"Downton Abbey": Dan Stevens as Matthew Crawley and Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Crawley (Photo: Carnival Film & Television Limited 2012 for MASTERPIECE)

‘Downton Abbey’s’ Dan Stevens Sorry for Ruining Christmas

Former “Downton Abbey” star Dan Stevens has apologized (sort of) for devastating “Downton” fans on Christmas Day, but he contends that killing off his popular character was not his doing. Millions of viewers were shocked, crushed and enraged when Matthew Crawley was killed off in dramatic fashion in an automobile accident — just after visiting […]

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Dan Stevens and Michelle Dockery of "Downton Abbey" (Photo: PBS)

‘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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Rebecca Eaton: 25 Years Mastering ‘Masterpiece’

By FRAZIER MOORE, AP Television Writer NEW YORK – With a name like “Masterpiece,” it has to be good. For a quarter-century, Rebecca Eaton has overseen this weekly British drama showcase whose reputation for excellence is undisputed. But now, with “Masterpiece” marking its 40th year (it first aired in January 1971), the pressures of maintaining […]

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