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 »

homelanddavidHomeland actor discusses Doctor Who role

Homeland’s David Harewood has discussed the rumours that he is in the running for the role as the next star of Doctor Who. The British actor said: “It’s only rumours but it’s amazing to be attached to such an iconic role,” said Harewood. “It would be extraordinary if the BBC were to make me the first black Doctor Who, it would be extraordinary. But I’m almost scared to make any comment whatsoever.”

Coyle says fourth season of Downton is best yet

Downton Abbey’s Brendan Coyle believes the forthcoming season of the series is the best yet. “I’m going to stick my neck out and say it’s our best series ever. It’s certainly my best series ever,” said Coyle. “I’m really, really grateful for Julian for that. My storylines are phenomenal… And I’m not going to die in a car crash!” Continue reading »

paul-giamattiAmerican actor Paul Giamatti will join Downton Abbey’s fourth season later this year.

Giamatti will join the scattering of Americans on the cast, playing the role of Harold Levinson, the “maverick playboy” brother of Cora (Elizabeth McGivern) and the son of Martha (Shirley MacLaine).

Carnival Films’ managing director, Gareth Neame said: “We’re excited that Paul Giamatti will be joining us on Downton to play Cora’s brother Harold, the rather free-spirited uncle to Mary and Edith. Continue reading »

WalkingDeads3Lincoln not bothered by lack of Emmys

The Walking Dead’s Andrew Lincoln says he isn’t bothered by the show’s lack of Emmy recognition so far. While the series has received two Emmys, it has never been nominated in the writing or acting categories.

Veteran TV producer dies

Veteran TV producer Gary David Goldberg has passed away at the age of 68. The producer was best known for creating the likes of Family Ties and Spin City. Continue reading »