The British drama series which depicts the life of the Crawley family and its servants is coming to an end.
“Millions of people around the world have followed the journey of the Crawley family and those who serve them for the last five years. Inevitably there comes a time when all shows should end and ‘Downton’ is no exception,” Carnival’s Managing Director and Executive Producer of “Downton Abbey,” Gareth Neame, said. “We wanted to close the doors of ‘Downton Abbey’ when it felt right and natural for the storylines to come together and when the show was still being enjoyed so much by its fans. We can promise a final season full of all the usual drama and intrigue, but with the added excitement of discovering how and where they all end up…”
Show creator Julian Fellowes added: “The ‘Downton’ journey has been amazing for everyone aboard. People ask if we knew what was going to happen when we started to make the first series and the answer is that, of course we had no idea. Exactly why the series had such an impact and reached so many people around the world, all nationalities, all ages, all types, I cannot begin to explain. But I do know how grateful we are to have been allowed this unique experience.I suspect the show will always be a principal marker in most of our careers as we set out from here, and if so, I consider that a blessing and a compliment.”
Downton Abbey fial season will air January 2016 on PBS.
Happy New Year! Hope it is off to a great start already!
I decided to introduce K-drama to the blog! For those who do not know, “K-drama” is an abbreviation for Korean Drama. I enjoy watching these television dramas from South Korea. A friend of mine introduced me to it and I have been hooked for almost four years now. I’m Nigerian and no, I’m not fluent in Korean language but I think I’m getting there, *side eye”
It started with Boys Over Flowers, boy oh boy, was I hooked. After that drama marathon, I wanted MORE!. More of Lee Min Ho and Kim Hyun Joong! More of the drama, the love, the romance… really, i thought it was that good. Just like that I was welcomed to the world of K-drama.
Here are my favorite kdramas in no particular order:
Boys Over Flowers (2009)
This drama made me cry and laugh so much. Half the time I caught myself screaming at my iPad. Yeah, we both know that’s normal, right? It was my first initiation to the Chaebol craze and second lead syndrome. Lee Min Ho and Ku Hye Sun have us that young love which consisted of petty fights, misunderstandings and make ups. You definitely can not have a kdrama without character developments. Personally, Boys over Flowers was so popular when it aired so that is also a plus. Ah! I enjoyed it. Watch why Lee Min Ho got so popular here
Can You Hear My Heart (2011)
Synopsis: Hwang Jung Eum played the role of Bong Woo Ri, a young woman who did her best to provide and protect her deaf mother and mentally ill father. Family trials brought Bong Woo Ri closer to a deaf rich man, Dong Joo(Kim Jae Won) who is hunted by his family’s dark secrets
Omo! Omo! This drama right here was so good. I became a fan of Hwang Jung Eum because of her performance in this drama. The cast was great. This is a must-see, It is going to tug at your heart-strings. Do not sleep on this drama. Get your tissues ready and Watch it here
A Gentleman’s Dignity (2012)
Synopsis: four best friends in their 40s dealing with their romantic and professional lives. Jang Dong Gun stars as the male lead(Kim Do-Jin) who wants love but does not want to share his wealth. Kim Ha Neul stars as the female lead, she plays Seo Yi-Soo, who falls in love with Kim Do-Jin.
A Gentleman’s Dignity was mature and refreshing drama. Initially, I was not going to watch it, but it was really good. It is not about that young annoying love stories. It is mature but cute and kept me wanting more. I have seen it twice, yup! it’s that good. All the cast were great and it was my first time watching any of their work. Watch it here
My Love from Another Star (2013)
Synopsis:It is about an alien, Do Min Joo (Kim Soo Hyun), who crash landed on earth and was left behind, thus lived on earth for 400 years among humans and falls in love with an actress, Cheon Song-Yi ( by Jun Ji Hyun).
I am not much of a sci-fi fan; fantasy? yes. but not Sci-fi. I am not interested in all that vampire, alien, time traveling type of anything. I decided to be open-minded and gave it a go. My Love From Another Star had me in stitches from the first episode. seven out of ten times when a drama begins that good, the drama keeps that winning streak to the very last episode. It was very entertaining. I enjoyed it…duh! Please tell me you’ve seen it too. If you haven’t, Watch it here
The Moon Embracing The Sun (2012)
Synopsis: the story of the undying love between the crown prince, Lee Kwon (Kim Soo Hyun) and a noble girl, Wol (Han Ga In). Wol was chosen as the crown princess but was believed dead until she reappeared 8 years later with no memory of her past. The kid actors were really good, I wished Han Ga In gave me more.I Felt like I was not getting something from her. Or maybe I’m just biased towards Kim You Jung who played the younger Wol. Yeah, she is one of my favorite South Korean actresses. Anyway, If you are still sleeping on this drama, you need to wake up!! The cast should make you give it a try. Watch it here
I do not think I need to introduce this majestic drama. It is everywhere, Heirs was quite popular when it aired. Even my mom watched with me and my sis. I remember the three of us spending time watching it together, it was a date! I have seen Heirs thrice… *covers face*. More than K-drama romance, I really enjoy watching it’s bromance, and Heirs gave me that and more.
This was the time Kim You Jung became one of the kid actresses I love to watch.
Synopsis: This is a historical drama based on the life of Dong Yi (Kim You Jung) who was later known as Choi Suk Bin (Han Hyo Joo), who was born a commoner that became a concubine to the King. Choi Suk Bin had to overcome political and personal battles to protect and raise her son, the future king.
Dong Yi is was the reason Kim You Jung became one of the kid actresses I love to watch. It is my all time favorite historical korean drama. It is also a true life story. I do not know a lot of K-drama fans who have seen this. Most people over look it because it is historical and has 60 episodes. ha ha, yes! 60 episodes. I was hooked from the beginning. I recommend you to give it a try. If you liked Han Hyo Joo in Shinning Inheritance, you will love her in this drama. I think I might just watch it again. Watch it here
Synopsis: Two sworn brothers Hyeong Jun (Lee Byun Hun) and Sa Won(Jeong Jun Ho) who are elite agents of the National Security Systems both fall for fellow agent, Seung Hee(Kim Tae Hee). Hyeong Jun goes on an assignment in Hungary where he was betrayed. Upon returning to South Korea, Hyeong Jun believed that everyone in his organization was either dead or working for the enemy. While Hyeong Jun carried out his revenge, he begins to discover the secrets of IRIS, a secret organization.
This is by faaaar (yeah, the distance is clear) my favorite action K-drama. It was thrilling, intense, romantic and exciting. I did not want it to end. I miss it so much (I bet I’m not the only one that has felt this way about certain dramas). The battle between love and duty. Ahh, it was one of my firsts and it was amazing, got me excited when I learned that a sequel series was in the works. Although the sequel was good, just was not the synopsis I expected. Watch IRIS here
Some Other kdramas I enjoyed are:
King 2 Hearts
Fated To Love You
Jang Bo Ri is Here
Marriage, Not Dating
Gu Family Book
Cunning Single Lady
I would like some recommendations too! What are some of your all time favorites?
Cinemax delays “Strike Back‘s” fourth and final season, the network revealed Thursday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour.
The action series will air its final sometime in 2015, due to an injury off-set. Production on the final season have been pushed back since actor Sullivan Stapleton, who plays Sgt. Damien Scott, sustained a serious, injury off-set in February.
“Production … will be on hiatus to allow him time to recover,” the cabler said at the time in a statement. “We plan on resuming production in the fall.”
In other Cinemax’s news, the network has picked up a ten-episode second season of “The Knick” ahead of the series debut on August 8.
Set in downtown New York circa 1900, “The Knick” follows Knickerbocker Hospital’s surgeons, nurses and staff who push the bounds of medicine in the time of astonishingly high mortality rates and zero antibotics.
“The Knick” stars Clive Owen, Andre Holland, Eve Hewson, Juliet Rylance, Jeremy Bobb and Michael Angarano.
“Suits” has been renewed for season four, USA announced Thursday.
The drama series has been picked up for a fourth season of 16 episodes, which is set to debut in 2014.
“As a leading cable drama, ‘Suits’ is at the top of its game and continues to grow in the key demographics, drawing a passionate, young and loyal audience,” USA president Chris McCumber said in a statement. “[Series creator] Aaron Korsh consistently pushes the boundaries of storytelling and the series promises to deliver a provocative fourth season.”
“Suits” will conclude its third season with six new episodes in early 2014.
Freshman series “The Bridge” has been picked up for a second season.
The crime-thriller drama starring Demian Bichir and Diane Kruger has been renewed for a second season of 13 episodes, which will debut in 2014.
“We’ve been blown away by the compelling performances of Demian Bichir and Diane Kruger and the writing of Meredith Stiehm, Elwood Reid and their team, and are thrilled to be able to continue this journey for another season,” said Eric Schrier, President of Original Programming for FX Networks and FX Productions, in a statement. “We look forward to continuing our partnership with Rich Ross, Carolyn Bernstein and everyone at Shine America.”
The “Real Housewives of Atlanta” returns Sunday, Nov. 4 with some new ladies and our favorite wives.
According to the trailer below, Phaedra is not only burying humans but also animals. But she is not the only wife branching out. NeNe hits Hollywood, during a gay pride parade and declares “I have arrived!”
Although Kim was not pictured in the cast photo, she is featured in the promo telling her hubby Kroy: “You’re gonna have to keep your pe**s to yourself” to which he responds: “You’ll have to keep off it.”
All ye “Revenge” fans, guess who is back on TV….Emily Throne! 👌👌👌
New season new priorities! The season opens with Emily trying so hard to retrieve the memories of her mother without the help of Takeda. Remember him? Her Japanese Kung fu trainer who is apparently responsible for Amanda’s return to Jack’s life..but is also trying to stop her from finding the hidden memories. I’m very curious to know exactly what he is trying to avoid.
How could I forget the very pregnant Amanda? Who still wants Jack all to herself and hopes it stays that way. Jack is definitely not so thrilled about becoming a father especially while struggling to make ends meet. We shall see how that plays out and what exactly happened between Amanda and Takeda.
The Graysons’ seem to be doing well with the death of Victoria Grayson, especially our dear Charlotte. Charlotte has been receiving treatment for her addiction and was almost declared a cured patient until her father’s plan was successful on the Memorial Day for her beloved mother. She panicked in front if everyone yelling at Conrad that he planned her failed drug test and that he also planned her mother’s plane crash. Right before Charlotte was dragged away to her confinement she whispered to Emily that her mother, Victoria Grayson is very much alive…Shocker!!!
Why is Conrad doing this? He wants the court to give him full access to Charlotte’s inheritance and hopes Daniel will also invest in the family business…can’t stand him right now, ugh! 😤😡
“The white haired man” is back working with Victoria Grayson and their mission is to take out Emily Thorne, why? Because she knows Victoria is alive…hmm, me thinks this season is about to be hot 🔥🔥🔥🔥!!
The “Last Resort”‘s pilot has been released online two weeks before the series debuts!
“Last Resort” follows a U.S. nuclear submarine Captain Marcus Chaplin (Andre Braugher) who refuses an order to destroy the country of Pakistan without confirmation. As the submarine becomes an enemy of the country, Chaplin decides to go rogue, and take refuge on an exotic island as he attempts to clear his and his crew names and return home.
The series stars Andre Braugher as Capt. Marcus Chaplin, Scott Speedman, Daisy Betts, Dichen Lachman, Daniel Lissing, and Sahr Ngaujah as Mayor Julian Serrat.
The pilot can be viewed on Yahoo, click here to watch the pilot.