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'Downton Abbey' recap: The Battle of Little Minx

OK, "Downton Abbey," I think it's time we had a talk. 

First, let me say congratulations on your win Sunday at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. No one can argue that the acting on this show isn't top notch, even when the writing isn't, which, well… 

What I'm about to tell you comes from a place of love. We've been through some ups and downs, you and me. Way back in Season 1, you were so charming and captivating, I could hardly take my eyes off of you; then in Season 2 you sort of went a little nuts, but hey, there was a war going on. Seasons 3 and 4 got a little dark, but I went along for the ride.

But now, dearest "Downton," I'm starting to lose my patience. We're halfway through the fifth season and you're starting to feel like "Groundhog Day" with posher accents and prettier costumes.  

Let's start with what's working. Maggie Smith has always been one of the most compelling reasons to watch "Downton Abbey." She's so great at delivering a tart zinger that it's easy to forget that...

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SAG Awards 2015: William H. Macy wins for 'Shameless,' isn't entirely speechless

William H. Macy really wished he had taken the time to stash a piece of paper in his pocket on Sunday night.

The actor, who plays the drunken patriarch in the Showtime dramedy "Shameless," won a Screen Actors Guild Award for performance by a male actor in a comedy series, then went backstage to enlighten reporters about a dreaded moment every actor faces at some point in his or her career.

"I've been doing this for a while," the actor said at the Shrine Exposition Center. "One must write a speech."


He elaborated: "There's a moment every actor will understand: when you go home after an awards show and in your pocket you'll find a speech you never get to deliver because you didn't win."

Well, the one time he didn't put pen to paper worked out in his favor.

"I did not expect to win, so I didn't write a speech!"

And as it turned out, the speech he did deliver was one of the night's more colorful, including the line, "I’ve written so many great acceptance...

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SAG Awards 2015: Viola Davis on diversity: 'We want to see ourselves'

When Viola Davis went onstage Sunday during the 21st Screen Actors Guild Awards to accept her award for female actor in a drama series, the 49-year-old African American actress couldn't hide the emotion.

With her role as high-profile law professor Annalise Keating on "How to Get Away With Murder," Davis has been credited with diversifying the portrayal of women on television. And, she said backstage at the SAG Awards, it's roles like these that are necessary in Hollywood.


"The sexualized, messy, outwardly strong, inwardly vulnerable women I know in my life are anywhere from Size 0 to 24," she said. "They do exist in life. To me, that's where you can find the expansiveness of stories.

"We want to see ourselves. We want to be inspired by that. I sometimes want the fantasy, but more often than not, I want reality. I want to feel less alone when I look at TV."

As an inspiration, she credited Cicely Tyson, who was nominated for female actor in a television...

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Strange Inheritance Cousins find a cache of vintage baseball cards in their great-grandfather's old house in the debut of this series. 6 and 6:30 p.m. Fox Business News

The Bachelor The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra sets the mood for Chris's romantic evening with one lucky bacherlorette in this episode. 8 p.m. ABC

Top Gear Irish singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran joins the fun in the car-centric show's season premiere. 8:30 p.m. BBC America

Fashion Police Kathy Griffin and company review red-carpet styles at Sunday's Screen Actors Guild Awards. 9 p.m. E!

Ellen's Design Challenge Six contestant vie for a $100,000 prize in this new furniture-making competition from Ellen DeGeneres. 9 p.m. HGTV

Sons of Liberty Paul Revere (Michael Raymond-James) makes his famous midnight ride in Part 2 of this three-night...

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SAG Awards 2015: 'Downton Abbey' wins for ensemble in TV drama series

"Downton Abbey" won the Screen Actors Guild Award on Sunday for performance by an ensemble in a television drama series. 

The PBS period piece beat "Boardwalk Empire" (HBO), "Homeland" (Showtime), "House of Cards" (Netflix) and "Game of Thrones" (HBO).


"Thank you so much to the viewers that have stuck with us," said actress Joanne Froggatt in accepting the award. "Thank you for keeping us on this journey."

The popular drama about an aristocratic British family and its servants is in its fifth season and has broken ratings records for PBS. The ensemble cast includes Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, Maggie Smith, Laura Carmichael and Phyllis Logan. 

This is the second time "Downton Abbey" has won the SAG Award for drama ensemble, following a win in 2013. 

The 21st Screen Actors Guild Awards are being held at the Shrine Exposition Center and airing live on TBS and TNT.

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SAG Awards 2015: 'Orange Is the New Black' wins for comedy ensemble

"Orange Is the New Black" took the SAG Award for ensemble in a comedy series for the first time on Sunday.

Co-star Uzo Aduba, who won the female actor SAG Award minutes before for her performance as inmate Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren accepted the ensemble trophy for the large cast, which crowded onto the stage around her.

She thanked creator Jenji Kohan and viewers of the Netflix streaming service for tuning in, among others.

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Other ensembles competing in the category included "Veep," "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," "The Big Bang Theory" and "Modern Family."

"Transparent," which was not nominated at the SAG Awards, won for best comedy series at the Golden Globes earlier this month.

"Orange Is the New Black," which returns for a third season in June, stars Taylor Schilling as a woman sentenced to a federal penitentiary for 15 months.

The 21st Screen Actors Guild Awards are being held at the Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles, and the show is...

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