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Join Our Downton Abbey Season 3 Premiere Online Watch Party

Note* GPB is holding watch party live chats for the rest of the Downton season through February 17. Just click on the yellow banner at the top of the page on Sundays to get to the chat page

To join our online watch party live chat at 9 p.m., scroll down and type your name in the box.

Live Chat with the Cast on 12/12 at 8 pm!

SCROLL DOWN TO THE PLAYER AND PRESS THE PLAY BUTTON TO WATCH IT. Downton fans save this date and bookmark this page! On Wednesday, December 12 at 8 p.m. eastern time, cast members and producers from Downton Abbey are conducting a live interview session that will be beamed out via YouTube.

Downton Abbey Season 3: Sexiest Trailer Ever!

Warning: This Downton Abbey trailer is hot! It contains scenes of Branson and Sybil cuddling in bed, Matthew and Mary kissing and Thomas spying on the new footman as the new guy is changing his clothes. (Gasp!)

And oh yes Mr. Bates is smiling in jail. (Anything he does is sexy of course :)

Downton Abbey Season 3 Spoiler Alert: Cat Fights & Money Problems

Updated January 4, 2013 - Check out this new preview clip and notice the wedding veil at the end!

I can’t wait to see the new season of Downton Abbey. There are so many questions left to be answered. Will they spring poor Mr. Bates out of jail? (Free Mr. Bates!) Will we see a Downton wedding between Lady Mary and Matthew?

Photos from Downton Abbey Screening

Here are some of the photos from the Downton Abbey screening held at GPB on January 5th, 2012.

Maggie Moments

While Maggie Smith is not listed first on the cast of characters for "Downton Abbey", she is probably our favorite cast member. Her talent has been a staple of stage and screen for decades, and she is one of seventeen actors to have won the "triple crown" of acting awards - an Oscar, Tony, and Emmy (one of her Emmy wins was for "Downton Abbey" last year). While many people remember her work in "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie", "A Room With a View", and "California Suite", a new generation grew to love her as Professor McGonagall in the Harry Potter movies.

George Clooney to Appear in the Downton Abbey World

George Clooney will appear in the “Downton Abbey” world. Wait, what does that mean exactly? “The Monuments Men” star and chum of Downton patriarch Hugh Bonneville (a.k.a Robert Crawley) won’t show up in a cameo on the actual show.

Video: New Saucy Witticisms from Downton's Dowager in Season 5

The newest clip from Downton Abbey season five illustrates that the Dowager Countess hasn’t lost her sharp tongue. In fact, she is saucier than ever. And she is letting her feminine side hang out too.

In the preview, Lady Violet and Isobel are taking a stroll as Isobel laments about a male suitor.

“I do like him. It’s just that he wants something from me that I cannot give,” complains Isobel.

“He just wants what all men want,” Lady Violet retorts slyly.

“Don’t be ridiculous,” says a slightly taken aback Isobel.

VIDEO: New Season 5 Downton Abbey Trailer Shows Scandals, Changes

The new trailer for season five of "Downton Abbey" was just released and it shows scandals and changes.

Unlike the cryptic 20 second promo issued earlier this summer that hinted at upheavals, this extended sneak peek shows some of the world shattering things to come.

And they are scandalous. Jimmy is caught in a compromising position with a “lady friend”. Could this be Lady Astruther?

Downton’s Dowager Based on a Fellowes

I recently uncovered this nugget in an older Masterpiece Theatre column: Downton’s dowager Countess is based on a Fellowes’ relative.Jessica Fellowes, niece to show scribe/creator Julian Fellowes, says their great-aunt Isie is the basis of Dame Maggie Smith’s character.Isie apparently had the same “mix of severity and kind heart.”“She was formidable, a woman who had married into a great fortune but suffered her own difficulties and tragedy,” says Fellowes.

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