In true Julian Fellowes style, this first act moves at a quick pace, setting up many of the gripping storylines that will undoubtedly unfold layer by layer as the series progresses.
The furor over the PBS series seems to be growing as fans are anxious to see the next twist in the love story between Anna and the now incarcerated Mr. Bates, as well as the expectedly lavish wedding of Matthew and Mary.
And, let's not forget the anticipated arrival of Cora's American mother, played by Shirley MacLaine. Could she be a true match for Maggie Smith's Dowager Countess? Maybe, maybe not, but whatever the case it will still be fun to watch these two share the screen, quips flying left and right.
The unforeseen events that will surely transpire within the house, both upstairs and downstairs, are just the thing that keeps viewers returning for every episode of this series that's destined to become a classic.
The season three premiere of "Downton Abbey" is scheduled to bow on PBS Sunday, January 6th. Please check your local listings for the exact air time.
Also, just a note, if you're going to record "Downton Abbey," on many broadcast systems it's listed under the "Masterpiece Classic" banner so you may need to use that title when searching for the series.
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