‘Downton Abbey’ is reopening – but not just yet
Q: I’m excited to be seeing ads for the “Downton Abbey” movie. When is that coming out? – Patricia Holland, Buffalo, N.Y.
A: The film isn’t set to open until September, so it was a calculated move to get fans of the globally popular series (seen in America on PBS, of course) intrigued and excited by releasing a composite of brief glimpses almost a year earlier. The first trailer makes it clear that the movie brings back most of the original cast members, and one of them – Hugh Bonneville, alias Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham – told us recently that the actors had “a lot of fun” in reuniting. The picture was written by “Downton Abbey” creator Julian Fellowes, so one can expect it to hold true to characters and situations already well-known to the “Abbey” faithful.
Q: I enjoyed watching Sarah Lancaster in “Christmas on Holly Lane.” Didn’t she do another Christmas movie? – Deb Green, via e-mail
A: A few of them, in fact. Having played roles on “Chuck” and “Everwood,” Lancaster is one of the top “go-to” actresses for basic-cable networks, so several holiday seasons of recent years have featured her in a new yuletide film on one network or another.
In 2015, there were two such movies: “‘Tis the Season for Love” on Hallmark Channel and “Christmas in the Smokies” on UPtv (the latter of which also ran “Christmas on Holly Lane”). And 2013 saw Lancaster also star for Hallmark in “Fir Crazy”... she sold Christmas trees in that one, so she truly was “fir crazy.” Her Hallmark holiday titles repeated quite a bit during the past couple of months.