When Downton Abbey returns, a grieving Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) finds herself uninterested in her son George — or wearing anything that isn’t black — despite Anna’s (Joanna Froggatt) attempts to cheer her mistress up. Watch the short clip below.
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The Tomorrow People‘s artificially intelligent mentor now has a famous voice behind it.
EW has learned exclusively that Downton Abbey alum Dan Stevens will lend his voice to the Greg Berlanti-produced Tomorrow People, voicing biological computer TIM, a character first established in the ’70s British version of the show and originally voiced by Canadian actor Philip Gilbert.
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It’s 1922 and all is not well at Downton Abbey. But how could it be? Still reeling from the loss of a few significant characters, season four picks up months after that fateful car wreck to find a house in mourning.
After airing a season four promo and some character specific clips, executive producer Gareth Neame took the stage at TCA alongside Michelle Dockery (Lady Mary Crawley), Laura Carmichael (Lady Edith Crawley), Phyllis Logan (Mrs. Hughes), Joanne Froggatt (Anna), and Sophie McShera (Daisy) to tease season four and beyond. The notoriously tight-lipped cast didn’t give too much away, but we were able to glean a few key takeaways about what is in store for both the upstairs and downstairs crew in this time of transition.
Happy early Fourth of July, friends.
It’s that time of the week again! But before you dive in, a reminder to keep sending in those questions. (Spoilerroom@ew.com) Also, watch my Twitter for some fun announcements about a few Comic-Con panels I’ll be moderating this year and for more on EW’s overall plans for the four-day festival of frantic fun. READ FULL STORY
Downton Abbey is getting another American visitor.
Sideways‘ star Paul Giamatti will appear as Cora’s playboy brother, Harold, in the season four finale, a rep for MASTERPIECE on PBS confirms.
He’ll be joined by returning guest-star Shirley MacLaine, who crossed the pond to play Cora’s brazen mother, Martha Levinson, in season three. READ FULL STORY
Downton Abbey has an official return date: Season 4 of the period drama will premiere on Jan. 5, 2014. The series will then run for eight straight weeks, until Feb. 23.
Season 3 broke ratings records for PBS, becoming its highest-rated drama in history. Next season will air in Britain in the fall before coming to America, and will include the return of Shirley MacLaine as the moneyed and less-mannered Martha Levinson, as well as several new faces such as Tom Cullen, Joanna David, and Gary Carr (playing the show’s first black character), among others.
Downton Abbey has just announced its newest resident.
British actor Gary Carr is joining the series in season four as jazz singer Jack Ross, a rep for MASTERPIECE on PBS confirms to EW. Carr, whose character is described as “charming and charismatic,” will be the series’ first black cast member. READ FULL STORY
Every time that Peter Griffin has burped, farted, or otherwise acted boorishly on Family Guy is about to be evened out with one classy casting move: Downton Abbey star Michelle Dockery will lend her voice to the animated Fox comedy. READ FULL STORY
Somewhere between tweeting, blogging, and bringing her instructional series Martha Bakes and Martha’s Cooking School to PBS (check local listings), Martha Stewart has managed to squeeze in a few more passions. Namely, marathon viewings of Homeland and Ryan Gosling.
But what elevates the domestic goddess’s binge-watching from that of your everyday entertainment junkie is her method: “I have a big TV in my kitchen, so I can do canning or make jam. That takes hours and hours, and I can watch Homeland, all 13 episodes [at once].” READ FULL STORY
Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) may be in mourning when Downton Abbey returns (see the first official photo from the fourth season above), but she won’t be lonely for long.
British actor Tom Cullen has been cast to play Lord Gillingham, an old family friend of the Crawleys who has known Lady Mary since childhood. Per TV Line, the character is being brought on as a suitor for Mary. (See what exec producer Gareth Neame told EW about what’s ahead for Mary here).
He won’t be the only fresh face at Downton next season though. As previously reported, in addition to Shirley MacLaine, who will be returning to reprise her role as Cora’s American mom, a number of new characters are joining the series. Considering the number of recent exits, they certainly won’t have trouble finding rooms to fill.
Are you excited to see Gillingham romance Lady Mary? How do you feel about the slew of new characters joining Downton?
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More casting news from the House of Grantham: Shirley MacLaine will be returning to Downton Abbey next season to reprise her role as American matriarch Martha Levinson, Lady Cora’s mother.
MacLaine’s return is one of many recent announcements coming out of the Julian Fellowes series. Yesterday we reported that actress Siobahn Finneran, who plays O’Brien from downstairs, will be exiting the show. And, of course, viewers are well aware by now that Jessica Brown Findlay and Dan Stevens — Sybil and Matthew, respectively — have already made their exits as well.
However, there will also be some new faces at Downton: The AP reports that Tom Cullen, Julian Ovenden, Harriet Walter, Joanna David, Nigel Harman, and Kiri Te Kanawa will all be appearing in the British drama’s upcoming fourth season. The show will feature Cullen as Lord Gillingham, an old pal of the Crawley family; Ovenden will play aristocrat Charles Blake; Walter will portray Lady Shackleton, a friend to the Dowager Countess; David will guest as the Duchess of Yeovil; and Harman will take on the role of a valet named Green. As for opera singer Te Kanawa, she’ll be playing a singing houseguest, though further character details are limited for now.
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