NBCAlex Moffatt as Robert Crawley and Cecily Strong as Mary Crawley in ‘Saturday Night Live’s’ version of ‘Downton Abbey.’
- “Saturday Night Live” parodied the new “Downton Abbey” movie in a sketch during the season premiere on Saturday.
- Presented as a trailer for the movie, the sketch started off with a shot for shot recreation of the real “Downton Abbey” trailer.
- Beck Bennett, as Carson the butler, receives a letter stating that the king and queen are coming to Downton, and immediately brings it to Lord Grantham (played by Alex Moffatt) and Lady Mary (portrayed by Cecily Strong), who are both hilariously aghast at the news.
- The rest of the sketch focuses on the efforts of the Downton Abbey staff to prepare for the visit. Carson worries to Mrs. Hughes (Aidy Bryant) that they don’t have enough people to help, even though there are 80 servants available.
- And Mrs. Hughes reveals her menu for the royal visit, which includes “twice-murdered pig” and “little bad cakes,” as well as “Chicago-style deep-dish pizza.”
- Reviews touted throughout the trailer offer confusion like “were the stakes in the show always this low?” and lukewarm praise saying it is “exciting for people who like the show.
- The end of the sketch reveals that it’s actually been an ad for the upcoming “Joker” movie.
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