UPDATE: For a full, detailed, review of last night's episode, click here.
US fans of the critically acclaimed show, "Downton Abbey," have been waiting patiently for season 3 to premiere in the United States. While most UK fans (and some US enthusiasts who watched the show online), have seen the entire season 3, including the controversial Christmas Special that aired on December 25th, "Downton Abbey" season 3 hasn't premiered yet in the United States. However, that all changes tonight, when season 3 of "Downton Abbey" premieres on PBS at 9 PM.
What can you expect from the hit British show this season? Well, without spoiling the entire season (I've already seen it...), US fans can expect a lot of drama, from both the upstairs and downstairs of the Downton estate. There will definitely be a death, and, from the trailer, you can see that the head of Downton, Lord Crawley, played by Hugh Bonneville, made a bad investment, which has left Downton Abbey crippled and bankrupt. But, early in the season, the situation gets resolved, with an assist coming from an unlikely ally. Also, Shirley MacLaine, playing Cora Crawley's mother, Martha Levinson, visits the Downton estate to see her extended family. Unfortunately, MacLaine's role was a little overhyped, and certainly underwhelming. By the end of the season, you might even forget that MacLaine made an appearance on the show. Maggie Smith, who plays Lady Violet aka the Dowager Countess, once again does a masterful job. Smith, who won an Emmy for Best Supporting Actress In A Drama in the 2012 Emmy Awards, will undoubtedly get nominated for another one in 2013.
"Downton Abbey" season 3 episode 1, the season premiere, will be on PBS at 9PM EST. Or, you can watch it online by clicking on the link below. But, please, do so at your own risk. Stay tuned tomorrow for a full recap and spoilers for "Downton Abbey" season 3!
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