The bad news: Only one episode remains in Season 3 of Downton Abbey, and then a long hiatus (until autumn) will be forced upon us. Woe!
The good news: According to Entertainment Weekly, Season 4 of Downton may air in the US much sooner than expected! Typically, Downton appears stateside four months after debuting in the UK. However, this fall, after Season 4 commences across the pond, it may quickly hit American airwaves. One reason cited for the expediency is spoilers. In our age of instant communications via the Internet, trying to keep the massive US audience from discovering what happens in upcoming, cliffhanger episodes of Downton has been problematic, to say the least. So keep fingers crossed that this speedup occurs.
We fans of British TV programming have more good news: The series Mr. Selfridge debuts on PBS next month! (Sunday, March 31.) Mr. Selfridge is a lively, British period drama about American-born Harry Gordon Selfridge who founded the famous London department store that bears his name. The series looks positively brilliant and should be an excellent tonic for our Downton withdrawal. (The show has been described as "Downton Abbey with tills.")
The folks at PBS/Masterpiece have devised a brilliant quiz for Downton Abbey devotees, Which Downton Abbey Job is Right for You? Be sure to take it!
A promo for Mr. Selfridge
A behind-the-scenes look at the making of Mr. Selfridge