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'Downton Abbey' writer Julian Fellowes on the possibility of re-casting Matthew Crawley

Downton Abbey may have been picked up for a fourth season by British channel ITV, but rumor has it not all the residents will return.

Dan Stevens, who plays the dashing Matthew Crawley, hasn’t yet signed on for the next installment, and the U.K.’s Daily Mail reports he’s planning only appear to in the premiere episode before leaving to pursue other projects.

“Sometimes actors feel they want to move on. Initially, for the first two or three [seasons] you can contract them, but after that, every season, you have to re-contract them,” said writer Julian Fellowes, who was recently named one of EW’s Entertainers of the Year.  “If they don’t want to come back, there’s nothing we can do.”

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'Downton Abbey' renewed for fourth season

British broadcaster ITV announced that cross-continental hit Downton Abbey has been renewed for a fourth season.

Season three of the Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning drama hasn’t yet premiered in the United States, but has aired in the UK (and garnered its best ratings yet). PBS will debut season three on Jan. 6. Season four will start shooting in February and will bow in the UK in the fall.  READ FULL STORY

MTV's 'The Inbetweeners': Watch the first two minutes of the new teen comedy -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

MTV has been red hot in the scripted arena, with buzzy entries such as Teen Wolf and Awkward. And the teen network isn’t just resting on those shows. Next up: The Inbetweeners, a story adapted from a popular British format that follows a group of middling teens in high school. EW has an exclusive first look at the series, via the first two minutes of the pilot, which can be viewed below.

To be more specific, The Inbetweeners chronicles the lives of those kids who aren’t on top or bottom of the social ladder — but the ones who are right in the middle and, yes, may even be more invisible than the lowly nerds. MTV describes the show as such: “The Inbetweeners takes a comedic look at a group of teenagers navigating high school and charging into adulthood the way everyone does…by taking one step forward and three steps back.”

At San Diego Comic-Con, MTV released a glimpse at the series, during a panel for Teen Wolf. But now, EW exclusively presents the first two minutes of the premiere here:

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'Sherlock, Maggie Smith, 'Modern Family' score BAFTA TV nominations

Downton Abbey‘s Maggie Smith, Modern Family, and Ricky Gervais’s An Idiot Abroad all scored nods for the 2012 BAFTA TV awards. The most nominations went to serial killer thriller Appropriate Adult (not yet broadcast in the U.S.), which netted five noms including acting awards for its stars Dominic West, Emily Watson, and Monica Dolan (Never Let Me Go). Modernized Holmes-and-Watson mystery Sherlock followed close behind with three nominations for leads Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, plus Andrew Scott as the diabolical Moriarty. Smith will compete to win Best Supporting Actress, while her co-star Hugh Bonneville, though not nominated for Downton, earned a nod for the comedy program Twenty Twelve. READ FULL STORY

'Being Human' exec producer Toby Whithouse talks 'The War Child'

We said goodbye to several characters in last night’s finale. Some we already knew had to go. Mr. Snow (Mark Gatiss) was blown to smithereens. Milo (Michael Wildman) disappeared. Cutler (Andrew Gower) melted—then got staked for good measure. The Old Ones are seemingly gone forever. But if you claim to have guessed that Annie (Lenora Crichlow) was going to murder Baby Eve along with Snow and co., and then walk through her door and off into the white light, I simply don’t believe you.

Below, exec producer Toby Whithouse chats about Lenora’s shocking exit, the addition of Kate Bracken’s Alex to the main cast, the death of Baby Eve, and that short glimpse we got of next year’s likely villain, the fixer Mr. Rook.

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'Being Human' super-baddie Mark Gatiss primes us for tonight's finale

He’s a mean one, Mr. Snow. He’s so scary that even Hal (Damien Molony) shakes in his presence. And he’s finally arrived in Barry—with plans to takeover (and eat) the entire world. So what better man to play him than actor-writer-producer (and Being Human creator Toby Whithouse’s friend) Mark Gatiss, who besides penning Doctor Who episodes and co-creating Sherlock (in which he also plays Mycroft), spawned the BBC series A History of Horror? Below, Gatiss tell us where Being Human fits into the timeline of scary flicks, why he might be on Team Twilight, and what we need to know about Mr. Snow and Hal before tonight’s explosive finale.

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'Being Human' exec producer Toby Whithouse talks 'Making History'

Hal did a bad, bad thing. Actually, he did a lot of bad things, but killing Cutler’s wife and tricking him into drinking her blood must be in the top 10 somewhere between eating a baby and scaring the bejesus out of 17th century England. We learned a lot about Hal last night. He once preferred double-breasted suits. He had two freaky henchmen. He’s Cutler’s maker. And he should have killed Baby Eve as soon as he got to Cardiff, because according to the missing piece of the skin scroll, she doesn’t save the world from vampires by growing up, she does it by dying. Oops. Perhaps it’s a good thing that evil Mr. Snow and the Old Ones have finally arrived to kill everybody anyway.

Below, Being Human creator and exec producer Toby Whithouse talks about the big mix-up, Cutler’s backstory, Baby Eve’s future, and what it all has to do with next week’s finale.
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Official: Fox orders 'Take Me Out' dating show from 'Idol' producers

Fox will debut its new dating show called Take Me Out on June 7 at 8 p.m. ET. The show, from producers behind American Idol and The X Factor, is adapted from a U.K. original. It follows 30 women looking for the man of their dreams in front of a studio audience. (No pressure!) In four rounds, the ladies meet a slew of suitors and can choose to keep a light on, signifying their spark for the guy is still there, or turn it off when the attraction fizzles. News of the deal was first reported by EW.com.

After several rounds, the bachelor with the most women still interested in him gets to turn the tables, asking two women one make-or-break question. The winning woman immediately joins her suitor for a romantic getaway while the remaining 29 ladies stick around for another week and another chance at love. No host has been announced.

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'Being Human' baddie Andrew Gower talks 'Puppy Love'

, and why he’s determined to expose the existence of werewolves. These three reveals will have such an impact on the upcoming season 4 finale, that we connected with Cutler himself, 23-year-old Andrew Gower, to dissect last night’s ‘Puppy Love.’

We’re finally going to find out Cutler’s deal. Did the notoriously super-secretive Whithouse let you in on it from the beginning?
I was told that Cutler was a solicitor. But we even had to keep a bit of his backstory a secret from the rest of the cast. I knew that he wasn’t your conventional vampire, and that he was obsessed with bringing vampires into the 21st century. And then later on, I found out the big twist and exactly why he is as he is. It was quite a big surprise for me when I did find out. I was a bit like, “Ooh, that is nice.” READ FULL STORY

'Great Expectations' sneak peek: Does Gillian Anderson make a good Miss Havisham?

This weekend, Gillian Anderson will try her hand at playing Miss Havisham, one of English literature’s greatest nutcases, in Masterpiece Classic’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations. How does her portrayal differ from those before? Anderson’s Havisham is crazy and a fox. She’s also, very, very good. Part 1 (which airs tomorrow night, check local listings for the time) is so decidedly creepy with Havisham, all the fog and mud, and with Ray Winstone as Magwitch pulling a startled young Pip into the swamp. If there was ever someone you didn’t want to suddenly grab you, number 1 is Magwitch and number 2 is Ray Winstone.

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BBC renews 'Being Human' for a fifth season

The BBC and BBC America are conjuring up another season of Being Human for 2013. The show — which hinges on a vampire, a werewolf, and a ghost living together — lost two of its original leads following season 3, leaving only ghost Lenora Crichlow. But promoting frequent guest werewolf Michael Socha (This is England) to the main cast and adding unknown Damien Molony as the new vampire turned out to be less of a Hail Mary than a successful reboot. The fourth season opener on BBC3 attracted 1.2 million viewers in the U.K. — quadruple the number that watched True Blood’s British premiere, which aired the same night. “It’s always very sad when we lose characters,” creator-exec producer Toby Whithouse tells EW. “But it’s never terminal. To use our own mythology: As one door closes, another door opens.”

So what’s in store for the new season? Well, that depends on who makes it to and through the big bang of a finale — which also introduces a possible new baddie — on BBC America on Apr. 14, and even that isn’t a guarantee. “The future of Being Human is always slightly in a state of flux,” adds Whithouse. “Who knows what it holds for any of us.”

Update: In a BBC America press release sent out on Monday, Whithouse confirmed that Michael Socha and Damien Molony have already signed on for season 5. 

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'Being Human' vampire Craig Roberts talks 'Hold the Front Page'

Time for a break from the skin scroll, the arm burn, the War Child, and that looming visit from the Old Ones. Teen vampire Adam returned to Being Human last night with his new fiftysomething girlfriend, succubus Yvonne. They were on the run from the British press, who simply couldn’t understand the love between a graying seductress and a bloodsucking child with the soul of a 47-year-old man. So, what better place for them to hide than in Barry alongside the sacred Baby Eve?

Adam, with his crude jokes and even cruder gestures, proved a welcomed comic relief from a season-long plot that hinges on the murder of an infant. Below, his real life alter ego, Craig Roberts (Submarine), tries “to keep it as normal as possible” while discussing yesterday’s show.

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