‘Downton Abbey’ Reportedly to Introduce First Black Character

By Carrie Healey, theGrio.com (Article originally published on theGrio.com.) The early 20th century British period drama “Downton Abbey” is expected introduce its first black character this coming season. The award-winning television show, from writer and creator Julian Fellowes, centers around the wealthy Crawley family. According to The Sun, casting notes were sent to agents, seeking a black […]

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British Actor Tom Ellis and His Actress Wife Tamzin Outhwaite  (Photo: Samir Hussein/Getty Images)

Does ‘Downton’s Lady Mary Already Have A New Love Interest?

We’ve barely mourned the “Downton” downer that struck “Masterpiece’s” third-season finale that stunned U.S. viewers with the sudden death of Lord Matthew Crawley (Dan Stevens). British actor Tom Ellis has auditioned to be the new love interest for Lady Mary Crawley (Michelle Dockery) on the fourth season of “Downton Abbey,” according to U.K.’s The Mirror. […]

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Michelle Dockery and Dan Stevens in "Downton Abbey" (Courtesy of © Giles Keyte/Carnival Film & Television Limited 2012 for MASTERPIECE)

‘Downton Abbey’ Heartbreak in Shocking Season 3 Finale

[**Spoiler Alert**: Do not read if you don’t want to know the outcome of Sunday’s Season 3 finale of “Downton Abbey.”] “We don’t always get our just desserts,” says Violet to her elated family as they gather in Downton’s library to celebrate all their good fortune in the final minutes of last night’s episode. The […]

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‘Downton Abbey’ Recap: ‘Revenge Is Sweet’…?

I don’t understand why PBS’s Masterpiece Classics chose to air a two-hour penultimate episode of “Downton Abbey” this week instead of two separate individual episodes as it originally aired in Britain. Given the already much too-short season, why hurry the end? The overall effect diluted the strength of the second hour, which was one of […]

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Watch: ‘Downton Abbey’ Meets ‘Sesame Street’

There are few honors for television shows these days greater than getting a “Sesame Street” parody. After offering kid-friendly takes on the likes of “The Voice” in recent seasons, the series this time took aim at fellow PBS series “Downton Abbey.” The segment, titled “Upside Downton Abbey,” features the Dowarger Countess living in a house […]

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‘Downton Abbey’: A New Life, a Shocking Death

[**Spoiler Alert**: Do not read if you don’t want to know the outcome of Sunday night’s episode of “Downton Abbey.”] Julian Fellowes, how could you? How could you break the collective hearts of “Downton Abbey” obsessives everywhere with a plot twist so heartbreaking and so shocking that, on the evening I watched this episode, I […]

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