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Aug 14, 2014
Downton Abbey: Check Out the Season 5 Teaser and Cast Photos and Join Us in Guessing at What's Ahead
Get a glimpse of new character Simon Bricker, and see just how much George and Sybbie have grown up.
and once again, it's delayed
Jul 22, 2014
Downton Abbey Season 5 Has a U.S. Premiere Date
As does Call the Midwife Season 4.
the awards for dumbest awards
Jul 10, 2014
Emmys 2014 Snubs, Stupidity, and Surprises: Oh, This S#*! Again
No Tatiana Maslany, no The Good Wife, and more idiocy from TV's "biggest" awards.
get to the choppah!
Jun 25, 2014
News Briefs: Fox Wants to Make a Predator Series
Plus: True Blood is still flowin' for HBO, Web Therapy is reuniting Friends, and a peek at Downton Abbey's fifth season.
MIRIAM knows when you die
May 07, 2014
News Briefs: Starz Is Developing Chuck Wendig's Blackbirds
Plus: Sleepy Hollow casts Benjamin Franklin, Fox wants more of John Mulaney's comedy, and Game of Thrones sets another record.
hello, new friends!
Mar 21, 2014
The 10 Best New Characters of the 2014 Midseason
A whole bunch of new shows means a whole bunch of amazing new characters. Here are our favorites so far.
Feb 26, 2014
Word Wit: Terms of Venery for Downton Abbey
In Season 4, episode 7, as the ladies of Downton watch Tony Gillingham, Evelyn Napier and Charles Blake depart together,

Lady Cora: "I'm sorry to see them go."

Rose: "Not as sorry as Mary. What's a group noun for suitors?"

Cora: "What do you think? A desire?"

Rosamund: "A desire of suitors. Very good."

While the phrase "venereal terms" might conjure unsavory images of STD break-out cycles, it is—quite mercifully—unrelated. Derived not from the Roman goddess of love (Venus, Vener-) but through Old French venerie from Latin venāri "to hunt," terms of venery or "nouns of assembly" became a fashion in Late Medieval England and France for consciously innovating words to describe collective groups of game animals. The tradition was so popular it quickly became a kind of word game, both a way to demonstrate individual wit in coining new terms and a shibboleth for aristocratic ...Read more
worst house party ever
Jan 13, 2014
Downton Abbey "Part Two" Review: That Was Brutal, Literally
This week, Downton Abbey decided to stop being so painfully polite about everything and start getting real. Maybe a little too real.
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Downton Abbey is an PBS drama set in 1912 about the Crawley household. It is written by Julian Fellowes and stars Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, and Elizabeth McGovern.