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Winter Preview: Downton Abbey Season 3 Serves Up Life-And-Death Drama

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On the West London set of Downton Abbey, where all of the "downstairs" scenes are shot, two footmen in formal attire are about to bring another lavish meal upstairs to the waiting lords and ladies. It's a familiar sight, but don't let it fool you: As Season 3 of the Emmy-winning drama begins, the Grantham family and their servants are entering a different world altogether — and it may be a difficult one for... read more

How Networks Are Breaking the Period-Piece Curse

Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey transformed PBS from a sometimes stodgy channel into a destination network, drawing 5.4 million viewers for its second-season finale (doubling PBS' primetime average). Now, Downton creator Julian Fellowes has signed with NBC to create The Gilded Age, his first series for American broadcast TV. NBC is betting that the drama will attract the same audience for its depiction of New York's moguls of... read more

NBC Developing Period Drama from Downton Abbey Creator

Julian Fellowes

NBC is looking to bring the next Downton Abbey to its airwaves.

The Peacock has signed Downton creator Julian Fellowes to create and produce The Gilded Age, a sweeping epic about the millionaire titans of 1880s New York, NBC announced Tuesday. Fellowes will write and produce the project, which is described as a "tale of the princes of the American Renaissance, and the vast fortunes they made - and spent - in late nineteenth century."

Downton Abbey renewed for Season 4

"This was a vivid time with dizzying, brilliant ascents and calamitous falls, of record-breaking ostentation and savage rivalry; a time when money was king," Fellowes said in a statement... read more

Guide to Holiday Weekend TV: Liz & Dick, Downton Salute, SpongeBob Christmas

Lindsay Lohan

What unbecomes a legend most? Look no further than this long weekend's well-timed candidate for the TV Turkey Hall of Fame: Liz & Dick (Lifetime, Sunday at 9/8c), an epic of stunningly cynical and pathetic miscasting, a TV-movie so laughably inept it doesn't deserve to be on a first-name basis with anything resembling humanity. read more

Is a Downton Abbey Prequel in the Works?

Julian Fellowes

Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes says he plans to write a prequel to the beloved British period drama, the BBC reports.

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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

Stars React to Emmy Nominations

Alec Baldwin, Jessica Lange

The nominations are in for the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards, and many of the actors and showrunners who received nods have expressed their gratitude — and, in some cases, surprise.

See what the stars had to say:

Jessica Lange, American Horror Story, Supporting Actress in a TV Movie/Miniseries: "I want to thank the academy for honoring American Horror Story. ... It's been wonderful to work on a show with such talented actors and the fabulous creative team of Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and all the brilliant writers who make Constance such an interesting character to play."

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Exclusive: Elizabeth McGovern Clarifies Her Downton Abbey Statements

Elizabeth McGovern

As the Dowager Countess might say, "Good heavens!" Downton Abbey star Elizabeth McGovern is looking to clarify comments she says have now been misinterpreted as a slam against the hit PBS drama.

Speaking in New York at the Tribeca Film Festival to promote her new feature Cheerful Weather for the Wedding, McGovern admitted to the Los Angeles Times that season two of Downton had "a slightly different tone... partly because the show had to... read more

Ratings: NYC 22 Has OK Debut; Titanic Drags Down GCB

Harold House Moore and Leelee Sobieski

NYC 22 didn't collar big numbers Sunday, but it didn't sink as badly as ABC's Titanic miniseries.

CBS' latest cop drama drew 8.9 million viewers and ...
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Downton Abbey Studio Denies Maggie Smith Exit Rumor

Maggie Smith

Carnival Films, the studio that produces Downton Abbey, is denying a report that Dame Maggie Smith is leaving the hit PBS show after its upcoming third season.

In a statement obtained by The New York Times, the studio called the The Daily Mail report "complete nonsense." The studio added, "We never comment on future story lines but... read more

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