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‘Downton Abbey’ Teases Turmoil and Change in Ominous Season 5 Clip (Video)

26 June 2014 1:04 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

PBS released a promo video for the fifth season of “Downton Abbey” on Thursday and teased big “changes” on the way. “I feel a shaking of the ground I stand on,” Jim Carter's character, Mr. Carson, ominously tells us, over images of the Crawley family's impressive estate. ”The nature of life is not permanent, but flux. Things are changing.” Is this a bad sign for Michelle Dockery's Lady Mary? See video: ‘Downton Abbey’ Alum Dan Stevens Is One Creepy Soldier in ‘The Guest’ Teaser As TheWrap previously reported, the Season 4 premiere was the highest-rated drama debut in the network's history. »

- Travis Reilly

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'Downton Abbey' Season 5 teaser: Mr. Carson hints at ominous changes to come

25 June 2014 3:41 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Ready for "Downton Abbey" Season 5? Well, you still have awhile to wait - the show hasn't even finished filming yet. That said, a new teaser has arrived to whet your appetite until then. "I feel a shaking of the ground I stand on," narrates Mr. Carson (Jim Carter) over images of ticking clocks and expertly-arranged place settings. "The nature of life is not permanence, but flux. Things are changing." Ooh, very ominous. Check out the (very brief) teaser below. "Downton Abbey" Season 5 is slated to air later this year on PBS. »

- Chris Eggertsen

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Watch: ‘Downton Abbey’ Season 5 Teaser

25 June 2014 11:21 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

As the U.K. premiere of the fifth season of “Downton Abbey” draws near, ITV has released a 20-second teaser narrated by Downton’s butler, Carson (Jim Carter).

Last season of the British period drama ended with the widowed Lady Mary Crawley (Michelle Dockery) choosing between two suitors and her sister, Lady Edith, dealing with personal matters of her own, and the teaser only hints at what may be on the horizon.

“I feel a shaking of the ground I stand on,” Carson says.

Based on these brief words, it sounds like a big change may be coming to Downton — and one that is bound to shake things up for the Crawley family.

Season five of “Downton Abbey” bows in the UK in the fall, with a PBS stateside airdate yet to be announced.

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- Andrea Seikaly

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Downton Abbey Unveils New Season 5 Teaser (Video)

25 June 2014 8:35 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

When last we left the good folks at Downton Abbey, Lady Mary Crawley (Michelle Dockery) had to choose between suitors, one more handsome and wealthy than the other. Such a dilemma. So, where is the show going with this? Thanks to this newly released teaser for season 5, fans of the acclaimed British period drama can get a glimpse of what's to come - and seemingly without spoilers. The 20-second clip, released by ITV in the U.K., leaves much to the imagination, but promises that life for the Crawley clan won't be the same this season. "The nature of life is not permanence, »

- Janine Rayford Rubenstein

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Downton Abbey Unveils New Season 5 Teaser (Video)

25 June 2014 8:35 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

When last we left the good folks at Downton Abbey, Lady Mary Crawley (Michelle Dockery) had to choose between suitors, one more handsome and wealthy than the other. Such a dilemma. So, where is the show going with this? Thanks to this newly released teaser for season 5, fans of the acclaimed British period drama can get a glimpse of what's to come - and seemingly without spoilers. The 20-second clip, released by ITV in the U.K., leaves much to the imagination, but promises that life for the Crawley clan won't be the same this season. "The nature of life is not permanence, »

- Janine Rayford Rubenstein

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'Downton Abbey' Season 5 Teaser: Things Are Changing (Video)

25 June 2014 8:30 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

The world doesn't stop turning, even at "Downton Abbey."

The venerable estate may still keep to many of the old ways, but as ever-correct butler Carson (Jim Carter) intones in this 20-second teaser for Season 5, "I feel a shaking of the ground I stand on."

Change has already come to the Abbey, and began moving at a faster pace last season as Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) and brother-in-law Tom Branson (Allen Leech) began a mission to modernize the estate's farming practices.

But as Carson says, even more change is coming, so what might we expect in the next season of "Downton Abbey"? There are new characters, of course, including the Dowager Countess' new maid (Sue Johnston), art historian Simon Bricker (Richard E. Grant), and Lady Anstruther (Anna Chancellor), who was Jimmy's former employer.

There will be new romances, or at least, continuation of previous ones. Lady Mary will likely choose betwen her two suitors, »

- Kelly Woo

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Downton Abbey series 5 gets first teaser: "Things are changing"

25 June 2014 2:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

ITV has debuted a first-look teaser for the next series of Downton Abbey.

Julian Fellowes' period hit will return for its fifth run later this year, with ominous narration from Jim Carter (Carson) hinting that change is coming to Downton.

Richard E Grant, Anna Chancellor and Sue Johnston are among the new cast additions joining the series in 2014.

Meanwhile, Michelle Dockery - who has played Lady Mary Crawley since the show launched in 2010 - has insisted that she has no plans to depart the show.

"I'm here till the end, whenever that may be," said the actress.

Exec producer Gareth Neame has stated that he and show creator Fellowes "still don't know" exactly how long Downton will run.

Maggie Smith has no plans to leave Downton Abbey, says exec

Watch Hugh Bonneville talk the future of Downton Abbey with Digital Spy: »

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2014 Emmy Nomination Contenders - Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

15 June 2014 10:30 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Reminder: For our annual Emmy contenders coverage, Sepinwall does his personal preferences, while I handicap mostly in terms of likelihood of landing nominations. As usual, the first six slides in each gallery are my nomination predictions. The next eight or nine slides are the actors and shows most likely to sneak in, based on precedent, quality or something nebulous. And then at the end of each gallery, I tend to throw in a couple oddballs who have no chance at all of being nominated, but who I think deserve to be a part of the conversation, or might accidentally become part of the conversation, just because. Our next category: Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama This is always one of the toughest categories on the ballot because of the depth of some of these ensemble casts. "Breaking Bad" could fill three or four slots. "Boardwalk Empire" could fill a whole field. »

- Daniel Fienberg

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80 Reasons Shirley MacLaine Is One-of-a-Kind, in Honor of Her 80th Birthday

24 April 2014 2:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Happy 80th birthday, Shirley MacLaine!

The legendary, award-winning actress, who was born April 24, 1934 in Richmond, Va, started out as a dancer and got her big break on Broadway. She made her first film with Alfred Hitchcock, became a Rat Pack regular, flirted briefly with politics but has never stopped acting as she enters her 7th decade in Hollywood.

She started off as a lovably kooky ingenue, but is known today for her cantankerous matriarch roles in "Downton Abbey," "Bernie," "Steel Magnolias," "Guarding Tess," and, of course, her Oscar-winning role as Aurora Greenway in "Terms of Endearment."

Her next gig is a singing and dancing role on "Glee," of course. Happy Birthday to one of the most talented, most colorful character actresses of all time.

1. She was named after Shirley Temple.

2. She's been performing since age 3, when she began doing ballet.

3. As a girl, she pretended she was Rita Hayworth, since »

- Sharon Knolle

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Dr Who: films of Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy

15 April 2014 2:13 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Feature Alex Westthorp 16 Apr 2014 - 07:00

Alex's trek through the film roles of actors who've played the Doctor reaches Peter Davison, Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy...

Read the previous part in this series, Doctor Who: the film careers of Patrick Troughton and Tom Baker, here.

In March 1981, as he made his Doctor Who debut, Peter Davison was already one the best known faces on British television. Not only was he the star of both a BBC and an ITV sitcom - Sink Or Swim and Holding The Fort - but as the young and slightly reckless Tristan Farnon in All Creatures Great And Small, about the often humorous cases of Yorkshire vet James Herriot and his colleagues, he had cemented his stardom. The part led, indirectly, to his casting as the venerable Time Lord.

The recently installed Doctor Who producer, John Nathan-Turner, had been the Production Unit Manager on »

- louisamellor

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Endeavour series 2 episode 1 review: Trove

15 April 2014 12:14 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Review Gem Wheeler 1 Apr 2014 - 07:00

The new series of Endeavour maintains the tricky balance between satisfying Morse fans and drawing in new viewers...

This review contains spoilers.

2.1 Trove

Behind each of the cases solved by the young Endeavour Morse in 1960s Oxford lies a bigger mystery, one that taxes the audience’s puzzle-solving skills even as the detective remains blissfully unaware of the need to crack it. It is, of course, the enigma of Morse himself. John Thaw’s iconic portrayal of Colin Dexter’s dour, embittered yet thoroughly decent detective needs no real introduction, but Morse’s past exists for us only in outline: a broken engagement, a difficult Oxford career, an abiding resentment of the top brass who obstructed him at every turn.

Endeavour’s first series established Shaun Evans as a fine Morse, well able to capture the character’s established idiosyncrasies while making the role his own. »

- louisamellor

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'Downton Abbey' Season 4 Finale Recap: Rose Has Her Coming Out, Edith Wants Her Baby Back

23 February 2014 9:00 PM, PST | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Rose has her big coming out in London and lands the Crawley's in the middle of a royal affair in Downton Abbey’s season 4 finale.

Eight months after the events of last week’s episode, the episode picked up with Edith (Laura Carmichael) already having given birth to her baby. The entire Crawley family is in London for Rose’s big day, and Rose (Lily James) kicks off her coming out party early with a disastrous visit to a nightclub with Madeleine Allsopp. At the nightclub, Rose befriends Freda Dudley Ward, the mistress of the Prince of Wales. After laughing about a letter Freda has in her purse, Freda notices that it is missing and accuses Rose of stealing the letter. In fact, it was Mr. Sampson, the man who cheated the men at Downton out of their small fortunes at cards.

After finding out that Rose might be at »

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‘Downton Abbey’ Finale Review: Warning, Icebergs Ahead

23 February 2014 8:40 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Well, at least nobody drove a car off the road. No, the fourth season of “Downton Abbey” pretty much stayed in its lane – and also proved less satisfying, ultimately, than any of its predecessors, getting mildly dinged up, after a promising start, on two parallel tracks.

That’s not to say PBS’ breakthrough hit still isn’t enormous fun – or that viewers won’t be lined up waiting for season five, which is already loading up on prestigious new players – but rather that some of the events of season four, and this season’s major one, didn’t fully pan out.

While there’s good reason to give series creator Julian Fellowes considerable leeway (and Spoiler Alert if you’re two seasons behind) over the death of Matthew CrawleyDan Stevens wanted out of the show, and with such an enormous cast, the writer graciously obliged him – watching his widow »

- Brian Lowry

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'Downton Abbey'€. Recap: Lady Mary Fends Off Two Suitors; Bates Kills Green

16 February 2014 9:00 PM, PST | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Downton Abbey’s penultimate season 4 episode centered around a church bazaar held on the estate grounds, while relationship drama seemed to unfold everywhere.

'Downton Abbey Recap

Following Mary (Michelle Dockery) and Blake’s (Julian Ovenden) rescue of the estate’s pigs, the Crawley’s determine that Tim Drewe (Andrew Scarborough) will take up caring for their livestock. When the Dowager Countess (Maggie Smith) suggests that Blake would think it silly that they were hiring Drewe based on his family’s history of working their land, Mary takes to Blake’s defense. By the time she watches Blake lift up a crying George, she appears to be fully smitten. The Countess is not impressed.

Later on, when Anna (Joanne Froggatt) learns that Gillingham (Tom Cullen) will be returning to Downton with Green (Nigel Harman) in tow, she tells Mary about how the valet had raped her. When Mary urges Anna »

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'Downton Abbey' Recap: Edith Is Pregnant, Rose Has Interracial Affair With A Jazz Singer

2 February 2014 9:00 PM, PST | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Lady Isobel and Lady Violet went head to head while Edith found out she's pregnant and Rose had a dalliance with the black jazz singer in Downton Abbey.

Evelyn Napier (Brendan Patricks) has returned to Downton with a new man, Charles Blake (Julian Ovenden), in tow. Charles reveals to Mary (Michelle Dockery) that the duo are not there to study and preserve old estates, but to study how the fall of English aristocracy will impact food supply. Mary is furious and thus Charles and Mary find themselves at odds.

Edith (Laura Carmichael) receives a note from her doctor informing her that she is pregnant. The father, Michael Gregson, is nowhere to be found, and Edith could find herself an unwed mother. In other family drama, Lady Violet (Maggie Smith) and Mrs. Crawley (Penelope Wilton) had a verbal spat after the Dowager Countess accused the boy gardener, John, of stealing things from her study. »

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Where You’ve Seen the Men of ‘Downton Abbey’ Before

31 January 2014 7:00 AM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Ah, the circle of stardom and the wonder of That Guy. Is there any greater thrill in pop culture than noticing someone you’d never noticed before? Probably not. Which says a lot about pop culture. Downton Abbey – peradventure because it’s an ensemble from a different country — has a host of familiar faces you can’t quite place. The woman carry a kind of instant fame with them (Elizabeth McGovern is an Oscar nominee and Maggie Smith is Maggie Smith), but the main men have a head-scratchier past. So here’s a brief primer on where you’ve seen these guys before. Prepare by aiming your hand at your forehead. Jim Carter Probably the most diverse career history of them all, Jim Carter appeared prominently in Shakespeare in Love as Ralph, the actor who plays Nurse in the play within the movie (I’m confused, too), but it’s hardly the first time he’s been »

- Scott Beggs

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'Downton Abbey' Recap: Mrs. Hughes Tells Bates About Anna's Rape

26 January 2014 9:00 PM, PST | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Mrs. Hughes revealed to Mr. Bates that Anna had been raped and Tom announces his plans to take Sibby to America in Downton Abbey episode 4.4.

In Downton, Evelyn Napier is back in town researching English estates for the government, and Mary (Michelle Dockery) invites him to stay at Downton, giving him an opportunity to give him condolences for Matthew’s death. Lord Grantham (Hugh Bonneville), meanwhile, lends 50 pounds to Thomas Drew, a man whose farmer father died, leaving the Yew Tree Farm in debt. The Crawleys had planed on taking over the land, but Robert lends Drew the money so that he can get the farm out of debt and stay on the land with Mary and Tom’s blessing.

Alfred Works On His Cooking

Downstairs, Alfred (Matt Milne) continues to study to become a master chef with Daisy’s (Sophie McShera) help. He lands a test at the Ritz »

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Full List of Screen Actors Guild Award Winners: Nyong'o Surprisingly Beats Jennifer Lawrence

18 January 2014 9:38 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

SAG Awards 2014 winners: Lupita Nyong’o surprises, shoo-in Cate Blanchett doesn’t (photo: Chiwetel Ejiofor and Lupita Nyong’o in ’12 Years a Slave’) The 2014 SAG Awards ceremony was held at downtown Los Angeles’ Shrine Exposition Center earlier this evening, January 18. Presenters included Ben Affleck, John Goodman, Josh Holloway, Clark Gregg, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Mindy Kaling, and Pauley Perrette, in addition to about a couple of dozen nominees. Most of the winners — including those in the television categories — were the expected ones, e.g., Bryan Cranston for Breaking Bad, Best Actor Oscar winner Michael Douglas (Wall Street, 1987) for his portrayal of Liberace in Steven Soderbergh’s Behind the Candelabra, Jared Leto for Jean-Marc Vallée’s Dallas Buyers Club, two-time Oscar winner Maggie Smith (The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, 1969; California Suite, 1978) for Downton Abbey, and Best Actress Oscar winner Helen Mirren (The Queen, 2006) for Phil Spector. Even so, there »

- Steve Montgomery

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‘Downton Abbey’ Premiere Draws Record 10.2 Million Viewers

6 January 2014 1:46 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The fourth season of PBS Masterpiece’s “Downton Abbey” drew a record 10.2 million viewers on Sunday, making it the night’s most-watched scripted program.

Already the pubcaster’s most popular drama of all time, “Downton Abbey” outdrew the show’s third-season premiere in January of 2013 (7.9 million) by 29% and topped last year’s finale (8.2 million) by 24%, according to preliminary Nielsen estimates.

During its third season, “Downton Abbey,” a Carnival/Masterpiece co-production, consistently drew an audience more than four times the PBS primetime average.

On Sunday, its 10.2 million made it a bigger draw than CBS dramas “The Mentalist” (9.9 million) and “The Good Wife” (9.2 million) as well as ABC’s “Revenge” (6.7 million).

A January premiere Stateside for “Downton” is typical for the cross-the-pond hit, but has become increasingly controversial because of spoilers coming over from the U.K., where each season launches the previous fall.

In its first full season following the departures of series regulars Dan Stevens, »

- Rick Kissell

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'Downton Abbey' Recap: Mary Sheds Her Mourning Clothes; Robert Learns Mary Will Inherit Estate

5 January 2014 9:00 PM, PST | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Downton Abbey returned from last season’s tear fest with Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) still recovering from Matthew’s (Dan Stevens) fatal celebratory drive after the birth of their firstborn son.

'Downton Abbey' Recap

Upstairs, Isobel (Penelope Wilton), like Mary, grieves for Matthew. Robert (Hugh Bonneville), however, seems almost glad that Mary’s husband and potential future head of the English estate is out of the picture. His wife Cora (Elizabeth McGovern), meanwhile, is preoccupied with finding a new maid in light of O’Brien’s (Siobhan Finneran) departure to India with Lady Flintshire.

In the servants’ area downstairs there’s still trouble brewing in the four-pointed love story involving Alfred (Matt Milne), Ivy (Cara Theobold), Jimmy (Ed Speleers) and Daisy (Sophie McShera). Thomas (Rob James-Collier) has made it his mission to drum up as much drama between the foursome as possible, causing concern for Mrs. Patmore (Lesley Nicol). Meanwhile, »

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