Downton Abbey

Today I have a look at the nominations for Best Actress in a Drama Series:

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series

Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey – Prime)

Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife – TV3)

Claire Danes (Homeland – SOHO)

Robin Wright (House of Cards – TV3)

Lizzy Caplan (Masters of Sex – SOHO)

Kerry Washington (Scandal – TV2)

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A close race this year is the Outstanding Drama race. This year the nominees are

Outstanding Drama Series – Channel it screens in NZ in brackets

Breaking Bad (SOHO)

Downton Abbey (Prime)

Game Of Thrones (SOHO)

House Of Cards (TV3)

Mad Men (SOHO)

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It appears changes are on the way…

Here’s an example of how “brand” integration in television advertising works.

Butlers in American pop culture tend to provide comic relief — think The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air or The Birdcage. Or, like Batman’s Alfred, the butler is more of a friend than an employee.

But one show has brought back the classic butler, with a vengeance. Since the British period drama Downton Abbey made its debut on PBS in 2010, the demand for butlers in some parts of the world has surged.

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English village changing name to honor Game Of Thrones

The Radio Times is reporting that the rural village of Kings Langley – a civil parish in Hertfordshire, England – will temporarily change its name to Kings Landing to mark the release of Game Of Thrones’ Season 3 DVD set. Apparently a producer on the show arranged the new title after hearing “Kings Langley” as a train stop while visiting London. No word on whether the people of Kings Langley will have to put up with an annoying brat king.

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Dame-Kiri-Te-KanawaDame Kiri Te Kanawa will portray another famed opera singer, Dame Nellie Melba in the fourth series of Downton Abbey.

The opera singer appears in the fourth series of the period drama, which begins in the autumn, and heralds the start of the Roaring Twenties by performing two pieces as the Australian operatic soprano, one of the most famous singers of the late Victorian era, during a house party thrown by the Earl of Grantham.

Producer Gareth Neame revealed that her appearance on set had created such a “buzz” that everyone working on the show had rushed to watch her perform. Continue reading »