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MONDAY, JUNE 23, 2014, 11:44 A.M.

‘Downton Abbey’ Stars Safe This Year

This undated publicity photo provided by PBS shows, from left, Elizabeth McGovern as Lady Grantham, Hugh Bonneville as Lord Grantham, Dan Stevens as Matthew Crawley, Penelope Wilton as Isobel Crawley, Allen Leech as Tom Branson, Jim Carter as Mr. Carson, and Phyllis Logan as Mrs. Hughes, from the TV series, "Downtown Abbey."

Downton Abbey bosses have reportedly BANNED any major characters from being killed in the new series - to stop a mass exodus of fans. The shock death of Matthew Crawley sparked outrage on Christmas Day, 2012, with millions of angry viewers venting their fury on Twitter. Telly fans also slammed the award-winning period drama when Lady Sybil died during childbirth a few months earlier. However, Lesley Nicol, who plays cook Mrs Patmore, says NO big characters will die in the next series/Mirror. More here. (AP Photo/PBS, Carnival Film & Television Limited 2012 for MASTERPIECE, Nick Briggs)

Question: Does it bother you when a major actor gets killed off in a TV series?

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