TVLine Items: Downton Abbey Dame Visits Once, Doctor Who Holiday Ratings Surge and More!

Once Upon a Time Season 2 SpoilersOnce Upon a Time‘s already internationally flavoured cast is adding another dash of British flair, via Downton Abbey‘s Lesley Nicol.

TVLine has learned that the Manchester-born actress, who plays beloved head cook Mrs. Patmore on the acclaimed PBS series, will guest-star on ABC’s fantastical drama later this season as someone who “has a special connection to the Snow White family.”

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Nicol’s guest-casting comes on the heels of Sonequa Martin-Green (The Walking Dead) booking a multi-episode role as the mysterious “Tamara.”

Once resumes its sophomore run this Sunday at 8/7c. Want more scoop on Once, or for any other show? Email mattmtvguy@gmail.com and your question may be answered via Matt’s Inside Line.

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• Maybe, maybe you heard about the Kim Kardashian/Kanye West baby over the holidays. If so, the question is: Is the wee one destined to be a reality-TV star the instant s/he enters the world? Depends on to who you speak. Although E! boss Suzanne Kolb told The Hollywood Reporter, “We look forward to sharing the joy” of Kim K’s first go at motherhood, sources tell TMZ that the unwed parents are resolved to keep the tot away from the cameras, not even allowing a “Kim Gives Birth”-type special. Is this where we say thank you?

• The numbers are in, and Doctor Who: The Snowmen delivered a ratings record for BBC America last week, premiering to 807,000 viewers in the 25-54 demo (up 60 percent from last year’s yuletide special). In total viewers, Snowmen drew 1.43 mil, up 54 percent from 2011 and representing BBCA’s largest audience since the Doctor‘s Season 7 opener.

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Arrested Development‘s fourth season will hit Netflix this spring, but it may not be on May 4, as was reported across the interwebs last weekend. A rep for the streaming site tells TVLine that the leaked info — which also included the names of 14 new installments — “wasn’t accurate.”

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