News Nuggets: Maggie Smith will leave ‘Downton Abbey’ after season three

Great Expectations” leads BAFTA’s Craft Award nominations: “BBC One’s 3-part adaptation of ‘Great Expectations’ leads the pack with 7 nominations. Both the BBC’s natural history series ‘Frozen Planet’ and its adaptation of ‘Birdsong‘ starring ‘My Week With Marilyn’s’ Eddie Redmayne and ‘Harry Potter’s’ Clemence Poesy took 5 nods. ITV1′s 2-part drama ‘Appropriate Adult‘ scored 4 nominations. ITV’s ‘Downton Abbey,’ Channel 4’s Top Boy, BBC One’s ‘Sherlock‘ and BBC Two’s ‘The Crimson Petal And The White’ all received 3 nominations each. The awards ceremony will be held May 13 in London.” DEADLINE

The NAVGTR Awards for video games honor “Minecraft”: “… the National Academy of Video Game Testers and Reviewers Corp. (NAVGTR) has just announced winners in 53 categories for its 11th annual awards honoring the best of video game art, technology, and production … What’s interesting about this organization is that they put Mohang’s free-to-play PC game, although one that has over 25 million registered users and new mobile and Xbox 360 games on the horizon, up against Bethesda Studios’ behemoth, ‘Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim,’ which took home so many awards for last year that it’s hard to keep track. And in this case, the non-profit organization voted the little guy in for the biggest prize. Skyrim did win for Game Design, Franchise and Outstanding Role Playing Game Sequel.” FORBES

Maggie Smith will leave “Downton Abbey” after the third season: “She has told writer Julian Fellowes she wants the third series to be her last, although he has persuaded her to do the Christmas special … Fellowes has yet to complete the plot-line – but sources say he is  preparing to write out the formidable Dowager Countess. ‘Maggie has asked Julian to write her character out,’ says a source. ‘She is filming until August and then wants to leave, going out on a high. She thinks that three series is enough and she wants to get back to the stage and big screen.'” DAILY MAIL

The TV Land Awards celebrated classic TV, including “Laverne & Shirley” and “In Living Color”: “TV Land celebrated their 10th annual “TV Land Awards” on Saturday (April 14). And the winners were a who’s who from the classic programs many of us grew up on. The show was hosted by Kelly Ripa and will air on TV Land on April 29 at 9 p.m. ET. Following is a list of the tribute award winners …” ZAP2IT

TV Land Award attendees explain when they knew they had to be entertainers: “We asked the likes of Jim Carrey, Fran Drescher, Carrie Ann Inaba, Penny Marshall, Bonnie Franklin and more to identify the moment they knew they had to be entertainers … Drescher said that she discovered acting didn’t really feel like work — and that’s when she knew she had to make it her job. ‘That’s what seemed the least like work,’ she said. ‘I could do it any time anybody asked me to, and I was happy to do it, so I thought, maybe I should try to make a living out of this.'” HUFFINGTON POST

Critics agree that “The Three Stooges” is not the worst film of all time: “Considering its tortured production history, and the latter day cinematic sins of the Farrelly Brothers, and the fact that it’s, you know, a ‘Three Stooges’ movie, you’d have been safe assuming the flick was destined for Razzie glory … It turns out this thing may not be a complete and utter abomination. Right now ‘Stooges’ is enjoying a wholly non-terrible 44% Tomatometer reading.” GRANTLAND

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