"Downton" Loses Another Regular, Neil Gaiman's Upcoming Movie, and 7 More Things You Absolutely Must Know Going Into the Weekend

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"Downton" Loses Another Regular, Neil Gaiman's Upcoming Movie, and 7 More Things You Absolutely Must Know Going Into the Weekend

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | March 1, 2013 | Comments ()


  • I think that "New Girl" turned its first corner into a great sitcom during Lizzy Caplan's guest arc, but it was Dermot Mulroney's arc that solidified its place among television's three best sitcoms. Good news: He's coming back later this season, perhaps to stand between Nick and Jess' slow-burning love. I just hope they don't bring True American back, again. The first time was amazing, the encore was brilliant. But they oughtn't trot it out again until the 5th season doldrums.

  • "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" is coming back, and at least Colin Mochrie among the original American participants will be involved (I hope they throw a line to Wayne Brady, too; save that poor man from "The Gong Show").

  • This is what "Scandal" and Django Unchained star, Kerry Washington, looks like inside of Ebony magazine this month. You're welcome. She should be in more of the things, as long as it doesn't take her away from "Scandal," at least until season four's doldrums, when Shonda Rhimes has to crack out True American.


  • "Downton Abbey" continues to shed cast members. After losing Dan Stevens and Jessica Brown-Findlay, and amid reports that Dame Maggie Smith will likely leave soon, as well, Siobhan Finneran -- who plays the wicked main Sarah O'Brien -- is also departing. I think it's time to shoot it in the head, Julian Fellowes. Put it out to pasture. Here's what Finneran looks like outside of 1920s England.


  • Oh noes: Bonnie Franklin, who played the single mom in "One Day at a Time" has passed at the age of 69. She died of complications from pancreatic cancer. She was 69.


  • Things have been going dreadfully for NBC. After finished in fifth place behind Univision during the February sweeps, after canceling "Do No Harm" following the worst ratings for a premiere in the history of the Big Four, and after Cleveland preempted NBC's Thursday night lineup with a rerun of MATLOCK last night, we now know that last night, a first-run episode of "Community" got absolutely trounced by a rerun of "Big Bang Theory," 10.6 million viewers to 2.7 million viewers. In fact, if you add up the viewers for all four NBC Thursday night sitcoms, it's still less than the viewers for "Big Bang Theory."

  • Speaking of NBC, it's not been good for the one dominant "The Today Show" since the unceremonious dumping of Ann Curry, either, as it's now being trounced by "Good Morning America," and in fact was beaten by a NYC affilate morning program in February. Now, rumors are swirling that Matt Lauer may get the hatchet. Viewers blame him for Curry's ouster, and it's been a PR nightmare for him since last summer.

  • Our boy Neil Gaiman has a book coming out in June called The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and Joe Wright (Anna Karenina, Atonement) has already signed on to adapt it for the screen. The synopsis via Vulture:

    "It began for our narrator forty years ago when the family lodger stole their car and committed suicide in it, stirring up ancient powers best left undisturbed. Dark creatures from beyond the world are on the loose, and it will take everything our narrator has just to stay alive: there is primal horror here, and menace unleashed -- within his family and from the forces that have gathered to destroy it. His only defense is three women, on a farm at the end of the lane. The youngest of them claims that her duckpond is an ocean. The oldest can remember the Big Bang."

  • Finally, I leave you with the episode titles for season three of Game of Thrones, which stars on March 31, 2013.

    Ep. 301 - Valar Dohaeris
    Ep. 302 - Dark Wings, Dark Words
    Ep. 303 - Walk of Punishment
    Ep. 304 - And Now His Watch is Ended
    Ep. 305 - Kissed by Fire
    Ep. 306 - to be determined
    Ep. 307 - The Bear and the Maiden Fair
    Ep. 308 - to be determined
    Ep. 309 - The Rains of Castamere
    Ep. 310 - Mhysa


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    • Abbey Road

      Granted, I am a heterosexual female, but I can generally appreciate beauty in my own sex... That said, how, like, what, huh? with the poorly-constructed-Plasticine-model-looking, non-human, wonky photo of that dragon chick from whatsit? Is that, I mean, do people? Is that a thing? I tend to like my humans a little more lifelike, call me crazy. She's super cute. But y'all have used that photo before and I don't get it. Don't understand the prostrate airbrushed contorted Barbie thing.

    • There is some weird Photoshop trickery going on with Kerry's bustline in that "Woman on Top" photo. The more I look at it, the weirder it looks. I know she's not as busty as Hendricks or someone, but I'm pretty sure her breasts don't just melt away into her abdomen like that.

    • John W

      I think 306 is going to be titled "Holy Shit Those Dragons Got Big!"

      308 is going to be titled "Hey let's slap Joffrey again."

    • me again

      ...So I was the only one excited about the Matlock movie? I don't know if I should be ashamed, or pity the heathen rest of you

    • Sara_Tonin00

      Nice to hear Gaiman is writing fanfic for Mrs. Who, Mrs. Which and Mrs. Whatsit.

    • Malin

      Joe Wright directing Neil Gaiman. I'm so there. I even watched Atonement, even though I hated the book. I just can't help myself. It seems very likely it'll star Keira Knighley at this point though, she seems to be his muse.

    • koko temur

      I cannot wait for rains of castamere for that sweet sweet sound of the interwebs exploding. I have friends, intelligent otherwise that are positive its a show about the Starks. Ha! its a show with no stars, just god awful things people do to each other.

    • Uriah_Creep

      Dustin, you know I love you, and I don't want to be a total ass, but you really need to start proofreading your own material. The content is always good, but reading it makes my poor brain hurt, and then my poor brain takes it out on me. It's all very disconcerting. Thank you.


    • e jerry powell

      I sincerely believe that NBC is trying to top itself (if such a thing can be said) in the category of worst premiere ratings ever. They keep finding the shittiest pilots to take to series despite every warning bell in the place ringing, year after year after year.

      Kerry Washington. I wouldn't go straight for her, but I would knock Guillermo Diaz out of the way to become her Number One Gay.

      I'm still not clear as to where Whose Line is returning to. Does Mochrie mean ABC or BBC? He's done both.

      Lauer can improve ratings for Today by doing at least one hour of every morning shirtless. Abs, people. He shouldn't have abs like that. It's just not fair.

    • meaux

      Colin Mochrie? Colin Mochrie! Colin Mochrie!!! Huzzah! Thanks, Dustin, you just made my evening--I forgot how much I love that guy!

    • Muhnah_Muhnah

      Yay, more Arya! Oh how I hate not bring able to say anything because some people won't read the fucking books! Although at least, they don't have to deal with waiting for 10 years for the next one.

      Also, DAYUM, Kerry!

    • foolsage

      A man is pleased to anticipate these events. In time, a man will be yet more pleased with what a water dancer can do. Salty stories can amuse, and everyone likes Cats.

      All men must serve, after all.

    • Well said sir.

    • toblerone

      1. What's "Downtown Abbey"?

      2. What is it with photographers posing models in positions that would never extreme uncomfortable and that would never happen in reality?

      3.Doesn't the photo above look more like Christina Hendricks than Emilia Clarke?

      4. George R. R. Martin is 64 and we have to wait 5 years for the next installment?

    • MDH23

      actually, neither of Kerry's poses seem uncomfortable at all and i'd hazard to guess laying on one's side and propping one's feet up on the table while leaning back in a chair occurred around the world today. (if you were referring to her clothing, that's not really a "position" and why on godtopus' earth would someone be complaining about what she's wearing in these pics??)
      p.s. - i ignored the pic of the woman at the end - just takes time away from admiring Kerry.

    • Write like the wind, George, write like the wind!

    • logan

      Big Bang is actually a good show. It's funny and the characters are actually changing and developing. I know Godtupos has decreed its not a fave but I must stand up for it. Sometimes popular things are good.

    • Green Lantern

      It's okay, logan, I'm a BBT fan too and realize I'm in a minority here.

      Y'all haters can hate. That's fine. I'll continue to envy Sheldon's t-shirt collection.

    • Steph

      All you guys defending the show are kind of suggesting that people hate it because that's a cool thing to do or we were told to by this site. That is not the case, it's obviously terrible and anyone who understands how jokes work should be able to see that.

    • foolsage

      I think it's good to leave a *little* more room there for other people to hold their own opinions. There's a bit of irony there given you were making a similar point.

      The Big Bang Theory is not "obviously terrible". It does not please you according to your own subjective tastes, and that's fine. I don't much care for the show either. That doesn't make the people who like the show stupid though, any more than people hating the show are doing so only to appear cool.

      That's true of everything, by the way, and explains why most cultures in the world have a saying along the lines of, "De gustibus non est disputandum", or "In matters of taste there can be no argument".

      Well, I should qualify that; it's true unless we're talking about Honey Boo Boo. My normal love and respect for other life just falls apart here. Kill it. Kill it with fire. There can be no defense of that abhorrent aberration. There can be no other valid opinions. Anyone who disagrees is a poopy-head, I fear.

    • Green Lantern

      I was suggesting nothing of the kind.

      "Terrible" is in the eye of the beholder. Personally I think Jim Parson's delivery is pretty snappy, which is part of what makes him successfully funny in my opinion. You obviously don't share that opinion, which is fine. All I was saying is that most people that post here have expressed a dislike for BBT. That does not make them more savvy joke-getters...just different.

    • kirbyjay

      BBT is not in my top ten of the week but it is a strong 11. Don't get the hate. It is formulaic and one note but it's also funny.

      Pssst... I also like Modern Family and Manny, so.....whatever....I am a chump. Whispering because I'm afraid the cool kids will throw us losers off the site.

    • Steph


    • dizzylucy

      Does the Downton Abbey set have some sort of horrible labor camp conditions or something? People are running out of there as fast as their footman can carry them.

    • I think a lot of them are getting movie offers, or are acting like David Caruso and believe they are hot property *ahem*Matthew Crawley*ahem*

      I love the show, but a fourth and final season would be quite alright with me. I hate it when they run a show into the ground.

    • dizzylucy

      Caruso is always what I think when someone ditches a successful show!
      I get wanting to take advantage of other offers too, but at the same time, a guaranteed paycheck from a bit hit, that only does 8 a year? Not too shabby. But yes, I'd be fine with it ending soon too, especially at this rate.

    • kirbyjay

      Farrah Fawcett, Suzanne Somers, John Travolta....
      But what about the Patinkin? I'm waiting for him to ditch Homeland because it is about terrorism.

    • Leigh

      Amen to that. I hate it when they continue to milk the show, and what you end up with are seasons that don't remotely resemble the original characters you loved. I wish he would stop while he is ahead and wrap everything up nicely. (Although too late re: matthew.)

    • BWeaves

      I think they are trying to capitalize on their 15 minutes of fame. I can't blame them. Fellowes is not exactly great with the plot lines.

    • FireLizardQueen

      I cannot WAIT to see the internet's reaction to the events at the wedding on Game of Thrones. It will be epic. *insert gif of Micheal Jackson eating popcorn here*

    • I imagine it will be worse than this reaction to the death of Ned Stark. http://www.planetfury.com/cont...

    • duckandcover

      “Downton Abbey” continues to shed cast members. After losing Dan Stevens and Jessica Brown-Findlay, and amid reports that Dame Maggie Smith will likely leave soon, as well, Siobhan Finneran — who plays the wicked main Sarah O’Brien — is also departing. I think it’s time to shoot it in the head, Julian Fellowes. Put it out to pasture. Here’s what Finneran looks like outside of 1920s England.


    • $1754390

      Ep. 5 "Kissed By Fire" YAY!
      My first thought on seeing "The Rains of Castamere": !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • BendinIntheWind

      Any other GoT readers thinking that last "TBD" episode is unnamed to avoid spoiling a certain SUPER TRAUMATIC event? Or is that perhaps the Rains of Castamere?

    • foolsage

      That episode title pretty much HAS to refer to one of two events, and it's far more likely to refer to the Big One we're all anticipating. Ergh, it is really hard to discuss this even tangentially without spoilers.

    • BendinIntheWind

      If we're on the same wavelength here, I'm fairly certain the OTHER big event near the end of book 3 has been pushed to season 4.

      I'm not great at talking in code...

      ETA - Not the extra hilarious one that happens I think in the penultimate chapter. GODDAMMIT I am not good at talking in code.

    • The Event (TRW) is slated for season 3, if all I've read is accurate.

    • BendinIntheWind

      Correct. I'm talking about the damage wrought by a little crystal. 95% sure that's been pushed to season 4.

    • foolsage

      Dame Diana Rigg was cast as a certain character though, so that event that you mention could happen this season. Both of the... erm... TRW and the similar event that happens to other people in a different place. With a crystal. Right. Anyhow, both might be this season and technically either one would fit the title "Rains of Castamere". The crystal event comes later in the timeline, for what that's worth (a month or so IIRC).

      Fucking code. I tell ya, I am just not at my most subtle on a Friday afternoon.

    • BendinIntheWind

      Hmmm... I swear I read somewhere that a certain castmember would be in season 4, so I assumed otherwise, but I can't find anything to support that. But based on the episode chronology alone, I'd be shocked if it was in episode 10. I think it would be really interesting as an early event of 4, since it's a pretty direct cause of the plot movements for a bunch of other characters... good god, does any of this make sense anymore? I feel like this thread is EATING ITSELF LIKE A SNAKE.

    • foolsage

      Ouroboros wept. :D

    • OOoooh yes! I don't see that happening in season 3 either, but it certainly would be cathartic.

    • Given that The Bear and the Maiden is happening, doesn't that point to this coming season's 'big event' not being TRW?

    • foolsage

      The Bear and the Maiden could refer to several different events that all happen rather close in time. Most of those events happen before TRW.

      I think it's reasonably likely we'll see a bit of literalism in the title as well as a reference to a fool singing a song loudly, to cover up a dinner conversation involving thorny royalty.

    • I feel like I had seen something somewhere (and yes, I'm aware of how vague that sounds) that said that if TRW happened this season, it would be at the end of the season, but that's just rumor.

      And the main references I can think of vis-a-vis the Bear and the Maiden point to it being that fool's song, but also a much much later event involving jousting (and I want to say watermelons.)

    • foolsage


      There, I think that was sufficient. This might help explain my rather cryptic remark above.


      Scroll down to Recent Events / A Storm of Swords. I'm referring to the second instance. That happens kinda around the time of the more literal (albeit mocking) interpretation of the title, which involves a pit in a nasty place in the North. Depending on the chronology of the various plotlines, both events could in theory happen in one episode.

    • Tinkerville

      My thoughts exactly.

    • duckandcover


    • Mrcreosote

      To Be Determined. That episode is just Martin explaining why you won't be reading the next book until 2018.

      I kid! He needs his time! 1200 page books full of descriptions of stew and hookers don't write themselves!

    • annoyingmouse

      "Ep. 9 The Rains of Castamere" - oh shit...

    • foolsage

      Yeah, exactly. Looks like maybe "it" is happening this season.

    • It is, and GRRM is writing it. It will be so sad.

    • Lovely Bones

      No, GRRM wrote "The Bear and the Maiden Fair," the Artist Formerly Known as Chains, and even more formerly known as Autumn Storms.

    • You are correct,sorry about that! I think my brain was confusing seasons 2 and 3. If he isn't writing the episode about you-know-what (assuming that will be episode 9), I wonder if it will be as great as I am hoping it will be. Terribly, terribly, great.

    • Lovely Bones

      No worries, Bichon. And I honestly suspect that it might very well wind up standing as one of the new best episodes of television ever, worthy of being on the same level as "Crawl Space" or [Insert penultimate episode of a season of The Wire Here]. The Shield and Sopranos will both likely be included in that category as well, but I've yet to see them.

    • I don't know if I should admit this here, but I've never watched The Wire. I watch too much TV as it is, so I've been avoiding it. I'm sure it's as great as everyone says!

    • Lovely Bones

      I'd like to think the other Pajibans will be fair about it, but trust me, you'll get no judgment from me because you haven't seen something yet. I'm in the same boat, just regarding Sopranos, Oz, The Shield, Justified, etc. And I only recently started watching The Wire on DVD, have two more seasons left to go.

    • I highly recommend Justified, you can't go wrong there. I've seen the whole run of The Sopranos, but I never finished Oz.

      My husband has told me about how The Shield ends, and that's OK because sometimes you have to Say No to Binge TV Watching.

      Are you watching The Americans? That's also good stuff.

    • Lovely Bones

      Yeah, I've seen the first two episodes of The Americans so far, have the others recorded. It's solid so far.

    • I agree. It started off pretty decent and has continued to improve, which, these days seems to be (unfortunately) unusual.

    • foolsage

      Terrible, to be sure, but also great. After all, He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named did great things. Terrible! Yes. But great.

      Terrible indeed.

      Not dark but beautiful and terrible as the Morn! Treacherous as the Seas! Stronger than the foundations of the Earth!

      Wait, I'm mixing up my fantasy franchises. What were we talking about again? Something terrible...

      Anyhow... yeah. The spoiler-free subject of which we write really needs to stand out for several reasons. I'm certain it's being taken seriously. The title of episode 9 surely is suggestive, and the timing seems workable relative to the overall story, plus that leaves the season finale for the denouement.

    • I'm going to leave this here, for you, because you made me smile. <3

    • foolsage

      * tips hat and smiles * We aim to amuse.

    • lowercase_ryan

      I KNOW 10 eps of GOT is actually a lot of television, a ton of money, and especially an incredible amount of work. But I'll be damned if it doesn't feel chincy staring at in on paper.

    • Mrcreosote

      This is actually season 3A correct? Half the book? At least that's what I understood. The later books were just too big for one season.

    • It would be fair to say that season 3 will be about half of A Storm of Swords. I think the TV series will continue to diverge from the source material, so thinking of it as a parallel to the books will get harder as it goes. I've decided to enjoy it on its own merits, lest my brain explode.

    • Lovely Bones

      Yeah, I knew I'd have to divorce the two sides of the material pretty quickly going into both series. (Read AGOT and then saw the first season) The both have strengths over the other, to be sure. Because the shifts that GoT has made are largely improvements on certain writing issues from the books, (Robb getting actual screentime and development prior to this, season's big event, especially) I'd say I prefer the series somewhat, but I do love the ridiculously large scope of the books and all the extra lore you learn about.

    • duckandcover

      Each season has 10 episodes.

    • BWeaves

      His only defense is 3 women. He has one strapped to his chest, one strapped to his back, and one strapped to his head. They take the bullets first, but until then, he's having some fun.

    • BWeaves

      I had Bonnie Franklin's haircut back in the day. Or was it Toni Tennille's haircut? Anyway, I loved that haircut. RIP Bonnie.

    • MalaMalum

      Heeeyyy Kerry!

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