Drama

Get Your First Look at the Final Season of ‘Mr. Selfridge’

Jeremy Piven is going to go one more round as "Mr. Selfridge" (Photo: ITV)

The trailer for the fourth and final season of period drama Mr. Selfridge has arrived, and it looks suitably dramatic and foreboding as the show begins to wind down.

Jeremy Piven stars as the colorful and troubled Harry Gordon Selfridge, and the show’s fourth season will focus on the charismatic entrepreneur’s fall, as he loses hold of both his business empire and the social status he worked so hard to achieve.

‘Call the Midwife’ Renewed for a Sixth Season

Patsy, Barbara and Trixie are all heading into 1962. (Photo: BBC/Neal Street Productions)

It’s official: The BBC has renewed its popular period drama Call the Midwife for a sixth season, before a single episode of the drama’s fifth run has even aired. (They actually renewed it before the drama’s even aired its latest Christmas installment, if you want to be super technical about it.)

Season 6 will be comprised of a holiday special in 2016, and an additional 8 episodes in 2017.  This season will take the nuns and midwives into 1962.

'Downton Abbey' Recap: Season 6, Episode 1

Time to start saying our goodbyes to Highclere Castle (Photo: Courtesy of Nick Briggs/Carnival Film & Television Limited 2015 for MASTERPIECE)

Previously on Downton Abbey: There is too much. Go visit the Season 5 recaps for a bit if you need a refresher on all the things that went down last year.

Y’all: It’s finally happening: The end of Downton is here. And no matter how much we may wish that weren’t true, it’s time to start getting a handle on our emotions about it. (JK, we’re basically going cry straight through the next eight weeks, right? It’s cool. We’re all friends here.)

Anyway, there’s a lot to discuss (surprise, surprise) and some of it’s incredible and some of it’s not, and some of it’s the televisual equivalent of the shrug emoji (¯\_(ツ)_/¯), so, you know, prepare yourselves. 

In short: We have a lot to talk about. 

Celebrate the End of an Era with Ten of ‘Downton Abbey's' Best Moments

Matthew and Mary finally get their act together and it's perfect. (Photo: ITV)

 As we prepare to officially kick off the end of an era this weekend– otherwise known as the US premiere of the final season of Downton Abbey – it seemed appropriate to take a moment to really wallow in our heart-bursting nostalgia before the new episodes start.

Downton Abbey has been many things to many people – a game-changing, global ratings smash, a revitalizing reminder that no one does period dramas like the British, a regular source of devastating Maggie Smith quips. But, at its heart, Downton is about people, and the relationships between them, and despite its occasionally overly-soapy missteps (remember that time Matthew’s paralysis was cured because it just turned out his doctor was wrong?), it has always gotten the emotional beats of its story right. And from upstairs to down, from servants to aristocrats, it’s the characters who make up the heart of Downton Abbey, and the reason why, even when the storylines were almost too stupid to be believed, we still loved every silly, soapy, overly dramatic moment.

So, let’s celebrate the beginning of the end with a look back at some of the show’s great moments (or at least yours truly’s favorite moments) and remember all the reasons that our Sunday nights will feel a bit emptier next year once Downton is gone.

 (You will absolutely have deletions or additions to this list – so make sure you hit the comments to share your favorites!) 

 

‘Call the Midwife’ Christmas Special Recap

Patsy, Barbara and Trixie celebrate the holidays. (Photo: Courtesy of © Neal Street Productions 2015/ Nicky Johnson)

Previously, on Call the Midwife: In case you need a refresher on where we left things at the end of last season, we have recaps of every episode right this way.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in our favorite East End of London neighborhood, but when we meet up with the nuns and midwives of Nonnatus House it would appear the normally festive season is turning out to be more stressful than joyful. 

Preview the New BBC Adaptation of Agatha Christie's ‘And Then There Were None’

The cast of "And Then There Were None" find themselves stranded. (Photo: BBC)

The BBC is set to debut a brand new television adaptation of Agatha Christie’s most popular work, And Then There Were None, this holiday season.

The new drama, produced as part of a celebration of Christie’s 125th birthday will feature an illustrious, all-star ensemble cast that includes Aidan Turner, Charles Dance, Miranda Richardson, Anna Maxwell Martin, Douglas Booth, Burn Gorman, Sam Neill, Toby Stephens and more. (Wow!)

‘Sherlock’ Gets Creepy in New ‘The Abominable Bride’ Trailer

Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch, all dressed up like it's 1895. (Photo:  Courtesy of © Robert Viglasky/Hartswood Films and BBC Wales for BBC One and MASTERPIECE)

It’s kind of been exciting watching the Sherlock promotional machine get into gear ever since the announcement that the series’ Victorian-themed special episode would air on New Year’s Day.

 And while we’re all justifiably sad that we’re only getting one installment with the Boys of Baker Street to tide us over until Season 4 (which, regrettably, won’t even start filming until early 2016), at least we’re getting almost as many Sherlock-related goodies – photos, interviews, trailers – as we would if this were actually a full season. (JK, I totally know that this is in no way the same. I’m just trying to make us all feel better.) 

Lily James, Paul Dano and James Norton in "War and Peace". (Photo: BBC)

Epic BBC ‘War and Peace’ Adaptation Gets American Airdate

The lavish new BBC adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s epic novel War and Peace has a US airdate – and, in exciting news for us Yanks on this side of the point – it won’t be too far behind the UK premiere.

War and Peace will be a four-week television event here in the US, with episodes simulcast on A&E, the HISTORY Channel and Lifetime, beginning Monday, January 18 at 9pm. It will then continue on Mondays from 9-11pm. (The drama kicks off in the UK on January 3.)

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