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'Downton Abbey' Season 5 Premiere Delivers 10.1 Million Viewers on PBS

-- PBS and WGBH announced today that Sundays premiere of Downton Abbey, Season 5 on MASTERPIECE enthralled viewers nationwide as the Crawley family returned to face the changing tides of England in 1924.   Read More... //feedproxy.google.com/~r/Tvbythenumbers/~3/UPhCTXwmgKU/

The Most Important Shows on TV: Week of December 29, 2014

Which TV series will your friends (and the entire internet) be talking about this week? Stay informed—or at least be able to fake it—with SideReel's weekly guide to The Most Important Shows on TV.   New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest  &  New Year's Eve with Carson Daly  &  Pitbull's New Year's Revolution Wednesday at 8:00pm on ABC ,  10:00pm on NBC , and 8:00pm on FOX , respectively Why:  Because parties are dumb! Hang out with your best friends... uh, Ryan Seacrest, Carson Daly, and Pitbull! OK, no, they're all legitimately terrible, but at least watching these guys and their musical guests beats trying to find someone to kiss at midnight if you're at a party alone! Take it from me! It sucks worse than watching one of these three overexposed dudes. Prepare to talk about:  How Pitbull has managed to parlay middling talent into worldwide domination; how Ryan Seacrest has managed to parlay middling talent into worldwide domination; how Carson Daly squandered his middling talent and worldwide domination over a decade ago. Poor Carson. Remember when he dated Tara Reid? Eesh.   Galavant (Series Premiere) Sunday at 8:00pm on ABC Why:  It's like  Once Upon a Time  crossed with  Glee ! Wow, OK, I won't lie, that actually sounds terrible. But this feature isn't called The Best Shows on TV , it's called  The Most Important Shows on TV , and you just know that people are going to tune into this once just to see how much mescaline the creators of this show were on to think this was a good idea. Prepare to talk about: How the guest stars are way more exciting than the regular cast (John Stamos! Weird Al! Ricky Gervais! RUTGER HAUER!?); how anyone could think this show was a good idea; how you kind of just want to watch  A Knight's Tale  even though it's not quite the same concept, but whatever.     Downton Abbey (US Season Premiere) Sunday at 9:00pm on PBS Why: Because it's the soap opera people who scoff at soap operas brag about watching—yes, even now that it's past its prime. This week: people argue about politics (ugh), Robert and Cora celebrate 34 years of being rich together, and Edith is her usual idiotic self. Prepare to talk about: Why Edith is so dumb! Like, she got the same education as her sisters but she is consistently the most exasperating; where on the range of frosty-to-absolute zero Mary's coldness will land this year; how this show will never be as good as it was in season one.     Leah E. Friedman  is the editor of SideReel.com. You can follow her musings on  Twitter .

Downton Abbey Season 5 Scoop: Edith's Mommy Issues and Mary's Reputation

  Will this finally be the Year of Edith on Downton Abbey ? All signs point to ... probably not. As the acclaimed drama returns for its fifth season, Britain is reeling from the country taking a leftist turn in 1924. "It's the year the first-ever socialist government was elected, so they all feel very threatened by that," executive producer Gareth Neame tells TVGuide.com.   Read More...   //www.tvguide.com/News/Downton-Abbey-Season-5-Spoilers-1087313.aspx?rss=breakingnews