Class Act? ‘Downton Abbey’ Enters Merchandise Fray

Forget “Mad Men” modernism. This season’s style is all about “Downton Abbey”’s Edwardian opulence. Millions around the world have been seduced by the straight-laced but stylish world of the British historical drama. Soon they’ll be able to take some of that style home, getting lips as soft as Lady Mary’s, wine inspired by Lord Grantham’s […]

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Gary Carr Is Joining "Downton Abbey" Season 4 (Photo: ITV)

‘Downton Abbey’ Adds First Black Cast Member

Executive producer Gareth Neame announced Wednesday that “Downton Abbey” is officially adding its first black character to the hit British period drama. Actor Gary Carr has signed on to play a jazz singer named Jack Ross, who’s described as “a charming and charismatic” young man, on the upcoming fourth season of the show. Carr has […]

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Siobhan Finneran of "Downton Abbey" (Photo: PBS)

‘Downton Abbey’: Another Key Cast Member Not Returning for Season 4

Here’s another blow for “Downton Abbey” fans. Siobhan Finneran will not be returning for Season 4 of the smash hit British series, the actress revealed to The U.K.’s Associated Press. Yes, dear “Abbey” fans, O’Brien is packing her bags. The devious maid viewers love to hate will be gone when the upcoming season returns, picking […]

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‘Masterpiece’ Adds Ralph Lauren Corp. as Sponsor

LOS ANGELES (AP) — PBS’ “Masterpiece” drama showcase is getting a fashionable new supporter. The public TV program said Monday that the Ralph Lauren Corp. will become a national sponsor, marking the company’s first TV sponsorship. “Masterpiece” executive producer Rebecca Eaton called Lauren’s support a tribute to the program, home of the hit British period […]

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Piven to Star as Founder of UK’s Selfridges in ‘Masterpiece’

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jeremy Piven, who played uber-Hollywood agent Ari Gold on the series “Entourage,” is moving uptown to PBS’ “Masterpiece.” “Masterpiece” executive producer Rebecca Eaton said Wednesday that Piven will star in the drama series “Mr. Selfridge,” about the flamboyant American who founded the British department store Selfridges. The series’ creator is Emmy […]

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