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Downton Abbey Downstairs Scoop: Anna Dances, Mrs. Hughes Subs, and Daisy Gets Nasty

Sophie McShera

Matthew who?

On the upcoming fourth season of Downton Abbey, the Crawleys upstairs may be mourning the recent death of their heir, but those downstairs are suffering from an additional loss: O'Brien (Siobhan Finneran). Beyond the absence of the scheming lady's maid, the servants will also have to contend with new-fangled kitchen gadgets, a familiar face returning and ongoing internal strife (we blame Thomas!).
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FX Orders Drama Pilot Hoke Starring Paul Giamatti

Paul Giamatti

FX has given the green light to drama pilot Hoke, which will star Paul Giamatti, the network announced Wednesday.

Based on Charles Willeford's series of novels, Hoke is... read more

Cat Deeley's Watchlist: What Show Made Her Skip Showering All Weekend?

Cat Deeley

What show caused Cat Deeley to not shower for a weekend?

"I am loving Downton Abbey, it's my absolute fave," the So You Think You Can Dance host says in her celebrity Watchlist video. "It was a bit of a gray weekend and I think my husband and I wore track suits for the whole two days and didn't shower. In fact, I don't even think we brushed our teeth! We were disgusting."

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Poll: Will You Watch Downton Abbey Season 4?

Michelle Dockery

[Spoiler alert! The following contains important details from Downton Abbey's Season 3 finale. The Dowager Countess would be very disapproving if you read ahead without having watched it first!]

The fourth season of Downton Abbey is fast approaching, but in light of how it left off, will you tune in?
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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

Ask Matt: Grey's Anatomy, Broadchurch, Killing, Longmire

Sandra Oh

Send questions and comments to askmatt@tvguidemagazine.com and follow me on Twitter!

Question: I just read the news that Sandra Oh has decided to leave Grey's Anatomy at the end of the season. I'm sure a lot of fans will be upset or disappointed, but I actually respect her choice to leave and am grateful she has given so much notice to the writers so that they will be able to find a way to write her out effectively, which Grey's has not always had in the past. However, the broader question here is how much longer the show should run. I can't really imagine right now what it will be like without Christina, but there was also ...
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Downton Abbey Rolls Out New Merchandise

Downton Abbey

Would you care for a glass of Downton Abbey red wine? What about some Dowager Countess body lotion?

Downton Abbey is rolling out new lines of quirky merchandise tied into its Season 4 premiere in the U.K., including new board games, beauty products and clothing, The Associated Press reports.

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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

Rome Alum Indira Varma Joins Game of Thrones

Indira Varma

Rome alum Indira Varma is joining the cast of Game of Thrones, Entertainment Weekly reports.

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Critic's Notebook: The Emmy Nominations

Julianna Margulies

If it weren't for Netflix's House of Cards making the drama races a bit more interesting, while opening the door to a brave new world of out-of-the-box content for future years' consideration, this year's list of Emmy contenders (see the major categories here) would be most notable for its numbing lack of imagination and... read more

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Premiered: January 10, 1971, on PBS
Rating: TV-PG
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Premise: PBS's longest running (and most honored) dramatic series is an Anglophile's delight, featuring British adaptations of literary classics and original works. The first `Masterpiece' was `The First Churchills,' and since then it has won nine Peabodys and 29 Emmys (beginning with Susan Hampshire's Best Actress award for `Churchills'). Its many memorable productions include `Upstairs, Downstairs,' `I, Claudius,' 'The Jewel in the Crown,' `House of Cards,' `Poldark' and `Prime Suspect.'

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