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If you’ve been missing the Crawleys you will be able to get your Downton Abbey fix.  In 2018, according to Variety.

Sounds like this was news to cast members, though!  So if it happens it will be filming next year.  Work is continuing on a script.

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It’s been a month since I posted!  With all the crap going on around the world and at home I wasn’t particularly inspired, plus there wasn’t a lot of news to report.  I saw Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 but after a lot of other folks, and frankly I didn’t write up a review on it because I actually liked the first one a lot better.  I imagine that’s a minority view, but that’s my opinion!

So now I’m going to post a couple of news tidbits from the last few days.

The first is a sad bit of news.  Sir Roger Moore has passed away at the age of 89 from cancer.  Moore was, of course, the third James Bond.  He did seven of the films, including Live and Let Die, The Man With The Golden Gun and The Spy Who Loved Me.  Prior to playing 007 he was Simon Templar, The Saint, for six seasons.  It was his work as a UNICEF goodwill ambassador, however, that earned him his knighthood in 2003.  He leaves his wife Kristina and three children.

There are four Star Wars magazine covers I want to mention, and they’re not from EmpireVanity Fair will release in early June covers of The Last Jedi actors in costume, photographed by Annie Leibovitz.  One shows Daisy Ridley and Mark Hamill; the second is of Gwendolyn Christie, Domhnall Gleeson and Adam Driver; Oscar Isaac, John Boyega and Kelly Marie Tran grace the third cover, and the fourth has the late Carrie Fisher by herself.  You can see the covers here on VF’s website.

For Downton Abbey fans there’s news of two of the show’s leading ladies.  Joanne Froggatt plays a serial killer in Dark Angel.  The first episode was last Sunday, but you can still catch it online here on PBS’ website.  Elizabeth McGovern will star in The Chaperone, a film written by Downtown creator Julian Fellowes.  After its run in theaters it will be shown on PBS.

#RogerMoore #StarWars #TheLastJedi #DowntonAbbey

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The BBC’s Sherlock and Benedict Cumberbatch received Emmy nominations for the Victorian-era special The Abominable Bride, which was nominated in the TV Movie category.

Emmy_via_colliderHere are some other notable nominations (notable, at least, from my point of view): Tatiana Maslany was nominated in the Lead Actress in a Drama category for Orphan Black; Tom Hiddleston and Idris Elba join Benedict in the Lead Actor in a Limited Series category, Tom for The Night Manager and Idris for Luther; Downton Abbey received a Drama Series nom, and star Maggie Smith was also nominated; and The Night Manager was nominated for Outstanding Limited Series.

Hugh Laurie was also nominated for The Night Manager, in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie category.  It was very odd to see House as a bad guy!  Star Trek’s Chris Pine also got a surprise nomination, for his voice-over role in SuperMansion.

It looks like the British shows did very well!

The Emmys will air on ABC on September 18th.  The full list of nominees is here on the official website.

Congratulations to all!

Image: Emmy statue via Collider

#Emmys #Sherlock #BenedictCumberbatch #TomHiddleston #DowntonAbbey

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The sixth and final season of Downton Abbey is over on PBS.  Barring any (rumored) film becoming a reality, it seems we have to leave the Crawley family behind.

So what’s a Downton fan to watch now?

Well, creator Julian Fellowes is working on a new period series, The Gilded Age, for NBC.  That series will start filming this year.  It’s set in New York in the 1880’s, according to Radio Times.

He also has a novel, Belgravia, that will be released online in 11 installments.  Sign up here.  The first episode will appear in April and will be available in both text and audio, with an option to download each episode to an app.

Here’s Fellowes doing an introduction to the project:

Fellowes also adapted Anthony Trollope‘s novel for Doctor Thorne, which just premiered last night on ITV.  No word on whether this will be coming the US, though.  (BTW, it was beaten in the ratings by Tom Hiddleston’s The Night Manager on BBC.)

On PBS’s Masterpiece Downton’s slot will be taken by a replay of Mercy Street, set in a hospital during the Civil War.

#DowntonAbbey #MercyStreet #JulianFellowes #BelgraviaNovel #DoctorThorne

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It’s been a while since I’ve posted, but I’ve got a big project going so don’t be surprised if there are gaps occasionally for a while!

While I was away….

GOTG2PosterGuardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 began production, and a poster was released showing the Guardians with an adorable Baby Groot hanging on to Drax.  Cue the new Baby Groot toys!

Casting news for GOTG 2 was also released.  Added to the roster is Elizabeth Debicki (The Man From U.N.C.L.E., The Night Manager), Kurt Russell and Pom Klementieff, according to EW.com.  Klementieff will be playing Mantis.  Debicki and Russell’s characters have not been announced.

The only clue as to the plot that has been released is that the film will “unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage.”  We’ll have to wait until May, 2017 to find out who is Starlord’s alien daddy.

Changing the subject completely… the last episode of Downton Abbey on PBS’ Masterpiece will be Sunday, March 6th.  It will be a 2-hour special.  So what’s airing this Sunday, you ask?  A special titled More Manners of Downton Abbey.  A movie has been rumored to be a possibility, but I think it’s a very long shot, so enjoy the final episode of the final season.

#GuardiansOfTheGalaxyVol2 #DowntonAbbey

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Don’t forget Downton Abbey will have the premiere of its final season this Sunday, 1/3/16, on PBS’ Masterpiece Theater.

Below is a promo.

If you’re a fan of Michelle Dockery (Mary), she will be turning up on American televisions again.  Earlier this year she filmed a pilot for a new TNT series called Good Behavior.  This was filmed around Wilmington and Cape Fear, North Carolina, according to starnewsonline.com.  Recently StarNews also reported that nine additional episodes have been ordered, and they will once again be filming in Wilmington.

The series is based on the Letty Dobesh books by Blake Crouch.  Dockery plays a con artist who has recently been released from prison.

#DowntonAbbey #MichelleDockery #GoodBehavior #LettyDobesh

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PBS’s Masterpiece is getting its own podcast!  If you’re a fan of Sherlock, Downton Abbey and other Masterpiece favorites, you can get your between-episodes fix by listening to their new podcast Masterpiece Studio.

Entertainment Weekly just tweeted the news.  On December 21st the first guest will be Sherlock writer/co-creator Mark Gatiss.  On December 28th there will be a preview of the final season of Downton.

You can follow Masterpiece’s Twitter feed at @masterpiecepbs, and host Jace Lacob at @televisionary.

Here’s the press release.

#SherlockBBC #DowntonAbbey #MasterpiecePBS #MasterpiecePodcast #BenedictCumberbatch

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