Downton Abbey: A New Era review
Downton Abbey: A New Era has so many things happening, and so many happy endings, that you don’t notice that the 2022 spinoff from the popular TV series is over two hours long. The time is bursting with a big cast, lots of changes, and the continued emphasis on the continuity of family brought up […]
Downton Abbey (2019), clever capers and royal visits
Downton Abbey has spun off two movies from the popular TV series. This one, from 2019, is about a royal visit from King George V (Simon Jones) and Queen Mary (Geraldine James) that set the residents of Downton Abbey atwitter. It featured a delightful minor rebellion from the servants quarters that made the story fun.
Review: The Gilded Age, are we having déjà vu?
The Gilded Age, from the creator of Downton Abbey’s Julian Fellowes, follows a consistent pattern he established with the earlier series. Rich and privileged people who employ a bevy of workers to support their lavish lifestyles. While the British series was all about class, the American series is all about money and how long a […]
Grace Notes after Two Episodes of Gentleman Jack
I’ve been noticing a lot of what you might call grace notes in Gentleman Jack. Minor characters, casting choices, reasons to break the 4th wall. There are a few spoilers from episode 2 ahead.
Review: Grand Hotel (Gran Hotel)
Grand Hotel (Gran Hotel) is a sweeping, glorious, soap opera of a tale from Spain. It’s set in 1905 in a palatial hotel owned by the Alarcón family and populated with hotel owners, guests, and workers.
Maria Doyle Kennedy: Singer
Lately I’ve been spending a lot of time listening to Maria Doyle Kennedy sing. Maria Doyle Kennedy has been a singer longer than she’s been acting. I looked up her music because I love her face – it’s full of character and strength.
Random Thoughts from a Teeming TV Filled Brain
The TV is brewing a brain full of random ideas in me this week. It’s a mish-mash. The Americans season 2 started last night on FX and it’s extra good. Don’t ask me why I care so much about Russian spies, but Kari Russell and Matthew Rhys make me care. The stakes are so high […]
Your Reactions to Downton Abbey?
There was some football game or other on TV yesterday. Must have been big because the streets were void of traffic. It didn’t affect PBS, however. You could watch last week’s Downton Abbey and this week’s Downton Abbey in one session. How could television get better than that? So what do you think about what’s […]
PBS Announces Dates for Season 2 of Last Tango in Halifax and I’m Not Happy – Updated
PBS announced that the second season of Last Tango in Halifax will air on PBS beginning Sunday June 29, 2014. You read that right: June 29. Five months from now. As far as I’m concerned here at Old Ain’t Dead, that’s a unacceptable delay and wait. Blimey Okay, I am pretty upset with PBS. And […]
Downton Abbey season 4: Comments are Open
Downton Abbey returned to PBS for season 4 last night. I’m not going to recap it here, but I did want to open up this post to reader comments about season 4. As the weeks go by, please feel free to use the comments here to share your thoughts with me and other readers. The […]