end of Season 3, which creator Julian Fellowes tells ITV was a time jump that made sense to him."It seemed to be much more interesting to, if you like, jump forward to Mary beginning to reconstruct her life," says Fellowes. "And by leaving it six months, we could start with her at her lowest ebb, but at the beginning of the period when it sort of becomes time for you to start getting out and about again, starting to make things happen once more."Executive producer Gareth Neame adds to Zap2it that Mary is in her own personal hell when the series picks up, which is apparent in the latest clip to have been released. "At the beginning of Season 4, Mary is in a living hell," says Neame. "She really doesn't... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/09/downton-abbey-season-4-premiere-mary-is-in-a-living-hell-says-ep-gareth-neame.html