All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘PBS’

“Downton Abbey” Stars Got Weepy After Final Show Was Wrapped

Downton Abbey has ended for cast and crew of the immensely famous period drama. For those who star, write, direct, ect. for Downton Abbey, Highclere Castle has been their second home. For a couple of stars, it was harder to leave Downton Abbey than they thought it would be. Michelle Dockery, who plays Lady Mary Crawley, admitted that she will …

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‘Downton Abbey’ Star Maggie Smith Plans To Binge-Watch Her Own TV Show

Unlike most people her age, Dame Maggie Smith has hardly any time to plant herself on a couch and watch TV all day. Even it means watching her own TV drama series, Downton Abbey. The 81-year old British actress, who is definitely one of the most esteemed thespians of our time, recently sat down with CBS’ Sunday Morning to talk …

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‘Downton Abbey:’ Sixth Season to Be the Last

Downton Abbey will end its run following its upcoming sixth season. Producer Carnival Films made the announcement on Thursday. The production company’s managing director, Gareth Neame, had the following to say. “Millions of people around the world have followed the journey of the Crawley family and those who serve them for the last five years. Inevitably there comes a time …

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Elizabeth McGovern Sheds Downton Abbey Persona To Tour As Folk-Rock Musician

In December, US fans of hit BBC series Downton Abbey will have the chance to see another side of Elizabeth McGovern, who plays the character of Cora Crawley. McGovern is actually the vocalist of her band, Sadie and the Hotheads, which is embarking on a 10-day US tour on December 4. Although the timing of her tour seems perfect for …

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LeVar Burton Works to Bring Back ‘Reading Rainbow’

If you remember the days of LeVar Burton hosting the PBS show Reading Rainbow, then your childhood was awesome. Unfortunately, most of the kids in elementary school now can’t say the same, and Burton is looking to change that. Burton started a campaign on Kickstarter this morning to raise $1 million to bring back Reading Rainbow. If the crowdsourced project …

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Gene Wilder Talks Mel Brooks, His Mother, And Willy Wonka In ‘Lost Interview’

PBS Digital Studios’ Blank on Blank is highlighting a “lost interview” with Gene Wilder. He was interviewed by Letty Cottin Pogrebin in March of 2007. In this segment of the interview, which PBS Digital Studios has animated, Wilder talks about Mel Brooks, his mother, and Willy Wonka. “I was miscast in my first big part on broadway,” he says. “One …

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Downton Abbey Experience Goes On Sale for Charity

Downton Abbey star Laura Carmichael is offering up various Downton Abbey-themed experiences as part of her fundraising efforts for Haiti: Make Births Safe. Carmichael, who stars as Lady Edith on the hit series, is working with the organization to offer a range of prizes, the ultimate one being a day on set at Highclere Castle with Carmichael and other Downton …

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Neil deGrasse Tyson Will Soon Revive “Cosmos” For A New Generation

In one of the most talked about upcoming shows in the science community, Neil deGrasse Tyson is set to be the host of a revival of the classic television show Cosmos. Tyson is an astrophysicist, and has devoted his life to the world of science. The series originally aired in the 1980, and at that time, it was hosted by …

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‘Downton Abbey’: A Recap of This Week’s Episode

Those who watched Downton Abbey this week were treated to a lot of content, but left with many questions. For instance, what did Mr. Bates do on his mysterious trip to York? And is Edith really going to secretly put her baby up for adoption in Switzerland? And maybe not as important but still questionable, why was Lady Mary so …

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J.D. Salinger Story Gets Longer T.V. Treatment

J.D. Salinger is a well-regarded author, yet little is known about much of his life. After writing the controversial and popular novel “The Catcher In The Rye”, Salinger became reclusive and guarded his private life closely. But a new book, documentary, and television special by Shane Salerno has brought Salinger–and details about both his personal and professional life–to light. PBS …

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Downton Abbey: Let’s Have a Bit of a Chin Wag*

Downton Abbey‘s fourth season has just premiered to the delight of faithful watchers and new fans alike. With Downton Abbey, it seems as if one either adores the show, or abhors it. If you’re of another group– the one wondering “what is Downtown Downton Abbey?”– get up to speed quickly with a few bits ‘n bobs* about the show. What’s …

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Downton Abbey Christmas Special: The Crawleys visit Buckingham Palace

The much-anticipated Christmas episode of the hit series Downton Abbey saw the Crawley family in London for Lady Rose’s debut at court. Although Season 4 won’t premier in the US – on PBS – until January 5, it’s been airing on the UK’s ITV television network since September. The Christmas special was the ninth episode of Season 4. Episode 8 …

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Downton Abbey: Christmas Special Trailer Has Arrived [Video]

Downton Abbey has become quite a hit for many people around the world, and the British hit continues to delight its fans. While the show originally airs in the U.K., it has become very popular in the United States as well. Unfortunately for Americans however, the U.K. has already been able to see what happens in the fourth season, while …

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Tablets Will Be A Hot Ticket Item For Parents This Holiday Season

When I was growing up, I was mostly given traditional toys for Christmas. According to a new survey, that’s quickly changing as more parents opt to gift their children tech-related items. PBS Kids recently surveyed 1,000 parents with children between the ages of 2 and 10 about the tech-related purchases they intended to make this year. The survey found that …

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Doctor Who Celebrates 50th Anniversary In Big Way

Mm? What’s that, my boy?- Did I hear you say that Doctor Who celebrates its 50th anniversary via one of the largest simulcasts in TV history today? It’s true: BBC America will air the special new episode entitled The Day of the Doctor at 2:50 pm ET/ 1:50pm CT/12:50 MT/11:50am PT today. A pre-show airs at 2:30 ET on BBC …

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Amazon Makes A Pair Of New Exclusive Streaming Rights Deals

Amazon has announced two separate deals for exclusive streaming rights to content. It has added to its PBS relationship, adding exclusive subscription streaming for Mr. Selfridge, and is also entered an exclusive licensing agreement with film studio A24, which has produced films like Spring Breakers and The Bling Ring. Already in effect, Amazon Prime Instant Video is the only subscription …

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80-Year-Old Carol Burnett Receives Coveted Comedic Award

Carol Burnett became one of the few women to receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor late last month. Fellow comedians including Martin Short, Tina Fey, Rashida Jones, Amy Poehler and long-time collaborator Vicki Lawrence filled the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC with high spirits (and no shortage of political jokes) to present the prestigious …

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Downton Abbey Renewed for a Fifth Season

Love the British hit drama “Downton Abbey?” If you do, not only will American audiences get to see season four this January, but the show has already been renewed for a fifth season. The international PBS Masterpiece sensation from creator Julian Fellowes, will begin airing in America on January 5, 2014. The fourth season has just finished its run in …

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Kurt Cobain Talks Gay Thoughts, Homophobic Mother And Oppression Of Women In Lost Interview

PBS Digital Studios’ Blank on Blank is highlighting a “lost interview” with legendary Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain. He was interviewed by Jon Savage for Identity in New York City on July 22, 1993. In the highlights below, Cobain talks about his problems in high school, his mother, his ancestry, stomach pain, sexism in music, punk rock, thinking he was gay …

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Carol Burnett Awarded Prize for American Comedy

Carol Burnett received the 16th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on Sunday evening at the Kennedy Center in D.C. Carol Burnett is seen as a role model to comedians past and present, such as Tina Fey, after she paved the way for women in comedy. Determined, The Carol Burnett Show ran from 1967–1978, with 11 seasons, 278 episodes …

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“The Lady Vanishes”: Remake Better, Worse, the Same?

Whenever a classic is remade, it’s risky and bound to be compared. The 2013 version of The Lady Vanishes premiered on PBS Sunday, and it had some Hitchcockian shoes to fill. The newest version received the TV movie treatment for PBS’ “Masterpiece Mystery!” series, and had already aired on BBC One in March in the United Kingdom. Both the original, …

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Netflix Extends PBS Deal, Gets A Couple Exclusives

Netflix just announced an expanded multi-year agreement with PBS Distribution, which the company says will make a “wide variety of great PBS programming” available to Netflix members in the U.S. and Canada. This comes just after a bunch of PBS titles just expired in Netflix’s streaming catalog, and Amazon added some to its Prime Instant Video library. Amazon, by the …

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Amazon Adds PBS Shows to Prime Instant Video: NOVA, Masterpiece, and a Handful of Kids Shows

Amazon and PBS have just announced an expanded licensing agreement that will see a bunch of past episodes of popular PBS shows hit the Prime Instant Video catalog. On the adult side of things, the deal brings over NOVA, Masterpiece, and some Ken Burns documentaries. For the kids, Amazon will now stream Caillou, Arthur, Daniels Tiger’s Neighborhood, Dinosaur Train and …

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Is Netflix About To Get Rid Of A Bunch Of PBS Content?

Update: After speaking with a source at Netflix, I can confirm that Netflix is not losing PBS content in the sense that you will no longer see PBS content on Netflix. You will continue to see some titles. The source could not comment on any specific title, other than to note that Amazon did indeed get the exclusive deal for …

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PBS Layoffs: NewsHour to Make Some Cuts Amid Lost Corporate Revenue

PBS’s nearly four decade-old nightly newscast is about to face some serious cuts. The New York Times reports that an internal memo from PBS NewsHour’s executive producer Linda Winslow indicates that the show’s producer, MacNeil/Lehrer Productions, will be closing two offices and laying off most of their employees at those locations. The two offices that will take the hit are …

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Mister Rogers Wants to ‘Sing Along’ in New PBS Auto-tune Remix

About a year ago, PBS Digital Studios broke the internet with their auto-tuned remix of classic Mister Roger footage entitled “Garden of Your Mind.” It was the first in their “Icons Remixed” series, and PBS later put the autotuner on other PBS mega-stars like Bob Ross, Julia Child, and Reading Rainbow’s LeVar Burton. Today, Mister Rogers is gets another remix. …

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Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Cosmos Reboot Confirmed by Fox for 2014

Fox has confirmed the long-discussed reboot of Carl Sagan’s landmark documentary series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage starring none other than famed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. According to the LA Times, the network made their announcement on Monday at their upfront presentation. The series will start with 13 episodes, set to air sometime in 2014. Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane is …

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PBS Avengers Assemble to Watch the World Learn

There’s a lot of crap television out there, but I’m sure you know that. Hell, you probably watch some of it. I know I’m guilty. But there’s always room for the good stuff. The stuff that opens our eyes to the wonders of the world, and in the process makes us more human. To combat the decline into brain-melting mush, …

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The Internet Of 1995 Wasn’t Just For Anti-Social Geeks, It Was For Getting Email From Steve Jobs

The history of the Internet is an area of study that’s woefully ignored by the modern generation. I was part of the generation that grew up just as the Internet was just getting started, and the generation before me can even remember a time when the Internet wasn’t even a thing. Unfortunately, those who came after us take the Internet …

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The Most Terrifying Mr. Rogers Video Ever Made

Today is the birthday of famed children’s television host Fred Rogers, also known as Mr. Rogers. I just learned that his middle name was actually McFeely (according to Wikipedia and Google’s knowledge graph). Now, here’s possibly the most terrifying thing I’ve ever seen. Warning: you will be disturbed. Oh, what you find on YouTube.

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