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'Peepton Abbey' by Caroline Chase, Valerie Boyle and Daniel Boyle, via Mentalfloss
'Peepton Abbey' by Caroline Chase, Valerie Boyle and Daniel Boyle, via Mentalfloss

Sorry to say, but there are at least nine more months until Season 3 of Downton Abbey starts on PBS. (Own Season 2 on DVD.) On the theory that, for fans, even tiny morsels of news about their favorite show help to ease the wait, we offer up the following tidbits:

• If you thought all the Downton Abbey mash-up videos and parodies like Downton Arby’s were silly fun, how about seeing an all-peeps version of your favorite show?  The website Mentalfloss has sought and displayed dioramas representing beloved TV shows and movies, but with all the characters as peeps, those fluffy, brightly-hued marshmallow candies. The Crawley family never looked so delicious, as you surely saw in the photo above. Here’s another, upstairs/downstairs style, that was turned up by Mentalfloss:

'The Peeple of Downton Abbey' by Tonya and Angela of Maplewood, Minnesota

• Michelle Dockery, who tugged at the heartstrings this past season as lovelorn Lady Mary on Downton, graces the cover of May’s Vanity Fair. In an issue devoted to television, she shares prime real estate on the front of the magazine with Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife), Claire Danes (Homeland) and Sofia Vergara (Modern Family).

'Downton Abbey' actress Michelle Dockery, foreground, joined by, from left to right in the back, Julianna Margulies, Claire Danes, and Sofia Vergara

• Sean Bean, the strapping star of HBO’s Game of Thrones and The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy, has made a major heretical pronouncement: he’s no fan of Downton Abbey.  On VH1’s Best Week Ever, he criticized the British series for concentrating too much on the upper classes. “It’s a good piece of work,” he admitted, but he added, “I think in America it’s perceived as what we are, or were, and we’re not all like that.”


• Oscar winner Julian Fellowes, the creator of Downton Abbey, has watched ratings sink for Titanic, his latest mini-series, in the U.K.  The four-episode series, which is airing weekly on ITV in England, went from seven million viewers on its March 25 premiere (handily beating the final episode of the second season of the revived Upstairs Downstairs on the BBC) to four million viewers for its second episode on April 1. Titanic, which stars Linus Roache and Sophie Winkleman, will be broadcast over two nights, April 14 and 15 in the U.S. on ABC. The second night, by the way, is the 100th anniversary of the Titanic’s sinking.

Here’s the ITV trailer:


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By Leah Rozen