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Stars Head for Life After Downton

Series ends Sunday night

(Newser) - As Downton Abbey wraps Sunday night at 9pm, what's happening to certain stars is downright criminal, reports the AP . Joanne Froggatt, the TV drama's vulnerable Anna Bates, is morphing into a 19th-century serial killer in PBS' Dark Angel. Michelle Dockery, who plays coolly elegant Lady Mary, is a... More »

Downton Abbey Star Loses Fiance to Rare Cancer

Michelle Dockery rarely spoke of her relationship with John Dineen, 34

(Newser) - Lady Mary Crawley lost her true love on Downton Abbey, and now the actress who plays her is experiencing life that has devastatingly imitated art. Michelle Dockery's Irish fiance, John Dineen, died in Cork on Sunday with Dockery at his side, People reports. The 34-year-old PR exec had been... More »

Game of Thrones Captures 24 Emmy Noms

What rape controversy?

(Newser) - Game of Thrones declared victory, at least in the race for Emmy nominations, receiving a whopping 24 as they were announced today. The drama wasn't hurt with TV academy voters by controversy over its depiction of rape, earning five more nominations than it did last year. It's a... More »

Downton Abbey Calling It Quits

But it looks like a movie will follow

(Newser) - The sixth season of Downton Abbey, now in production, will be the last, the producers announced today . "Our feeling is it's good to quit while we're ahead," says one of them, Gareth Neame. But fans can take heart, because reporters wasted no time in asking him... More »

Taxpayers Pay Big for Rep's Downton-Style Office

Aaron Schock's new office digs are getting some notice

(Newser) - Rep. Aaron Schock, an up-and-comer previously best known for baring his six-pack on the cover of Men's Health, has a new claim to fame in the form of his interior decor: It seems the Washington Post 's Style reporter Ben Terris popped by the Illinois rep's digs... More »

Downton May Kill Off Family Dog ... Named Isis

Because, you know, the other ISIS

(Newser) - Already the reason we can't have chocolate bars or nice ladies from Florida named Isis, the terrorists of ISIS may affect another unlikely place: Downton Abbey. Specifically, Lord and Lady Grantham's dog, the inconveniently named Isis, which an ITV rep tells the Independent is an "unfortunate coincidence.... More »

Thanks, Downton: Now Everyone Wants a Butler

Whole class of nouveau riche suddenly need help getting dressed

(Newser) - Apparently enduring four seasons of 20th-century British gentry incapable of dressing or feeding themselves has inspired a desire among the world's richest dudes to get their very own Mr. Carson. In other words, as NPR reports, the business of being a butler is booming. "When you're talking... More »

Coming Soon: Downton's 1st Black Character

Race relations a theme in 4th season

(Newser) - Downton Abbey is delving right into 1920s race relations, according to the Sun , and for the first time, the show is casting a black character. In notes to casting agents, producers say Jack Ross will be "a musician at an exclusive club in the '20s." Aged 25... More »

Downton Star Maggie Smith: I Haven't Seen the Show

But she says she'll watch when it's over

(Newser) - This seems right in character somehow: Maggie Smith, who plays the sharp-tongued Dowager Countess on Downton Abbey, tells CBS she has never watched the show. "Never?" asks Steve Kroft of 60 Minutes in the interview that airs Sunday. "No, I haven't watched it," she answers, as... More »

Lincoln Rules Golden Globe Nominations

Snags 7 nominations, including best picture, best director

(Newser) - Lincoln was the big winner when Golden Globes nominees were announced this morning; the Steven Spielberg biopic received seven nominations including best motion picture drama, best director, and acting nods for Daniel Day-Lewis, Tommy Lee Jones, and Sally Field. The other best picture nominees were Argo, Django Unchained, Life of ... More »

Lincoln, Les Mis Lead SAG Nominees

'Silver Linings Playbook,' Maggie Smith also get 4 each

(Newser) - Three movies dominate the Screen Actors Guild Award nominations today with four nominations each: Lincoln, Les Miserables, and Silver Linings Playbook. All three were nominated in the best lead actor category (for Daniel Day-Lewis, Hugh Jackman, and Bradley Cooper, respectively) as well as the supporting actress category (Sally Field, Anne... More »

Coming Soon: 'American Downton Abbey'

Julian Fellowes writing 'The Gilded Age' for NBC

(Newser) - We've got an early Christmas present for Downton Abbey addicts: The show's creator, Julian Fellowes, is writing a sort of American version of the show, the Telegraph reports. The Gilded Age will look at the lives of wealthy New York society members in the 1880s. NBC has commissioned... More »

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