“Downton Abbey” and “Duck Dynasty” are as different as night and day, but both TV series have one thing in common. On Oct. 9, “TV Guide” announced on Facebook that it is once again conducting its annual “Favorite Cover” contest. “Duck Dynasty” and “Downton Abbey” are both in the running along with “Arrow,” “Grimm,” “Orange is the New Black,” “Orphan Black,” “Pretty Little Liars,” “Scandal,” “Teen Wolf” and “The Vampire Diaries.”
Fans can vote for the best cover in 2013 by “liking” their favorite show on TV Guide’s dedicated Facebook contest page. The winning show will appear on the Dec. 9 issue. In addition, fans can enter to win a signed poster from TV Guide’s Fan Favorites panel at Comic-Con. The contest is underway and voting is open.
“Downton Abbey” returns to PBS in January of 2014. Last year’s third season generated huge ratings and attracted a massive, loyal following. Last year, a whopping 7.9 million viewers tuned in for the highly anticipated premiere of the Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning series. PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger stated in a press release, “I’m so pleased that audiences have returned to ‘Downton Abbey’ on their local stations to continue to enjoy some of the best drama on television.” The show has already begun airing season four in the U.K. The Huffington Post revealed a major spoiler and posted on Oct. 8, “’Downton Abbey’ fans are in an uproar over a shocking season 4 episode.” The Masterpiece Classic series returns to PBS in the US on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, A&E’s monster hit series, “Duck Dynasty,” is also competing for TV Guide’s favorite cover of 2013. The reality series chronicles the lives of the Robertson family, newly minted millionaires who made their fortune selling handmade duck calls. The uniquely warm show blends Southern know-how with a down-home sense of humor. The end result is a huge hit that’s become part of pop culture.
In March, Xfinity on Demand voted it “The Most Viewed New TV Series.” A&E ratings surged more than 20% this spring, mainly due to the runaway success of “Duck Dynasty.” New episodes air at 10 p.m. EST (9 p.m. CST) on Wednesday nights on A&E.
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