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Downton Abbey Scores 12 Primetime Emmy Nominations! Soap Alums Matt Bomer, Kate Mulgrew, and Robin Wright In The Running Too!

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Early this morning the nominations were announced for the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards to be handed out on on Monday, August 25th, during a ceremony at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles. The show will be broadcast live on NBC at 8 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. PT. Late Night host and Saturday Night Live alum Seth Meyers had been tapped as the host of the star-studded three hour affair.

After the nominations for 2014 were revealed, it was British soap opera Downton Abbey that scored well again with 12 nominations including nods for: Best Drama Series, Best Actress in a Drama Series for Michelle Dockery (Lady Mary), Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for Jim Carter (Mr. Carson), Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for Joanne Froggatt (Anna) and Maggie Smith (Dowager Countess), and Best Guest Actor in a Drama Series for Paul Giamatti (Harold)!

Elsewhere, former soap alum received recognition in key acting categories.  Former Santa Barbara star, Robin Wright landed a Lead Actress in a Drama Series nomination for her performance in House of Cards.  Former Ryan’s Hope star, Kate Mulgrew is vying in the Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series category for her performance in Orange is the New Black!  And in the Best Supporting Actor in a TV Movie or Mini-Series, it was former Guiding Light star, Matt Bomer who landed a spot for his touching performance in HBO’s The Normal Heart!   There were also several other primetime stars that garnered a nomination that at one time or another appeared, or started their careers in soaps!

To view the complete list of nominations click here!   Then, let us know are you rooting for Downton Abbey, Robin Wright, Kate Mulgrew and Matt Bomer?  Or, some of the other contenders?

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Why on a Monday????? Ummmm you should see my playlist for Monday. It’s insane. SUNDAY is what award shows are all about

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Congrats to all the nominees.

I watched the announcements on the news this morning and what struck me was the President of NATAS saying something about “the beginning of the Emmy season…” It irritates me to no end how dismissive the industry is about the Daytime Emmys. Geesh, when the President of NATAS doesn’t even acknowledge their importance that says a lot. I hope all the hardworking, talented folks in the entertainment industry who work in daytime know that at least their fans appreciate their work, if not their peers.

Jeff
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Downton deserves all the accolades they receive. Matt Bomer was fantastic in The Normal Heart, as were Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts and Jim Parsons.

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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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IT’S OFFICIAL: Downton Abbey The Movie To Go Into Production This Summer

The highly-anticipated and rumored revival of Downton Abbey to the big screen is on!  Production is slated to begin later this summer.

From what we understand, all of the original cast is set to reprise their signature roles in the motion picture, written by series creator Julian Fellowes.

Fellowes will also serve as the executive producer along with other ‘Downton’ notables behind the scenes: Gareth Neame, Liz Trubridge, and Nigel Marchant. Brian Percival is set to direct.  Percival also directed the pilot episode of the critically-acclaimed and beloved period soap opera series.

In a statement, Gareth Neame expressed: “When the television series drew to a close it was our dream to bring the millions of global fans a movie and now, after getting many stars aligned, we are shortly to go into production.  Julian’s script charms, thrills and entertains and in Brian Percival’s hands we aim to deliver everything that one would hope for as Downton comes to the big screen.”

Focus Features chairman, Peter Kujawski, shared: “Since the series ended, fans of Downton have long been waiting for the Crawley family’s next chapter. We’re thrilled to join this incredible group of filmmakers, actors and craftspeople, led by Julian Fellowes and Gareth Neame, in bringing back the world of Downton to the big screen.”

Downton Abbey ran for six seasons on PBS  and received 15 Primetime Emmy awards and 69 nominations.

Actress Joanne Froggatt, who plays maid Anna Bates, took to Twitter with much enthusiasm at the news: “Delighted to announce we’re getting the band back together! #DowntonMovie #DowntonAbbey”

So, thrilled to hear the Downton Abbey movie is happening? Comment below.

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Downton Abbey Movie Project Moving Forward; Projected For Production In 2018

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It looks like all of those earlier reports months ago about a production being put together for Downton Abbey: The Movie, may finally becoming to fruition. Numerous items detail that motion picture project is moving forward with production slated for sometime next year.

Michael Edelstein, president at NBCUniversal International Studios, told the AP: “We are working on getting the script right and then we’ve got to figure out how to get the (cast) together. Because as you know, people go on and do other things. But we’re hopeful to make a movie sometime next year.”

Currently, the cast and writer Julian Fellowes have been on hand at the Downton Abbey exhibition which debuted in Singapore. However, some notable members of the company seemed surprised by the news including Laura Carmichael (Edith): “Well, tell my agent, because we’re still waiting to know. We’re hoping that will happen soon.”

Variety reports that an NBCUniversal spokesman confirmed the studio hopes to put the movie into production in 2018.

The Downton Abbey exhibition however, is set to travel to the United States and Australia with dates to be announced. (more…)

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