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PopWatch Matchmaker: Lady Mary and Ichabod Crane

Some of our favorite TV characters are often unlucky in love. They just can’t seem to find The One — but what if The One is on another show altogether?

It’s a dark and stormy night at Downton Abbey. The Crawleys and their servants have all gone to bed — everyone but Lady Mary. She doesn’t sleep much after her beloved husband Matthew’s fatal car accident. As she stares blankly across the grounds, she notices a figure emerge from the horizon. A tall, bearded man dressed in a threadbare uniform lumbers toward the Abbey. He is still far away, but Mary believes she has seen him before. The man seems to resemble a portrait she has always admired in her father’s study. It displays the visage of an earlier Lord Grantham’s infamous cousin, who defected from the British Army to join the Americans in their Revolution. His name was Ichabod Crane.
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I'm Still Not Over: Everyone dying on 'Downton Abbey'

I don’t do well with death on television. It’s why I spend the majority of my time watching Breaking Bad or Homeland incredibly stressed out. It’s why I had to stop watching The Tudors after season 3, and why – while my brain knows it’s a great show – I’m unable to watch most of Game of Thrones. But that’s on me: All of the shows’ premises strongly imply that you shouldn’t get too attached to anyone; anyone’s head could be on a metaphorical or physical chopping block any day now.

But I had no such expectations with Downton Abbey. Here, I thought, was a sweet little show where whole episodes are devoted to such high-stake events as whether everyone was dressed appropriately for dinner. Surely the worst thing that could happen here is a missed connection or a torn hemline. And for two beautiful seasons – save for a wartime death of a secondary character – that’s exactly the show I got.

But then things changed. Oh, how they changed: In the span of just a few quick episodes, two of my three favorite characters died, and eight months later, I’m still not okay with it. I’m so not okay with it, in fact, that I’m unable to read any casting news without getting upset and wanting to block it out. ‘Oh, Mary and Matthew’s baby boy is named George, just like the new prince? Pass! Respected wonderful actor Paul Giamatti is joining the show? Nope! If a friend wants to talk about the program with me, I have to divert the conversation to Under the Dome or Big Brother or some other equally low-stakes summer program. I’m in denial, and I want to stay there. READ FULL STORY

Dan Stevens apologizes for his 'Downton Abbey' ending

It’s been nearly six months since Matthew Crawley met his untimely end on the season finale of Downton Abbey, and because people don’t seem to be getting over it anytime soon (WHYYYYYYY?), actor Dan Stevens is doing a bit of better-late-than-never damage control.

“I am sorry about that!” Stevens told Radio Times magazine in excerpts posted online. “I think what emerged is that it’s an unwritten rule that you’re not supposed to die on British television on Christmas Day, and that, specifically, was not my doing. … I didn’t have any say in the manner in which he went. Ultimately, it was in the hands of Julian [Fellowes] and the producers.”

What is being left unsaid, of course, is that the only reason Fellowes and Co. had to write him off at all was because Stevens decided to leave the show — but at least his death means that fans will only have good memories of Mary and Matthew, as opposed to breaking them up to write Matthew off the show. “It was right that he didn’t run off and have an affair with somebody,” Stevens said. “I don’t think that would have been right for Matthew as a character.” READ FULL STORY

The Rolling Stones heading to 'Downton Abbey'? Here are five potential storylines

Remember a few weeks ago when Diddy announced he was joining the cast of Downton Abbey and everyone said, ‘No way!’ and then it kind of happened, albeit via a Funny or Die video? Well, now the Rolling Stones are rumored to be possibly dropping by Downton next season. U.K. paper The Mirror reports Hugh Bonneville is friends with Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood and is trying to get the group to film an appearance. “Obviously they wouldn’t play themselves, but they could be a rag-tag bunch of traveling entertainers or even a circus act. It would be such a coup, and fun for the Stones. They really are huge fans of the show,” an anonymous source told the paper.

BOOM! There are so many things to unpack here. Cousin Robert parties with Ronnie? The Stones really watch Downton? Did Mick Jagger cry over Matthew’s death? A rep for the show didn’t immediately respond to EW’s request for confirmation that the Rolling Stones may actually, in real life, be filming a guest spot on Downton. [UPDATE: A rep for the show tells EW it's not true.] But, for fun, let’s assume this is totally happening. Below, what we’re hoping to see if Mick Jagger and Co. swing by the estate next season. READ FULL STORY

Diddy goes to 'Downton Abbey'... in Funny or Die short -- VIDEO

Ah, this explains everything. When Sean “Diddy” Combs announced yesterday that he was joining the cast of Downton Abbey as a series regular, he was actually promoting a new Funny or Die short that digitally adds the hip-hop mogul to existing Downton footage. (You can insert him anywhere!)

The jokes are predictable — Diddy keeps calling the show Downtown Abbey; at one point, he fights off Thomas’s advances; there’s a decent amount of swearing — but funny all the same. And you’ve got to admire the chutzpah of a guy who never misses an opportunity for product placement, even in a spoof video.

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Wait, is Diddy actually joining the cast of 'Downton Abbey'?

Exhibit A: A message the rapper/producer/sometime actor tweeted this evening, after promising a “big announcement” for his followers: READ FULL STORY

When worlds collide: J.J. Abrams visits the set of 'Downton Abbey'

(Let’s hope he didn’t drive there.)

While gallivanting around Europe to promote Star Trek Into Darkness, J.J. Abrams apparently stopped by one of Britain’s most famous fictional estates: Downton Abbey, home of enough ominous musical cues and mysteries to be, well, a J.J. Abrams creation. Here’s the man himself, mixing something in the kitchen under the watchful eye of Mrs. Hughes (a.k.a. actress Phyllis Logan):

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'Downton Abbey' gets the musical treatment -- VIDEO

After the series 3 finale of Downton Abbey left more than one nation in tears, and with U.S. audiences having to wait what seems like an eternity for season 4 to start, there’s a creative choice by some well-known Downton fans putting a bright spot on the Crawleys’ world and tiding us over until next winter — a Downton musical!

In the parody video below, filmed at the legendary Studio 54 in New York, actor and comedian Colin Andrew Mochrie (Whose Line Is It Anyway?) plays Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes (billed in the video as Julian Alexander Kitchner-Fellowes, Baron Fellowes of West Stafford), who explains his decision to create a Downton musical in between cuts of songs that would fit perfectly into Edwardian England.

“The guys and I were all Downton Fans and while spitballing ideas, we said ‘Well Buffy & Grey‘s did a musical episode,’ and we thought of Julian Fellowes in a room with Shonda Rhimes and Joss Whedon trying to plan out the inevitable Downton Abbey Musical Episode in season 4,” producer Kevin Duda told EW.

Carson sings about tea, while Mrs. Hughes tries to get him to embrace a newfangled way of making his favorite drink. Mary and Tom sing sad songs while they hold their babies, and Mary Stout, who portrays Mrs. Patmore/Lesley Nicol reveals it’s been a lifelong dream of hers to play Mrs. Lovett (of Sweeney Todd fame).

“So watch out Daisy,” she says with wild eyes and a maniacal laugh.

Check out the video here:
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Love is on the air: Who is the greatest TV couple of all time? Round 1, part 2

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Ross and Rachel. Carrie and Big. Clair and Cliff. Ricky and Lucy. These are just a few of the iconic pairings competing for the chance to be EW’s “Greatest TV Couple of All Time.” Check out our full bracket here and vote in the polls below to determine who will move on to the next round. Now for the 16 couples in our “Pick Me, Choose Me, Love Me” conference. READ FULL STORY

The solitary pleasures of TV binge-watching: 'Friday Night Lights' down, 'The West Wing' on deck

This February, I watched all 76 episodes of Friday Night Lights.

Somehow—despite the facts that I live in Texas and loved the movie and care about sports and am obsessed with small-town culture—I never got it together enough to watch it when it was actually on the air. I’m part of the problem of why the critically-acclaimed show long struggled in the ratings and for that I must find a way to forgive myself.

But then there came that one insomnia-ridden night in February when, adrift on Netflix, I clicked on the pilot episode. Whoa, whoa, whoa. Kyle Chandler’s coach Eric had the weight of the world on the shoulders of his blue coach’s jacket and Connie Britton, who plays his magnificent wife, Tami, had this unicorn’s tail for hair and suddenly the quarterback was in the hospital and there was this guy Riggins who had these humongous shoulders and he blamed himself for the accident and he didn’t appear to have any parents and Explosions in the Sky was playing in the background…

And so began a strange couple of weeks in which I’m reasonably sure I showered and my young child was fed. “They’re all my friends and family and nothing makes sense to me when I’m out in the bright of day,” I told somebody who worried over the amount of time I was spending in my Friday Night Lights alternate universe.

Sometimes when I mentioned to people that I was deep into the show they’d make the mistake of saying they were fans too and I’d overwhelm them with overly impassioned play-by-play. How much did your heart swell when Riggins’ dad showed up at the game? Don’t you love it when Coach Eric gets Tami more wine? Aren’t you impressed by how they never drink and drive? Ugh, Julie. Grandma Saracen will be okay, don’t you think? Remember that time Coach Tami told Tyra to spike the volleyball right into Riggins’ throat? Or that time we got every angle of Riggins doing a round of back squats? Would you say your favorite supporting character is Mindy Riggins or Smash’s mother? Can you too recite Tyra’s UT application essay? Ugh, Julie. Panthers or Lions, or is that Sophie’s Choice? Skeeter!

I got used to people backing away from me slowly, saying that it had been a while. And they called themselves fans! READ FULL STORY

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