'Downton Abbey': Siobhan Finneran Not Returning for Season 4
'Downton Abbey': Siobhan Finneran Not Returning for Season 4
Jeff Dodge
Jeff Dodge
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
There have already been major cast departures on Downton Abbey lately -- Jessica Brown Findlay and Dan Stevens. And now there's yet another one. Siobhan Finneran, who plays Sarah O'Brien, will not be returning when the hit PBS show returns for season 4.

Plus, Marg Helgenberger and Audra McDonald have been cast in upcoming pilots. And we now know who will play the prince in The CW's adaptation of The Selection.

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Finneran told the Mirror, "I'm not doing it anymore. O'Brien is a thoroughly despicable human being - that was great to play." Before, the actress had expressed how much fun she's had on the show: "I actually have great fun being sniffy to everyone. I love O'Brien the most when she's spiteful and has a brilliant put-down. She's a clever lady and a bad enemy to make."

Sources say that the character of O'Brien will "take place off screen during the six-month time jump between seasons."

A spokesperson for Downton Abbey confirmed that Finneran would not be in season 4, but it sounds like the show would welcome her back should she decide to return in the future.

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Marg Helgenberger and Audra McDonald Cast in CBS Pilots

Whenever a cast member leaves or a show is cancelled, fans are hopeful to see the actors return in other shows. CBS has cast Marg Helgenberger, who last starred in CSI for the eye network, in in an upcoming pilot called Intelligence which, according to EW, focuses on a unit that has been created around one agent with a very special gift, a microchip that has been implanted in his brain that allows him to access the entire electromagnetic spectrum." Josh Holloway, Michael Rady and James Martinez also star.

Staying on the same network, Private Practice's Audra McDonald has been cast in The Ordained, a pilot about the son of a "Kennedy-esque family who leaves the priesthood and becomes a lawyer to prevent his politician sister from being assassinated." McDonald will work alongside Jorge Garcia and Nestor Serrano.

The Selection Finds Its Prince

If you're eagerly anticipating The CW's upcoming book to screen adaptation of The Selection, then here's some news to tide you over. Michael Malarkey will play Prince Maxon, who is at the center of a Bachelor-like competition where 25 women are competing to be his queen.

Ethan Peck was originally cast as the prince, but that was before The CW scrapped the pilot and eventually decided to reboot.

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