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Elizabeth McGovern of 'Downton Abbey' to tour U.S. with folk-rock band

Lady Cora is coming back to America, but this time, it’s in real life. According to The Associated Press, McGovern and her folk-rock band, Sadie and the Hotheads, will be embarking on a 10-date U.S. tour along the East coast starting Dec. 4. The seven-person band was formed in 2007 with McGovern as the lead vocalist and picked up in popularity when Downton Abbey came along.

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George Clooney to appear in 'Downton Abbey'-related film for charity

Should we call him Lord Clooney?

EW has confirmed that George Clooney will appear in a short Downton Abbey-related film. The film is part of Text Santa, a fundraising campaign initiated by ITV, the U.K. broadcaster of Downton Abbey. The film will air in December as part of the campaign, which supports six different U.K.-based charities each year.

New 'Downton Abbey' trailer teases a fiery season 5

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“Downton is catching up with the times we live in,” Mrs. Hughes says in the trailer for Downton Abbey‘s season 5. And, according to the trailer, those times involve secrets, sex, and secret sex. READ FULL STORY

'Downton Abbey' releases 8 new photos from season 5

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Can Downton Abbey creatively rebound in season 5? These stately portrait shots from next season offer few clues on that front. In addition to featuring the returning cast such as Elizabeth McGovern, Jim Carter, Joanne Froggatt and Allen Leech, they feature newcomers Fifi Hart as Sybbie, twins Zac and Oliver Barker as George, and Richard E. Grant as Simon Bricker (yes, suggesting another time jump).

Granted, one image shows Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) with a pair of shotguns—but the gang is probably just going fox hunting or something, right?

Downton Abbey returns stateside on PBS Masterpiece in January. READ FULL STORY

'Downton Abbey' reveals first look at well-dressed toddlers

Downton Abbey has never shied away from the occasional time jump, but when the Masterpiece series returns for a fifth season in 2015, viewers will definitely notice the effect of time on at least two members of the Crawley family.

The PBS drama’s official Instagram unveiled the first look at two toddler actors who will play the mildly grown-up versions of Sybbie and George, last season’s VIBs (very important babies). The kids in question are, of course, the daughter of Tom Branson and his late wife Sybil and the son of Lady Mary and her late husband Matthew. READ FULL STORY

'Downton Abbey' looks to bounce back from season 4 (Updated)

Downton Abbey had a disappointing fourth season. While its 12 Emmy nominations—including one for Outstanding Drama Series and one for Michelle Dockery for Outstanding Lead Actress—suggest otherwise, many complained of lackluster storylines that fell flat compared to previous seasons.

Looking ahead to the show’s fifth season, however, Laura Carmichael (Lady Edith), Michelle Dockery (Lady Mary), Joanne Froggatt (Anna Bates), Allen Leech (Tom Branson), Gareth Neame (executive producer, Downton Abbey), and Rebecca Eaton (executive producer, Masterpiece) spoke at the Television Critics Association, addressing season-four criticism and what fans can look forward to in season five.

Neame spoke to the validity of the show’s criticism, saying that he respects the process, but ultimately couldn’t base the show on someone else’s words. In fact, he felt quite contrary to the critical opinion. READ FULL STORY

'Downton Abbey' casts 3 actors including 'Doctor Who' alum

International sensation Downton Abbey is adding three cast members, including veterans of Doctor Who, Four Weddings and a Funeral and 24.

The period drama has enlisted for its fifth season … READ FULL STORY

'Downton Abbey' star Lesley Nicol to guest on 'Raising Hope' -- EXCLUSIVE

If you’ve always enjoyed Mrs. Patmore’s comedic timing on Downton Abbey, you’ll like this news: Lesley Nicol is set to guest on an upcoming episode of Raising Hope. She’ll play Eleanor, Nana’s (Tippi Hedren) former maid, who comes back after major surgery to fulfill her contract. The episode, #419, will air later this spring.

Raising Hope airs Fridays at 9 p.m. on Fox.

'Downton Abbey' premiere biggest drama ratings in PBS history

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The rumblings from the UK fans and U.S. critics had braced us: Downton Abbey season 4 gets off to a slooow start.

But there’s nothing slow about last night’s ratings! Sunday’s two-hour U.S. return of the crunchy-gravel drama on PBS Masterpiece delivered a whopping 10.2 million viewers, up 22 percent from last year’s debut. This marks the highest-rated drama premiere in PBS history.

“As this captivating drama continues, our audiences have been eagerly awaiting this new season to see what’s next for these beloved characters,” said PBS president and CEO Paula Kerger. “I’m so pleased that millions of viewers have returned to Downton Abbey on their local PBS stations for what has become a post-holiday tradition.”

Check out our recap (titled “The Walking Dead”) and here’s what to expect from each character this season (something, we hope). Without giving away any spoilers, let’s just say the show gets more dramatic next week.

'Downton Abbey' preview: What to expect for each character in season 4

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Six months have passed since Matthew’s death when Downton Abbey returns tonight for a new season, and while Lady Mary — and much of the house — are still mourning the loss, life must also go on. And for some characters, 1922 and beyond will prove to be tough.

For details, click through our handy guide below where we tease the action you’ll see in season 4.

UPSTAIRS
Mary
Robert and Cora
Edith
Cousin Rose
Tom Branson

DOWNSTAIRS
Bates and Anna
Daisy
Alfred
Carson
Thomas

'Downton Abbey' stars tease new season on EW Radio: Sneak peek!

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Season 4 of Downton Abbey finally begins in the U.S. on Jan. 5, and to celebrate, Entertainment Weekly editor Jess Cagle sat down with stars from the show for a SiriusXM Town Hall chat that will premiere Dec. 24 at 6 p.m. ET on EW Radio (SiriusXM Channel 105). It will be available on demand immediately after it airs and will also replay throughout the week. Below are two sneak peeks with Hugh Bonneville (the Earl of Grantham) discussing how Matthew’s death affects both Mary and the family’s estate, and Laura Carmichael sharing what’s ahead for Lady Edith. READ FULL STORY

'Downton Abbey' teaser for U.K. Christmas special

Those English folks sure know how to torture we Downton Abbey fans!

Though the fourth season of the hit period drama won’t return to Masterpiece on PBS until Jan. 5, the UK’s ITV has already finished airing the latest batch of episodes and is now promoting the annual Christmas special. This trailer, which features the return of Shirley MacLaine as Cora’s mum, was released to help whet appetites for the two-hour holiday extravaganza.

Kind of spoiler-y if you haven’t seen the fourth season — not that anything will stop us from watching it or the new season.  READ FULL STORY

'Downton Abbey' renewed for a fifth season

This comes as no surprise, but it’s now official: Downton Abbey will be back for a fifth season.

Americans have yet to set their eyes on the fourth season of Downton Abbey, which is set to debut on PBS on Jan. 5, but across the pond, the season premiere scored massive numbers — 9.5 million viewers — for its UK network, ITV, back in September.

“We are thrilled to produce a new series of the show next year,” executive producer Gareth Neame said in a release. “We promise all the usual highs and lows, romance, drama and comedy played out by some of the most iconic characters on television. All the actors and makers of the show continue to be humbled by the extraordinary audience response and want to take the show from strength to strength next year.”

The fifth series will once again be written by Julian Fellowes and executive produced by Neame, Liz Trubridge and Fellowes.

For a peek of what’s in store in season 4, check out  the latest trailer here.

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