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TV's edible arrangements: Food stylist Lisa Heathcote talks 'Downton' and 'Outlander'

Food stylist Lisa Heathcote concocts the culinary delights for the Crawleys of Downton Abbey and the MacKenzies of Starz’s Outlander. With the Masterpiece series starting its fifth season on Jan. 4, she dishes on the process behind her dishes.

Heathcote devises full menus for the dinner scenes on Downton.
“When they are actually sitting at the table, they’ve all got a menu in front of them. Then we basically decide at what point they are in the dinner, what course we’re actually going to see. The rest of the meal is imaginary. But it might be that in the course of the story line we see Mrs. Patmore preparing for this dinner. We might not see what she’s preparing go upstairs, but to make sense of it she’s preparing what they would have eaten in that dinner so that it corresponds.” READ FULL STORY

'Mr. Selfridge' trailer: Starring Jeremy Piven's mustache

“We’re giving them style, glamour, razzmatazz!” says Jeremy Piven in the new trailer for Mr. Selfridge, an ITV/PBS series set to run in the new year. Piven plays Harry Gordon Selfridge, the American founder of the British department store Selfridges, who was responsible for popularizing the phrase “the customer is always right,” a decidedly un-Ari Gold sentiment.

Click past the jump to take a look at the upbeat trailer, set to “Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing).”


'Downton Abbey' season 4 might be here sooner than you think

Good news Downton Abbey fans. Though U.S. viewers have to wait until Jan. 6—that’s more than four months after the U.K. premiere date—to catch the series’ third season, they may get to see season four much sooner than expected. PBS is weighing broadcasting the fourth season, which starts shooting in February, close to the U.K. debut this fall.

“Obviously, spoilers and piracy are two key reasons supporting the case to air Downton closer to the UK broadcast,” MASTERPIECE publicist Olivia Wong told EW in an e-mail. “On the other hand, there are technical hurdles and financial considerations (we’d have to pay more to speed up the cost of post-production).”

Ratings are also a factor in determining Downton‘s return date.

“One big reason to air in January is that it’s an optimal time to schedule a program like Downton — viewership is high and it’s out of the way of the barrage of September premieres. These are on-going scheduling considerations as we look to Season 4,” says Wong.

Now if we could just convince Dan Stevens, who plays Matthew Crawley, to stick around for the season…

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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.”


'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

'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.

Check it out yourself below with a sample scene (which shows Pip’s introduction to Miss Havisham) and a trailer for the DVD, which goes on sale in the U.S. on Tuesday. READ FULL STORY

'Sherlock' sneak peek: Guess what the detective and Watson will be up to this spring -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO


England’s greatest amateur detective will be back — along with Watson, Lestrade, Mycroft, Mrs. Hudson, and of course, Moriarty — in America soon enough when the second season of BBC’s hit Sherlock reboot hits PBS’s Masterpiece on May 6. But if you can’t wait that long, check out this exclusive trailer for the subsequent DVD and Blu-ray release on May 22.

If you want to solve an extra little puzzle while watching the clip, see if you can pick out the hints at the following conundrums, gambits, schemes, and troubled souls Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Watson (Martin Freeman) will come across this year. READ FULL STORY


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