Pubmedia roundup: Downton gets Golden Globes nod, PBS Hawaii sells land

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Cast members and producers of Downton Abbey participate in a Q&A Tuesday night in New York City. (Photo: Stephanie Berger)

  • As expected, PBS got a Golden Globe nomination early this morning for Downton Abbey. The Masterpiece megahit got its nod in the Best Television Series — Drama category. Its competition? Breaking Bad on AMC; The Good Wife, CBS; House of Cards, Netflix; and Masters of Sex, Showtime. It’s PBS’s only nomination in the annual awards, presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
  • Downton cast members and producers took part in a discussion moderated by arts reporter Bill Carter of the New York Times Tuesday night, which was recorded for use by PBS member stations. Creator Julian Fellowes and EP Gareth Neame joined actors Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Robert James-Collier, Michelle Dockery, Allen Leech, Phyllis Logan and Lesley Nicol onstage at the historic Hudson Theatre in the Millennium Hotel. Check out photos from the event. And tune in today at 8:30 p.m. Eastern for a public Q&A from the Times Center on YouTube.
  • PBS Hawaii has sold a parcel of land in Waikiki for $3.5 million. “At one time we thought that we would put our new home on this land,” PBS Hawaii Board Chair Robbie Alm said in an announcement. “That turned out not to be possible because of technology issues and we needed to sell it.” MW Group of Honolulu plans to build an assisted-living senior-housing project on the 28,761–square-foot parcel. “We are especially happy that land will now be used to help people live fuller and more satisfying lives as they age,” Alm said. The station bought the property in November 2003 for $2.4 million.

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