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On-the-set stories and inside scoops from Downton Abbey

“The story of Downton Abbey began with a dinner and an idea. The idea quickly became a concept for a television series, which was snapped up by ITV,” according to author Emma Rowley of Behind the Scenes of Downton Abbey.

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Stream Season 1 of Transparent FREE today only (24 January)

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If you have not seen it yet, you can enjoy the first season of Amazon's hit series Transparent for free today, Saturday 24 January. A great way to spend your Saturday afternoon or evening!

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WATCH: Tacky 1980s sci-fi and fantasy opening credits

YouTuber RwDt09, aficionado of all things tasteless, curated this remarkable collection of tacky opening credits for 1980s sci-fi and fantasy TV series. Included on the list:

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Mod TV commercial for Kodak Instamatic (1966)

From 1966, this far out mod commercial for the Kodak Instamatic camera with Flash Cubes!

Infographic about kinds of TV shows

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I hope cartoonist John Atkinson does more of these spot-on TV show timelines.

Celebrate Halloween 1976 style with Paul Lynde and KISS

When pressed to explain the high weirdness of America's bicentennial year, simply cite The Paul Lynde Halloween Special which aired in 1976 as an ABC special. Special guests included:

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What should the new Twin Peaks be?

Theresa DeLucci wonders what form the revived series will take when it hits screens in 2016.

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Video: All of The Simpsons couch gags, simultaneously

This is not an artwork by Nam June Paik but rather every couch gag from The Simpsons all at once.

Twin Peaks returns to TV!

Welcome back to Twin Peaks.

On Friday, David Lynch tweeted "Dear Twitter Friends: That gum you like is going to come back in style! #damngoodcoffee"

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Hertzfeldt's weird future Simpsons couch gag

Esteemed animator Don Hertzfeldt's deeply strange and wonderful take on the Simpsons couch gag.

Ridiculously massive TiVo

TiVo-Mega-660x556 Available early next year, the TiVo Mega has 24TB of hot swappable RAID storage, 6 tuners, includes a lifetime TiVo subscription, and costs $5,000. Load it with years of shows you'll never watch!

Video: Seven Seinfeld bits of trivia and easter eggs

For example, util the real Kramer consented to the use of his name on TV, Kramer was briefly named Kessler and Jerry called him that in the pilot that aired. (via Laughing Squid)

James Brown pitches miso soup in The Galloping Gourmet's kitchen

James Brown hawks Nissin Miso Soup in a TV kitchen that BB pal Jim Leftwich noticed is a close reproduction of Graham Kerr's The Galloping Gourmet set from the 1970s!

Lego trailer for Walking Dead, Season 5

"The Walking Dead Season 5 Trailer." In Lego. (via Devour)

The Simpsons' Springfield, USA in Lego

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Sure, Lego released some Simpsons kits, but a fellow named Matt De Lanoy built the entire town of Springfield out of Lego!

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Matt De Lanoy's Flickr stream (via PFSK)

If The Office wasn't a comedy

The Office (US) sans jokes. (No Jokes, All Plot, via Laughing Squid)

Uhura and Obama

And in other Nichelle Nichols news today, this Tweet from Phil Larson at the White House:

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Lt. Uhura and MLK, Jr.

In 1967, Martin Luther King, Jr urged Nichelle Nichols to stay in her post as Lt. Uhura on Star Trek because she was an important and all-too-rare positive TV role model for black people. From CNN:

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As the startlingly beautiful and fiercely intelligent Lt. Uhura on the hit 1960s TV series, Nichols was a revolutionary figure at a time when the only African-American women you saw on U.S. TV were usually playing servants.

Indeed, Star Trek was reportedly the only program Martin Luther King Jr would let his children stay up late to watch.

When Nichols was considering leaving the show to pursue a career on Broadway, King Jr personally implored her to stay, saying she was a powerful role model for black people across the country -- and the world. "That was the greatest thing," says Nichols. "That was greater than anything else, to be told that by Dr. Martin Lurther King, because he was my leader.

"So I stayed and I never regretted it."

Video: The X-Files' Dana Scully likes science!

"She never gave up, even when the aliens put a chip in her neck," says creator Ryan English. (via Dangerous Minds)

Transformers theme as 1990s R&B

Saturday Morning Slow Jams' slick R&B cover of the Transformers theme. Don't miss their takes on Muppet Babies (below), Ducktales, Pokemon, Animaniacs, and many more.

UK police captured The A-Team

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From the West Yorkshire, UK police Twitter feed (@WYPDogs).

Tim and Eric and Dr. Steve Brule are going on tour

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Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim are known for live performances as weird as their television show, "Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!." This Fall, Tim and Eric are going on a North American tour with Dr. Steve Brule (John C. Reilly) of "Check It Out," and the experience promises to be unmissable.

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Formerly incarcerated woman on why 'Orange Is The New Black' is mostly inaccurate

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A confession: I'm not a fan of the TV series "Orange is the New Black." I love some of the actors on the show, but I think it's kind of a romanticized white fantasy that makes cute of an experience that is not cute, as even today's headlines on this very blog reveal. With glee, I read this Washington City Paper analysis of the show by a woman who served time in prison on a drug-related offense. She is very funny, and her critique is informative.

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Kickstarting a Breaking Bad fan fest in Albuquerque

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Boing Boing reader Miguel Jaramillo sends word of a crowdfunding campaign with which I am fully on board: A Breaking Bad fan-fest.

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New Orleans jazz rendition of Game of Thrones

The New Orleans Swamp Donkeys play a rousing old-timey jazz rendition of The Game Of Thrones Theme.

Rik Mayall from The Young Ones (RIP)

Rik Mayall, best known for portraying anarchist Rick in the fantastic 1980s British sitcom The Young Ones, has died. He was 56. (BBC News)

Buddy Rich TV ad for toy drum machine (c.1981)

Legendary jazz drummer Buddy Rich hawks Mattel Synsonic Drums, circa 1981 (via Dangerous Minds).

Hannibal's last supper "Mizumono" finale review [s2, e13]

Everybody is invited to the table in Hannibal’s bloody season-two finale. And Theresa DeLucci does mean everybody. She loves a good surprise–or five.

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Hannibal sets the table for the season finale [s2e12]

A classic moment from the Lecter legendarium hits the small screen. Theresa deLucci reviews the latest episode.

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