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New ‘Downton Abbey’ Teaser: Less Money, Mo’ Problems

On the one hand, this newly leaked “trailer” for the third season of the breakout PBS hit “Downton Abbey” is clearly a bootleg, so we can’t imagine that the channel’s PR folks are too happy about it. On the other hand, it will help build buzz for a show that has become the showboat of the “Masterpiece Classics” franchise–the season two finale placed second in the ratings game behind a certain obscure broadcast known as The Super Bowl despite the fact that Sherlock Holmes himself called it “f**king atrocious” (sounds like somebody’s a little jealous).

So, let’s review (SPOILER ALERT if you’re not caught up with the series to date).

Bates still in jail? Check. Maggie Smith still hilarious? Check. Matthew and Mary still deeply in love? Not so much. Downton estate still ridiculously wealthy? Uh oh.


So what do you think? Does this little snippet make you anxious to see what the future holds for the Granthams and the Crowleys? Bad news: Season three won’t air in the US until January 2013. In the meantime, we can all keep ourselves busy speculating about what Shirley MacLaine will wear.

Happy 100th Birthday, Julia Child

In case you hadn’t heard, Julia Child–longtime chef, TV fixture and inspiration to every single domestic media goddess who followed in her footsteps (including Martha Stewart and, yes, even Rachael Ray) would have turned 100 this week.

Most of us were too young to watch her in her prime, but she remained active until the ripe young age of 90, and today she stands as a perfect example of one woman who transformed her passion into an enduring brand–Mastering the Art of French Cooking remains a bestseller today, and we don’t think Meryl Streep can take all the credit. Everyone—including the White House’s executive pastry chef—seems to have taken a moment this week to weigh in on the woman who changed not just French cuisine but the art of cooking in general.

Grub Street collects some of the better remembrances here, and this auto-tuned PBS “remix” must be seen to be believed (we can’t quite decide if this is a good thing). As the woman herself said, “Everything in moderation…including moderation.”

GetGlue’s Fan Base Loves Its Geek TV

A zombie from GetGlue fave "The Walking Dead"

Damn! Why didn’t I check in last night while I was watching that fascinating PBS show Nature: The Radioactive Wolves of Chernobyl?

It has come to the attention of television networks that social media tools like Twitter and GetGlue can really boost a program’s ratings. GetGlue, a New York-based social media site that allows users to check-in and connect in real time while consuming media, has more than one million users and has been a big factor in promotion.

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Add Anti-Hacking Efforts to Your Crisis Comms Plan

We learned about the hacking threat to banks a while ago, but now the threat is much more more widespread. Citibank was hacked in May (and waited a month to tell people), Sony Playstation was the victim of a hack job that could cost it $1 billion, PBS was hacked with a story that brought back both Tupac and Biggie, and Sega has announced a breach. Add to that, two big names in data breach — LulzSec and Anonymous — have issued a release saying that they’re joining forces to “attack any government or agency that ‘crosses their path.’”

LulzSec says that hackers will be targeting classified government information with this Operation Anti-Security, but judging from the companies have fallen victim, the group isn’t against going after anyone it has an issue with. The statement also encourages the use of the term “AntiSec” in any hack job and graffiti with that tag.

Businesses, brands, and organizations, we’ll say it again: Get your crisis comms plan ready.

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Hackers Attack PBS, Bring Back Biggie and Tupac

Sadly, Biggie and Tupac are not alive and living in New Zealand.

Tupac and Biggie were brought back to life temporarily, and they were chillin’  in New Zealand according to a story that was published on the PBS website last night. The story was the work of angry hackers Lulz Security, who took vengeance on public broadcasting for a Frontline segment about Wikileaks and detained Army analyst Bradley Manning. And also, just because they could.

In addition to the story, which, of course, had started to make its way around social media, the hackers breached public broadcasting’s security taking employee email and database info.

A statement on the Frontline webpage says “no viewer information was compromised” and they were able to complete a quick repair of the situation.  And the program’s executive producer David Fanning said, “We have been very open to publishing criticism of the film, and the film itself included multiple points of view. Rather than engaging in that spirit, this is an attempt to chill independent journalism.”

Building on Existing Buzz for ‘LENNONYC’ Screening

Saturday, October 9 would’ve been John Lennon‘s 70th birthday. Fans will have the opportunity to gather in New York City’s Central Park on that evening to see a special screening of LENNONYC, a new documentary by American Masters, which is produced in association with WNET.  The film takes a look at Lennon’s life and work in New York City with his wife Yoko Ono and son Sean.The film will make its television debut on November 22. The clip above, via Thirteen.org, is an excerpt from the film.

DKC, which has been helping with promotions for the film since August, has also worked with WNET on other documentaries, and has also worked with PBS on movies such as the recent Ken Burns film Baseball. For the firm, the task was to plug into the conversation that already exists around John Lennon.

“It’s more an issue of providing a venue for people to share this experience together,” said Joe DePlasco, MD at DKC. Read more

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