Gareth Neame on “Last Kingdom’s” Hunky Alexander Dreymon and the “Downton Abbey” Finale

It’s easy to want to compare the new BBC America series “The Last Kingdom” with another period piece series, “Downton Abbey.” However, it’s less because of their looking back at historical times in England and more because they have one man in common: Gareth Neame. Neame, who is executive producer of both series, has a penchant for series that draw […]

Continue Reading
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 […]

Continue Reading
'Breaking Abbey' (Photo: Comedy Central)

‘The Colbert Report’: ‘Downton Abbey’ Does ‘Breaking Bad’

Drug lords of the manor? “The Colbert Report” offered up the ultimate, unthinkable spoof on Thursday’s show — the men of “Downton Abbey” going “bad” — acting out scenes from AMC’s druggie drama “Breaking Bad“! What on Earth brought that about? Revenge. Bitter that First Lady Michelle Obama — a huge “Downton Abbey” fan — […]

Continue Reading

Rob James-Collier: Michelle Obama Loves ‘Downton Abbey’

“Downton Abbey” has a fan in the First Lady. Rob James-Collier, who plays footman Thomas Barrow on the hit PBS series, revealed in an exclusive interview with that while President Barack Obama watches “Homeland,” Michelle Obama prefers “Downton.” How does he know? Here is the story as told by James-Collier: “For Thanksgiving, the cast […]

Continue Reading