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68th Primetime Emmy Nominations: Judith Light, Taraji P. Henson, Dame Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey Score Nods!


The 68th Primetime Emmy Award nominations were just announced Thursday morning in Los Angeles.  The annual kudofest saluting the best of last TV season will be held live on Sunday night, September 18th at 7PMET/4PMPST on ABC.

Key nominations were scored this morning by a few notables from the world of the soaps; both daytime and primetime.  Most exciting to longtime One Life to Live fans was the nomination for Judith Light (Ex-Karen) for her role as Shelly Pfefferman in the Amazon Prime series, Transparent.  Light will compete in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series category against: Niecy Nash Getting On, Alison Janney Mom, Kate McKinnon Saturday Night Live, Gaby Hoffman Transparent and Anna Chlumsky Veep. Of note: both Wright and Janney also appeared on soaps, Santa Barbara and Guiding Light, respectively.


In the Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series category, Taraji P. Henson’s Cookie Lyon brings her recognition for her work in the sudsy Empire.  Henson will compete against: Claire Danes Homeland,Viola Davis How To Get Away With Murder, Robin Wright House Of Cards, Tatiana Maslany Orphan Black, and Keri Russell The Americans.


Downton Abbey in its sixth and final season scored nominations in the major category of Outstanding Drama Series.  The British period soap will compete against: Better Call Saul, Game Of Thrones, Homeland, House of Cards, Mr. Robot, and The Americans.   Series icon Dame Maggie Smith, who played the Dowager Countess, also landed a nomination in the Outstanding Supporting Actress Category in a Drama Series.

In addition, Patrika Darbo (Nancy, DAYS) also landed a nomination in the Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series for her role in the online show, Acting Dead.

To view the entire list of categories and nominations go to

Will you be rooting for Judith, Taraji, Downton Abbey, Dame Maggie Smith and Patrika on Emmy night?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below!


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It can be hard to make picks when you haven’t seen every performance or program. But I’ll mention what/who I have liked that’s related to some. If they’ve done before I have to assume current nominations are merited…Judith Light (Dallas), Maggie Smith (anything she’s been in), Taraji Henson (Person’s Of Interest), Robin Wright (House Of Cards/The Princess Bride). Series-wise…Better Call Saul, Downton Abbey, and House Of Cards.

Looks like some binge watching someday…maybe Game Of Thrones with ff on some scenes when I tried it first time around.

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‘Downton Abbey 2’: Big-Screen Sequel Announced & Coming For Christmas

So many of us loved the soap opera that was Downton Abbey when it aired on PBS and ITV for six seasons.  Then, a few years later in 2019, the highly-awaited Downton Abbey movie hit movie theatres near you.

Now comes word from Focus Features that a big-screen sequel is in the works and is slated for release this Christmas in December of 2021.

In a social media announcement, the film company shared: “We’re thrilled to announce that Julian Fellowes and the entire Downton cast are back for #DowntonAbbey2, with Hugh Dancy, Laura Haddock, Nathalie Baye and Dominic West joining! See the film in theaters this Christmas.”

While, of course, no plot has been teased or given away, Fellowes will write the screenplay, with Simon Curtis (My Week with Marilyn) set to direct.

“There’s no place like home for the holidays, and we can’t imagine a better gift than getting to reunite with Julian, (producer) Gareth Neame and the entire Downton family in 2021 to bring the Crawleys back home for their fans,” said Focus Features chairman Peter Kujawsk in a statement.

So, excited to see your favorites and some potential new ones in the all-new Downton Abbey Movie later this year? Comment below.

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DOWNTON ABBEY THE MOVIE: Official Trailer Released

Finally, Downton Abbey fans get a preview of the upcoming motion picture that is set for release in theatres on September 20th.

What we know is that the The film is set in 1927 and the plot revolves around the King and Queen of England coming to the estate for a visit and so … the Crawleys must prepare their arrival.  In fact, they have to bring back Mr. Carson to help!

Featured in the trailer are series stars, who are also back for the film: Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Michelle Dockery, Matthew Goode, Joanne Froggatt, Jim Carter and Maggie Smith.

Series creator Julian Fellowes wrote the script and Michael Engler will serve as director. Engler directed the two-hours series finale.

As fans know, Downton Abbey ran on PBS Masterpiece for six seasons here in the U.S.

Check out the trailer, and then let us know if you are excited to see the movie? Comment below.

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‘Downton Abbey’ The Movie Releases Its First Trailer

Now here’s a huge teaser that will get you wanting to see more!  Those of us who loved the British period soap opera, Downton Abbey, which came to a conclusion after its sixth season on PBS here in the United States, will finally get their wish when the film version hits in 2019.

As previously reported, the series executive producer Gareth Naeme said about the film,  “We aim to deliver everything that one would hope for as Downton comes to the big screen.”

Look for the film to land in movie theatres on Friday, September 20th, 2019, with it debuting internationally the week prior on Friday, September 13th.

Most of the cast is intact including: Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Brendan Coyle, Michelle Dockery, Kevin Doyle, Joanne Froggatt, Matthew Goode, Harry Hadden-Paton, David Haig, Geraldine James, Robert James-Collier, Simon Jones, Allen Leech, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern, Sophie McShera, Tuppence Middleton, Stephen Campbell Moore, Lesley Nicol, Kate Phillips, Maggie Smith, Imelda Staunton and Penelope Wilton.

Julian Fellowes once again writes the script for the film for the characters he created for the TV series.

Now check out the first trailer below, when just hearing that memorable opening theme song, it brought us back to the drama and the romance of Downton Abbey.

Let us know if you are thrilled to know that the movie is set for release …. and if you are looking forward to seeing what happens to the Crawleys and others in the next chapter of their story when the movie comes your way via the comment section below.

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