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January 4, 2013
* MASTERPIECE: DOWNTON ABBEY. 9 p.m. Sunday, WHYY 12. TELEVISION'S back. No more "fall finales. " Not only are many things old new again - holiday reruns, begone! - but just a few short months after the broadcast season began there are again new shows fighting for a place in your heart, or at least on your DVR. One's set (and filmed) in Philadelphia. Another stars Kevin Bacon, who grew up here. And if you're looking for a third Philly-centric reason to be excited, Upper Darby's own Tina Fey is co-hosting the Golden Globes with Amy Poehler on NBC Jan. 13. So there's that.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 24, 2012 | Ellen Gray
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Just how far will a British gentleman go to support the man who dresses him? Hugh Bonneville, who plays the usually very proper Lord Grantham on PBS' "Downton Abbey," tore off his tie and ripped open his shirt before a roomful of reporters Saturday night to reveal a T-shirt that read "Free Bates. " So, OK, it wasn't exactly a striptease. And it's not as if Bonneville dropped his trousers — something that's happened a time or two, onstage, during Television Critics Association events — but for PBS' portion of the group's summer meetings, which began this weekend in Beverly Hills, it counted as a Moment.
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January 2, 2015 | By Ellen Gray
* MASTERPIECE: DOWNTON ABBEY. 9 p.m. Sunday, WHYY12.   LAURA Carmichael knows all about the Jan Brady comparisons. Carmichael, whose "Downton Abbey" character, Lady Edith Crawley, has gotten the short end of more sticks in four seasons than the "Brady Bunch" middle daughter could ever have imagined, doesn't mind a bit. "She's smart, she's bookish. I get it. I love that and I sort of read that and embraced that," Carmichael said in an interview during a PBS event in Beverly Hills last summer to promote the show's fifth season.
NEWS
March 28, 2012 | Ellen Gray Daily News Staff Writer
Turns out dudes did watch "Downton Abbey. " We knew it all along, thanks to the guys who spoke with Daily News reporter Molly Eichel last month about what the hit "Masterpiece Theater" costume drama meant to them. And now PBS finally has some numbers to back it up. Ratings for "Downton's" Season 2 were up at least 100 percent among female and male 18- to 34-year-olds above the previous season's average for the "Masterpiece" series, the network reported Wednesday, citing Nielsen's finale ratings.
NEWS
March 8, 2016 | By Ellen Gray, TELEVISION CRITIC
SPOILER ALERT: This story contains details of the series finale of "Downton Abbey," which aired Sunday on PBS' "Masterpiece. " In the end, no member of the household staff was hanged, for murder or anything else, and no member of the audience was left hanging. In a satisfying, occasionally too satisfying, two-hour finale written by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes, we learned to pronounce "marchioness. " That's the title Lady Edith (Laura Carmichael) acquired upon her marriage to Bertie Pelham, marquess of Hexham (Harry Hadden-Paton)
NEWS
January 3, 2016 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Staff Writer
I like to think of Downton Abbey as the Public Broadcasting Service's very own Little Engine That Could. Downton was a modestly budgeted costume drama about the life of a grand English household in the first decades of the 20th century and was expected to draw an equally modest viewership. But Downton boasted some of the finest plotting, dialogue, and characterization on TV. Whatever it was that attracted the multitude of viewers - many of whom were tuning into Masterpiece for the first time - Downton had become a cultural phenom.
NEWS
July 10, 2016
Julian Fellowes' Belgravia By Julian Fellowes Grand Central. 416 pp. $26. Reviewed by Ellen Dunkel Julian Fellowes' Belgravia is a great summer read, a lighter-than-light tale much like Fellowes' world smash Downton Abbey . It has landed gentry, social climbers, and polite traditions, but it's as fluffy and scrumptious as a fresh-baked scone. Offered first as an 11-part serialized podcast ( www.julianfellowesbelgravia.com ), beginning in April - just weeks after we in the United States said goodbye to Lady Mary and the rest of Downton's Crawleys - Belgravia has been released in hardcover in time to be tucked into a beach bag. It has many of the same elements as Downton Abbey : A pregnancy that must be hidden, like Lady Edith's.
NEWS
January 8, 2012 | By Jonathan Storm, For The Inquirer
'The truth is neither here nor there," remarks the Dowager Countess of Grantham. "It's the look of the thing that matters. " Maggie Smith's Lady Grantham is the capstone on an assemblage of characters unequaled on TV at the moment - perhaps at any moment - in Masterpiece Classic 's series Downton Abbey , which begins its second season at 9 p.m. Sunday on WHYY TV12. The series, about life 100 years ago in a stately British home, looks very good, with credit going especially to the home itself, Highclere Castle, an astonishing place 90 minutes west of London, with a fascinating story.
NEWS
January 3, 2016
* MASTERPIECE: DOWNTON ABBEY. 9 p.m. Sunday, WHYY12. One of the more precious jewels in PBS' crown begins its sixth and final season. Who'll get married before it's all over? Who'll find a new career? And will Lady Edith (Laura Carmichael) ever catch a break? * COOPER BARRETT'S GUIDE TO SURVIVING LIFE. 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Fox29. Jack Cutmore-Scott stars as Cooper, a recent college grad who, along with most of his friends, is trying to figure things out, one entertaining disaster at a time.
BUSINESS
March 11, 2012 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Comcast Corp.'s NBC television network desperately needs more prime-time hits. But did it let one slip away? It seems like it. NBC passed on current cultural favorite Downton Abbey , produced by NBCUniversal's Carnival Films studio in London, believing that American audiences wouldn't have the appetite for a very British historical drama set in a country manor in Edwardian England. Instead, Downton Abbey found a grateful home on public television, as part of the Masterpiece lineup.
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July 10, 2016
Julian Fellowes' Belgravia By Julian Fellowes Grand Central. 416 pp. $26. Reviewed by Ellen Dunkel Julian Fellowes' Belgravia is a great summer read, a lighter-than-light tale much like Fellowes' world smash Downton Abbey . It has landed gentry, social climbers, and polite traditions, but it's as fluffy and scrumptious as a fresh-baked scone. Offered first as an 11-part serialized podcast ( www.julianfellowesbelgravia.com ), beginning in April - just weeks after we in the United States said goodbye to Lady Mary and the rest of Downton's Crawleys - Belgravia has been released in hardcover in time to be tucked into a beach bag. It has many of the same elements as Downton Abbey : A pregnancy that must be hidden, like Lady Edith's.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 1, 2016 | By Molly Eichel, Staff Writer
Comedian Natasha Leggero is having a pretty good year. She's starring on two TV shows - Showtime's Dice , as the long-suffering girlfriend of comedian Andrew Dice Clay, and Another Period , her Comedy Central satire of celebrity culture where she's a member of a Downton Abbey -style family by way of the Kardashians (its second season began June 15). Plus, she got to go on tour with her husband, fellow comedian Moshe Kasher, which she likened to getting paid to go on vacation.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 11, 2016
Doctor Thorne Julian Fellowes loves a good thwarted romance, especially one involving money and class. So it's no surprise that the Downton Abbey creator is also a fan of Anthony Trollope, whose 1858 novel Doctor Thorne Fellowes recently adapted, in four parts, for Amazon's streaming service. Tom Hollander ( The Night Manager ) stars as Thorne, a physician and bachelor who has raised his niece, Mary (Stefanie Martini), with the local gentry, only to find she's not considered good-enough (or rich-enough)
NEWS
April 22, 2016 | By Ellen Dunkel, Staff Writer
When last we met Julian Fellowes, it was at Downton Abbey , where modernity was creeping into the Crawleys' way of life. Fellowes was creator, writer, and producer of TV's beloved costume drama, whose finale in March coincided in the story with the demise of the landed gentry. But great estates are a prized topic for Fellowes, an actor, writer, and member of the House of Lords. He has also written novels, movies such as The Young Victoria and the Oscar-winning Gosford Park , and the Broadway musicals Mary Poppins and (more surprisingly)
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April 16, 2016
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 10, 2016 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Staff Writer
Piers: Give it up, Kim Cultural analyst Piers Morgan has applauded Kim Kardashian 's skill for cashing in on her bod. But he says her latest nude selfies make her look desperate: After all, the 35-year-old mother of two already is famous. Writing in Britain's Daily Mail, Morgan says he believes Kim's selfies are prompted by jealousy: "Other younger members of her family have been grabbing all the scantily clad attention recently. " So are the 15 minutes of fame earned by Kim's derriere really up?
NEWS
March 8, 2016 | By Ellen Gray, TELEVISION CRITIC
SPOILER ALERT: This story contains details of the series finale of "Downton Abbey," which aired Sunday on PBS' "Masterpiece. " In the end, no member of the household staff was hanged, for murder or anything else, and no member of the audience was left hanging. In a satisfying, occasionally too satisfying, two-hour finale written by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes, we learned to pronounce "marchioness. " That's the title Lady Edith (Laura Carmichael) acquired upon her marriage to Bertie Pelham, marquess of Hexham (Harry Hadden-Paton)
NEWS
March 7, 2016
Here's how Downton Abbey won't be ending: In the middle of a Journey song, with an abrupt cut to black. Fans have weathered a nasty surprise or two over the last six seasons, but Sunday's two-hour series finale, airing at 9 p.m. on WHYY, is as tidy and richly appointed as only a great house with a staff of servants could be. Which doesn't mean you shouldn't keep tissues handy. The Masterpiece British import that became the highest-rated drama in the public network's history has always been a period potboiler, its airs and graces supported by a plot structure that, like the class system it depicted, weakened over time.
NEWS
February 22, 2016 | By Ellen Gray, TV CRITIC
Spoiler Alert: This column discusses a thorny aspect of modern TV-watching that has divided spouses, friends, and the East and West Coasts while causing headaches for people who write about television. If you've ever googled Downton Abbey and stumbled across a plot development that hadn't yet occurred on this side of the pond, where the finale that aired in Britain on Christmas Day is still a few weeks away, or ventured onto Twitter halfway through Netflix's House of Cards to find RIPs for characters you didn't know were dead, you know the pain of the TV spoiler.
NEWS
January 18, 2016 | By Ellen Gray, STAFF TV CRITIC
When Josh Radnor makes his first appearance Sunday as a Civil War surgeon in PBS's new drama, Mercy Street , he will be trying to take down more than a gun-waving patient. At 10 p.m. on WHYY-TV12, viewers will hear, "Soldier, this is a place of peace and healing, not a place for guns," but what some may see, at least at first, is Radnor's How I Met Your Mother character, Ted Mosby, in an unironic beard and mustache, playing dress-up. They should give him time. It's not easy being an American in a PBS drama.
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