Across the pond, Downton Abbey is gearing up to start its fourth series this weekend, but those of us in the States still have a few more months to wait for the show to return. I've actually felt pretty patient about the series' return, and probably wouldn't have thought much about it if not for the trailer that circulated earlier this month and now this new clip.
Season 4 of Downton Abbey is just around the corner for U.K. fans and will hit the States in early 2014. Just ahead of the show’s premiere the cast and crew have given us some hints concerning what lies ahead. If you are a fan of the drama, which airs on PBS in the U.S., Season 4 promises to be a transformative season, full of modern technology, new characters, and a whole new outlook on life.
The problem with British imports is that U.S. audiences often don’t get new seasons for months after the programs air in the U.K. The flip side of that coin is that U.S. audiences get stills and previews well in advance of a show’s actual premiere, which can help drum up anticipation and interest. Such is the case for Downton Abbey, an ITV program that airs on PBS in the States. ITV is gearing up for the Season 4 premiere on the network and has released the first official preview for Season 4.
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On Tuesday, the show released a slew of new stills from the upcoming Season 4, complete with captions. While they don’t tell us a whole lot about the upcoming episodes, they do give us a glimpse at what Matthew and Mary and Sybil and Branson’s children look like, as well as gives us some glimpses at the gorgeous costumes and settings the show employs.
Shirley Maclaine shook things up a bit at Downton last season, and it sounds like one of Season 4's newest newcomers will do the same as well. American actor Paul Giamatti is set to join the series as a close relative to Cora (Elizabeth McGovern) and her family, and word is, he and MacLaine's returning character Martha will "upset the Grantham apple cart."
It’s been months and months since Dan Stevens’ character, Matthew Crawley, bit the dust during Downton Abbey’s Christmas special episode. A few months later, American audiences were privy to the character’s demise. Crawley’s death within the series was untimely, especially during a season already marked by the death of a prominent character. Many fans were not particularly happy about the outcome, and Stevens has finally spoken out about his character's death.
Humorously, the Funny or Die guys have just transplanted Diddy into scenes that actually aired as part of Downton Abbey, which means we get to see Diddy call the Dowager Countess “bitchy” and also get to see him interrupt plenty of big moments in the Downton universe. Some of the moments are weirder than they are funny, but if you like Diddy’s larger-than-life personality, the video is worth a watch.
New seasons of Downton Abbey usually air in The States several months after they hit the schedule in the U.K. However, if you’ve been waiting to hear when Season 4 of Downton Abbey will hit the schedule, you don’t have to wait any longer. On Tuesday, PBS announced that the new season Downton Abbey will premiere in January of 2014.
Downton Abbey is busy gearing up for Season 4 of the hit period drama, which will air on ITV in the UK before hitting the US in later months. Because new episodes will hit the UK well before we will get them on this side of the pond, casting is already underway for the hit series and the program has finally found the right actor to play the show’s first black character. Gary Carr has joined Downton Abbey’s fourth season.
Downton Abbey fans may not be able to live like Lord and Lady Grantham and their family, but coming soon it will be possible to dress like them. As the show heads into Season 4 overseas, it’s set to become not only a popular series but also a brand of clothing as well as several other product lines. Get those credit cards ready.
Michelle Dockery is hopping across the pond for a brief stint on Fox’s most successful Sunday night program. If you are familiar with Fox’s Sunday night lineup, you’ll know the Downton Abbey actress will be playing an animated character, this time on Fox’s Family Guy.
A legend of British television has passed away. Frank Thornton, whose role as Captain Peacock on the BBC’s hit Are You Being Served made him a star on both sides of the Atlantic, has died in his sleep at the age of 92. His illustrious career definitely earns him a place in TV history.
Season 3 of Downton Abbey only recently wrapped up its U.S. run on television. Regardless, casting is already well underway for Season 4. Some of the new names include Tom Cullen, Joanna David, Nigel Harman, Kiri Te Kanawa, Julian Ovenden, and Harriet Walter. In addition to the new faces, Shirley MacLaine will reprise her role as Cora’s mother and the Dowager countess’ verbal sparring partner in the next batch of episodes.
Yet another Downton Abbey cast member is opting to leave ITV’s period drama, which has also found plenty of fans across the United States, where it airs on PBS. This time around, Siobhan Finneran has announced she will not be returning to Downton Abbey in Season 4. No doubt the actress, who has played the deliciously devious O’Brien through the first three seasons of the series, will be happy to hang up that horrible maid’s uniform.