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'Downton Abbey': Missing Mary and Matthew? Watch actors together in old TV movie -- VIDEO

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Missing Matthew on last night’s Downton Abbey premiere?

The fourth season of the British drama premiered in the U.S. last night, and while the show was touting a fresh start (read EW’s recap), I’m sure I’m not the only one who was enjoying the new drama as well as really longing for a few of my now-gone fictional faves.

With that said, here’s a little Internet present for you all. It’s not the joyful post-baby Mary/Matthew reunion of your dreams (that’s what fanfiction is for), but fans can get a little fix of the actors together watching this old British television movie of The Turn of the Screw, starring Michelle Dockery as the young governess, and a brunette Dan Stevens as her psychiatrist.

Set in London in 1921 (Sound familiar?), the film was released pre-Downton, but the duo’s chemistry is already fully on display, even if this time around their characters aren’t romantically involved. He tries to help her! There are issues with her father! If you squint really hard you can convince yourself it’s one Very Special Episode of Downton. Okay, not really, but much of the story does take place at a large estate, so take what you can get.

Fair warning: For those who aren’t familiar with the Henry James tale, it’s quite a bit scarier than your average episode of Downton (proper dinner attire has nothing on possessed kids). The whole movie is a pretty entertaining way to avoid going outside in the freezing weather, but if you just want a few quick Dockery/Stevens scenes check out the first 10 minutes, 50:30, and 60:05.

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This Week's Cover: 'Downton Abbey' keeps our Winter TV Preview classy

It’s the biggest PBS phenomenon since Sesame Street, and might very well be the classiest thing you do every Sunday night. Yes, Downton Abbey is returning on Jan. 5, and Entertainment Weekly was on the set for season four of the British TV phenomenon. Creator Julian Fellowes’ wildly popular period drama about life on a decadent English countryside estate shocked viewers last season with two major character deaths (we’ll never forget you, Matthew and Sybil!), and the show’s anticipated fourth season promises to be nothing short of shocking, exciting, and traumatic — which is just what we’ve come to expect of the Grantham and Crawley clan. Even guest star Shirley MacLaine was floored by the show’s drama: “When Matthew died I nearly threw a chair at the television. I thought, what is Julian Fellowes doing? It took me a few days to get over it.” READ FULL STORY

Take note, Julian Fellowes: Anjelica Huston wants to be on 'Downton Abbey'

In a recent interview with USA Today promoting her new memoir A Story Lately Told, actress Anjelica Huston revealed her desire to appear on the hit British period melodrama Downton Abbey.

“I love Downton,” said Huston, last seen on the small screen on NBC’s Smash. Although American-born, Huston spent much of her childhood in Ireland and England, stating she “could pop into a part.”

She even has her own suggestion for a part. “Somebody like the Countess Markievicz [an Irish rebel], who they mentioned last season. Maybe I could make a guest appearance,” she continued.

Countess Markievicz was mentioned in the fourth episode of season 3, when Sybil and Tom Branson go on the lam in Ireland after Tom is suspected of being involved in Irish rebellion activities. The Countess, not to be confused with the Dowager Countess Grantham played by Countess of the Universe Dame Maggie Smith, was a real-life Irish rebel, who fought for an independent Ireland. But how she would logically appear on Downton Abbey may be difficult, because the political figure would have either been busy working as the Minister of Labour in Ireland or in prison.
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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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