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George Clooney To Appear On Special Episode Of Downton Abbey!

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Looks like Oscar winning superstar George Clooney is the next American actor to appear on the highly successful British series Downton Abbey!  But this time its not as part of the upcoming season five of the Emmy-winning drama which debuts on ITV in the U.K. on September 21st.

According to ITV, Clooney will appear in a one-off charity episode of ‘Downton’ where he will guest-star in a sketch as an American guest at a wedding held on the Crawley estate.  The sketch will be included in  ITV charity fundraiser Text Santa.

Clooney has ties with Downton Abbey through its co-star Hugh Bonneville (Earl of Grantham)!

The duo starred in the motion picture Monuments Men which was also produced and directed by Clooney earlier this year.

What do you think of Clooney on a special “Downton”?  A must-see?  Let us know!

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Mark
Mark

Another reason not to watch that show!

Roselle guest
Roselle guest

Mark, I don’t understand your response. Why would someone read an article about Downton Abbey and Clooney if you don’t like either? Makes me wonder if you are a closet Abbey?

Bandele
Bandele

Woo-Hoo! Uber cool, can’t wait to see him there.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Who cares? What is all the hoopla?????!!!!!!

Addison
Addison

Well, I care which is why I came here. If you don’t care about a topic then I suggest you not click on it and then go to the trouble to write,”Who cares?”
That’s bad manners.
Having said that, I think Clooney will be a a lot of fun starring as an American visitor and I hope he exchanges some barbs with Maggie Smith.

CeeCee
CeeCee

What can I say? You are sooooo right, Addison.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Oh, and Addison? What have you done with Shay? LOL. you sound a lot like her….very refreshing. I should be put in my place, once in a while. LOL. In a few weeks I will return to my students, so I needed that to put my teacher face back on.

Shay
Shay

Hey there, CeeCee!!!…”Addison” tis not me! But hello again! A number of my latest GH posts were eaten by the moderating monster, so that explains my recent unwilling absence from the website, plus I’ve simply been quite busy!!! As for the subject at hand, I am an extremely avid Downton watcher, and this news does absolutely nothing for me. I love the show for its superb Brit acting and sparkling scripts written by Julian Fellowes….not casting stunts featuring Hollywood swells. Tolerating Shirley MacLaine has been enough of a chore for me whenever she imposes her considerable gob into the otherwise genteel goings-on. Sooo….to say that this latest tidbit leaves me cold is an understatement!!!! Thankfully, it will not be featured as part of the regular episodic sequence of Season 5.

Lou Piikes
Lou Piikes

Isn’t anyone going to make a comment about George Clooney appearing on Downton Abbey being beneath him since he is a mega movie star.

Mark
Mark

Go see Solaris and see how low Downton has stooped

Addison
Addison

Sadly, Mark is correct. Lou, George Clooney, by all accounts is not a Hollywood elitist snob. He has never forgotten his television roots and is known for making periodic cameo appearances in television shows since he left the ER.

Shay
Shay

Thank you, Mark. My thoughts exactly!

CeeCee
CeeCee

I am just confused about Shirley McLain being on this stage. She is so out of place….whenever she appears I think of Irma LaDeuce (sp.)… And, a bloated frog with makeup on. ….Way before my time, but Gran watches all these old movies and I enjoy watching them with her, sadly, soon I will not have the luxury of time any longer.
Wasn’t there another actress who did not, at least, have to try to emote some semblance of finesse? Shirley does not belong on this show…too crass.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Is George Clooney related to Cary Grant? He should do a sequel to North by Northwest. It can be titled South by Southeast. Who would be his Eva Marie Saint?

Addison
Addison

Jennifer Lawrence, as a blonde. She can do anything.

CeeCee
CeeCee

@4ever DAYS. …..Honey BooBoo’s mom would be my best guess! LOL

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

LOL! I’ve never seen that show, but I know about it.

CeeCee
CeeCee

I don’t watch it either, 4ever, but I’ve seen interviews….did not understand the lingo much, but what a piece of work…lol

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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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SAG AWARD NOMINATIONS: Downton Abbey Scores Drama Series Ensemble Nod; This Is Us Star Sterling K. Brown Tapped For Two!

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Nominations were announced this morning for the 23rd Annual SAG (Screen Actors Guild) Awards for performances in motion pictures and television.

The awards ill be handed out Sunday, January 29th at the Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles. The ceremony will air live at 8/7c (5 p.m./PT) on both TBS and TNT.

For its sixth and final season, the British period soap, Downton Abbey once again made the finals in the Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama.  They will go up against, The Crown, Game of Thrones, Stranger Things and Westworld.  On the snub side: the widely acclaimed and highly-rated This Is Us failed to score a nomination in the category.

In addition, this is the first time that Dame Maggie Smith did not wind up with a Lead Actress in a Drama Series nomination for her performance as the Dowager Countess on Downton Abbey. (more…)

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Downton Abbey's Maggie Smith Shares Emmy Acceptance Speech; Asks Jimmy Kimmel To Direct Her To The Lost & Found To Get Her Trophy!

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Leave it to the grand dame Maggie Smith to have fun with Jimmy Kimmel’s rant last night on the 68th annual Daytime Emmy about how perennial winner Smith never is on-hand in Los Angeles on Emmy night to collect her trophy when he name is called!

Smith, who has been nominated 9 times for an Emmy and has won 4 overall and 3 of them for her work as the Dowager Countess on the beloved British period soap, Downton Abbey, used social media via the Masterpiece PBS Twitter account and shared her acceptance speech on Monday, alluding to Kimmel’s last gag about her during the live telecast.

For Minnie Driver and Michael Weatherly were presenting the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series category, and when Smith was announced as the winner, and the duo were accepting the the award on Smith’s behalf, Kimmel came out from the wings and intercepted the trophy and let Smith know she has to retrieve it herself! Kimmel said, “No, no, no, no, no.  We’re not mailing this award to her. Maggie, if you want this it’ll be in the lost and found”.

Masterpiece PBS twitter shared, Dame MaggieSmith graciously accepts her #Emmy award — @jimmykimmel, please advise on the location of the lost and found! #DowntonPBS.

Smith’s acceptance speech read: “I was very astonished and pleased to win the award. I feel the Emmys has been overly generous to me. If Mr. Kimmel could please direct me to the lost and found office I will try and be on the next flight.”  She signed it, “Love, Old Maggie” (more…)

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