Downton Abbey Cast Gracefully Recovers from Water Bottle Gaffe

Last week, the internet world was torn asunder when a promo image from the upcoming season of Downton Abbey surfaced featuring a plastic water bottle in the background. But now, the cast has taken the silly blunder and turned it into a way to raise money for clean water around the world. Show 'em, Downton! » 8/17/14 12:30pm 8/17/14 12:30pm

Downton Abbey Forgot Water Bottles Didn't Exist in 1924

"Guys, what year is it? I can’t tell because of my water bottle. Oh, it’s the 1920s? Crap." These are the thoughts of whomever left their plastic bottle behind during a Downton Abbey promotional shot of the Earl of Grantham and Lady Edith Crawley, according to the Daily Mail. Thank you silent stranger who didn't throw… » 8/14/14 5:10pm 8/14/14 5:10pm

'Downton Abbey': The Worst House Party Ever

Despite Downton Abbey's refinement and pretty costumes, the British period drama has always flirted with the idea of being just a big-budget soap opera with plot lines involving incest, a murder trial, and an intentional miscarriage. But there's really no trope as quintessentially soap-y as that of rape. And last… » 1/13/14 4:45pm 1/13/14 4:45pm

Sunday Sign Off: Lady Edith Is Going to Have a Great Decade

Lady Edith moves to 1920s Berlin, becomes a bon vivant artist, attending various orgies and drinking parties with Michael Gregson while working on a literary masterwork that starts out an innocuous chronicle of the Berlin social scene and transforms into a terrifying tale about the rise of fascism in Germany. Tell me… » 1/12/14 6:30pm 1/12/14 6:30pm

There’s No Earthly Way You Can Watch All the TV Tonight

Unless you're Adrian Veidt or James Woods in Videodrome and (spoiler alert) your stomach has turned into a weird VCR vagina, there's no way you'll be able to keep up with all the television you are required BY LAW to watch this evening. Seriously, the Sunday afternoon/evening lineup is so daunting…[How daunting is… » 1/12/14 1:00pm 1/12/14 1:00pm

Sunday Sign Off: Downton Abbey, Rise of the Machines

Sure, we could spend the whole new season fretting over Downton's precarious finances, OR the writers could have devised a whole new story arc: the luddite Mrs. Patmore learns that the machines are plotting to take over Downton and must set about destroying all telephones and electric mixers even as the people around… » 1/05/14 6:30pm 1/05/14 6:30pm