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Emmy Watch: The Decline and Fall of 'Downton Abbey'

As hulking and lavish as the Titanic, "Downton Abbey" appears unsinkable -- especially when it comes to Emmy voters and fans. But the series, whose first episode began with news of that famous ship's North Atlantic disaster, is not immune to rough seas. Does the disappointing fourth season of "Downton" foretell a coming crash?
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • August 5, 2014 12:24 PM
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'Downton Abbey' Is Back: A Preview and Review (SEASON FOUR CLIPS)

A guilty pleasure for many of us, frothy Brit soap opera "Downton Abbey" is back stateside January 5 on PBS (months after it's been seen by the lucky folks in the UK). This is the series that left our jaws agape as it killed off in the finale not just one but two key characters. Here's how Julian Fellowes picked up the pieces.
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • December 31, 2013 1:04 PM
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WATCH: 'Downton Abbey' Season 4 Gets a New Trailer

A new trailer for the fourth season of "Downton Abbey" has landed. This spot strikes an upbeat tone with Maggie Smith's Dowager Countess advising grieving widow Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) to choose life over death. Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 4, 2013 1:07 AM
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Hillary Clinton Tweets Her Love for 'Downton Abbey,' Fox TV Studios Bails on NBC Mini-Series UPDATE

"Downton Abbey" has a very powerful fan. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton tweeted August 15 that she is a devoted Downton viewer, replying to Twitter's senior communications manager Rachael Horwitz that they are "birds of feather" when it comes to loving the upstairs-downstairs show.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 16, 2013 3:56 PM
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Paul Giamatti Joins 'Downton Abbey' Season 4

The upcoming fourth season of "Downton Abbey" has an exciting new addition to its cast: Paul Giamatti.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 24, 2013 11:53 AM
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Casting Watch: Helena Bonham Carter Joins Blanchett, James and Madden in Kenneth Branagh's 'Cinderella' UPDATE

UPDATE: Helena Bonham Carter has been cast as the fairy godmother in Kenneth Branagh's live-action version of "Cinderella" for Disney. Bonham Carter joins Cate Blanchett (playing the wicked stepmother), Lily James of "Downton Abbey" in the title role, and Richard Madden of "Game of Thrones" as the prince.
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • June 21, 2013 11:50 AM
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Trailer Watch: 'Downton Abbey' Creator's 'Romeo and Juliet' Stars Hailee Steinfeld and Douglas Booth

Brush up your Shakespeare! The newest star-encrusted 'Romeo and Juliet' screen version of the Bard's tragic romance finally has a trailer.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 12, 2013 6:13 PM
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'Downton Abbey' Season Three Premiere Scores 7.9 Million Viewers

Even with the ending of the entire "Dowton Abbey" third season spoiled by many who read news accounts of one key cast member's departure from the series, which has already concluded in the UK, the PBS "Masterpiece Classic" debut on Sunday drew a preliminary Nielsen average of 7.9 million viewers. The new season adds Shirley MacLaine as Elizabeth McGovern's mother, who gives dowager Maggie Smith a run for her money.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 7, 2013 4:00 PM
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Julian Fellowes Talks 'Downton Abbey' and The Crawleys in Season Three Preview

PBS features "Downton Abbey" creator Julian Fellowes in a brief video previewing season three...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 4, 2013 12:45 PM
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'Downton Abbey' Christmas Special Spoilers Cause Twittersphere Uproar, Ruining Season 3 for American Audience

"Downton Abbey" fans, you might want to block your ears and eyes. The UK regularly enjoys their native period drama before us Yankees, so spoilers are to be expected for those following "Abbey" chatter.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 26, 2012 1:55 PM
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