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DOWNTON ABBEY THE MOVIE: Official Trailer Released

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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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I can’t wait!!!! Looks wonderful.

Wow, makes me remember how much i loved the show!

I am thrilled to see all those wonderful characters again. This is a film I will not miss.

While I’m glad to see Maggie Smith is part of the cast, I thought she previously announced that she would not appear in the follow up movie. I wonder why she changed her mind? $$$ is my guess.

Exactly how old is her character, the Dowager Countess, suppose to be in this movie? 106???

Not quite 106. According to, her character was born in 1842. So in the new film she would be 85. I am glad she is in the movie.

I don’t care if she was 200. I would be glad to pay to to see Violet and her entourage.
She really is a grande dame. Oh, the movie will just be a tease. I want it back every week. They are still looking good, every one!

I wish Violet were revealed to be an immortal because I certainly don’t want to ever imagine a Downtown Abbey without her! She is quite simply “The Jewel in the (Crawley) Crown,” and from this newest trailer, it’s highly apparent that Dame Maggie has resumed her most famous role without missing a beat! I’m such an ardent fan of hers that I’ve suggested were this franchise to jump too far ahead into the future for the Dowager Countess to still reasonably remain on their mortal coil, that she should be a narrator from beyond the grave so as to deliver her endless string of patented bon mots and pithy commentary!!!! At least hearing her voice would be better than facing the prospect of a DA with no Violet at all! Having said that, I’ve also suggested that if Downton survives into the mid-to-late twentieth century, that an aged Lady Mary be portrayed by Smith, as I can easily envisage that character being every bit as opinionated and biting in her old age as her very vinegary grandmama!!!!

I miss you, where are you? Hope all is well with you.

Hello again, Violet! Thank you for your very kind words on both the old and new Downton threads. (I just noticed your other post, as well…) Yes, I am doing fine and hope you are, too! Since receiving your notification in my email and returning to reply, this has been the first time I’ve visited this website in months, as I simply decided at the end of last year that I needed to step back for awhile…I had become quite weary of the unwelcoming political environment around here—not that I ever mind debating differing opinions—but some posts had become personally insulting and I also felt that not all views were given equal opportunity to be expressed (even when a great effort was made to do so…) hence it seemed to me a timeout was in order. After sending a Christmas greeting to Celia (aka, “CeeCee,”) I ceased posting until today. (I hope she is also well…I never heard back from her, so I guess she missed my final message!!! LOL…) At any rate, I wished to explain my absence as you were nice enough to ask after me…TWICE!!! Whilst I definitely missed staying in touch with a number of my longtime MF friends over the winter and early spring, I instead chose to focus on other pastimes and it was a good break from the norm. Having said that, it is also lovely to be back here to “correspond” with you once again. Coincidentally, when I heard the fabulous news about the latest “Downton” film, I immediately thought of you! I’m glad you are as excited as I most certainly am by this wonderful announcement…finally there is something to cheer about in 2021!!!! If we ever required some biting “bon mots” from the Dowager Countess to entertain and delight us, it is at the present moment!!!! Therefore, I am waiting with bated breath to hear if Dame Maggie has been cajoled into another glorious appearance as the always “formidable” Violet Crawley….(Hmmmm…sounds like another lady we both know with the same first name!!!!) At any rate, thanks again for your concern regarding my brief departure from the website…I shall try to do better in the future to check in, especially as more details about the latest Abbey project emerge. Until then, take care, Violet!

Violet…I hope you are well! I replied to both of your Downton posts, but failed to see an answer from you. I figured that maybe you had said something a bit too sassy and were moderated for it, but you usually try again. LOL… At any rate, it was delightful to hear from you…By the way, I have a bit of juicy Downton gossip, yet as it is more timely, I believe I will attempt to post it at the newer DA thread! Later…

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‘The Price is Right’ Decks the Halls with Five Holiday-Themed Primetime Episodes & Pet Rescue & Adoption Week on Daytime

Talk about getting into the holiday spirit! The Price is Right is set to air five brand new holiday-themed episodes airing in December on primetime, plus the daytime version will also have a special week. Host Drew Carey will preside over the game show proceedings!

Daytime’s The Price is Right holiday week (Dec 18-Dec 22) will feature animal trainer, author and host of CBS’ Lucky Dog Reunions, Brandon McMillan, and Robert Valandra, nephew of legendary host Bob Barker, who both bring along some furry friends up for adoption. The week concludes with ‘Price is Right’ model Amber Lancaster, an advocate of animal adoption, and some adorable dogs who need a home for the holidays.

The Price is Right continues to network television’s #1-rated daytime series and the longest-running game show in television history, broadcast weekdays (11:00 AM-12:00 PM, ET/10:00-11:00 AM, PT).

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On Primetime, here is the holiday lineup of shows (the week of Dec 4-8):

THE PRICE IS RIGHT AT NIGHT: OFFICE HOLIDAY PARTY (Monday, December 4, 8:00 PM, ET/PT) brings coworkers and colleagues together to cheer each other on as they play for prizes that can be shared and enjoyed by all of their office mates.

THE PRICE IS RIGHT AT NIGHT: BLIND HOLIDATE (Thursday, December 7, 8:00 PM, ET/PT) brings in a matchmaker to pair up an audience full of single, eligible adults, and lucky contestants will meet for the first time when they are called to “Come on down!” and compete together as a team. They play for fabulous cash and prizes, pairs of cars, and maybe they’ll even win a love match!

THE PRICE IS RIGHT AT NIGHT: COLLEGE STUDENTS HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS (Friday, December 8 at 8:00 PM ET/PT) welcomes college students home adorned in their best school spirit gear, teamed up with their parents to play for exotic trips, amazing prizes, and cash for college!

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THE PRICE IS RIGHT AT NIGHT: HOLIDAYS WITH THE FAMILY (Monday, December 18, 8:00 PM, ET/PT). Parents and their young children compete for some of the most desired gifts Santa has in his sleigh. Decorated in their holiday best, families work as a team to win prizes to make their holidays oh so bright!

THE PRICE IS RIGHT AT NIGHT: HOLIDAY HEROES (Tuesday, December 19, 8:00 PM, ET/PT) salutes the military to thank America’s brave heroes for keeping us safe all year round. Active-duty military members in uniform compete for luxury items, including trips to remarkable destinations, $50,000 in cash, and cars!

Of note: Paramount+ Premium subscribers will have access to stream live via the live feed of their local CBS affiliate on the service as well as on demand. Essential-tier subscribers will have access to on-demand the day after the episode airs.

Lots of The Price is Right holiday cheer and pet adoptions coming your way. Will you be watching? Comment below. But first, check out a clip from one of the primetime episodes.

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96th Annual Academy Awards to Start an Hour Earlier, While Jimmy Kimmel Shares, “I Always Dreamed of Hosting the Oscars Exactly Four Times”

In a move to keep viewers not up past their bedtimes, the 2024 Oscars telecast will now begin one hour earlier than usual.  According to news from the Academy on Thursday, the ceremonies will begin at 7 pm ET/4PM PT on March 1o, 2024.

That is an hour shift when the broadcast usually begins at 8 pm ET/5pm PT.  The official pre-show will also begin earlier, at 6:30 p.m. ET.

The 96th Academy Awards will be held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles with nominations being announced on January 23rd.

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A few weeks ago on November 15th, Jimmy Kimmel was officially named the host of the Oscars for the fourth time. The hosting gig marks the second year in a row for Kimmel. The comedian also hosted in 2017 and 2018.

Kimmel’s wife Molly McNearney will also one again, co-write and executive produce, the telecast.  In a statement on presiding over movies biggest night of the year, Kimmel joked, “I always dreamed of hosting the Oscars exactly four times.”

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ABC also plans on airing a special episode of their hit comedy Abbott Elementary, immediately following what should be a three-and-a-half hour telecast of the Oscars.

So, what do you think about the time shift with the Oscars starting an hour earlier? Happy about it? Won’t be settled in at that early time slot to sit and watch the show? Comment below.

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Marty Krofft Famed Children’s Show Producer of ‘H.R. Pufnstuf,’ ‘Land of the Lost,’ Dead at 86

Marty Kroftt. who along with his brother Sid, produced many memorable children’s shows throughout his career, including H.R. Pufnstuf and Land of the Lost has passed away at the age of 86..

A family representative told Variety that Krofft died of kidney failure Saturday November 25th in Los Angeles, California.

Krofft was often known as the “King of Saturday Mornings”, and along with his brother, Sid also produced primetime variety shows including Donny and Marie and Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters.

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At the 45th annual Daytime Emmy Awarda, Marty and Sid were the recipients of the Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018. The Kroffts also produced Sigmund and the Sea Monsters, The Bugaloos and Lidsville.

The brothers always shared that they came from a line of puppeteers, and Sid, traveled the world as young man performing an elaborate puppet show. The brother’s partnership worked due to Sid was the more on the creative side, while Marty was more on the business side.

Marty said in the book “Pufnstuf & Other Stuff: The Weird and Wonderful World of Sid & Marty Krofft” (1998), written by TV critic, David Martindale, “Sid was always ‘the artist’. He never did have a business sense. So I came in and filled that vacuum.”

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Krofft’s wife, the former Playboy playmate Christa Speck passed away in 2013. He lived in Los Angeles and is survived by his brothers Sid and Harry; his daughters Deanna Krofft-Pope, Kristina Krofft and Kendra Krofft; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Share your condolences for Marty Krofft via the comment section. But,  first check out our interview with him along with is brother Sid, before they received their Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award at the 45th annual ceremonies below.

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