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.
I don't know anyone who loves the show MORE than I do. I have a large collection of period films including, now the first and second seasons of DA through a friend in the UK who got them for me pre-release (even before they were available through PBS). Season III is already paid for and on order.
I totally agree with the actress regarding all the tedious and boring war scenes. The show is about Downton Abbey and it's residents, caretakers and visitors not about every minor detail that goes on in the world around it.
Suffice to say, they could have touched on the war story just enough to show who was the hero and who was the coward.
NO MATTER WHAT THE ISSUE OF THE DAY IS, I JUST WISH THEY'D LOOK AT THE NUMBER(S) OF THE FOLLOWING OF ABBEYS THERE ARE OUT HERE'D WE REALLY DON'T CARE ABOUT THIS OR THAT. YOU ALL GOT PAID IN THE FIRST PLACE BECAUSE WE FOUND A SHOW THAT WAS FINALLY GOOD!!!! AND NOW YOU WANT TO PUT A LIGHT OF NEGATIVE ON THIS FINE SHOW, PLEASE JUST KEEP DOING WHAT YOU ALL HAVE BEEN DOING-THAT IS FINE PURE HARD WORK. I STILL HAVEN'T DECIDED IF I LIVE UPSTAIRS OR IF I WEAR AN UNIFORM! I LOVE EACH AND EVERYONE OF THE CHARACTERS, AND WE'LL KEEP TALKING ABOUT DOWNTON AS IF HOME AND YOUR OUR PEOPLES. BLESSINGS TO THE ABBEY
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.