From Parodies to Paper Dolls, COUNTDOWN TO DOWNTON

December 2, 2014 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

Honing our anticipation of the return of “Downton Abbey” through books, blogs, previews, parodies— even a witty assortment of “Downton” paper dolls. (Thomas and O’Brien come with “evil accessories.”)

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True Confessions of a Netflix Binger

October 21, 2014 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

Home alone with a terrible cold, I watched Showtime’s entire series “The Tudors” on Netflix. Not a season, mind you, but the entire series: 6 wives, 38 episodes. Every time I told myself I should get up, get to work (get a life), I’d fast-forward through the closing credits and Netflix would automatically push me into the next episode. It was marvelous.

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Mrs. Patmore of ‘Downton Abbey’: Out of the Box

May 20, 2014 by Paige Morrow Kimball

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By Paige Morrow Kimball

Lesley Nicol’s off-screen demeanor is far from that of the character she has become known for; still, much of the inspiration behind Mrs. Patmore came from Nicol’s own personality. “Mrs. Patmore and I have a similar sense of humor,” Nicol says. “I’m not as sarcastic as she is, but we’re both funny.”

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TV Review: ‘Mad Men’—the End, Part I

April 8, 2014 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

Since Day One, Don Draper’s personal life has been a train wreck, but he was always able to weave magic for clients. He’s an abhorrent human being, but we root for him. The wonder of “Mad Men” is that Don, despite his womanizing and whiskey, has somehow been the moral compass of the show for us all along.

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WIGS, a New Breed of Women’s Programming—Watch Online!

March 25, 2014 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

Celebrating its second anniversary this spring, WIGS offers more than 150 episodes of scripted content, including 15 high-end original series, 7 short films, and 10 documentaries, all starring female leads.

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This Year’s Lackluster Oscars: Some Highs and Some Lows

March 4, 2014 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

After all, there was a lot to celebrate this year: great movies, phenomenal actresses, Ellen. I was especially looking forward to Ellen.

Frankly, I was underwhelmed.

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CBS Reporter Jennifer McLogan Weathers the Storm

February 13, 2014 by Patricia Allen

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By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

During a crisis it is not unusual for viewers to form an attachment to reporters who cover ever-changing events. Unknown to CBS’s Jennifer McLogan, I have become her BFF. She is heroic, always there, unafraid, competent, confident, and reassuring.

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Wednesday 5: Women on Screen

January 15, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change

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The Hollywood Reporter brings together six incredible actresses from films in 2013 in a dynamic roundtable discussion; five Oscar-worthy documentaries directed by black women filmmakers; the culture of trauma and victimization increasingly evident in Downton Abbey; an inspiring commerical by Bing on even more inspiring women; and director Jane Campion leads the Cannes 2014 jury.

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Five Good Reasons to Catch Tomorrow’s Golden Globe Awards

January 11, 2014 by Alexandra MacAaron

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The Golden Globes, honoring “the best in film and television” (airing live on NBC, Sunday, January 12, at 8 p.m. EST), is the perfect blend of celebrity fun. Not too stuffy. Not too casual. So put on your slinkiest flannel gown, pour a cup of tea, curl up on the couch, and enjoy.

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Will this be the Year of Lady Edith? Rejoice, Fellow Fans: Downton Abbey Returns

December 28, 2013 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

This year, Lady Edith will be the Crawley daughter to watch. I’ve a sense that Edith feels the old system let her down. Why should she adhere to it anymore? I think the girl is tired of playing the victim.

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Book Review: Lucy Lethbridge’s ‘Servants’ or Why We Love ‘Downtown Abbey’

December 26, 2013 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Far from the warm picture depicted in Downton Abbey, relations between servants and masters were cool and distant. The former were not fully recognized as fellow sentient beings—their feelings were not considered and their employers generally carried on social (and even physical) functions as if the servants were not there.

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Wednesday 5: Over-40-and-Fabulous Actresses Under the Radar

December 18, 2013 by Paige Morrow Kimball

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By Paige Morrow Kimball

What about the actresses who aren’t on the “top ten box office earner” list? What about those actresses over 40 who work constantly in film and television, but have yet to become household names? These women have been at it for years, with dozens of roles under their belts. They’ve paid their dues, honed their craft, and they have somehow managed to survive in the volatile business of entertainment.

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“Came Hell And High Water”: The Final Season of HBO’s ‘Treme’

December 10, 2013 by Alexandra MacAaron

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I would argue, passionately, that the best stories about post-Katrina New Orleans have been told by HBO in the network’s masterpiece miniseries, “Treme.”

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TV Review: ‘Dance Moms’—Guilty Pleasure, or Just Plain Guilty?

November 30, 2013 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

Abby Lee Miller, a dance diva of enormous proportions, runs a now famous (or infamous) dance school in Pittsburgh. She is demanding, temperamental, and award-obsessed.

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Which Witch? Two New Series Cast Their Spells This Fall

October 29, 2013 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

t’s about time someone focused on the feminine side of horror. Sure, there are lady vamps and zombies in those other shows, but the mythology behind them is fairly male. This fall, however, two new series put the power in the hands of women: Lifetime’s The Witches of East End and American Horror Story: Coven on FX.

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