(Yesterday I went to a movie and the guy across the aisle from me accidentally spilled his jumbo-sized soda. The cup had been sitting on the floor and the Coke, or whatever it was, trickled down the aisle in a merry river, meandering around as if following the hideous pattern on the carpet, finally stopping in a puddle only because the Meridian theaters weirdly level out in the middle. I mention this in such detail because I was watching it, mesmerized — it was far more interesting than what was currently going on onscreen. Therefore, more “Downton Abbey” today, because it cheers me up.)
“Downton Abbey” will begin airing its third season in England in September, while we Americans will once again have to wait until January to see it (unless we have clever access to some mysterious websites that people keep telling me about). Maybe we can get Shirley Maclaine to give us some details to tide us over. In the meantime, “D.A.” executive productor Gareth Neame gave a delightful interview to The Hollywood Reporter, noting that while Jamie Lee Curtis has asked to be cast (as Lady Cora’s older sister) and Maggie Gyllenhaal wants to do a cameo, they’re being “very careful” about stunt casting. And:
THR: And the price point for British shows is also lower…
Neame: Right, we don’t the splash the cash as much. I would like to think that we have the least money of the six [Emmy-nominated dramas], which is a statistic that English people love because English people love to say we made this wonderful thing for very little money. Americans couldn’t care less.