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Hamm and Slattery to direct Mad Men episodes

Jon Hamm and John Slattery will both direct upcoming episodes of Mad Men. Slattery (Roger Sterling) will direct two episodes in the sixth season while Hamm (Don Draper) will be in charge of one.

Fellowes discusses recasting Downton role

Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes has dismissed the idea of recasting the role of Matthew Crawley in the show’s fourth season if actor Dan Stevens does indeed decide to depart. “I can’t see us doing that,” he said, “If they don’t want to come back, there’s nothing we can do.”

Colbert kicks off “Hobbit Week”

Stephen Colbert has kicked off “Hobbit Week” on his talkshow with Sir Ian McKellen, turning his studio into the home of Bilbo Baggins. A self-confessed JRR Tolkien geek, Colbert will interview members of the movie’s cast over the week

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