DOWNTON ABBEY Season 3 Announced

Late last week  it was announced that ITV, the biggest commercial television  network in the UK , has commissioned eight new episodes of the successful and award-winning  Downton Abbey , which was created and written by Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park ). The second season of  this popular period piece drama will air on PBS here in the United States starting on January 8, 2012; but it has already aired in the UK, averaging 11.5 million viewers. These numbers have made the series the most popular drama on UK television for over 10 years. The third season will be set in 1920 and 1921, covering a period of 18 months in the lives of the Crawley family and the servants who work for them. Read More...

'Downton Abbey' gets a third season from ITV

Britain's ITV announced on Thursday (Nov. 3) that it has commissioned a third "series" of "Downton Abbey," with eight new episodes [stop reading if you don't want to be spoiled on the timeframe] set in 1920-1921.

'Downton Abbey' Costumes Are Often Recycled From Past Period Films

To do a proper period costume drama on TV these days, one must learn the fine art of recycling. Just ask Emmy-winning  Downton Abbey  costume designer Susannah Buxton . While approximately one third of the Masterpiece Classic series costumes are designed and made, many of the women's gowns are actually worn agains, having previously appeared on other actresses in past period films. For instance, a cream dress worn by Laura Carmichael ( Lady Edith ) was initially worn by  Helena Bonham Carter  in  A Room With A View . Lady Mary has already worn a black beaded choker previously worn by  Monica Belucci  in  The Brotherhood of the Wolf . And in Season 2 she'll don a scarlet gown initially made for  Catherine Zeta-Jones  in the film Death Defying Acts. Read More...

Emmys 2011: 'Downton Abbey' Crew Celebrates Their Wins

The domination of the period drama  Downton Abbey  at the Primetime Emmy Awards (where it had four wins on Sunday night, more than  Boardwalk Empire  or  Mildred Pierce ) was also a victory for PBS over other services, especially HBO which has frequently won the category in the past. Julian Fellowes , executive producer of the British-made series, had said on the stage it was a victory of David over Goliath. Read More...