Sunday, Jan. 6 (PBS)
Jim Carter, Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, Elizabeth McGovern, Joanne Froggatt, Maggie Smith, Brendan Coyle
The third season finds the writing back on track in Masterpiece’s welcome return to form.
America’s love affair with Downton Abbey is quite a wonder on many levels, and maybe one of the most intriguing is that despite a steep quality drop in season two, viewers remained ironclad loyal. Anyone who — on blind faith — ignored the serious plotting flaws and dramatic twists will be rewarded by what is shaping up to be a fine comeback in season three.
Downton is a soap opera, and as even the Dowager Countess (Maggie Smith) might say, we mustn’t ignore the evidence in front of our faces. Viewers…
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