PBS’ ‘Masterpiece’ Gets $1 Million Gift From Donor

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 […]

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‘Downton Abbey’ Brings Cool TV Crowd to PBS

(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 […]

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‘Downton’ Stars Collaborate On-Screen And Onstage

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, […]

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PBS’ ‘Masterpiece’ Gets Corporate Sponsor

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 […]

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Gillian Anderson Set For BBC’s ‘Great Expectations’

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 […]

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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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