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'Downton Abbey' Criticized for Using Historically Incorrect Language

by Catherine Lawson, posted Oct 21st 2011 8:50AM
Who knew that PBS period drama 'Downton Abbey' could be so controversial? Viewers in the U.K. are halfway through Season 2 right now and there has been criticism that the storylines are moving along too fast. Now some viewers have complained that the use of anachronistic language is marring their enjoyment of the series.

Hot on the heels of a recent debate over a character saying "as if" (the horror), John Simpson, of the 'Oxford English Dictionary,' told 'The MailOnline' that some other expressions used, such as "get knotted," "logic pills" and "shafted" were not in use until much later than 'Downton Abbey's World War I time-frame.

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PBS Triumphs at the Emmys With 'Downton Abbey'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Sep 19th 2011 7:00AM
'Gosford Park' Emmy winnersLast night PBS period drama 'Downton Abbey' bagged four Emmy Awards, making it one of the biggest winners of the night, and helping PBS land the coveted spot of top broadcast network at the awards.

Together with the Creative Arts Emmys, which were held last week, PBS scooped 14 Emmys in total, making it the most successful broadcast network. HBO was the top cable network, with 19.

'Downton Abbey' won the Emmy for Outstanding Made For Television Movie/Miniseries, in what creator Julian Fellowes called a David and Goliath story, "except in this case Goliath was wonderful, some wonderful shows that we were up against, and it seems perfectly extraordinary that we've won."

The Masterpiece drama was victorious in a strong field dominated by Emmy powerhouse HBO, which had three nominations -- 'Mildred Pierce,' 'Too Big to Fail' and 'Cinema Verité.'

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Battle of the 'Titanic' TV Series: Chris Noth and Neve Campbell Join 'Blood and Steel'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Aug 31st 2011 8:45AM
Chris NothApril 2012 marks the 100th anniversary of the 'Titanic' sinking on her maiden voyage across the Atlantic Ocean. To mark the occasion not one, but two, epic TV series are being produced about the disaster.

Production is already underway on the 'Titanic' mini-series, which has been penned by 'Downton Abbey' creator Julian Fellowes and will star 'Law & Order' vet Linus Roache among others.

Now casting is being finalized for a rival 12-part series 'Blood and Steel.'

According to Deadline, Derek Jacobi ('The King's Speech,' 'I, Claudius'), Chris Noth ('Sex and the City'), Neve Campbell ('Scream') and Kevin Zegers ('Gossip Girl') are all in various stages of negotiations to join the project.

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'Law & Order' Alum Linus Roache to Star in 'Titanic' Miniseries

by Catherine Lawson, posted Apr 6th 2011 8:40AM
Linus RoacheThe cast has been announced for 'Downton Abbey' creator Julian Fellowes's new miniseries, 'Titanic.'

Linus Roache, last seen on U.S. television screens playing Exec A.D.A. Michael Cutter in the final season of 'Law & Order,' has signed on for a lead role in the four-part production.

He'll be joined onboard the doomed liner by fellow Brits and 'Masterpiece Theatre' vets Geraldine Somerville ('Gosford Park,' the 'Harry Potter' movies), Toby Jones ('Captain America,' 'Elizabeth I'), Celia Imrie ('Cranford,' 'Bridget Jones'), James Wilby ('Gosford Park') and Steven Waddington ('The Tudors,' 'Sleepy Hollow').

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'Downton Abbey' Creator to Write 'Titanic' TV Mini-Series

by Catherine Lawson, posted Mar 23rd 2011 9:00AM
Julian FellowesIt's been announced that Julian Fellowes, the Oscar-winning writer behind PBS hit 'Downton Abbey' and 'Gosford Park' is to put his spin on the 'Titanic' story.

Filming on the international co-production starts in Hungary this spring, and its broadcast will be timed to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the sinking of 'The Titanic' in April 1912.

In a statement, Maria Kyriacou, Managing Director at ITV Studios Global Entertainment, said the four-part mini-series will provide "a vividly different experience of the ship's last hours alongside a definitive snapshot of what was a unique and uncertain moment in history."

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