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#1 Emperor

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Posted 06 January 2012 - 04:17 AM

Airing January 8, 15, 22, 29 and February 5,12, & 19 on PBS
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I know a PBS TV show is probably not on your radar as it certainly was not on mine. The first season was streaming on netflix and I had heard rumblings about the show this summer so I decided to check it out. My wife and I devoured the first season in 3 days. Yes it was that good. What did I like about it? Every person in this large cast (maybe 20 people) is perfectly cast and somehow they explore each person. I went in with reservations about the show being a period piece that showed the servants and the upper class under the same roof, but I really loved it. I really encourage anyone searching for quality TV programming to check this show out.

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Downton Abbey's Granthams and their family of servants have already weathered scoundrels, scandals, and a momentous succession crisis. But by November, 1916, the Great War has rendered everything — and everyone — changed. Even Downton Abbey itself, like its residents, has risen to the call of duty and transformed.

At the war front, life intensifies for Downton's young men in the face of untold horrors. Meanwhile, at Downton, war makes new and often unjust demands. Some rise to its call for a stiff upper lip and a useful turn, and others see change as an opportunity for either growth or exploitation. Far from the trenches, there remains no shortage of scheming, meddling, and dangerous attractions.

As other great houses crumble, a diminished Downton Abbey struggles to prevail into a new era with its residents and its honor intact. Maggie Smith (David Copperfield, Gosford Park), Elizabeth McGovern (A Room With A View), Michelle Dockery (Return to Cranford), and Dan Stevens (Sense and Sensibility) return with an all-star cast to season two of Julian Fellowes' Emmy Award winning drama, Downton Abbey.



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Posted 08 January 2012 - 01:14 PM

I watched the first season and I have to agree that this show is fantastic. I dont usually go in for period drama's like this but the show is very well done and has a bit of a contemporary feel to it. The large cast are all well established characters by the end of the season and even the nastier characters can be empathized with to a degree. The show moves at a brisk pace covering 2 years in 7 episodes. That kept the story moving at a fast pace. Normally I would find a show of this type to dry for my taste, but the humor is one of the best parts. A definite must watch for anyone who enjoys a good drama with a large cast full of rich characters, and it has Maggie Smith playing a Countess who is afraid of electricity, her parts in the story are wonderful.
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Posted 08 January 2012 - 02:16 PM

I got season 1 and 2 for my Mum this Christmas. We watched them all in about a week. They are really good and I do love Maggie so much. She just makes it for me.
As for period drama's they hold a special interest for my because I contemplated actually going into the wardrobe department just for such a thing. I still might if I get the chance

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 04:57 AM

Finally caught the series 2 premiere. I thought the 2 hour episode was great. My only complaint was that I wanted more scenes form the trenches of WW1. But with the way the show is paced, the characters cycled through their time there fairly fast. But the show is centered around the Abbey and the people so moving the whole show into the trenches would have been an abrupt change. I do hope they bring Mr. Bates back into the show promptly as he is one of my favorite characters.
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Posted 11 January 2012 - 08:20 AM

I do hope they bring Mr. Bates back into the show promptly as he is one of my favorite characters.


I agree 100%!

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Posted 16 January 2012 - 05:07 AM

I was watching last nights episode and I think the writers on this show really do a good job of making each character a distinct individual. With a cast of almost 30 people I have no problem keeping each person, even the new characters strait. They have really done a remarkable job of weaving together all of the many story lines into complete whole that is easy enough to follow. Also I have been down on Edith and O'Brien for most of the show, but the writers do such a good job of giving every character a distinct set of flaws and good traits that even those 2 made me a bit empathic towards them. My only gripe was Mr.Bates is still stuck in the background and while I like Mr.Carson he is a poor substitute for Mr. Bates.
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Posted 17 January 2012 - 04:37 AM

PBS’ successful series, Downton Abbey premiered last Sunday to high ratings. Though the full season already aired overseas, those of us living in Region 1 have to wait a while before PBS gets around to distributing DVD copies. Unless you have a Region 2 DVD player or belong to Amazon Prime, the way to view the second season in the U.S. and Canada involves waiting each Sunday for the release of a new episode. The schedule allows that Season 2 will run each weekend until February 19, but if you are more impatient, fans will be able to nab DVD copies just a wee bit before the last few episodes air.

PBS distribution will release Downton Abbey Season 2 on Blu-Ray and DVD February 7. The program has tended to open each new season with a look at how a big event effects the household. Season 1 began just after the sinking of the R.M.S. Titanic, and Season 2 is set amidst World War 1. With 556 minutes of content, Blu-Ray copies will run for $49.99 and DVDs will run for $44.99. You can preorder the items over at PBS or Amazon.

If you have already been watching the series during its Masterpiece timeslot, there is added incentive to buy the set if you are a fan. Three bonus segments will be included with both Blu-Ray and DVD copies. The first is called “House To Hospital,” which fittingly discusses the changes Downton goes through between Season 1 and 2. The second, “Romance in a Time of War,” discusses some of the romances within the series and fits them into a historical context of change. The third special feature is “Fashion and Uniforms.” This eleven minute extra will cover how fashions change due to uniforms and other needs during wartime.

Until the release hits, audiences can catch Masterpiece's Downton Abbey on Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on PBS.



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Posted 30 January 2012 - 02:16 PM

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Next season Shirley Maclaine will join the cast as Cora's American mother. Shirley Maclaine VS the Dowager Countess, my TV might melt when that goes down.
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Posted 09 February 2012 - 04:16 AM

Speaking of British series, the much acclaimed "Downton Abbey" has proven to be a massive cable show hit States-side where the second season has been boasting big numbers.

In fact this past Sunday's episode was the second most-watched broadcast during its time period - after the record-breaking Super Bowl. Live + 7 day ratings for the show's second season premiere saw the series pull in a highly impressive 6.3 million viewers for PBS.



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Posted 01 March 2012 - 09:08 PM

I wish I could express my love for all things Downtown in words, but I can't. The second series was a little weaker than the first; Julian Fellowes got a bit carried away with some aspects of the plot, but it's still wonderful. It's superbly acted and made. I cannot wait for Season 3.

I would however prefer it if they ended it after series 3 or 4. I think series with a clear direction fair better.

For anyone else interested in Period pieces, look out for a show called Call the Midwives. It's been massively successful in the UK; I haven't watched it yet, owing to my notbeingintheUK-ness. but I hear great things and it pulled in an audience similar to Downton in size and make up :)
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Posted 07 July 2013 - 10:51 AM

I got season 1 and 2 for my Mum this Christmas. We watched them all in about a week. They are really good and I do love Maggie so much. She just makes it for me.
As for period drama's they hold a special interest for my because I contemplated actually going into the wardrobe department just for such a thing. I still might if I get the chance

 

dap...I never would have pictured you as a downton abbey kind of guy! have you ever thought of costume design?

 

I have not watched any of this series though I have been wanting to for a long time. it is now on amazon prime so I can stream it on my kindle which is great for me. i'm looking forward to watching it!


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Posted 07 July 2013 - 12:34 PM

Season two.  All I can do is shake my head.  Don't want to spoil anything, but gosh. >.<


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Posted 09 July 2013 - 09:46 PM

Roomie and I are currently working our way through Season 3, as it's now free streaming for Amazon Prime members.

 

Episode 5.  

 

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Posted 10 July 2013 - 07:39 PM

I got season 1 and 2 for my Mum this Christmas. We watched them all in about a week. They are really good and I do love Maggie so much. She just makes it for me.
As for period drama's they hold a special interest for my because I contemplated actually going into the wardrobe department just for such a thing. I still might if I get the chance

 
dap...I never would have pictured you as a downton abbey kind of guy! have you ever thought of costume design?
 
I have not watched any of this series though I have been wanting to for a long time. it is now on amazon prime so I can stream it on my kindle which is great for me. i'm looking forward to watching it!

I haven't watched it beyond that lol
Costume design isn't for me. I'm not fashionably minded lol

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Posted 10 July 2013 - 09:46 PM

Eeep! Sorry, I did mean season three.  


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Posted 18 July 2013 - 06:08 AM

I finished all 3 seasons! Loved it! Can't wait for season 4 to come out now!!!


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