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Recasting TV Characters: Can It Ever Work?

12 December 2012 11:23 PM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Carson Blackwelder

Television Contributor


With the third season of Masterpiece Theatre’s Downton Abbey premiering Jan. 6 in the United States, fans of the drama may have to prepare their goodbyes for at least one beloved character.

Dan Stevens, who portrays Matthew Crawley, won over viewers in seasons one and two, but it’s rumored the actor is hesitant to return for a fourth season. Given his integral part on the series, as the love interest of Lady Mary Crawley (Michelle Dockery) and the heir-presumptive to the title and estate, his absence would be sorely missed.

What’s even worse than the rumor of Stevens’ departure is the possibility of recasting Matthew. Although creator Julian Fellowes says, “I can’t see us doing that,” a Downton Abbey insider reveals the “option is not off the table.”

Stevens has been a force on the hit series since it premiered in 2010, and should he not return, »

- Carson Blackwelder

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Powerhouse Lineup At 15th Reel Sisters Film Festival (Global Films By Women Of Color)

25 September 2012 1:46 PM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

A few of this year's highlights include: The Brooklyn premiere of Byron Hurt's Soul Food Junkies; a master editing workshop for emerging filmmakers with long-time editor of Spike Lee joints, Sam Pollard; a tribute to Blackside Inc., producers of acclaimed documentaries like Eyes on the Prize and Malcolm X: Make It Plain; honors for Tim Reid and Daphne Maxwell Reid; and there's more. The festival, celebrating its 15th year, will run from October 13 to 14, at the Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts, Liu Brooklyn campus, at Flatbush and Dekalb Aves. For schedule, descriptions and workshop registration, visit »

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