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'Downton Abbey' Star Dan Stevens Joins That WikiLeaks Movie Starring Benedict Cumberbatch

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 20, 2012 5:24 PM
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With the participation of "Downton Abbey" star Dan Stevens for the fourth season of the hit show currently up in the air, he's busy getting ready to make his Hollywood debut in a film that is bringing together an impressive amount of talent, to tell the tale of one of the world's most intriguing newsmakers.

'Downton Abbey' Hired For Season 4, 'Boss' Fired After Two Seasons

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • November 26, 2012 9:45 AM
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This morning we have some news about everyone’s favorite soap opera, the cancellation of another cable drama series, and a pirate show.

Holy Tea & Crumpets! Julian Fellowes Considering A 'Downton Abbey' Prequel

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • October 1, 2012 10:19 AM
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When he’s not busy writing reports to assist David Cameron in his attempts to balls up the UK film industry by only supporting “mainstream films,” Julian Fellowes is quietly going about penning one of the most successful dramas on television right now. “Downton Abbey” is now in its third season and its popularity shows no signs of waning (last night’s episode pulling in nearly 10m live viewers in the U.K.) – so appropriately BAFTA selected the Oscar-winning writer Fellowes (“Gosford Park”) to kick off their 2012 series of annual screenwriters lectures.

Watch: Two New Trailers For Season 3 Of 'Downton Abbey'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • September 6, 2012 12:18 PM
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Sure, you might be enjoying/still eagerly anticipating Benedict Cumberbatch in “Parade’s End,” but there’s no denying that it’s still little more than the pretender to the crown. The real blockbuster British period drama remains “Downton Abbey,” and it won’t be long until the third season of the acclaimed show returns to our screens. In fact, the premiere episode will debut in just 10 days over in its native U.K., while U.S audiences will see in return on January 6th, 2013 on PBS.

Watch: Two Clips From Season 3 Of 'Downton Abbey,' Including New Addition Shirley MacLaine

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 22, 2012 12:06 PM
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After the hugely disappointing second season of the show, which crossed over from trashily entertaining to just plain dull, we were wondering if there was anything that could win us back to the third season of smash-hit costume drama "Downton Abbey." And then creator Julian Fellowes went and cast Shirley MacLaine. The 78-year-old veteran Hollywood star, famous for films like "The Apartment" and "Terms of Endearment" among many, many others, is joining the show's cast as the mother of Elizabeth McGovern's Countess of Grantham, and the potential to watch her trade barbs with Maggie Smith is certainly enough to have us setting the DVR for new episodes.

Watch: Trailer For Season 3 Of 'Downton Abbey'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 15, 2012 2:30 PM
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This writer has yet to experience the phenomenon that is "Downton Abbey," but knows enough to realize that the trailer for season 3 is kind of like a big deal. With Shirley MacLaine now on board, another interesting ingredient has be added to the show, and if you want to see where it goes next, well just read on.

'Downton Abbey,' 'Breaking Bad,' 'Girls,' 'Modern Family' Top 2012 Emmy Nominations

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 19, 2012 9:01 AM
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So 5:30 (PST) this morning saw Jimmy Kimmel and Kerry Washington announce the 2012 Emmy nominations, and it served as a good lesson in why not to not give the organization too much credit. Yesterday we'd suggested that shows like "Parks and Recreation" and "Louie" were starting to make major inroads, giving us a little reason for optimism. And there were certainly things to be celebrated in this morning's nominees: actress and comedy nominations for "Girls," typically good showings for "Breaking Bad" and "Mad Men," and well-deserved nods for two actors we thought were unlikely, Jared Harris and Idris Elba.

Shirley MacLaine Heads To 'Downton Abbey'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • January 31, 2012 9:43 AM
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When Julian Fellowes isn’t busy trying to destroy the British film industry, you can find him writing one of the most successful British shows of the past decade, "Downton Abbey." The costume drama, set on a North Yorkshire abbey estate has proved supremely popular on both sides of the Atlantic; garnering critical acclaim, impressive viewing figures, and even a slew of Primetime Emmys and a Golden Globe for Best Miniseries.

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