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Matthew Rhys talks taking on Darcy, fearing 'White Shirt Syndrome' in 'Death Comes to Pemberley'

Brace yourselves, Austenites: PBS’s Pride & Prejudice-inspired miniseries Death Comes to Pemberley will not feature any soaked shirts. But it will showcase The Americans‘ always swoonworthy Matthew Rhys, second from left, as the esteemed Fitzwilliam Darcy.

The action in Pemberley—adapted from British author P.D. James’ best-seller—picks up six years after the events of Jane Austen’s classic novel 
and finds Lizzy Bennet’s better half reluctantly helping defend his troublemaking in-law George Wickham (Matthew Goode, restrained at right) after Wickham crashes an important event and confesses to committing the ultimate party foul: murder. Talking to EW, Rhys insists Pemberley (airing Oct. 26 and Nov. 2 on 
Masterpiece) will show unexpected facets of the iconic character.

Below, view an exclusive First Look at the miniseries, then learn more about Rhys’s take on Darcy and the Colin Firth-specific affliction Rhys calls “White Shirt Syndrome.” READ FULL STORY

Ian McKellen teases his 'Vicious' chemistry with costar Derek Jacobi, a 'Downton Abbey' audition

Ian McKellen has generally played it serious in the X-Men and Lord of the Rings franchises, but now the five-time Emmy nominee is laughing it upon the small-screen in Gary Janetti’s bitingly funny British import, Vicious (debuting June 29 on PBS) about septuagenarian gay partners Freddie (McKellen) and Stuart (Derek Jacobi). The 75-year-old actor spoke to EW about the series. READ FULL STORY

Damian Lewis to wear crown for Masterpiece

Brody’s got a new job: Damian Lewis (Homeland) will play Henry VIII in Masterpiece’s Wolf Hall on PBS.

The program will follow the meteoric rise of Thomas Cromwell (Mark Rylance) in the Tudor court, from his start as a blacksmith’s son to Henry VIII’s closest advisor. Claire Foy (Little Dorrit) will play Anne Boleyn in the six-part mini-series written by Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy).

Other casting includes Jonathan Pryce (Cranford) as Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, Joanne Whalley (The Borgias) as Henry’s first wife Katherine of Aragon, and Mark Gatiss (Sherlock) as Stephen Gardiner, Secretary to the King.

Filming has already started in the South West of England for broadcast in 2015 on Masterpiece on PBS and BBC2.

Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman's mustache star in new BBC 'Sherlock' trailer: VIDEO

The good news: Just six weeks stand between stateside Sherlock fans and new episodes of their favorite detective series. The bad news: Those lucky stiffs across the pond only have to wait three more weeks, since Sherlock‘s third batch of episodes premieres January 1 in the U.K. However will we manage the wait?!

Step 1: On New Year’s Day, have someone else reset your Tumblr password to avoid accidental spoilers. Step 2: Do the same for Twitter, Facebook, and any other social network that may draw British Cumberbitches (plus Americans with, er, virtual plane tickets to England). Step 3: Comfort yourself with this new trailer, featuring plenty of trademark Sherlock smugness and Watson’s bushy “I’ve moved on” mustache.

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PBS renews Tavis Smiley for two years

Tavis Smiley, who has brought rare diversity to late-night TV for a decade on PBS, will add another two years to his run.

The Tavis Smiley show has been renewed through 2015, PBS said Thursday. READ FULL STORY

Charlie Rose interview with Syrian president airs Monday

Charlie Rose sat down with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday in Damascus in an interview that will air Monday on PBS and CBS News. It’s al-Assad’s first American TV interview in two years.

Rose called in to Face the Nation on Sunday morning to preview the interview, telling Bob Schieffer that al-Assad denied that he had anything to do with a chemical weapons attack last month.

President Obama will tape six interviews about Syria on Monday with ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, CNN, and Fox, all of which will also air Monday night.

Watch the Rose preview below:
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PBS NewsHour to expand to weekends

The news hour is about to get longer.

PBS’ long-running program NewsHour is expanding to weekends beginning Sept. 7, PBS has announced. The new program will be anchored by Hari Sreenivasan, a NewsHour correspondent.

“It’s an evolution in NewsHour‘s commitment to being a reliable, trusted news source that’s available anywhere, anytime, weekdays, weekends and online,” Sreenivasan said in a release. “I’d like to infuse the public in the content creation and content distribution using different tools to see how we can best engage with smart audiences.” The team “plan to use social media, Google Hangouts, live chats and other platforms to connect with audiences and also to connect viewers with the program’s guests.”

All the digital inclusion will be a push to get younger viewers to check out NewsHour, which has been running since 1975.

ESPN drops out of PBS project on NFL head injuries

ESPN says it’s ending its collaboration with public TV in an investigation of the NFL and players’ head injuries.

ESPN said Friday its decision was based on a lack of editorial control over “League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis,” airing in October on PBS’ Frontline public affairs series.

At ESPN’s request, its logo was being removed from websites related to the project and from the film itself.

In an online statement, the producers of Frontline said they regretted ESPN’s exit. The producers said the two-part “League of Denial” will air as scheduled on Oct. 8 and 15.

Meanwhile, both ESPN and the NFL on Friday denied a New York Times report that quotes unidentified sources saying the NFL had pressured ESPN to drop out of the project.

Romance, careers, and moving on at 'Downton Abbey': 10 things we learned about season four

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.

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PBS exec: 'Downton Abbey' will continue to air with delay in America; but will 'Sherlock'?

PBS president Paula Kerger today defended the often bemoaned American broadcast delay of Downton Abbey, which in past seasons has completed its run in the U.K. before premiering in the U.S, saying the network is hesitant to change a method that has worked well for them so far.

“I think as we have looked at this whole issue of spoilers and thought about how best to steward the property and also think about the viewership, we considered a number of factors in the scheduling of Downton,” she said during a panel at the Television Critics Association press tour, which concludes this week in Los Angeles. Those include, she said, attempting to avoid clashing with the slew of network premieres in the fall and harnessing the opportunities for word-of-mouth promotion. “The fact that word-of-mouth travels after it airs in the U.K. has actually benefited us … we kind of don’t want to mess with that if it’s working so well.”

That said, she admitted, “I will say to you … I think that as we look at scheduling programs that we are acquiring, particularly dramas, what I just described to you is not a hard and fast rule. … We’ll continue to look at each program as it comes up and then try to figure out if it makes sense to try to bring it very close to the broadcast window where it is seen everywhere else or does it make sense to schedule it at a different point and time.”
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PBS affiliate continues to criticize reality shows with new TV spots

This September … they aren’t shucking around.

As you might remember, local PBS affiliate Thirteen released some hilarious subway posters for fake reality shows (we could only hope that The Dillionaires, Bad Bad Bag Boys, and Knitting Wars actually existed) back in May. Their motive? They wanted people to stop and realize the current state of television and support quality programming at thirteen.org.

Well, they’re at it again, producing TV ad spots for three “new” reality shows: Meet the Tanners, Long Island Landscapers and Clam Kings. Upon viewing, it’s difficult not to imagine these clips as actual programs – Meet the Tanners has TLC/ The Style Network written all over it, Long Island Landscapers seems like a fit on Bravo and Clam Kings could find a home on The History Channel — precisely Thirteen’s point.

Thirteen’s marketing plan is pretty genius, but I really wish that these shows could exist — even as parodies. Come on, Clam Kings looks riveting! The spots will run on USA, TVLand, NY1 as well as Thirteen, WLIW and NJTV but you can always check out the trailers below: READ FULL STORY

New York PBS station criticizes reality TV with fake subway ads

A series of new posters that chides the state of modern television has begun appearing in subways throughout New York City this week.

The prints, distributed by Thirteen, a local PBS station, advertise outlandish, fake shows with names like Knitting Wars and Bayou Eskimos alongside the biting tagline, “The fact that you thought this was a real show says a lot about the state of TV.”

“It’s pretty scary when you look out there and see what’s on television these days,” Jeff Anderson, Executive Creative Director at CHI & Partners NY(the ad agency that created the campaign) said in a release. “If New Yorkers want an inspiring and educational option, they need to get behind a network that we sometimes take for granted.”

EW has obtained copies of all five posters that will appear in subways until the end of June, and while we’re 98 percent in agreement with the sentiment and snark, we also kiiiiinda want to see Knitting Wars on the air, if only because the “It’s Sew On” kicker had us in… stitches.
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Season 4 of 'Downton Abbey' will premiere on...

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.

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