Victoria To Fill Downton Abbey Slot on PBS

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  1. jharper2 says:

    I hope the producers do better with this than they did with The New Poldark.
    I thought that the New Poldark was poorly cast, especially Ross as New Ross exuded as little of the needed Poldark menace as Ross Geller of friends.

    • jharper2 says:

      Of course, that as a little mean. A great subject, better in my opinion, than the anodyne Victoria would be Sarah and John Churchill who scrambled their way up from very low gentry to Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and built a great big vulgar fuck you palace at Blenheim.
      If the Crawleys at Downton were the genteel upper middle classes aristos of the tamed boring England that came after Victoria, The Marlboroughs were the brawling bullying play politics for keeps of the late 17th century.
      Rebellions, war, heaving bosoms, depositions of Kings, cabals, bedrooms, palaces.
      Not tame aristos!
      You’d need a budget, but PBS audiences would eat it up!

  2. GIA says:

    Now that I’ve had a few episodes of Mercy Street under my belt, I can comment. — Heck-NO! Emphatically – no. Mercy Street can’t do what Downton Abbey has done. Right off the bat one feels haltingly claustrophobic on the set and situation of the MS backdrop. It takes the dingy realities of a war torn and divided society and forces our faces into them like a naughty puppy that should have known better. I hope they don’t make Mercy Street a regular series. Who needs the history lesson and forecasting?

    • anibundel says:

      My reaction to Mercy Street was (with apologies to Lloyd Benson): “PBS, I grew up in Old Town Alexandria. I know Old Town Alexandria. And this, sir, is no Old Town Alexandria.”