Feb 23, 2014TV Network - PBS
Well, we have sadly arrived at that awful moment, that terrible time, the Christmas special. Okay, they're not calling it the Christmas special here, but that's what it was when it aired in England back during Christmas. Here, it's just the fourth season finale and when we say "just," we don't actually mean it. No, what we mean is that it's the last episode of 2014 that's going to air here in the States... probably. There is always a chance that they'll end up airing season five before the end of the year here, but the odds aren't particularly good.
Feb 16, 2014TV Network - PBS
"Downton Abbey" didn't go dark for the Super Bowl, they're certainly not going dark for the Olympics. Tonight, we're getting the British season finale which translates into our second-to-last episode because, as we understand it, the British Christmas episode (nothing at all like Greek Orthodox Easter) isn't a part of the season proper in England, but it is a part of the season proper here as our airing of "Downton" is delayed. That is to say, expect something, potentially, big and triumphant tonight and for the wrapping up of storylines prior to next week's true (for us) finale.
Feb 02, 2014TV Network - PBS
Did you realize that the number one rated non-sports event on the night the Super Bowl aired last year was, as we understand it, "Downton Abbey." People love "Downton" and they love it with good reason. Listen, if you're not so much into the football game tonight, why not check out "Downton" and see what it has to offer, you may find that you love the upstairs-downstairs nature of it all. Plus, there's a lot of truly interesting things going on this season.
Jan 05, 2014TV Network - PBS
Deep breath, everyone, deep breath. We know, season three of "Downton Abbey" didn't end brilliantly. We don't mean that in a structural fashion or in any other way related to producing the show. No, we mean it strictly in terms of it being an utterly gut-wrenching, tear-inducing, emotionally devastating moment. How are we going to pick up and continue tonight after... well, after that finale? We can't say that we aren't supremely excited to see what the future brings, simply that we are scared; we are worried; we are on edge.
Feb 17, 2013TV Network - PBS
This is it, the end of the third season of "Downton Abbey." Yes, we may have seen the episode, and yes, we may know exactly what's going to take place, but no we're not going to tell you. You can't be serious even thinking that we would tell you what's going to happen to the abbey or the village or the people who live in it. What we're going to tell you is that you should watch and you should enjoy yourself, because we're not going to see more "Downton Abbey" for nearly a year.
Feb 03, 2013TV Network - PBS
While there are unquestionably people out there (like us) who love both the Super Bowl and "Downton Abbey," there is not a complete and totally overlap of audiences. In fact, "Downton Abbey" probably exists as the perfect counterprogramming option to the Super Bowl. They aren't breaking out a speciial episode or anything, but all episodes of "Downton" are pretty special, aren't they? We don't envy folks, like us, who love both the Super Bowl and Downton, but then again, that's why they make TiVos, isn't it?
Jan 20, 2013TV Network - PBS
Okay, some of you will take the line that with "Downton" already renewed for season four, there's very little to care about here -- anything that happens tonight can be easily fixed down the line. That is not how we things. Tonight matters. Next week matters. There is, simply put, nothing that happens on a television series we like that does not matter. Television is about the journey, not the final destination. If it were about the final destination, shows could survive solely based upon end credits and we don't like that view of our television screens. Credits do matter, but so does content.
Jan 06, 2013TV Network - PBS
Listen, don't you think you ought to give "Downton" a try? You pretend like you watch the show. You laugh when all the other television series you actually watch make "Downton Abbey" jokes and reference Mary and Matthew, don't you think that you ought to actually check out "Downton" itself? We can tell you that we love the series, that we find it funny and smart and with Shirley MacLaine portraying Cora's mom tonight, can you really skip it? Can you afford to not watch? Can you afford to just smile and nod as other shows reference Lord Grantham with you pretending like you get it even when you really don't? Just watch. You'll love it... we think.