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Caryn James

Will Ferrell Skates to 'Downton Abbey' Theme (Video)

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  • February 21, 2014 11:27 AM
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Who needs the real Olympics when you have Will Ferrell? Here he is from The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, doing a figure-skating routine that might have been, choreographed to the theme from Downton Abbey.

For 'Downton' Obsessives: Dan Stevens in 'Summer in February'

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  • January 7, 2014 8:45 AM
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As I said in my review of Downton Abbey, Season 4, we all miss Matthew, and since Julian Fellowes has made it clear that the character is not coming back as a ghost, Summer in February is the closest we're likely to come to a post-death sighting.

Lady Mary Meets Vic Mackey in Funny or Die Spoof

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  • January 3, 2014 10:33 PM
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Lady Mary is the kind of role that could stereotype an actress, but Michelle Dockery has the good sense to be making fun of her aristocratic counterpart already. In this Funny or Die spoof, she plays opposite Michael Chiklis in a pretend -- but painfully close to real -- new TNT crime series, Tough Justice.

The New Heisenberg: Jimmy Fallon Does 'Joking Bad' (Video)

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  • September 12, 2013 1:29 AM
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Now down to its final episodes, Breaking Bad gets darker, wilder, more go-for-broke. The lighter side? That would be Joking Bad, the latest pop-cult parody from Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

Watch Comedy From Obama, O'Brien, Spielberg at the White House Correspondents Dinner

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  • April 28, 2013 11:59 AM
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This year's White House Correspondents' Dinner gave us a few insights about comedy:

Jimmy Fallon’s ‘Downton Sixbey’: Lady Hedith’s Answer

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  • February 7, 2013 9:07 AM
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Last night in Part 2 of Jimmy Fallon’s ‘Downton Abbey’ parody, ‘Downton Sixbey,’  Lady Hedith – the incomparable and lovely Fred Armisen --  repsonded to a declaration of love and a marriage proposal from Downton’s heir, Lord Questlove. Their parents, including Fallon as the Earl of Downton Sixbey and Whoopi Goldberg as Lady Whoopi  had something to say about that.

Jimmy Fallon Returns to 'Downton Sixbey' (Video)

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  • February 6, 2013 11:04 AM
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Jimmy Fallon calls it 'Downton Sixbey' (in honor of his studio, 6B). I think of it as'Keeping Up With The Granthams' (hoping for the spinoff,' Lady Hedith and the Dowager Take Miami'). But whatever you call it, the 'Late Night' satire is a howling spoof of 'Downton Abbey'. Picking up on this season’s Downton plot, here the Earl of Sixbey reveals how he has lost the family fortune (it was not investing in a railroad).

'Downton Abbey' Shocker: They Killed Who? And Why?

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  • January 27, 2013 10:18 PM
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If you have not yet watched the stunning latest episode of 'Downton Abbey,' don’t read on. If you have (or just want to find out who died) go to the next page for my review of the understandable but I think wrong-headed shocker. To paraphrase 'South Park':

'Downton Abbey' Preview: This Week's Jaw-Dropping Episode

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  • January 27, 2013 9:30 AM
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If there is one episode of 'Downton Abbey' you won’t want to miss, it’s this week’s. I won’t give anything away, except to say that the video preview here doesn’t begin to prepare you for the high drama of the most tension-filled episode so far -- in fact, until the season finale. (DVR the Screen Actors Guild Awards; all those actors will still be there babbling about their SAG cards when you’re ready.)

'Downton Abbey,' The Middle Class and Money ('Ya Gotta Spend It on Somethin' ')

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  • January 3, 2013 9:01 AM
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Season 3 of Downton Abbey – as soapy, dramatic and witheringly funny as ever, and at times shatteringly sad – begins in the spring of 1920, and everything now has a whiff of the modern. Daisy the kitchen maid rides a bike through the village, Mary and Matthew are planning their wedding, Anna is determined to find the evidence that will free Bates from prison, and in the midst of all that comes the real bombshell. Lord Grantham has made a very bad investment, losing most of his American wife’s fortune; they may have to put Downton on the market. Viewers caught in the 2008 economic crisis can relate.

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