Anglophilia in Real Life

‘Downton Abbey’ to Celebrate Final Season with a Float in the Rose Parade

Artists rendition of the "Downton Abbey" Rose Parade float. (Photo: Paradiso Parade Floats/PBS)

Downton Abbey fans will get a special treat during the 127th Rose Parade, when a new float celebrating the popular costume drama will debut. Fittingly named “The Final Adventure,” the float will recreate the landscape of the Crawley family estate, complete with English rose gardens, rolling green lawns and a 1919 Bentley.

(No word yet on which – if any – Downton cast members we might see take part in the parade itself on January 1, 2016. But here’s hoping!)

Amazing Internet Things: First Episode of Doctor Who Parody Inspector Spacetime!

Abed, the resident pop culture geek played by Danny Pudi on NBC’s Community, is probably very happy today – the first episode of the comedy’s beloved Doctor Who parody Inspector Spacetime actually exists!

Oops, I mean Untitled Web Series About a Space Traveler Who Can Also Travel Through Time. The production ran into some copyright concerns from NBC and has now “regenerated” in this new, retitled incarnation. UWSAASTWCATTT was entirely fueled by a very successful Kickstarter campaign and will be comprised of six webisodes with (apparently) more to come, as creator Travis Richey says he’s already got an idea for Season 2.

Inspector Spacetime and Cougarton Abbey: Is Being A Britophile Going Mainstream?

If you saw the season premiere of NBC's comedy Community, then you were probably pleasantly surprised to catch two references sure to bring joy to Brit lovers' hearts. Abed, Community's resident pop culture geek, is on a quest to find a new show to watch while his favorite American program is on hiatus. With some help from his friends, Abed is introduced to the joys of British television, namely two series called Cougarton Abbey and Inspector Spacetime. Sound familiar?