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PBS’ Downton Abbey the clear winner against Super Bowl

The Seahawks may have drubbed the Broncos on Sunday and won Super Bowl XLVIII but the clear winner in Sunday’s line-up was Downton Abbey on PBS. For the third straight year, the #DramaBowlPBS entry was the second-highest-rated program on all of television after the Super Bowl. Ok, maybe it did finish second by a margin […]

The ultimate ‘Downton Abbey’ parody song

As we head into the homestretch for the American broadcast of Downton Abbey (you know, that little show that runs before Sherlock) on PBS, here’s something to ease the pain a bit during the moment you stop to realize there are only 4 more episodes in the 4th series. This bit of greatness from Nick […]

Chat live with Downton Abbey’s Gary Carr Monday at 11a CT/12n ET

Downton Abbey introduced its first black character in series 4 with the addition of American jazz singer Jack Ross, played by Gary Carr. The character of Jack Ross is based on real-life cabaret star Leslie Hutchinson, whose scandalous affairs with white British socialites also form the basis for Jack’s liaison with Downton’s rebellious flapper Lady […]

More Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon brilliance in ‘A Trip to Italy’

In their 2010 film, The Trip, comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon (or semifictionalized versions of themselves) embarked on a restaurant tour around northern England which quickly morphed into an opportunity to brilliantly showcase their dueling Michael Caine and Woody Allen impressions during their gastronomic exploits. Now that they have effectively conquered England, Brydon and […]

Miranda Hart targeted for new BBC Comedy series

With her throw back to old-time BBC comedy series, Miranda, Miranda Hart has built a career around exploiting the universal truth that awkwardness lies at the heart of the human condition . After her first appearance at the Edinburgh Fringe, it was a mere 11 years later that she became an overnight success, leaving the […]

Blue’s Clues meets Sherlock

Now that we have determined that Sherlock shouldn’t be at the top of anyone’s list to watch telly with, thanks to the genius minds over a College Humor, we can also remove the need to see what would happen if Sherlock was called to the set of Blue’s Clues to solve a case. It isn’t […]

International Silly Walks Day – A January 7 post mortem

Blame the Monty Python troupe if you will, but we could all do with a bit more preposterous prancing in our daily routine. How could we have let this pass by without even so much as a mention leading up to such silliness. I guess we should get some what of a pass given that […]

Peter Capaldi ditches nightshirt as first pics released of new Doctor Who outfit

Anyone concerned with the choice of Peter Capaldi as the newest Doctor can lay those fears to rest with the release of the first photos of the actor in his Doctor Who outfit. Capaldi has self-described his new look as “100 per cent Rebel Time Lord“. As filming begins in Cardiff, the newest regeneration from […]

Dishing Downton & Sherlock and why Sherlock spoils everything!

Well, it’s finally Sunday in the States which means one thing. It must be Downton/Sherlock Day on PBS. Here’s a quick recap of where we are…and then, before you leave us for the telly, take a look at why it wouldn’t be good to have Sherlock watch Breaking Bad with you, or anything else on […]

‘Mr Bean’ to become more animated in 2014

While there won’t be any renewed efforts to create more live-action episodes of the iconic Mr. Bean, the word on the street is that Rowan Atkinson and Tiger Aspect, UK production company behind the original television series which is now Endemol Beyond, is set to revive the internationally famous Mr. Bean character with a new […]

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