America has gone all Brit-crazy with Downton Abbey, airing on PBS after its triumph in the UK, but perhaps the respected TV station has gone one step too far in trying to appease the clamor for all things Downton. PBS got in a bit of hot water with the show’s creators after they started selling a line of Downton Abbey jewelry on their site.
The Daily Mail says the show’s producers in ye olde England, Carnival, called in lawyers after PBS named some of the themed jewelry after characters in the show, like a necklace dubbed the “Lady Mary” after Lady Mary Crawley.
Apparently none of the profits from the line, which also included items like a tea set as well as necklaces, broaches and earrings, were going to Carnival Films or the show’s creator and writer, Julian Fellowes.
A spokesman for Carnival said: “We did not authorise the sale of Lady Mary jewellery. Our lawyers have been in contact with PBS in order to remove these items from sale.”
And it seems the hullabaloo has worked, as PBS no longer has the items on their site.
“ShopPBS obtained jewelry from a number of third-party vendors and placed them within a collection of products dedicated to “Downton Abbey,” a PBS spokesperson told TODAY.com. “An email from the business affairs office of NBC/Carnival was received requesting that we remove these items. PBS complied immediately and the products are no longer being offered.”
Does that mean no more “Thomas The Incredibly Smug Footman Mugs”? Dangit!