PBS to Air Primetime Soap Special

With PBS being most famous right now as the network of Downton Abbey for its American viewers, it's only fitting they should air a primetime soap special.  Since 2008, the series Pioneers of Televsion has documented the early rise of various television genres.

 On Jan. 22, audiences will see an episode entitled, "Primetime Soaps," which will examine the first love triangles, baby swaps and mental breakdowns to reach primetime viewers.  Shows such as Peyton Place, Dynasty, Knots Landing, and Dallas will be examined.  Watch the PBS promo after the jump! READ MORE

PC #61: Deception and Revenge Downton Behind The Alley

On today’s Pop Confidential podcast Jamey Giddens, Luke Kerr, Jillian Bowe and Melodie Aikels dish the latest in pop culture, celebrity, TV, movie and music topics and headlines, including:

Justin Bieber gets caught smoking weed. Bethenny Frankel files for divorce. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West announce the impending arrival of baby. 

Downton Abbey returns to PBS with a new season and Pop Confidential’s Jamey Giddens has Confessions of a ‘Downton’ Newbie. Once Upon a Time, Revenge and The Good Wife return with their winter premieres. The PC crew dish about Gossip Girl’s series finale, before diving into upcoming new series: The Carrie Diaries, Banshee and Cyndi Lauper: Still So Unusual.

Jillian Bowe shares her thoughts on Django Unchained and the controversy that has swirled around it. The PC Gang then make their Golden Globe Outstanding Drama predictions.

Adele’s album 21 was 2012’s bestselling album.

All this and much more on today’s Pop Confidential podcast! 


Downton Abbey Renewed For Fourth Season; Dan Stevens Exiting as Matthew Crawley

Do you want the good news or the bad news first? We’ll start with the good. Downton Abbey has been renewed for a fourth season, according to an announcement by ITV. Now comes the bad news. While fans can look forward to the eight-episode fourth season, don’t expect to see much of Matthew Crawley (Dan Stevens). From Sunday Express,

"Dan Stevens isn’t returning to the series. He will probably do the first episode of the fourth series, but that will be it."


Julian Fellowes Plans Downton Abbey Prequel

A good portion of Downton Abbey’s upstairs plot revolves around the love lives of the Crawly daughters, Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery), Lady Sybil (Jessica Brown Findlay) and Lady Edith (Laura Carmichael). Now it looks like fans of the PBS series may get the chance go back in time and witness the Earl (Hugh Bonneville) and Countess Grantham’s (Elizabeth McGovern) romance.

According to BBC News, Julian Fellowes is planning a prequel to Downton Abbey. Said Fellows of the origin couple:

"They had a slightly troubled courtship, because she was in love with him before they married, as we know, and he married her entirely for her money," said Fellowes, speaking at the Bafta Screenwriters' Lecture series.

"I sort of feel there's something quite nice in there because he's a decent cove, and so he feels rather guilty about this which has affected their marriage beyond that."


Who Will Win Outstanding Miniseries or Movies?

With the 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards upon us it’s time for TV fans to don their TV critic’s hats and predict which miniseries will take home the golden lady for Outstanding Miniseries or Movie.

Who will win Outstanding Miniseries or Movie?

Which Show Will Win Outstanding Drama Series?

With the 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards upon us it’s time for TV fans to don their TV critic’s hats and predict which drama will take home the golden ladies for Outstanding Drama Series.

Who will win Outstanding Drama Series?