‘Downton Abbey’ Star Criticizes Show’s Second Season

Apr 26, 2012  •  Post A Comment

One of the stars of the PBS hit “Downton Abbey” apparently isn’t a fan of the show’s second season, which wrapped up in February and was generally less well-received — by both fans and critics — than season one.

Elizabeth McGovern, who plays the countess Cora Crawley in the British period drama, tells the Los Angeles Times’ ShowTracker that she was less than satisfied with the direction the show took in season two.

"There is a slightly different tone to the second season, partly because the show had to deal with this huge elephant which is the First World War, and in some ways ‘Downton Abbey’ wasn’t set up for that," she said. "What’s made the show successful and different is that attention to character detail, and that’s what the audience likes. … Writers [in the second season] had to do a lot of glossing over the domestic life, and some of the small moments between characters that characterized the first season."

"[T]he show in the first season was more to my taste than the show in the second season," McGovern added, according to the story.

The series is expected to return to its character-focused approach in its third season, which will be set in 1920.

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