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Downton Abbey Season Four Confirmed to Debut On January 5th On PBS!

Is it January yet? We want our Downton Abbey, please! However, at today’s TCA’s (Television Critics Association) with PBS,  the network president and CEO Paula Kerger announced that the hit British period soap opera will return to the United States on Sunday night, January 5th, 2014! So once again, the U.K. will have seen the entire season in the fall and we will have to try to avoid spoilers!

According to USA Today, Kerger related to the press that the public service’s ratings are up 5% in prime time year over year, and up 26% on Sunday alone, driven on that night by PBS’s biggest hit in decades, Downton Abbey. And she’s looking forward to another good year, with ‘Downton’ returning Jan. 5, and being joined by such returning favorites as Call the Midwife, Mr. Selfridge and Sherlock.

“We are living in a golden era of drama in television,” says Kerger. “There is some very rich content and we have found that Sunday night on public television has become a great night for drama.”

As for why she won’t move ‘Downton’  to air closer to the U.K’s programming schedule for the Emmy winning drama series, she said what she had last year at this time, the fall is too competitive, and PBS feels it actually benefits from the word-of-mouth coming out of Britain.  After all, last January, ‘Downton’ gave PBS its biggest audiences since The Civil War.   “We kind of don’t want to mess with that if it’s working so well.”  Though, she adds, for other series, PBS is not opposed to running them closer to the British airdates.

So what do you think Downton Abbey fans? Are you upset that we have to wait till January for all-new episodes to air in the U.S.? Do you think Kerger is making the wrong call? Or, are you OK with it?  Comment below!

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i do not do well with interpreting the British accent..
It sould like they are talking with marbles in their mouth .. lol
At times, I actually do need to use closed captioning/CC to read what they are saying..
((I know, sad isn’t it, but I just can not ”get” that accent)

Outside of that.. It is a very good soap!!!! 🙂


I find it amusing that you say that…as a longtime viewer of British programming, I tend to love the actors command and pronunciations of the English language….it’s a real treat to listen to them! So much so in fact, that I feel it jarring to have to suffer the poor verbal skills and usage found in most of today’s stateside shows….as a country we have truly entered the abyss when it comes to such matters. Thank the U.S. education system for that one…..P.S. Obviously, certain UK dialects are very difficult to understand…but those tend to be found in the grittier dramas and certain “Britcoms,” not the mainstream programs.


We speak American in the USA not the Queens English 🙂
Yes, there is difference..
Anyways, it is nothing to do with speaking the English language it is the horrible ‘accent’ I can not make out half of they are saying LOL ..


Can’t wait to see how they tie up last years craziness.


Cannot wait! These fine programs put American shows to shame….(Revenge and The Mentalist excepted!) PBS is rerunning the first “Downtons” right now, and they never get old….with each successive viewing, you continue to come away impressed, amazed and awed by the excellence!!! Same with “Sherlock”…the second season was also repeated earlier this summer. Would love to see these shows broadcast in concurrence with the British schedule, but it is what it is….definitely worth the wait!!!!!


I wonder if I call the White House, I could get Michelle Obama to order 2 DVD’s of the show from PBS, and send 1 to me. She gets her’s early before the season ends.


Good luck with that one, Don! I prefer to just wait, although I have read that some in the states watch the new episodes online immediately after they air in the UK….not sure which website they use, maybe


I understand the reasoning…the fall is crowded, but with the majority of viewers having some sort of recording device, the show would get watched, just maybe not in a timely fashion for ratings. I’m very careful to not read spoilers, so having it on in January is OK with me.


Honestly, reading the spoilers doesn’t bother me in the least!!!! As a fan of British websites, I do everything I can to zero-in on my favorite shows and actors, and I find it actually enhances my viewing experience. Even if you know the plot, it still isn’t the same as watching it unfold, particularly with all the lush costumes, scenery and other exquisite details of these programs. And in a way, it is nice to have such beautiful shows to look forward to the in new year, after all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season….


I don’t think its a question of right or wrong – I just bloody well anxious to see the new season begin.

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Downton Abbey Movie Project Moving Forward; Projected For Production In 2018


It looks like all of those earlier reports months ago about a production being put together for Downton Abbey: The Movie, may finally becoming to fruition. Numerous items detail that motion picture project is moving forward with production slated for sometime next year.

Michael Edelstein, president at NBCUniversal International Studios, told the AP: “We are working on getting the script right and then we’ve got to figure out how to get the (cast) together. Because as you know, people go on and do other things. But we’re hopeful to make a movie sometime next year.”

Currently, the cast and writer Julian Fellowes have been on hand at the Downton Abbey exhibition which debuted in Singapore. However, some notable members of the company seemed surprised by the news including Laura Carmichael (Edith): “Well, tell my agent, because we’re still waiting to know. We’re hoping that will happen soon.”

Variety reports that an NBCUniversal spokesman confirmed the studio hopes to put the movie into production in 2018.

The Downton Abbey exhibition however, is set to travel to the United States and Australia with dates to be announced. (more…)

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SAG AWARD NOMINATIONS: Downton Abbey Scores Drama Series Ensemble Nod; This Is Us Star Sterling K. Brown Tapped For Two!


Nominations were announced this morning for the 23rd Annual SAG (Screen Actors Guild) Awards for performances in motion pictures and television.

The awards ill be handed out Sunday, January 29th at the Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles. The ceremony will air live at 8/7c (5 p.m./PT) on both TBS and TNT.

For its sixth and final season, the British period soap, Downton Abbey once again made the finals in the Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama.  They will go up against, The Crown, Game of Thrones, Stranger Things and Westworld.  On the snub side: the widely acclaimed and highly-rated This Is Us failed to score a nomination in the category.

In addition, this is the first time that Dame Maggie Smith did not wind up with a Lead Actress in a Drama Series nomination for her performance as the Dowager Countess on Downton Abbey. (more…)

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Downton Abbey's Maggie Smith Shares Emmy Acceptance Speech; Asks Jimmy Kimmel To Direct Her To The Lost & Found To Get Her Trophy!


Leave it to the grand dame Maggie Smith to have fun with Jimmy Kimmel’s rant last night on the 68th annual Daytime Emmy about how perennial winner Smith never is on-hand in Los Angeles on Emmy night to collect her trophy when he name is called!

Smith, who has been nominated 9 times for an Emmy and has won 4 overall and 3 of them for her work as the Dowager Countess on the beloved British period soap, Downton Abbey, used social media via the Masterpiece PBS Twitter account and shared her acceptance speech on Monday, alluding to Kimmel’s last gag about her during the live telecast.

For Minnie Driver and Michael Weatherly were presenting the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series category, and when Smith was announced as the winner, and the duo were accepting the the award on Smith’s behalf, Kimmel came out from the wings and intercepted the trophy and let Smith know she has to retrieve it herself! Kimmel said, “No, no, no, no, no.  We’re not mailing this award to her. Maggie, if you want this it’ll be in the lost and found”.

Masterpiece PBS twitter shared, Dame MaggieSmith graciously accepts her #Emmy award — @jimmykimmel, please advise on the location of the lost and found! #DowntonPBS.

Smith’s acceptance speech read: “I was very astonished and pleased to win the award. I feel the Emmys has been overly generous to me. If Mr. Kimmel could please direct me to the lost and found office I will try and be on the next flight.”  She signed it, “Love, Old Maggie” (more…)

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