American fans of 'Downton Abbey' (you know who you are) have had plenty to be frustrated about recently, what with series 3 not due to premiere in the U.S. until 2013, despite airing its post-series 3 Christmas special in the U.K. just yesterday. Prior to the special, rumors had swirled that longtime series star Dan Stevens would depart the series to pursue his theatre career, but is his exit set in stone? Find out about the big shocker for 'Downton Abbey' series 4!
Even though U.S. viewers love their 'Downton Abbey,' the U.K's ITV gets to show the award-winning socialite series months before it crosses the ocean. For instance, 'Downton Abbey's third season wrapped in the U.K. weeks ago, while Americans won't even see the premiere until January 6! All that may change for the recently-commissioned fourth series, as PBS is considering a deal that would allow the respective countries' premiere dates to fall much closer, but what factors may get in the way?
We sure do love our British TV, from the most outrageous extremes of 'Doctor Who' to the quiet scandal of 'Downton Abbey,' but with recent reminders of the long wait for show's like 'Sherlock,' its hard for American audiences not to bemoan the shortage of content. Well, no longer! NBC is set to receive it's very own 'Downton Abbey'-style period drama, courtesy of actual series creator Julian Fellowes! Are you ready for the scowl-ey 19th century tension of 'The Gilded Age'?
We don't often pay a great deal of attention to 'Downton Abbey,' apart from the frequent ambient overhearings of "Countess This" and "Dowager That." It isn't that we don't enjoy a spirited adult drama, or xenophobically get our period drama fix from 'Mad Men,' but rather we have a great deal of stockpiled TV series to get to, Emmy wins or not. We had heard however some debate as to whether or not the series would receive a fourth year, and now those concerns have been safely lain to rest. Are you ready for 'Downton Abbey' series 4?
After a certain amount of success, one reaches the point of being able to speak their mind within the film and TV industry, with little fear of recompense for any ill comments. But for all our unabashed love of all things Benedict Cumberbatch, from 'Sherlock' to the upcoming 'Star Trek' sequel, what's the actor been saying about the acclaimed British drama 'Downton Abbey' that's ruffling feathers?
Whether or not you yourself have gotten into the award-winning cultural phenomenon of 'Downton Abbey,' you've likely heard someone raving about all the scandalous, uptight period drama. Provided the gossip hasn't been enough to get you into the series, what might new viewers do if the show's most famed attraction opts to be written out?
What if instead of an aristocratic British family, 'Downton Abbey' was about a late night talk show host with a writers' room struggling to come up with fresh Kim Kardashian jokes? Well, Jimmy Fallon has made it so in "Downton Sixbey" an eight-minute spoof of the upstairs/downstairs drama featuring pals Brooke Shields and Fred Armisen.