If you're an avid Downton Abbey viewer and pay scary close attention to details, you may have noticed that the Crawleys are never shown sitting down to the dinner table. Well, it turns out that's not by accident. The beloved lord and ladies of the Abbey are always show part-way through a meal to avoid seeing them say grace. According to The Telegraph the show's executives won't allow prayers or any religious themes to be shown. Christianity would have been an important aspect of life in the 1920s, but despite many attempts by historical advisor Alastair Bruce to incorporate religion into the show, execs have steered clear of any religious references or symbols. Bruce told The Telegraph:

“In essence, you hardly ever see a table that isn’t already sat at. We never see the beginning of a luncheon or a dinner, because no one was ever allowed to see a grace being said, and I would never allow them to sit down without having said grace. I think that the view was that we’d leave religion out of it, and it would’ve taken extra time, too. I suggested a Latin grace, but they decided that was too far, and no one would’ve known what was going on.”

Didn't our grandmothers always warn us that if you don't say grace before dinner, you'll choke on your food? It's amazing more characters don't experience more airway blockage at the Downton banquets. Discuss

The host of HBO political talk show Real Time, Bill Maher, was recently a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and things got a little testy when the topic of personal faith came up. Maher—who is famously anti-religion—and Colbert jokingly debated the merits of Catholicism, ancient wisdom and even Pascal's Wager. Colbert’s attempt to bring Maher back to the Church wasn’t exactly successful, but it made for a lively two minutes of TV. Discuss

ABC’s primetime reboot of The Muppets got off to a little bit of a rocky start, drawing criticism from everyone from TV critics to concerned parents. But, now the series is attempting to bring in some new creative talent in hopes of revamping the show, and their latest announcements sounds promising. According to Variety, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Foo Fighters’ frontman Dave Grohl will make guest appearances on an episode that will air on Dec. 1. JGL will sing a duet, and—obviously—Grohl will battle Animal in a drum-off. Ready your DVRs. Discuss

It’s official. Better Call Saul is coming back in February. Though Season 1 of the Breaking Bad prequel drew critical acclaim, and it was clear that AMC would be bringing back the series for another season, there was no official word on a release date. In a statement to TVLine, show runner Peter Gould explained, “Jimmy McGill’s journey takes surprising, left-handed turns in Season 2. He goes to places we’d never, ever expected. As for Mike Ehrmantraut, he’s pulled deeper into a world he was sure he’d left forever. We can’t wait to share the next chapter of Better Call Saul with the fans who have embraced the show.” We can’t wait either. Discuss

This weekend, Saturday Night Live decided to forgo its traditional cold open sketch in favor of a special tribute to the city of Paris, whose residents suffered a horrific terrorist attack by ISIS that claimed more than 120 lives. The message was simple: “We stand with you.” You can watch below: Discuss

The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History will soon be home to some of Breaking Bad’s most iconic props. The massive culture archive announced on Twitter that several infamous items from the hit show—including the black Heisenberg hat, Walt and Jesse’s hazmat suits, a Los Pollos cup, a Saul Goodman matchbook and, of course, some “blue”—will be joining props from other great TV shows and movies. Who wants to go on a field trip? Discuss