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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

Isn't it too soon for Lady Mary to have a new love interest on 'Downton Abbey'?

In Downton Abbey‘s fourth season, which picks up six months after the Christmas episode of doom that left Matthew (Dan Stevens) crushed on the side of the road, Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) will have a new love interest.

Actor Tom Cullen has been cast as Lord Gillingham, otherwise known as the man who will take Matthew’s place (at least, in my head). READ FULL STORY

PopWatch Planner: The Oscars, 'Downton Abbey,' and the Independent Spirit Awards

Could there be something happening next Sunday that we’re excited about? Hmm… Hmm… maybe something we’ve had two covers of, have seen all the movies for, and have debated and debated for months now? Yes, of course the Oscars are next weekend, but first up is this week’s exciting season finale of Downton Abbey, followed by the narrowed-down field on American Idol, Dark Skies opening in theaters, and more. Have a great week!
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'Downton Abbey' does One Direction in a cracking good mashup

You’re insecure? The residents and servants of Downton Abbey don’t know what for — you’re turning heads when you walk through their (elaborately designed) do-o-or!

Need even more reassurance? Just watch mashup artist Richard Sandling’s awesome new video, which features Matthew, Mary, Bates, Anna, and even the Dowager Countess herself “singing” One Direction’s romantic/insidious hit “What Makes You Beautiful.” Though some of the clips repeat after the first chorus, you’ll want to watch all the way to the end anyway — especially to see how Sandling handles the “na-na-na-na” part.

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Maggie Smith is the only person not watching 'Downton Abbey': VIDEO

In a rare interview airing this Sunday on CBS’ 60 Minutes, Downton Abbey star Maggie Smith pauses when she’s asked if she’s proud of the show. Why? “I haven’t actually seen it, so I don’t — I don’t sit down and watch it,” she tells Steve Kroft. “Never?” he asks. “No, I haven’t watched it,” she confirms. Smith, who’s promoting her new movie Quartet, is a perfectionist who doesn’t want to see what she should have done differently. (The answer: nothing!) Not in the preview clip below, sadly, is the 78-year-old Oscar, Emmy, and Tony winner’s answer to a question about her reputation as someone who doesn’t suffer mediocrity: “You’re trying to say that I am what everybody says… I’m scary and I understand that totally,” Smith says. “Old people are scary and I have to face it, I am old and I am scary and I am very sorry about it but I don’t know what you do.”  READ FULL STORY

Happy Valentine’s Day! Who’s your fictional valentine this year?

Happy Valentine’s Day, PopWatchers!

In honor of the day of love (or a manufactured holiday of corporate greed) I got to thinking about fictional characters I’m in love with. Ask any of my friends, and they’ll tell you the list is pretty long. I can’t help it! Whether I’m swooning over The OC reruns and wondering where Seth Cohen was for me in high school, or contemplating whether I’d be willing to live in the 1920s if it meant Matthew Crawley could be my boyfriend (yes), if there’s a charming guy on television, I’ve probably wanted to to marry him at some point. Danny from The Mindy Project? Been there. Jim Halpert? Welcome to my 2005. This Valentine’s Day, I’m choosing not to narrow it down any further when it comes to fictional boyfriends. It’s a four-way tie! This (fake) holiday is the best.

Check out some staffers’ picks for their fictional valentines below, and then be sure to tell us what character you’re secretly hoping to have some chocolates delivered from today. READ FULL STORY

EW's Morning Bite: And the best sound bite from last night is ...

Submitted by Jose:

“Lord Grantham: I’ll do it under one condition, no two. First, Matthew must agree. Second, you will both admit it when you realize you were wrong.
Dowager Countess: Oh, well that is an easy caveat to accept, because I’m never wrong.”

 Lord Grantham (Hugh Bonneville) and the Dowager Countess (Maggie Smith) discussing making Tom manager of Downton on Downton Abbey

Check out the rest of your quote submissions from Sunday Feb.  10 and come back tonight to share your pick for best sound bite!

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Jimmy Fallon presents episode 3 of 'Downton Sixbey'

Hard times have fallen upon Downton Sixbey, the prim British estate within Late Night with Jimmy Fallon‘s studio. Thanks to the Earl’s iffy investments — in the Shake Weight and a restaurant chain called Thank Heaven Friday Is Here, or THFIH — the manor’s residents must resort to cost-cutting measures like sharing a single glass of wine in the grossest way possible and recycling tired, no-longer-topical jokes. (“Change replacement refs to Honey Boo Boo. Perhaps she tries to eat the football because she thinks it’s a piece of chocolate.”)

But don’t lose hope, fair ladies and kind sirs! There’s a light at the end of the corridor, in the form of a proposal that just might shake Sixbey to its very foundation. And more to the point: Unlike the last few episodes of Downton Abbey, this video won’t make you sob until you have no tears left, as long as the sight of Fred Armisen sucking down a goblet full of spit doesn’t make you cry.

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EW's Morning Bite: And the best sound bite from last night is ...

Submitted by Kaitlin:

“I suppose she has an appropriate costume for every activity.”

 Dowager Countess (Maggie Smith) from Downton Abbey, addressing ex-prostitute Ethel’s cook uniform

Check out the rest of your quote submissions from Sunday Feb. 3 and come back Sunday to share your pick for best sound bite!

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We 'Like' this: 'Downton Abbey' fake Facebook newsfeed

Credit: HappyPlace.com

Credit: HappyPlace.com

[Spoiler Alert for those who have yet to see this past Sunday’s episode of Downton Abbey.]

Think you’ll never laugh again after witnessing the most recent episode of Downton Abbey? HappyPlace.com feels your pain and is turning it into laughs, however inappropriately timed they might be. The site, which has put up a “Facebook recap” for every episode this season, has gone viral with a fake Facebook newsfeed covering all the characters’ plots on the show from episode 4. All the highs, such as Thomas’ borderline-stalking crush on Jimmy, and lows — obvious — from this past week’s sobfest are there. One million ‘Likes’ for jokes such as “Ethel Parks left a job at Loving You Long-Time.”

For those who were hoping Mary and Edith would finally bury the hatchet after Sybil’s death, this page isn’t for you. For those that agree, however, that Matthew probably has quite a few follow-up questions for Dr. Clarkson (and some ill-timed ones for Mr. Murray) click on over and see when in the hour Mary and Matthew check in to “The Really Crappy and Gross Part of Downton Abbey.”

Does anyone know a good marriage counselor near the Downton area?

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