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'Downton Abbey' returns in all its gentle, hopeful glory for Season 5
'Downton Abbey' returns in all its gentle, hopeful glory for Season 5

January is such a rigorous drag of a month. Diets to start, decorations to take down, jammed email in-boxes to face, not to mention the suddenly impossible parking at the gym. Fortunately, there is something sweet and solid to cling to even as you chuck all the remaining peppermint bark: the return of "Downton Abbey." First, the bad news regarding early episodes of Season 5, which begins Sunday on KOCE: George Clooney is nowhere in sight. He recently appeared in the hilarious Christmas spoof done by creator Julian Fellowes and the cast for iTV's Text Santa project, but that appears to be the end of his commitment. It's a shame, really; Clooney is one of a few big-name...

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