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August 2012
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A Downton Abbey Season 3 Update -- Can You Wait Until January?

You still have a few months (OK, six to be exact) to wait but Downton Abbey will be returning to tpt in January 2013 and buzz is already building.

In season 3, the Great War is over and a long-awaited engagement is on, but all is not tranquil at Downton Abbey as wrenching social changes, romantic intrigues, and personal crises grip the majestic English country estate for a third thrilling season.

With the return of its all-star cast plus guest star Academy Award®-winner Shirley MacLaine, Downton Abbey, season 3 will air over seven Sundays beginning in January 2013.

Written and created by Julian Fellowes, the series won an impressive six Primetime Emmy® Awards and a Golden Globe® in its first season. Recent honors for Season 2 include multi-category nominations from the Primetime Emmy® Awards, Critics’ Choice Awards and from the Television Critics Association.

The press loved the second season, with USA Today marveling, “Lightning can strike twice.” The Hollywood Reporter called the series “one of the great melodramas of the modern television age.” And The Los Angeles Times styled it “big, beautifully acted, and romantic.”

At the recent Television Critics Association Press Tour, we got a glimpse at the season ahead and at the stars of the show, including Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, Michelle Dockery, Joanne Froggatt, Brendan Coyle and Shirley MacLaine, who plays Martha Levinson, the very American mother of Cora, Countess of Grantham (McGovern).

A tantalizing glimpse ahead: Downton’s impeccable butler, Carson (Carter), breaks in a new footman, who happens to be the nephew of the scheming lady’s maid O’Brien (Siobhan Finneran). Following Matthew and Mary’s engagement, Robert sticks to his duty to maintain Downton more firmly than ever—even as other great houses are crippled psychologically and financially in the wake of World War I.

In this changing landscape nothing is assured, and could it be that even the war-weary Crawleys must fight a new battle to safeguard their beloved Downton?

Check out the images above from the Television Critics Association Press Tour to whet your appetite for season 3 of Downton Abbey.


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