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Major ‘Downton Abbey’ Star Confirms Series 4 Departure

Downton Abbey Series 3 Matthew Crawley
Masterpiece

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!

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‘Downton Abbey’ Season 4 May Air Early In the U.S.

Downton Abbey Series 4 US
Masterpiece

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?

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‘Sherlock’ Series 3 May Not Air Until 2014

Sherlock Series 3 Delayed
BBC

We sure hope mystery fans have been enjoying the inaugural season of CBS' 'Elementary,' because that might be the only 'Sherlock' fix they have for awhile. While British series typically take longer to produce and air, particularly those with such prolific stars as Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, new reports suggest that a third series of cult favorite 'Sherlock' may not air until late 2013, or even 2014 at the latest. What can we deduce is the cause of such a dastardly wait?

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‘Downton Abbey’ Renewed for Season 4

Downton Abbey Series 4 Renewed
ITV

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?

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Big Bird Looked Way Different in This Early ‘Sesame Street’ Concept Art

Big Bird early concept art
PBS

'Sesame Street' star Big Bird has gone from children's television star to internet sensation over night, thanks to recent statements by Mitt Romney during the 2012 presidential debate. The guy even got to go on 'SNL' this past weekend for Seth Meyer's latest edition of Weekend Update. In short, everyone was reminded that we can't get enough of Big Bird, which is why now is the perfect time to gawk over this early concept art of him and his fellow 'Sesame Street' castmates.

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Why is Benedict Cumberbatch Bashing ‘Downton Abbey?’

Benedict Cumberbatch Downton Abbey
BBC / PBS

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?

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How Title Sequences Affect How We Watch Movies and TV

Weiner Bros./AMC TV
Weiner Bros./AMC TV

Everyone knows Alfred Hitchcock’s name. But do you know Saul Bass, or what he’s famous for? If you do, this video’s right up your alley. (And if you don't, now is the perfect time to find out!)

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Dame Maggie Smith Asks to be Written Off ‘Downton Abbey?’

Downton Abbey
Masterpiece

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?

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