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'Downton Abbey' creator Julian Fellowes is expecting a fourth season

21 November 2012 11:28 AM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Julian Fellowes hasn't heard yet whether his series "Downton Abbey" will be picked up for a fourth season in the U.K. But he's pretty sure it will be.

"We are being very sort of coy about it," Fellowes said at a "Downton" event in London, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "We don't know. We haven't had a commission. But I think it would be pretty odd if there wasn't."

Adds executive producer Gareth Neame, "We hope to have some news in a few days."

Related: Famous fans of 'Downton Abbey'

"Downton Abbey" just finished its third season in the United Kingdom and brought big ratings to ITV1. Fellowes says that counting delayed and digital viewing, the show brought in "just under 15 million viewers." Its over-the-air average was 9.7 million viewers, making it the biggest of the show's three seasons.

A Christmas special is set to air on ITV in December. »


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The Daily Beast: "Call the Midwife: Miranda Hart’s Chummy Browne Steals the Show"

8 October 2012 7:11 AM, PDT | Televisionary | See recent Televisionary news »

Are you watching PBS' Call the Midwife? If not, you're missing out. In an effort to lure you, I explore the charms of the delightful ’50s drama and its breakout character, Miranda Hart’s awkward and hilarious Chummy Browne. At The Daily Beast, you can read my latest feature, "Call the Midwife: Miranda Hart’s Chummy Browne Steals the Show," in which I praise both the British period drama and specifically, fall's breakout TV character, Miranda Hart's Chummy. Miranda who? Miranda Hart might not be well known in America, but that is about to change, thanks to her role in PBS’ period drama Call the Midwife, which airs Sundays at 8 p.m. (Check your local listings for details.) In fact, her disarming performance turns clumsy midwife Camilla Fortescue-Cholmondeley-Browne (or Chummy for short) into this season’s breakout character. Based on the memoirs of the late Jennifer Worth, Call the Midwife »

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Pippa Harris interview: 'People quite liked being made to cry'

22 July 2012 4:06 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The co-founder of Neal Street Productions on the success of Call the Midwife and The Hollow Crown

"It's all been a bit overwhelming actually," says the drama producer Pippa Harris happily, reflecting on response to The Hollow Crown, BBC2's Shakespeare tetralogy that came to a close on Saturday. Made by Neal Street Productions, the indie Harris founded almost a decade ago with her childhood friend Sam Mendes and former Donmar Warehouse executive producer Caro Newling, the films have attracted widespread praise for their ambition and quality.

While the BBC considers commissioning further Shakespeare adaptations, Neal Street is not short of projects, including the late Nora Ephron's last film script. Set up in 2003 primarily for film and theatre productions, the indie is also behind Call the Midwife, BBC1's hit Sunday night drama based on the memoirs of Jennifer Worth, that over six weeks increased its audience to more than 11 million. »

- Vicky Frost

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News Briefs: Community's Ratings Jumped Way Up With Its Return

16 March 2012 7:00 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Four Seasons And A Christmas Special!

... Community returned from hiatus yesterday and its ratings flopped. Oh wait, sorry, I'm just used to writing that. Actually, the first episode back for Community set a season high for ratings with a 2.2 in the adult demo, even though only 4.75 million viewers tuned in. What's even more telling is that Community was the number-one show of the night among 18-34 year olds, even beating American Idol in that demo. So does that mean Community is getting a fourth season?...  More >> »

- Tim Surette

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Exclusive: David Cross Talks The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret Season 2

6 January 2012 2:07 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

David Cross discusses the 2nd season of The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret premiering January 6th

The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret is the Lost of half-hour comedies. It's a twisting gut punch of absurd hilarity that builds and builds in its attempt to take it one more step over the edge. And creator/star David Cross has certainly done that with Season 2.

Returning to IFC on January 6th, The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret brings six all-new episodes of this raucous series, which retraces the wrong-headed steps of a pathological liar as he attempts to sell an energy drink to a country that just isn't interested in them.

Forget about Arrested Development. The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret is the new obsession you should be obsessing about. We recently caught up with David Cross to chat about this series, his passion for fart jokes, and »

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