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!