Elizabeth McGovern Down on 'Downton'
Actress blasts her own show for 'glossing over' character detail
When asked by the media about the show that currently pays their bills, most television actors are scared to profess anything other than their deep and undying admiration -- whether true or not.
Elizabeth McGovern, who stars as the countess Cora Crawley in "Downton Abbey," aired some refreshingly honest criticism of the British period drama's second season, which concluded in the U.S. in February, to the L.A. Times yesterday.
"The first season was more to my taste than the show in the second season," McGovern said, blaming her disconnect on the necessity of dealing with World War I.
"What's made the show successful and different is that attention to character detail, and that's what the audience likes," McGovern said. "Writers [in Season 2] had to do a lot of glossing over the domestic life, and some of the small moments between characters that characterized the first season."
Many critics and fans agree with McGovern's assessment, and she should be celebrated for daring to express it. But that will probably be a tall order for her colleagues on the set of the show's third season, which is currently filming in Britain.
Season 3 of "Downton Abbey," which is expected to return to its character-driven roots, premieres in England in September, and on PBS in January 2013.
The War did seem to drag on.... but the character attraction stayed strong if you really believed... I'm quite lonesome for them now....and yes waiting until January
2013 seems long off...nothing since can take Downton's place..boring...
I love the series..wait all week just to see what will happen next..I cant wait for the next season..and Im sure that when it ends I'll be wanting more..
Does anyone know if this is from a book??I love to read and try to read all the period books I can find..Jane Austen is one of my favorites
WW1 is a big part of british history, almost a generation of young men was lost.
enormous casualties in very short intervals. The only out of place things I noticed was a newer Model T truck in 1912 and in 1918 a Rolls Royce with a later style body.
There was no blast!!!!!!!!! Where did that word even come from????? I love this series and have purchased the DVD sets for both seasons. It is truly wonderful in all areas.
I bought the British version of Season 2 on ITunes... I wonder if Season 3 can be bought the same way ....A LOT SOONER than Jan 2013?! I hope so... :)