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'Downton Abbey' Season 5: Lady Mary Is Ready to 'Embrace Change'

January 02, 2015 10:01:04

Expect to see Lady Mary taking a major leap on "" season 5. After two years of mourning her late husband Matthew Crawley, she is ready to "embrace her life and embrace change," tells TnoV Guide. "She's got her spirit back."

The actress additionally tells USA Today, "She gets a bit feistier again and that's kind of telling with her and Edith, because she becomes quite mean to Edith again. Which Laura (Carmichael) and I love doing far more than being nice to one another."


Video: George Clooney Sends 'Downton Abbey' Into Chaos in Christmas Sketch

December 22, 2014 02:12:41

takes over "" in a skit filmed for the ITV television fundraiser event, "Text Santa". The spoof video opens with 's Robert Crawley learning that he lost his fortune again.

He wishes that he'd never been born and Joanna Lumley appears as an angel to show him what life would've been without him. appears as his "" character, bringing undergarments from his store for the ladies. Even worse, the servants downstairs are playing poker.


First Look at George Clooney in 'Downton Abbey' Christmas Sketch

December 02, 2014 11:12:40

A few months ago, there were reports that was on the set of "" to film a holiday charity special and now a first look at the actor in the sketch has been made available. ITV has released a brief snippet and two set photos featuring the star and director of "".


Hugh Bonneville Talks 'Downton Abbey' Christmas Special

November 29, 2014 05:11:32

Fans of "" will be treated to a Christmas special which has a new winter setting. , who plays Lord Grantham in the ITV period drama, revealed that the series would have festive events in an episode scheduled to air on Christmas Day.

"We span several months in the Christmas episode," Bonneville told the Radio Times. "We're going grouse shooting in the north so we filmed at Alnwick Castle for a couple of weeks, which was just incredible. I mean, Highclere's pretty incredible, but Alnwick makes it look like a portacabin - it's vast, amazing."


'Downton Abbey' Renewed for Season 6

November 07, 2014 09:11:49

"" gets a sixth season. The renewal was officially announced on Thursday, November 6 via the show's Twitter page. "We are delighted to announce a sixth season of Downton Abbey," so read a tagline written on a photo of the cast.

"We have had an amazing reaction to the story lines, acting and production values of 'Downton Abbey' this year and the whole team is thrilled to be moving ahead with a new season of the show," said executive producer and Carnival's managing editor Gareth Neame in a statement. "This will provide audiences with a fresh opportunity to see what will befall our much loved characters."


'Downton Abbey' Star Allen Leech Says the Show Should End After Seventh Season

November 01, 2014 01:11:25

Allen Leech may give "" fans a scare about the show's possible end date with his recent comments. Met at BAFTA Los Angeles' Jaguar Britannia Awards, he told E! News that he thought the popular drama series should end after season 7.

"In my heart of hearts, I can't see it going more than two more," he said, before explaining, "I think the period of time we want to tell, we're coming to the end that us as actors we can keep playing these characters."


'Downton Abbey' Debuts First Trailer for Season 5

August 31, 2014 11:08:15

The first trailer for the upcoming fifth season of "" is unleashed. It gives a sneak peek at what to expect from the new outing including a glimpse at what appears to be a secret hookup. "I feel a shaking of the ground I stand on," one character says.

Season 5 will premiere January 4, 2015. The show is expected to explore Mary's search for a new love following the death of her husband Matthew. "Everyone wants Mary to be happy and for her to marry again, but nobody would want that to happen too quickly because they want to respect the memory of Matthew," executive producer Gareth Neame once said. "It's about timing all those things correctly."


'Downton Abbey' Cast Pokes Fun at Plastic Water Bottle Gaffe

August 18, 2014 08:08:57

"" cast knows how to turn a blunder into a charitable act. Following the plastic water bottle gaffe that caused a frenzy a few days before, the stars of the hit period drama posed together while holding a water bottle each to support the charity WaterAid.

"After seeing the reaction the picture caused earlier this week, the cast and crew came up with the idea of turning some of this attention towards an issue around water that really matters," a spokesperson for ITV says in a statement. "They hope that by posing for this picture they will be able to raise awareness and amplify the work of international charity WaterAid."


'Downton Abbey' Makes Historical Blunder in New Season 5 Photo

August 15, 2014 08:08:21

"" latest effort to hype up its upcoming season 5 is ruined by a historical mistake. One of the newly released promotional photos from the next installment includes a misplaced modern convenience.

The gaffe is visible in a photo featuring Robert Crawley () and Lady Edith (Laura Carmichael). Dressing in 1920s outfits, they stand in front of a grand marble fireplace but someone apparently left a plastic water bottle in the background.


'Downton Abbey' Reveals First Look at New Cast Members of Season 5

August 12, 2014 04:08:43

"" tides fans over the season 5 premiere with some new photos. Posted on the show's official Instagram page, the pictures give first look at two new additions to the cast ensemble.

They are twins Oliver Barker and Zac Barker, who will play Master George Crawley, as well as Fifi Hart, who will portray Miss Sybbie Branson. George is the son of Lady Mary and the late Matthew Crawley, while Sybbie is the daughter of Tom Branson and his late wife Lady Sybil. Both of these children were still babies when viewers last saw them in season 4.


'Downton Abbey' EP and Star Tease Mary's Love Journey in Season 5

July 24, 2014 11:07:12

"" season 5 is not airing until 2015 in the U.S., but the cast and executive producer Gareth Neame have shared tidbits from the upcoming season. One of the most interesting plotlines is Mary's search for a new love following the death of her husband Matthew.

After introducing her suitors in season 4, the show will still be toying with this in the next installment as she hasn't made any decisions yet. "Everyone wants Mary to be happy and for her to marry again, but nobody would want that to happen too quickly because they want to respect the memory of Matthew," Neame said. "It's about timing all those things correctly."


'Downton Abbey' Season 5 to Premiere on PBS January 4 Despite Protest

July 23, 2014 08:07:06

PBS has announced that it will harbor the fifth season of British drama "" starting January 4 next year at 9 P.M. ET/PT. The popular series will commence on U.K.'s ITV later this year, meaning once again the show's American fans may stumble upon the spoilers online first.

During the TV press tour in Beverly Hills on Tuesday, July 22, PBS President and Chief Executive Paula Kerger defended their choice of airing "Downton" months after it aired in the U.K. "January works well," Kerger said, reasoning that people have more time to watch TV because the weather has turned colder. She pointed out a 16 percent increase of audience in the most recent season as proof of the strategy's success.


First Teaser for 'Downton Abbey' Season 5: Things Are Changing

June 25, 2014 10:06:40

"" season 5 is not going to air in the U.S. until at least early 2015, but fans can get an early look at the new chapter via a newly-released teaser. The video doesn't feature any characters from the drama series, but hints that things are going to be different in the fifth season.

"I feel a shaking of the ground I stand on," Jim Carter's Charles Carson narrates the snippet, while the scenes show the interior of the fictional Downton Abbey. "The nature of life is not permanence, but flux. Things are changing."


'Downton Abbey' Season 4 Premiere Sets New Ratings Record

January 07, 2014 12:01:33

"" continues outperforming itself, maintaining its title as the most-watched drama series on PBS. On Sunday, January 5, the U.S. premiere of the show's fourth season posted a record-breaking audience of 10.2 million, up 22% from last season's premiere (7.9 million viewers).

"As this captivating drama continues, our audiences have been eagerly awaiting this new season to see what's next for these beloved characters," says PBS president and CEO Paula Kerger. "I'm so pleased that millions of viewers have returned to 'Downton Abbey' on their local PBS stations for what has become a post-holiday tradition."


'Downton Abbey' Creator Isn't Sure of Show's Future Beyond Season 5

January 06, 2014 09:01:51

"" may not last beyond season 5. Hinting at the show's impending end was none other than series creator Julian Fellowes, who recently told The Wall Street Journal that he still didn't know if the hit drama series would be renewed for a sixth season or not.

"Yes," he responded when asked if there would be a fifth season for "Downton Abbey". He quickly added, "I don't know yet if there is a season 6, but it's not going to go on forever. It won't be 'Perry Mason'."


Trailer for 'Downton Abbey' Christmas Special Sees Snarky Comment and a Warning

December 09, 2013 03:12:43

As it's getting closer to Christmas, the U.K.'s ITV shares a trailer for "" Christmas episode. The video opens with Lady Cora's mother Martha Levinson, played by , arriving at the Crawleys' residence.

"The gang's all here!" Martha cheerfully says, which is responded with a snarky comment by The Dowager Countess, "Is that American for hello?" Later at the end of the snippet, Martha tells the Dowager, "My world is coming nearer, and your world is slipping further and further away."


'Downton Abbey' Christmas Special Is Set at Buckingham Palace

December 04, 2013 03:12:46

Details and pictures from "" Christmas special have been unveiled. ITV has announced that the two-hour episode is set six months after the end of season four and features scenes taking place at Buckingham Palace, where a scandal threatens to engulf the British monarchy.

In the special, Lady Rose is presented to the King as part of her "coming out." The family decides to relocate to their London residence for the occasion. Cora's mother and brother arrive from America, while Robert will be forced to act to protect both the royal family and his own.


'Downton Abbey' Will Return for Season 5

November 11, 2013 08:11:17

A fifth season of "" has been commisioned. The British hit drama series, which has yet to air its fourth season in the U.S., will return on PBS' Masterpiece Classics in the States and on ITV in the U.K..

"With Julian (Fellowes) writing and Gareth (Neame) and Liz (Trubridge) producing, we know it will be as warm, witty, romantic and dramatic as previous series and we can't wait to catch up with our favourite characters again," said ITV's director of drama commissioning, Steve November, on Sunday, November 10.


PBS Releases 'Downton Abbey' Season 4 Trailer

October 31, 2013 02:10:20

PBS has debuted a trailer for "" season 4. Still highlighting Lady Mary and her struggle to move on following her husband's death, the video hints at new love that comes with the arrivals of some new characters.

"Will Mary move on? What's in store for Edith? Who is Cousin Rose kissing? What new secrets and scandals are on the horizon?" are the questions attached to the 30-second snippet. Those questions will be answered when the show returns on January 5, 2014 on PBS.


First Trailer for 'Downton Abbey' Season 4: A Choice Between Life and Death

September 02, 2013 08:09:23

Lady Mary learns to move on following the death of her husband Matthew in the first trailer for "" season 4. The still grieving widow is seen crying in Mr. Carson's arms and having a heartfelt conversation with Violet Crawley, who tells her granddaughter that she has to choose either death or life.

But Lady Mary's life will soon be more colorful with the arrivals of new love interests, played by Julian Ovenden's Charles Blake and Tom Cullen's Lord Gillingham. Another new character making appearance in the video is jazz singer Jack Ross, who is played by Gary Carr.


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