As season five of Downton Abbey airs in the U.S., Twin Cities Public Television’s rebranding efforts inspire an exploration of the expansive U.S. public television phenomenon.
PBS perhaps hoped that BBC1’s Call the Midwife could be their next big hit, following on from the success of ITV1’s Downton Abbey. Faye Woods contemplates the significance of Call the Midwife’s inability to match Downton Abbey’s ratings and buzz in the US.
PBS successfully transitions Downton Abbey from Miniseries to Drama Series by continuing to lean on the advantages afforded the former distinction.
Downton Abbey has proved to be a hit for PBS and its cultural significance is evident in the various ways its fans engage with the show and with the past it mediates for us.
While we are often quick to point out the flaws in the Emmy nomination process, lamenting the absence of our favorite programs, often the nominations are guided as much by eligibility as by voter subjectivities.
PBS premieres new period-piece Downton Abbey on Sunday, reminding us that Brit-lit mini-series, which construct variegated representations of mainly white, heterosexual, aristocratic, life, continue to be hugely popular.