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(Metro)   Dan Stevens says that leaving Downton Abbey was the right thing to do, asks if you could spare him a few quid so he can keep the lights on   (metro.co.uk) divider line 41
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2013-05-20 02:44:29 PM
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2013-05-20 02:50:21 PM
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2013-05-20 03:12:24 PM
encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com
 
2013-05-20 03:14:31 PM
sharetv.org
 
2013-05-20 03:55:58 PM
There's always porn.
 
2013-05-20 03:58:13 PM

ecmoRandomNumbers: There's always porn.


i thought it was shot off by the hun!
 
2013-05-20 04:05:02 PM
Still think they just shoulda done a Dick Sargent...

/or was it Dick York? I can never remember
//not right to bum out an entire nation on Christmas
 
2013-05-20 04:08:23 PM
Spoiler Alert!

/not really
//getting a kick out of those just finding out this news
///they do exist
 
2013-05-20 04:08:32 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2013-05-20 04:08:32 PM
Dan Stevens is a prick.
 
2013-05-20 04:08:33 PM
There's always the next Batman.
 
2013-05-20 04:10:42 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2013-05-20 04:17:32 PM
 
2013-05-20 04:18:06 PM
Not watching any more Downton Abbey is also the right thing to do.

Yes, losing Sybil and Matthew like that while people like Thomas and O'Brien is supposed to be some British form of splashing freezing cold water in our faces to remind us that life isn't fair.  Here in America it comes across as an unnecessary kick in the nuts after a previous kick in the nuts.  I don't like getting kicked in the nuts, especially when watching TV.
 
2013-05-20 04:20:16 PM

revman64: Spoiler Alert!

/not really
//getting a kick out of those just finding out this news
///they do exist


There will be a new suitor for the dead character's wife.  She will be grieving at first, but then will coquettishly flash the gentleman a little ankle to let him know she is interested.  Then a black gentleman will arrive, which will give all the women the vapors.
 
2013-05-20 04:26:20 PM

theurge14: Not watching any more Downton Abbey is also the right thing to do.

Yes, losing Sybil and Matthew like that while people like Thomas and O'Brien is supposed to be some British form of splashing freezing cold water in our faces to remind us that life isn't fair.  Here in America it comes across as an unnecessary kick in the nuts after a previous kick in the nuts.  I don't like getting kicked in the nuts, especially when watching TV.


This was my problem with the whole Matthew thing. If he already knew he was going to have to kill Matthew it was completely unnecessary to kill Sybil.
 
2013-05-20 04:27:59 PM
He was probably the weakest actor in the cast anyway.
 
2013-05-20 04:29:12 PM

Xythero: He was probably the weakest actor in the cast anyway.


he did have the floppiest hair, though.
 
2013-05-20 04:29:50 PM

Ivandrago: This was my problem with the whole Matthew thing. If he already knew he was going to have to kill Matthew it was completely unnecessary to kill Sybil.


I believe both actors wanted to leave the show.
 
2013-05-20 04:42:20 PM

Xythero: He was probably the weakest actor in the cast anyway.


All the more reason they should have recast him instead of killed off his character.
 
2013-05-20 04:50:06 PM
Silly Yanks and your Yank-centric view of the acting profession.

It's standard for actors on British shows to have year-to-year contracts, three years is pretty standard too. Like many UK actors, Dan Stevens is a professionally trained actor, not some guy that a perv producer saw at a car wash and "discovered" *cough cough* He trained at Cambridge and the National Theater, he was doing Shakespeare and all that before Downton Abbey blew up. He could easily not do movies or TV much and have a thriving career in the UK theater scene.

Plus, if this season of DA isn't as well received as the first three --and the changes and new cast members they're bringing in make it seem possible-- he'll look like a genius for abandoning ship before DA hits the iceberg. Much rather he leave early and the show end after the fourth season than it becomes one of the shows like M*A*S*H* that stays around for too long and becomes embarrassing, the end of it almost a relief.

As for Matthew and Sybil dying, good for Julian Fellowes. It's still the 1920's and even for the upper crust in England, things like typhoid, tuberculosis and venereal diseases were death sentences and birthin' babies did lead to death for women far too often. Hell, the influenza pandemic of 1918-20 killed anywhere from 50-100 million people worldwide, until the advent of mass-prodcued penicillin in the 1940's, life really could be nasty, brutish and short.

What worries me more about DA is that Fellowes has been quoted as saying it could go on for 10 seasons. The funny part is that would still be about 80 episodes + Christmas specials, barely enough for syndication in the American TV system.

/Yank
 
2013-05-20 04:50:28 PM

theurge14: Not watching any more Downton Abbey is also the right thing to do.

Yes, losing Sybil and Matthew like that while people like Thomas and O'Brien is supposed to be some British form of splashing freezing cold water in our faces to remind us that life isn't fair.  Here in America it comes across as an unnecessary kick in the nuts after a previous kick in the nuts.  I don't like getting kicked in the nuts, especially when watching TV.


Don't ever watch Game of Thrones
 
2013-05-20 04:54:42 PM

theurge14: Not watching any more Downton Abbey is also the right thing to do.

Yes, losing Sybil and Matthew like that while people like Thomas and O'Brien is supposed to be some British form of splashing freezing cold water in our faces to remind us that life isn't fair.  Here in America it comes across as an unnecessary kick in the nuts after a previous kick in the nuts.  I don't like getting kicked in the nuts, especially when watching TV.


Thomas and O'Brien may be major dicks, but I think the show's done a great job showing them to be human. Especially Thomas.
 
2013-05-20 04:57:38 PM

Henry Holland: Silly Yanks and your Yank-centric view of the acting profession.

It's standard for actors on British shows to have year-to-year contracts, three years is pretty standard too. Like many UK actors, Dan Stevens is a professionally trained actor, not some guy that a perv producer saw at a car wash and "discovered" *cough cough* He trained at Cambridge and the National Theater, he was doing Shakespeare and all that before Downton Abbey blew up. He could easily not do movies or TV much and have a thriving career in the UK theater scene.

Plus, if this season of DA isn't as well received as the first three --and the changes and new cast members they're bringing in make it seem possible-- he'll look like a genius for abandoning ship before DA hits the iceberg. Much rather he leave early and the show end after the fourth season than it becomes one of the shows like M*A*S*H* that stays around for too long and becomes embarrassing, the end of it almost a relief.

As for Matthew and Sybil dying, good for Julian Fellowes. It's still the 1920's and even for the upper crust in England, things like typhoid, tuberculosis and venereal diseases were death sentences and birthin' babies did lead to death for women far too often. Hell, the influenza pandemic of 1918-20 killed anywhere from 50-100 million people worldwide, until the advent of mass-prodcued penicillin in the 1940's, life really could be nasty, brutish and short.

What worries me more about DA is that Fellowes has been quoted as saying it could go on for 10 seasons. The funny part is that would still be about 80 episodes + Christmas specials, barely enough for syndication in the American TV system.

/Yank


I doubt he'll be seen as a genius. More likely as someone who contributed to the show's demise. Not that he should cry about it if he's doing well otherwise.
 
2013-05-20 04:59:52 PM

Carth: theurge14: Not watching any more Downton Abbey is also the right thing to do.

Yes, losing Sybil and Matthew like that while people like Thomas and O'Brien is supposed to be some British form of splashing freezing cold water in our faces to remind us that life isn't fair.  Here in America it comes across as an unnecessary kick in the nuts after a previous kick in the nuts.  I don't like getting kicked in the nuts, especially when watching TV.

Don't ever watch Game of Thrones


I was going to say that.
 
2013-05-20 05:06:55 PM
'But having him die in a car crash on Christmas Day on British TV did seem nearly sacrilegious. You aren't supposed to be killed off on Christmas Day!'

Tell that to the makers of every British TV soap ever.
 
2013-05-20 05:14:59 PM

Henry Holland: Silly Yanks and your Yank-centric view of the acting profession.

It's standard for actors on British shows to have year-to-year contracts, three years is pretty standard too. Like many UK actors, Dan Stevens is a professionally trained actor, not some guy that a perv producer saw at a car wash and "discovered" *cough cough* He trained at Cambridge and the National Theater, he was doing Shakespeare and all that before Downton Abbey blew up. He could easily not do movies or TV much and have a thriving career in the UK theater scene.

Plus, if this season of DA isn't as well received as the first three --and the changes and new cast members they're bringing in make it seem possible-- he'll look like a genius for abandoning ship before DA hits the iceberg. Much rather he leave early and the show end after the fourth season than it becomes one of the shows like M*A*S*H* that stays around for too long and becomes embarrassing, the end of it almost a relief.

As for Matthew and Sybil dying, good for Julian Fellowes. It's still the 1920's and even for the upper crust in England, things like typhoid, tuberculosis and venereal diseases were death sentences and birthin' babies did lead to death for women far too often. Hell, the influenza pandemic of 1918-20 killed anywhere from 50-100 million people worldwide, until the advent of mass-prodcued penicillin in the 1940's, life really could be nasty, brutish and short.

What worries me more about DA is that Fellowes has been quoted as saying it could go on for 10 seasons. The funny part is that would still be about 80 episodes + Christmas specials, barely enough for syndication in the American TV system.

/Yank


If the fourth season is worse than the first three, I find it hard to believe it will be for a more compelling reason than the loss of arguably the two favorite characters of the show.  If DA hits an iceberg it's because Stevens and Findlay stole the damn lookout binoculars.
 
2013-05-20 05:30:54 PM
I really think you all are missing the bigger picture: Matthew and Sybil will return in Downtown Abbey & Zombies once the rating begin to falter
 
2013-05-20 05:32:14 PM

StrikitRich: I really think you all are missing the bigger picture: Matthew and Sybil will return in Downtown Abbey & Zombies once the rating begin to falter


"i say, old chap, might we have some of your brains? thanks, awfully."
 
2013-05-20 06:11:08 PM

FlashHarry: StrikitRich: I really think you all are missing the bigger picture: Matthew and Sybil will return in Downtown Abbey & Zombies once the rating begin to falter

"i say, old chap, might we have some of your brains? thanks, awfully."


Downton Zombey
 
2013-05-20 06:33:33 PM
The first series was quite good, if a little heavy handed with the historical foreshadowing.

The second and third series' weren't nearly as good.  They gave up telling entertaining little stories about the characters and started telling Big Important Life-Changing Stories.  First series:  Bates is self-conscious about his leg and buys that horrible contraption to try and straighten it.  Second series:  Bates has a pyscho ex-wife who refuses to divorce him and he ends up maybe killing her in a fit of rage.  It really wasn't as pleasurable to watch.
 
2013-05-20 06:56:30 PM
I don't quite get the headline.

Is he Scottish or something?
 
2013-05-20 07:03:31 PM
I don't think he needs to worry about keeping the lights on; he finished a Broadway show recently with Jessica Chastain ("The Heiress").  As long as they keep showing us shirtless Branson, I'll keep tuning in.
 
2013-05-20 07:20:46 PM

TheWiz75: I don't quite get the headline.

Is he Scottish or something?


i believe it's a poke at his leaving a hugely popular show to "make it big" on his own and hasn't exactly wowed 'em yet.
 
2013-05-20 07:46:59 PM

Brokenseas: The first series was quite good, if a little heavy handed with the historical foreshadowing.

The second and third series' weren't nearly as good.  They gave up telling entertaining little stories about the characters and started telling Big Important Life-Changing Stories.  First series:  Bates is self-conscious about his leg and buys that horrible contraption to try and straighten it.  Second series:  Bates has a pyscho ex-wife who refuses to divorce him and he ends up maybe killing her in a fit of rage.  It really wasn't as pleasurable to watch.


I agree.  The first series was great because it was (relatively) small character based stories set against an incredibly elaborate and fascinating backdrop.  I still liked series 2 and 3, but there was a pretty big drop off.
 
2013-05-20 07:58:29 PM

Hoban Washburne: Brokenseas: The first series was quite good, if a little heavy handed with the historical foreshadowing.

The second and third series' weren't nearly as good.  They gave up telling entertaining little stories about the characters and started telling Big Important Life-Changing Stories.  First series:  Bates is self-conscious about his leg and buys that horrible contraption to try and straighten it.  Second series:  Bates has a pyscho ex-wife who refuses to divorce him and he ends up maybe killing her in a fit of rage.  It really wasn't as pleasurable to watch.

I agree.  The first series was great because it was (relatively) small character based stories set against an incredibly elaborate and fascinating backdrop.  I still liked series 2 and 3, but there was a pretty big drop off.


If you two are saying that the show dipped when Rosie leslie left, I would agree.
 
2013-05-20 08:01:24 PM

the biggest redneck here: If you two are saying that the show dipped when Rosie leslie left, I would agree.


Well that too.  The wife and I were watching the first series a good while back, and I was like "Man, I've got a thing for the redhead." To which she replied "The chef?!"

/csb
 
2013-05-20 10:16:51 PM

I Ate Shergar: 'But having him die in a car crash on Christmas Day on British TV did seem nearly sacrilegious. You aren't supposed to be killed off on Christmas Day!'

Tell that to the makers of every British TV soap ever.


Tell that to the aliens who keep invading while The Doctor tries to simply have a wonderful Christmas time.
 
2013-05-21 12:36:38 AM
Awful show.  Predictable and a completely unrealistic portrayal of the time period.  I decided to watch it because of the hype, and I got through 3 episodes (the last one with Matthew's death), and it felt like I was watching a daytime soap opera.
 
2013-05-21 06:24:25 AM

Henry Holland: Silly Yanks and your Yank-centric view of the acting profession.

It's standard for actors on British shows to have year-to-year contracts, three years is pretty standard too. Like many UK actors, Dan Stevens is a professionally trained actor, not some guy that a perv producer saw at a car wash and "discovered" *cough cough* He trained at Cambridge and the National Theater, he was doing Shakespeare and all that before Downton Abbey blew up. He could easily not do movies or TV much and have a thriving career in the UK theater scene.

Plus, if this season of DA isn't as well received as the first three --and the changes and new cast members they're bringing in make it seem possible-- he'll look like a genius for abandoning ship before DA hits the iceberg. Much rather he leave early and the show end after the fourth season than it becomes one of the shows like M*A*S*H* that stays around for too long and becomes embarrassing, the end of it almost a relief.

As for Matthew and Sybil dying, good for Julian Fellowes. It's still the 1920's and even for the upper crust in England, things like typhoid, tuberculosis and venereal diseases were death sentences and birthin' babies did lead to death for women far too often. Hell, the influenza pandemic of 1918-20 killed anywhere from 50-100 million people worldwide, until the advent of mass-prodcued penicillin in the 1940's, life really could be nasty, brutish and short.

What worries me more about DA is that Fellowes has been quoted as saying it could go on for 10 seasons. The funny part is that would still be about 80 episodes + Christmas specials, barely enough for syndication in the American TV system.

/Yank


DA will bring in major $$$ ££££ €€€ ¥¥¥ in video and download sales in the future. Syndication won't be an issue if Abbey does go another 10yrs
 
2013-05-21 06:27:23 AM

mark12A: Still think they just shoulda done a Dick Sargent...

/or was it Dick York? I can never remember
//not right to bum out an entire nation on Christmas


Dick York

And he was so whacked out on pain pills and kept hitting on Liz Montgomery they fired York And brought in Gay Darrin
 
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