Our TV world is about to become a little less joyful and a lot less civil.
Eventually, of course, we’ll find some new entertainment to replace the joy we’ll lose when PBS’ Downton Abbey exits for good Sunday (9 p.m. ET/PT, times may vary). Not in kind, mind you: There is no substitute for a Maggie Smith-delivered insult. But these days, finding something we can enjoy watching is not that onerous a task.
The tougher task will be replacing the basking-in-the-fantasy pleasure we found each year in returning to a time when tuxedos were considered too casual for dinner and “service” was a family business rather than something you complain about at Cracker Barrel.
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