NEWS ROUNDUP: Dan Stevens Leaving DOWNTON; Shonda Rhimes Taking GREY'S "Back From The Fans"

“Downton” does downtown New York
The cast of Julian Fellowes’ Emmy Award-winning DOWNTON ABBEY has arrived in New York in anticipation of the U.S. premiere of Season 3. The stars attended last night’s New York Knicks game, which the Earl of Grantham (Hugh Bonneville) described as “basketamazeballs :-)”

And this morning, they checked off another tourist to-do item when they rode the subway.

Dan Stevens leaving DOWNTON ABBEY
Stevens (Matthew Crawley) is not expected to return for DOWNTON's fourth season — at least not on a full-time basis.

Shonda Rhimes has taken GREY'S ANATOMY "back from the fans"
“I reached this point where I thought, ‘The show really doesn’t belong to me anymore,’” Rhimes said. “I suddenly realized that if we were just going to continue to tell stories that were just for them — that were just going to make the audience happy — we weren’t growing at all.”

HOMELAND team sells Middle East dictator show to FX
FX has ordered a pilot called TYRANT from producers Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff along with LOST writer Craig Wright. The show follows a family that gets drawn into turbulent Middle East politics when the dictator of an Arab state dies and his American son becomes the new head of the country.

The Real Problem with 'Homeland'
Richard Lawson writes: "I'm not really saying that HOMELAND was or is bad, exactly. I'm simply saying that it was never the unimpeachable hallmark of quality television that people are now implying that it once was."

Behind the New Modern SEINFELD Twitter Account, Which Is Not About Nothing
The @SeinfeldToday Twitter account, which popped up Sunday evening, ventures to propose of-the-moment plots for a modern SEINFELD.

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