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Cast of 'Downton Abbey' Does 'Breaking Bad' on 'Colbert Report'

Photo of Caryn James By Caryn James | James on Screens December 14, 2012 at 10:45AM

Much of the cast of Downton Abbey  -- including Hugh Bonneville and Elizabeth McGovern, but not Magge Smith or Michelle Dockery -- has been in New York promoting the Jan. 6th premiere of the new season, and they have faced a flood of uninteresting questions. But if the low point was Savannah Guthrie’s vapid, gushy group interview on Today, the best idea came from The Colbert Report, which enlisted a few of the Downton actors to reenact their series as if it were Breaking Bad.  
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Downton Breaking Bad

Much of the cast of Downton Abbey  -- including Hugh Bonneville and Elizabeth McGovern, but not Magge Smith or Michelle Dockery -- has been in New York promoting the Jan. 6th premiere of the new season, and they have faced a flood of uninteresting questions. But if the low point was Savannah Guthrie’s vapid, gushy group interview on Today, the best idea came from The Colbert Report, which enlisted a few of the Downton actors to reenact their series as if it were Breaking Bad.  

Everyone knows from the advance publicity that Downton faces financial crisis in the new season, but who would have thought that Lord Grantham (Bonneville) would have been such a perfect Walter White, complete with pork-pie hat, or that Carson the butler (Jim Carter) or Thomas the footman (Rob James-Collier) would have been so adept at cooking up his special, highly lucrative recipe for blue tea?

Update: You can read my review of Downton, season 3, here.

Here’s Breaking Abbey:

This article is related to: Television, Television, The Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert, Downton Abbey, Downton Abbey parody, Breaking Bad, Hugh Bonneville, Jim Carter, Rob James-Collier

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