Downton Downtown?

Downton Abbey is coming back! Well, sort of. The show isn’t returning but an exhibition based on the beloved series opens in New York next week for a limited engagement. Then the exhibit makes its way across the US, maybe even to your town (I’ve not seen any tour dates but fingers crossed it will come to North Carolina).

Here’s a description based on Masterpiece promotion:

The first-ever fully immersive Downton Abbey experience is coming stateside! Downton Abbey: The Exhibition will make its US debut in New York City on Saturday Nov. 18, before traveling throughout the US. Tickets are now available to purchase at www.downtonexhibition.com. Continue reading

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Monday Montage

What’s happening, what’s on and what’s interesting this week …

Governor Roy Cooper delivers his first State of the State address to the General Assembly tonight and you can catch complete coverage live at 7pm on UNC-TV. Too early for you? A re-broadcast follows at 9pm on the North Carolina Channel.

Congratulations to Vivien Howard. The star of A Chef’s Life was awarded “cookbook of the year” by the International Association of Culinary Professionals for her book Deep Run Roots: Stories and Recipes from My Corner of the South.

Tom Paxton, Kathy Mattea, Janis Ian and more perform on Swannanoa Gathering: The 25th Anniversary Show. Tune in Tuesday night at 8 on the North Carolina Channel for this incredible concert.

Former American Experience host David McCullough will be the recipient of the very first Ken Burns American Heritage Prize. Continue reading

Monday Montage

What’s happening, what’s on and what’s interesting this week …

American Experience profiles the scientist whose groundbreaking writings revolutionized our relationship to the natural world. Mary-Louise Parker is the voice of Rachel Carson – Tuesday night at 8 on UNC-TV.

Sherlock fans may have reason for a glimmer of hope. Series co-creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss have suggested that the season four finale might not be as final as has been believed. (Bottom line: don’t despair but don’t hold your breath.)

Explore an urgent wake-up call about the national threat posed by Alzheimer’s disease on Alzheimer’s: Every Minute Counts – Wednesday at 10pm on UNC-TV.

Some excellent news for fans of Downton Abbey‘s Michelle Dockery (and supporters of North Carolina’s film and television community) – Dockery’s series Good Behavior has been renewed for a second season and is set to film in Wilmington.

UNC-TV’s original series Front Row begins a second season this week. Tune in as national media strategist Marc Rotterman discusses state and national politics and policy – Friday nights on UNC-TV and the North Carolina Channel. Continue reading

Monday Montage

What’s happening, what’s on and what’s interesting this week …

Get an in-depth look at the art of music recording and how it has evolved on Soundbreaking, a new series that debuts tonight on UNC-TV. From the record producer to the rise of MTV, each episode focuses on a different aspect of the music industry. Soundbreaking begins tonight at 10 and unfolds weeknights through Thanksgiving.

Doctor Strange is still the biggest movie in the country. Check out some pics of Benedict Cumberbatch and fellow stars on the red carpet for the film.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. takes a personal journey through the last 50 years of African American history on Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise. The series premieres Tuesday at 8pm on UNC-TV.

Fans of Downton Abbey may be pleased to know Michelle Dockery is returning to television. Unfortunately, it’s not on PBS. Her new series, Good Behavior, has Dockery playing a very un-Lady Mary-like character, so that should be interesting. Also, the show is filmed in North Carolina so we can count Ms. Dockery as a Tar Heel for the time being.

Award-winning television and Broadway star Alan Cumming brings down the house with his acclaimed cabaret show. Don’t miss Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs – Friday night at 9 on UNC-TV.

Monty Python’s Eric Idle and John Cleese stopped by the Conan show on Thursday to talk of rude questions, marriage and ex-wives. Continue reading

CountDownton – 2 Days To Go!

There’s an online quiz called Which Downton Abbey Character Are You? (Actually, it splits the characters into upstairs and downstairs.) No doubt it’s fun to take the quiz as a fan… but what could be more fun than watching the stars of the show take the quiz?

Tune in for the Downton Abbey season six marathon, beginning Sunday at 11am on UNC-TV. Celebrate the televisual phenomenon with BAFTA Salutes Downton Abbey at 8 and don’t miss the gripping series conclusion at 9pm.

[By the way, I took the quizzes. Upstairs, I’m Lady Mary. Downstairs, I’m Mrs. Patmore. Not entirely sure what to make of that.]