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10 May 14th, 2013 Downton Abbey Season 4 Premiere Date Announced: January 5, 2014!

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Masterpiece exec producer Rebecca Eaton announced Tuesday at the PBS Annual Meeting, that one of the most talked about shows on television, Downton Abbey has been given it’s  official U.S. premiere date for season four.  ‘Downton’ will begin airing new episodes stateside on Sunday, January 5, 2014.   Season 4 will run for eight weeks through to February 23, 2014.

In total, 24 million viewers tuned into the third season of Downton Abbbey, and its emotional February 17 finale was the #1 show on television, beating all broadcast and cable in primetime.

Casting news for season 4 includes the return of Shirley MacLaine as Martha Levinson and several new actors, including Tom Cullen, Nigel Harman, Dame Harriet Walter, Joanna David, Julian Ovenden, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and Gary Carr. They will join Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, Maggie Smith, Michelle Dockery, Jim Carter, Joanne Froggatt, Brendan Coyle, and the rest of the large and beloved Downton Abbey “family.”

There was little hope that PBS would cave and air ‘Downton’ in step, or earlier with the first run U.K. version which will air this fall. U.S. fans will have to try to avoid spoilers once again, for the amazing period soap opera from across the pond!  Will you be watching season 4?  Let us know!

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  1. Alicia says:

    Oh yes, heck of a cliffhanger I’ll be watching

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  2. janet says:

    Looking forward to it. I avoid the spoilers with a passion. great show and Julian doesn’t let fans tell him what to write. Sorry Matthew is gone but it was his decision, so on with the show!

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  3. Kathy says:

    Love, love, love Downton Abbey!

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  4. Scott Paquin says:

    I can’t wait!!!

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  5. ethel says:

    absolutely! i love that show!

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  6. Deirdre says:

    This has to be my favorite show OF ALL TIME, love it, love it, love it…..so sorry we have to wait til next January for the new season. Thought PBS would work a deal with the Brits that we get to watch each episode a week or so after them…….weep, weep…….:(

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  7. Don says:

    I be watching, and avoiding the spoilers as best I can.

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  8. Delainey says:

    I purchase each season on Amazon so I can watch over and over again! This show is so well done it cannot be compared to anything else on the tele.

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  9. bc says:

    downton abbey’s storyline w/ its only char of color is the only storyline w/ any kind of potential. downton has done it all w/ their white chars. There really needs to be more racial diversity on downton abbey. It’ll be strange if abbey does not tackle racism. A lot of their white chars would realistically be racist towards the only char of color.

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  10. Laurie-Ann says:

    LOVE this most excellent series, can’t wait for season four!!

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