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Old 02-20-2012, 01:39 PM   #61
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No, that was only Season Two. Shirley McLaine will be introduced as Cora mother's from America. She goes head to head with Maggie Smith. And we have to find out if Mr. Bates gets out of prison. And what about Thomas, the footman? He is still up to his old tricks. Daisy has to ask for her raise and promotion to Assistant Cook. And Robert's sister is still looking to get married. And will Mary's scandalous behavior hit the headlines? Then there is the wedding for Mary and Mathew. Cora wants to go to Dublin and bring her daughter, the baby and the chauffeur back home. That is going to be Season 3's cliffhanger. It is 1920. The time of the Easter Rebellion in Ireland. Will Cora get caught in it when she goes to Ireland to bring her daughter and grandchild home? Robert's world is changing all around him. And he doesn't like change. And what about Daisy and William's father? Will she be the daughter he wants? So many loose ends and questions unanswered.

So no. We are not finished with Downton Abby.
Bless you, Addie, for this. But I stopped reading after the second sentence -- I want to watch the plot thicken as it cooks. I forgot you had previously mentioned Shirley MacLaine versus Maggie Smith. Is anyone capable of going head-to-head with Maggie?
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Old 02-20-2012, 01:58 PM   #62
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addie, the easter rising (ahem, not rebellion) at the gpo in dublin occurred in 1916. by 1920, the war for ireland's independence was nearly over.
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Two more Canadian shows: Republic of Doyle was (is?) pretty good. I really like Rick Mercer's show.
I've just got on to another Canadian show that is excellent. It is still going, but I have been watching past seasons on Netflix. It is called "Heartland" and about a family who own a horse ranch in Alberta. For "Canadian Television" it is very good and family oriented.

I love Rick Mercer and have caught a few episodes of Doyle. Being a Canadian I really hate to say this but until the last few years I haven't really liked anything my country has had to offer in the way of TV series but it is getting better.

I used to watch a lot of BBC shows but haven't for many years. Food Network has been my mainstay for television I am afraid. I loved the early years of it when they had more foreign content such as "The Two Fat Ladies", Nigela Lawson, just to name a couple.
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No, that was only Season Two. Shirley McLaine will be introduced as Cora mother's from America. She goes head to head with Maggie Smith.
Shirley McLaine and Maggie Smith? Guess who will be Netflicking Downton Abbey real soon!
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I've just got on to another Canadian show that is excellent. It is still going, but I have been watching past seasons on Netflix. It is called "Heartland" and about a family who own a horse ranch in Alberta. For "Canadian Television" it is very good and family oriented.

I love Rick Mercer and have caught a few episodes of Doyle. Being a Canadian I really hate to say this but until the last few years I haven't really liked anything my country has had to offer in the way of TV series but it is getting better.

I used to watch a lot of BBC shows but haven't for many years. Food Network has been my mainstay for television I am afraid. I loved the early years of it when they had more foreign content such as "The Two Fat Ladies", Nigela Lawson, just to name a couple.
What? You didn't think The Beach Combers or King of Kensington were great shows? <snicker>

I really can't take Heartland, but I have to agree that it is well done. I would recommend it if you like that sort of show.
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addie, the easter rising (ahem, not rebellion) at the gpo in dublin occurred in 1916. by 1920, the war for Ireland's independence was nearly over.
Thank you buckytom. I am not up on Irish history except to know that a small piece of Ireland is still under British rule. And The Lay of Knock is a beautiful song. We have a very LARGE Irish population here in Boston. Two major sections of Boston celebrate St. Patrick's Day in all of its glory.
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No, that was only Season Two. Shirley McLaine will be introduced as Cora mother's from America. She goes head to head with Maggie Smith. And we have to find out if Mr. Bates gets out of prison. And what about Thomas, the footman? He is still up to his old tricks. Daisy has to ask for her raise and promotion to Assistant Cook. And Robert's sister is still looking to get married. And will Mary's scandalous behavior hit the headlines? Then there is the wedding for Mary and Mathew. Cora wants to go to Dublin and bring her daughter, the baby and the chauffeur back home. That is going to be Season 3's cliffhanger. It is 1920. The time of the Easter Rebellion in Ireland. Will Cora get caught in it when she goes to Ireland to bring her daughter and grandchild home? Robert's world is changing all around him. And he doesn't like change. And what about Daisy and William's father? Will she be the daughter he wants? So many loose ends and questions unanswered.

So no. We are not finished with Downton Abby.
It's been a long long time since I've been this wrapped up in a TV series, if ever. You did a great job there Addie!! I was really sad to see season II end last night but what an ending it was!! I can't wait to see Shirley as the American mother of Cora, she'll sure give Maggie Smith a run for her money.
Does anyone know how long we have to wait for season III ?
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It's been a long long time since I've been this wrapped up in a TV series, if ever. You did a great job there Addie!! I was really sad to see season II end last night but what an ending it was!! I can't wait to see Shirley as the American mother of Cora, she'll sure give Maggie Smith a run for her money.
Does anyone know how long we have to wait for season III ?
I searched PBS. No mention of Season Three. But then it was a while before Season Two was mentioned also. The Spring lineup should be coming out soon. I loved the line of the Dame Dowager when the jilted newspaper man said he would be leaving in the morning.

"Promise?" said the Dowager.

BTW, have any of you heard that my favorite actress Dame Judith Dench, of all times along with Meryl Streep, is going blind? She is 77. Her family reads all her lines to her now. My heart is broken. I don't think I have ever seen her give a bad performance.
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Most of the time I have the TV on and couldn't tell you what is showing. But like you, Downton Abby has grabbed me. I have been watching Masterpiece Theatre since Upstairs, Downstairs. I have been watching PBS since it was called ETV and Julia Child was cooking in B&W. I have to admit it. I am hooked.
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As much as I love Downton Abbey, I would still place it about one notch behind I, Claudius, the all around best miniseries I have ever seen. It may sound stuffy, but believe me, it is not -- it's completely captivating. I really admire Derek Jacobi - he also shines in the Caedfel group.

Wasn't Nicholas Campbell's Da Vinci's Inquest series set in Vancouver? I liked that a lot - it seemed so real. Great cast.

I'll check out Heartland - I like down-to-earth stories. I watched Disc One of Rain Shadows, about two female veterinarians in Outback Australia. I don't think I'll order up Disc Two, speaking of going head-to-head, just because I liked the characters so much; watching the conflict while they adjust to one another was uncomfortable. I should probably stick to All Creatures Great and Small -- warmer, fuzzier.
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