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



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

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.

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 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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