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Beyond the Dish; Masterpiece Presents Downton Abbey; Tech Guru Jared Bendis

Thursday, January 2, 2014

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Julian Fellowes’ story of the aristocratic Crawley family returns to PBS for its fourth season. Downton has gone on to become the most watched series in the Masterpiece franchises’ history!  Last year, nearly 8 million people tuned in to watch the debut of season three of the drama, set in the early 1900s on a sprawling estate and palatial palace. This Sunday marks the debut of season four of Downton. And on that occasion, we sent Associate Producer Lauren Wilson to a place in Akron where the family, clothing, estate and food were at one time, strikingly similar to what we see today, on the series - Downton Abbey.

Downton Abbey recently received a 2014 Golden Globe nomination for Best TV Drama. What you may not have known is when the show was first pitched to Rebecca Eaton, the Executive Producer of Masterpiece, she turned it down. On the eve of the premiere of season four, Rafael Pi Roman, of our affiliate, WNET, New York Public Media sis down with Rebecca Eaton about her new book, Making Masterpiece, about bringing Downton to PBS, along with other memorable series.

With the holidays over, right now could be great time to pick up some fabulous deals. With technology high on everyone’s list, we reached out to our resident tech guru, Jared Bendis, the New Technology Officer at Case Western Reserve University for some ideas. He brought along some four-legged, furry friends that he got for Christmas that are temperamental and difficult to tame.


Jim Urban, Stan Hywet
Tovio Mottor, Stan Hywet
Rebecca Eaton, Author
Rafael Pi Roman, WNET/PBS
Jared Bendis, Case Western Reserve University

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