Dame Maggie Smith, who plays the Dowager Countess on “Downton Abbey,” has reportedly requested that the upcoming third season be her last.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Even the landed gentry of “Downton Abbey” would be impressed: A philanthropist is giving $1 million to PBS’ “Masterpiece,” U.S. home of the British upstairs-downstairs drama series. The gift is the largest yet for the Masterpiece Trust, a fund-raising initiative started last year, PBS said Wednesday. The donor is Darlene Shiley […]
(Reuters) – Move over, “Mad Men” and Kim Kardashian. There’s a new darling in U.S. pop culture, with a much posher accent and even fancier clothes. British World War One-era drama “Downton Abbey” and its colorful cast of countesses, cooks and kitchen maids has taken America by storm, dominating modern social media and bringing millions […]
“Downton Abbey” continues to deliver for PBS. Sunday’s season two premiere of the hit series on “Masterpiece” averaged 4.2 million viewers, PBS said Tuesday.
By MESFIN FEKADU, Associated Press LONDON — There are secret romances, wars and endless back-stabbing on “Downton Abbey,” the British TV series that follows the lives of the aristocratic Grantham family and their servants in the early 20th century. But off-screen, there is music. Elizabeth McGovern and Michelle Dockery, who co-star in the Emmy-nominated drama, […]
BY: LYNN ELBER BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – The PBS program “Masterpiece” is marking its 40th year in style. “Masterpiece” executive producer Rebecca Eaton announced that a national corporate sponsor, a luxury cruise company, will be on board for the first time in more than six years. Viking River Cruises will contribute an unspecified amount to […]
By John Sellers NEW YORK (TheWrap) – Gillian Anderson is slowly cornering the market on lead roles in BBC adaptations of Charles Dickens classics. Six years after starring in the BBC’s critically acclaimed 2005 adaptation of “Bleak House,” which aired on PBS in 2006, the “X-Files” star will play Miss Haversham in a new version […]
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 […]