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Rumors About Downton Abbey: Season 4 Swirling

The most recent Downton Abbey rumor to surface is that Michelle Dockery, Laura Carmichael, Jessica Brown Findlay, and Joanne Froggatt might not return for Season 4. Well, currently there is no Season 4 for them to not return to, although creator and writer Julian Fellowes did tell the UK’s Daily Mail, “I am sure there will be a fourth series, yes, although it hasn’t yet been confirmed officially.”

According to the UK’s Mirror, Dockery (Lady Mary), Carmichael (Lady Edith), Brown Findlay (Lady Sybil), and Froggatt (Anna) have been receiving film offers from Hollywood since Downton Abbey became such a hit stateside. An unnamed source(s) has said, “The girls are the toast of Hollywood right now and people are scrambling to work with them… They’re being advised to look at all the offers on the table and if the right job comes up then they won’t return.”

Dockery, Carmichael, Brown Findlay on the cover of Love Magazine.)

This comes on the heels of the rumors that Dame Maggie Smith wouldn’t return to the series. One had it that her character, Violet, the Dowager Countess of Grantham, was going to be killed off in Season 3. It wasn’t a giant leap, not when Rebecca Eaton, Executive Producer of PBS’ Masterpiece, stated that someone “pretty key in the cast [is] unfortunately not going to make it.”

But, according to Fellowes, “Dame Maggie will be in this show for as long as she wants to be, and I can tell you that even if she doesn’t want to be, she won’t die, she’ll go to the seaside just in case she wants to come back.” So that puts an end to that rumor.

I’m going to toss my hat in the ring and say I think it’s Isobel Crawley, played by Penelope Wilton, who’s going to say ta-ta to the show. With Shirley MacLaine’s character, Martha Levinson, being Violet’s new adversary, the need for the Isobel character, I believe, is diminished.

Between now and the time Season 3 begins in January, there will likely be plenty more rumors where those came from, so who’s betting on which one(s) will come to pass?

More Guest Stars Announced for Doctor Who

Richard E Grant
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The BBC confirmed yesterday via a tweet that Richard E. Grant (Gosford Park, The Scarlet Pimpernel) will guest star in the Doctor Who Season 7 Christmas special. (He was also the voice of The Doctor in the BBC miniseries, Doctor Who: Scream of the Shalka.)

Guest starring with him will be Tom Ward (Silent Witness, Vanity Fair).

After the Christmas special, the last eight episodes of the upcoming Doctor Who season will air in 2013.

Sir David Attenborough Receives Another Honor

Sir David Attenborough
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UPI reported yesterday that the goblin spider, a species recently found only on Horn Island in Australia, was named Prethopalpus attenboroughi in honor of the British naturalist and broadcaster, Sir David Attenborough.

Said Attenborough when he accepted the honor, “Naming a species is the biggest of compliments that you could ask from any scientific community and I truly thank you very much indeed for this one.”

If you’re not familiar him, you probably know his work, which includes the documentaries Blue Planet, Frozen Planet, and Planet Earth, for which Attenborough was the sole writer and narrator or one member of the writing and narrating teams.

Congratulations, Sir David!

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