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Keck's Exclusives: Downton Abbey Producer Defends Controversial Storyline

Joanne Froggatt

Warning: If you have yet to view last night's Downton Abbey, stop reading now, as this story discusses a major plot point.

American viewers who tuned in to Downton Abbey on PBS last night got to see what outraged British audiences months earlier when the controversial episode first aired in the UK. Having previously survived the false imprisonment of her now-husband Mr. Bates, long-suffering head housemaid Anna (Joanne Froggatt) was ... read more

Downton Abbey Exec Producer Gareth Neame Previews a Season of Change

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Soon after the conclusion of another record-breaking season of Downton Abbey in the U.K., executive producer Gareth Neame, who has worked on the international phenomenon with series creator Julian Fellowes since its birth, sat down with TV Guide Magazine to share some scoop. The much-anticipated series about the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants returns to PBS's Masterpiece this Sunday.

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Downton Abbey Renewed for Season 5

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Downton Abbey's fourth season hasn't even begun in the United States, but PBS is already looking ahead to the fifth. The British series was officially renewed for a fifth season on Sunday.

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Keck's Exclusives: The Dapper New Men of Downton Abbey

Gary Carr, Julian Ovenden, Tom Cullen

How many gentlemen does it take to fill the void left by Matthew Crawley? A whole bunch will get the chance to try on the new season of Downton Abbey. "The loss of much-loved characters is real dramatic rocket fuel that enhances our storytelling," says executive producer Gareth Neame. "As much as people were devastated by the loss of Matthew — with some people ­almost grieving as they would for a real person — those are the dynamics of this show." No one is suffering more than widowed Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery). "We do see quite a bit of the Mary she was before she met Matthew, that icy iron-maiden quality," says Neame. "It's going to take an awful lot to get her back to life." She'll get some help from three handsome men when Downton returns to PBS's Masterpiece on January 5... read more

Downton Abbey Season 4 Scoop on Lady Mary, London and More

Michelle Dockery, Allen Leech

Pull out your dancing shoes, because Downton Abbey will be entering the Jazz Age.

[Warning: The following contains major spoilers from the past three seasons of Downton Abbey. If you haven't caught up yet, read at your own risk!]

It's been months since fans reeled from that shocking Christmas episode that also rocked the Crawley family, and now they're moving into the 1920s with new babies, suitors and even a musician or two. The story picks up in February 1922, when Downton Abbey is still in deep mourning for the loss of heir Matthew Crawley (Dan Stevens) from an auto accident.

13 reasons we want to grow up to be Downton Abbey's Dowager Countess

"Both the audience and the characters have experienced some passage of time," executive producer Gareth Neame said at PBS' Television Critics Association fall preview on Tuesday. read more

How Netflix Scored Emmy-Nomination Gold and This Year's Other Trivia

Kevin Spacey

Netflix heads into the Emmy race with 14 nominations, better than all but a handful of networks. Credit the Academy of TV Arts and Sciences' 2008 rule change that allowed full-length broadband and digital shows to be nominated in the same categories as broadcast and TV programs... read more

Keck's Exclusives First Look: Downton Abbey's New Manservant

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Taking a cue from Bruce Wayne, PBS's Downton Abbey will introduce a man­servant named Alfred in January's season premiere. The new footman, played by Matt Milne (War Horse), takes the place of the late William and the newly promoted Thomas.

"He is a contentious figure right from the start because he is the... read more

NBC Orders 10-Episode Dracula Series Starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers

Jonathan Rhys Meyers

NBC is getting into the vampire business.

The network has given a 10-episode series order to Dracula, a series inspired by the classic Bram Stoker character starring The Tudors' Jonathan Rhys Meyers as the titular character, NBC Chairman Bob Greenblatt announced Tuesday at the Television Critics Association fall TV previews.

The series will introduce Dracula as... read more

Shirley MacLaine Joins Downton Abbey

Shirley MacLaine

Shirley MacLaine has joined the cast of Downton Abbey, Variety reports.

The Oscar winner will play ...
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