Downton Abbey fandom has become a shibboleth of sorts to devout TV viewers, an indicator of a certain kind of taste and sensibility. So what kinds of enchanting high-minded shows does creator Julian Fellowes watch? "I like Glee," he tells the Times. "I love Sex and the City, I think I’ve seen every episode." Not what we were expecting, Julian Fellowes! As intensely British as Downton is, Fellowes considers it part of an American TV construct, too. "I think the Americans, with West Wing and NYPD Blue and E.R. and Chicago Hope — this tremendously energized, multinarrative, multilevel show — I think that was a reinvention of television that has affected us all," he says. "The American series have a tremendous energy which I admire, and I hope I have emulated in Downton." Man, just when you thought there would never be a way to group Glee, Chicago Hope, and Downton Abbey together ...
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