When Season Three of Downton Abbey begins airing on PBS, next month, it will do so at the absolute peak of its fevered popularity. In its brief life, the series has become a veritable institution for its American fans. And assuming that there will not be a Romney victory in November, and that federal funding for public television (and for Big Bird!) will remain in place, one can assume that Downton Abbey’s fan base will only increase. It’s safe to say that the Crawleys and their downstairs staff are far better known than the man who created them all—
Comments: It's not politics or hurricanes, just brain candy for those in need of a mental time-out.
I've never watched this, but Craig Ferguson, host of "The Late, Late Show" on CBS, has seen all three seasons. He used to be a big fan, but now he mocks it. He says that season one was great, season two was "eh," and season three was "Days of Our (BLEEPIN') Lives." I believe he also referred to season three as "a steaming pile of (BLEEP!)." The BLEEP button gets a good workout on his show.
Craig's description of "Downton Abbey" sounds like the trajectory of the quality of the writing at Vanity Fair.
Awwww.....leave those of us who enjoyed Downton Abbey alone. I thought I had outgrown soap operas, but this one is a goodie. Season 3 hasn't arrived on American television yet, though, so I can't speak to Craig Ferguson's opinion (I'm not even sure who Craig Ferguson is).
Sorry, I'm not going to pretend. I couldn't finish this nonsense. I've already taken one shower today. Rich, pretentious, guilty white liberals in Manhattan. Nobody cares. I'm almost sorry Osama (Obama?) bin Laden didn't get them all.
Downton Abbey is by far the best thing that I have seen on television in years. It is THE ONLY show that I deliberately tune into. It is a beautiful period piece full of quality acting, staging and costuming. There is nothing on American television that even remotely compares to the quality of Downton Abbey. Nothing! Period!
I've got some news for you, Graydon. 'Big Bird' is a mega multi-millionaire and doesn't need hard-working Americans to foot the bill for Sesame Street. "Downton Abbey" is a wonderful period piece, much better than the dreck foisted upon us by our own networks, and is so popular in the UK and in the US, it also needs NO public funding to air. Good telly can survive on its own.
I have a feeling that Downton Abbey, like the big yellow bird, needs no public funding. I believe the BBC is doing just fine and would find some other way to get DA to America, like...their very own cable station (which already exists). Graydon, dahling, you're all hot air.
Me & spouse love it -- but when I found out that Shirley McClain is going to play the American mother-in-law in season 3, I almost threw up. Why does this aging rat-pack groupie have to get her mitts into everything?
Will keep some Tums next to me when the opener starts in January. Not sure we can continue.
WASHINGTON — Sarah Palin´s leadership PAC spent nearly $500,000 during the first six months of the year, and made just one donation to a political candidate, new campaign filings show. Much of Sarah PAC´s money went to operating expenses, including more than $217,000 paid to consultants and more than $124,000 on postage and mailings. More than $48,000 covered airfare and other travel expenses. Palin, the GOP´s 2008 vice presidential nominee and former Alaska governor, recently said she has "considered" mounting a Senate challenge next year to Alaska´s Democratic Sen. Mark Begich, one of his party´s most vulnerable incumbents.
The San Diego City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to file a lawsuit against Mayor Bob Filner to recover any money the city has to pay due to the sexual harassment lawsuit filed by a former top aide to the mayor. The suit will seek to recover any damages ordered by the court, or agreed to as part of a pretrial settlement, arising from the lawsuit filed against the city and Filner by the mayor´s former director of communications, Irene McCormack Jackson. The vote was taken in closed session. "This is part of due process," City Atty. Jan Goldsmith said.
The cruelly misunderstood Anthony Weiner has “no idea” if he’s about to be stabbed by another stiletto heel. “These are people who I thought were friends, people I trusted when I communicated with them,” he told Denis Hamill of The Daily News. “But who knows what they might do now?” Yes, who knows? Free-spirited young women having digital sex with a well-known politician who loves to expose himself and talk raunchy can be so damnably unpredictable and untrustworthy. The delusional Weiner, who has turned shamelessness into performance art, was expecting the sexual equivalent of honor among thieves.
Anthony Weiner’s account of the number of text messages he sent to a then-17-year-old girl in 2011 differs substantially from the number of tweets that the girl and her family said they received. Weiner and the family of Margaret Henning also gave conflicting accounts of the contents of those private messages during a police investigation of the former New York congressman’s relationship with the girl. Henning’s mother Donna Synnamon, an unnamed family member and Weiner have all given contradictory accounts of just how many private messages Henning received from the congressman,
This was not in the script. Two stars of the Bravo television show “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” were indicted Monday on federal fraud charges. Teresa Giudice, 41, and her husband, Giuseppe “Joe” Giudice, 43, were accused of exaggerating their income while applying for loans before their TV show debuted in 2009 — then hiding how well they were doing in a bankruptcy filing after their first season aired. The combustible couple, who live in Montville Township, were charged in a 39-count indictment with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, bank fraud, making false statements on loan applications
The retirees that cities like Detroit are trying to push into Obamacare’s health insurance exchanges could drive up the premiums in the exchanges and swell costs to the federal government, experts say. Detroit, which has filed for bankruptcy, is trying to reduce its liabilities by pushing retirees who are too young for Medicare onto the federal healthcare exchange set up through the Affordable Care Act, the New York Times reported on Sunday. The retirees could then buy their own insurance with help from federal subsidies. Detroit’s move comes as part of its bankruptcy proceedings, but it is not the first city
Former Indiana governor Mitch Daniels, now the president of Purdue University, has impeccable taste in historians. Upon the death of Howard Zinn in 2010, he wrote an e-mail to his advisers about Zinn’s most famous work, A People’s History of the United States. “It is a truly execrable, anti-factual piece of disinformation that misstates American history on every page,” he said. “Can someone assure me that it is not in use anywhere in Indiana? If it is, how do we get rid of it before any more young people are force-fed a totally false version of our history?”
Eliot Spitzer needs to put a black sock in it. The former governor-turned-hooker-booker, who is audaciously running for comptroller, had the gall yesterday to say serial sexter Anthony Weiner is unfit to serve as mayor. “You’re not going to vote for Anthony Weiner — can you just say that now? You don’t think he should be mayor of New York,” host Chris Matthews asked on his MSNBC show, “Hardball.” Spitzer responded, “Fair point. That is correct.” Matthews repeated, “He should not be mayor of New York?” “That is correct,” repeated Spitzer. The disgraced Love Gov — who has been trying to deflect comparisons
Cluster boxes. If you haven´t heard of them yet, you will soon. They are about to change something basic about American life: the sight of the mail carrier strolling up to the front door to drop off that day´s letters, magazines, bills and advertising fliers. Door-to-door mail delivery appears to be a luxury that the U.S. Postal Service no longer can afford. It´s no secret that the Postal Service is in terrible financial trouble; last year the agency lost $16 billion. No business can afford to go on that way without making dramatic changes. As CNNMoney´s Jennifer Liberto reported
Defeat socialism and save Detroit, all in one move. Detroit is the poster child for failed liberal social experiments. Detroit was at one time the fourth largest city in America. Instead of being the poster child for failed liberalism, it was the poster child for the success of the American free market. Detroit is dead. It is time for the autopsy and the funeral. Detroit could be revived, with the right plan. The left already has its plan in place. They want the Federal Government to bail Detroit out. This is the same Federal Government
The return of Downton Abbey is so far away for us Americans, but that doesn´t mean we can´t take the time to analyze these photos that have come out from the fourth season coming to us via Vulture and Hypable. The photos apparently come from a 2014 Downton calendar that was available on Amazon, hence the elegant formatting, but they essentially act as teaser photos. (Note: we have not been able to find the calendar on Amazon, though this Downton Abbey fan blog was posting the same images on Tuesday) The only person that really looks happy
Silda Spitzer is privately telling friends she plans to divorce her hooker-loving husband, Eliot Spitzer, Page Six can exclusively reveal. Multiple sources tell us long-suffering Silda — who, he last night admitted, will not be joining him on the campaign trail — “has had enough” and plans to start divorce proceedings after his run for New York City comptroller is over. One source tells us, “Silda is telling her female friends that she is done with him. She will file for divorce after the [Nov. 5] election.” A second source told The Post’s Sally Goldenberg, “Silda is saying she is going to wait
Conservative bloggers went wild Monday when they got wind of the Congressional Black Caucus’ suggestion that President Obama pick Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Houston for the post of Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. Rich Cooper, avid blogger for Security Debrief, responded to the news of the Jackson Lee recommendation in a post by saying, “Apparently, it is not a joke. For reasons that baffle any sense of reality, it is a serious gesture on the part of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) to encourage President Obama to nominate Rep. Jackson Lee
There have been days since her son Ezekiel was born 11 months ago that Los Angeles mom Beth Capper has gone without food to keep up her supply. One friend was arrested for stealing some. It´s not drugs or alcohol or even baby formula that has put her in such a bind. It´s diapers. "There´s no way around buying them," said Capper, a 41-year-old single mother who doesn´t work because of a disability. Across the country, mothers like Capper are facing the same predicament. According to a report published Monday in the
America is in great shape energy-wise. We have more gas and oil reserves than ever before. Indeed, the United States could shortly become the world’s largest exporter of coal. Our cheaper power rates may bring energy-intensive industry back from Europe and Asia. If America’s small colleges are nearly broke and our public schools failing, nonetheless our blue-chip universities’ math, science, and engineering departments, and professional schools, remain the best in the world. (Snip)In our age, Nobel laureate, exempt Al Gore proved a fraud: the feminist who was accused of groping a woman in crazed sex-poodle fashion;
It is a small Alaskan village whose inhabitants have relied on the sea for countless generations. But within a decade, it is expected that the ocean which the village of Kivalina has so relied on will completely destroy it--creating America´s first climate change refugees. Temperatures in the Arctic region of Alaska are warming twice as fast as the rest of the U.S, causing ice to retreat, sea levels to rise and coastal erosion to increase. It is a small Alaskan village whose inhabitants have relied on the sea for countless generations. The 400 indigenous Inuit inhabitants of Kivalina, who live
Gotta figure her lead would be even bigger without Joe Miller in the field here. Her nomination for the taking? Alaska should be a top tier pick up opportunity for Senate Republicans next year…but their top choice of a candidate is Sarah Palin. 36% of GOP primary voters in the state say they’d like Palin to be their standard bearer against Mark Begich to 26% for Mead Treadwell, 15% for Dan Sullivan, and 12% for Joe Miller.
In an interview on National Public Radio (NPR), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said her new agenda for women will give mothers access to day care so they can “earn without carrying the burden of child care.” During the interview, aired on Weekend Edition Sunday, Pelosi spoke about her newly announced agenda, which is on her website, and is titled, “When Women Succeed, America Succeeds: An Economic Agenda for Women and Families,” a plan that includes universal pre-school and access to day care for working women, and an increase in the minimum wage.
Many low-income families receive government assistance to help them purchase food and housing. Diapers are another story, a new study suggests. In what they are calling the first peer-reviewed study to quantify diaper need, Yale University researchers have found nearly a third of mothers cannot afford to purchase their infants diapers, raising health risks for not only babies but for moms who become stressed over the finances. "Notably absent from the antipoverty efforts targeting families is an essential staple for the health of children, diapers," wrote the researchers, led by Dr. Megan Smith,
Mideast: The sequester has "cost jobs," says President Obama, and "gutted investments in education and science and medical research." But somehow he´s earmarked $500 million for Hamas terrorists. Circumventing Congress and with no fanfare, President Obama last week issued an executive order enabling him to send an additional $500 million directly to the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank — much of which you can bet will wind up going to the Iranian-backed Hamas terrorist organization. According to Obama, "it is important to the national security interests of the United States to waive the provisions of" Congress´ legislative restrictions "in
The mother of Trayvon Martin said Monday that she believed Florida’s Stand Your Ground law played a role in her son’s shooting death, but she wasn’t ready to support a boycott of the state for not changing the self-defense law. “The thing about this law is I just think it assisted the person who killed my son to get away with murder,” Sybrina Fulton, the mother of the 17-year-old from Miami Gardens, said at a National Bar Association event in Miami Beach. “I think we have to change these laws so people don’t get
A group of experts advising the nation’s premier cancer research institution has recommended sweeping changes in the approach to cancer detection and treatment, including changes in the very definition of cancer and eliminating the word entirely from some common diagnoses. (Snip) The group, which includes some of the top scientists in cancer research, also suggested that many lesions detected during breast, prostate, thyroid, lung and other cancer screenings should not be called cancer at all but should instead be reclassified as IDLE conditions, which stands for “indolent lesions of
Karl Rove and more than one hundred Republican donors sent a letter to Republican members of Congress on Tuesday, urging them to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill that would include, among other provisions, granting "legal status" to illegal aliens who meet certain criteria. Anticipating that lawmakers will face resistance to the bill when they go home for the August recess, the letter marks the escalation of a campaign in which Republican leaders and donors are pressuring House Republicans to act on an immigration reform bill.
I never thought the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case deserved nearly the attention it got. But reasonable people can disagree about that. What strikes me as unconscionable, however, is the way the supposedly objective media have not only sensationalized a tragedy but at times appear to deliberately bend the facts to fit a desired story line. Maybe it started with the use of pictures of a younger Martin or with the sudden embrace of the term "white Hispanic" to describe Zimmerman in order to more easily paint him as a racist. NBC News was the most egregious offender