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'Downton Abbey' Season 3 pictures and scoop from creator Julian Fellowes

While the U.S. fans of "Downton Abbey" still have months to wait for the January 2013 return of their favorite period drama, the U.K. fans only have a few more weeks. Which means at least States-side fans can enjoy the pictures and interviews ITV (the U.K. company behind "Downton") releases for public consumption.Here are nine new photos of Season 3, along with some scoop on the third season from creator Julian Fellowes."Gradually over the next two decades many houses were let go, and by the 40s and 50s it really was the coup de grace for that way of life. So the 20s and 30s always strike me as being a rather nebulous, febrile period," says Fellowes, speaking of the era in which Season 3 is set. "In some ways it was very exciting - there were all the new dances, aeroplanes and movies, and more and more people having cars and so on. But... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/08/downton-abbey-season-3-pictures-and-scoop-from-creator-julian-fellowes.html

New DOWNTON ABBEY Season 3 Clips Reveal Snappy Dialogue Between Maggie Smith and Shirley MacLaine

Edwardian soap opera  Downton Abbey , which will air first on Britain’s ITV next month and then later this year in America on PBS, has added a new character to its third season sure to shake things up — Cora’s ( Elizabeth McGovern ) mother Martha Levinson, played by  Shirley MacLaine . For those not up on  Downton  history, Cora married the Earl of Grantham ( Hugh Bonneville ) for position while he married her for money.  Though it turned out to be a good match in the end (as they are actually affectionate with one another), there are clearly mixed feelings by the Earl’s mother, Violet, Dowager Countess ( Maggie Smith ) about an American having rescued their estate.  Now, several decades later, with Downton’s fortunes again on the downturn, it seems that Martha is in town for a visit (to pay some bills?) but she’ll be up against Violet’s distain and sharp barbs.  For a preview of their deliciously devilish discourse, hit the jump. Read More... //collider.com/downton-abbey-season-3-clips/190799/  

Downton Abbey Season 3 Spoilers: Wedding Details, a Major Death, and "Forbidden" Love

The Downton Abbey Season 3 trailer gives Mary/Matthew fans reason to worry, with multiple clips of the on-again, off-again couple fighting in a big way. Will they actually make it down the altar this year, or will new troubles trip them up on the way to happiness? Read spoilers at your own risk! For more on Wetpaint Entertainment's philosophy on spoilers, click here. Michelle Dockery, who plays Mary, recently spoke to the Mirror about the big wedding — and yes, that means it happens!... //feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/9fcW-igVLro/downton-abbey-season-3-spoilers-wedding-details-a-major-death-and-forbidden-love

'Downton Abbey' Season 3 clip: Maggie Smith at her finest

"Downton Abbey" Season 3 is just a month away from premiering in the United Kingdom and ITV, the broadcasting company in Britain behind the runaway hit drama, has released a short teaser clip of what we think is the Season 3 premiere, as the Granthams discuss the imminent arrival of Lady Cora's mother Martha Levinson, played by Shirley MacLaine.The caption accompanying the clip reads, "Return to Downton Abbey in 1920, as new arrivals rattle the established hierarchies of the Crawley family and their servants." (We're assuming ITV means "Grantham family" -- the house doesn't belong to Matthew just yet.)There is also a cast photo that has been released, mirroring the cast photos from Season 1 and 2. Only this time, there are the additions of MacLaine as Martha and Branson, plus Sybil has moved from being on Lord Grantham's right side, with the rest of her family, to the left. It's also interesting that twilight... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/08/downton-abbey-season-3-clip-maggie-smith-at-her-finest.html

'Downton Abbey' Teaser: Maggie Smith Vs. Shirley MacLaine!

" Downton Abbey " fans counting down the days until Maggie Smith's Dowager Countess goes head-to-head with newly-cast American import Shirley MacLaine: this twenty second teaser is for you. MacLaine joined the cast of the Emmy-winning British drama's third season in January as Martha Levinson, the American mother of Lady Cora, who comes to Downton to visit. The preview spot, released by ITV in advance of the show's Season 3 UK premiere, picks up on the rival characters in the midst of a terse cultural confrontation that puts the talents of both Academy Award-winning actresses on display. "You Americans never understand the importance of tradition," the Dowager Countess snootily tells her houseguest. "Yes we do, we just don't give it power over us. Maybe you should think about letting go of its hand," MacLaine coolly replies, before Smith walks away muttering, "Dreadful!" It's going down on "Downton." Season 3 of "Downton Abbey" premieres in the UK in the fall of 2012 and will then air in the US in January of 2013. //feeds.huffingtonpost.com/~r/HP/Entertainment/~3/y-xhU5LrjYw/downtown-abbey-shirley-maclaine-maggie-smith_n_1803557.html

'Downton Abbey' Season 3 trailer: More Mary/Matthew drama, no more money

"Downton Abbey" will not return to PBS until January 2013. But a new trailer for Season 3 has begun airing on British television, so let the anticipation begin.The trailer showcases much of what we love about the show: Lady Mary and Matthew are fighting! Anna believes in Bates! The Dowager Countess is brilliantly sarcastic! But what will be new? The trailer suggests that two rather important changes are coming. First off, we have the arrival of Shirley MacLaine as Cora's very American mother. If that's not problematic enough, the family also has to deal with a rather big issue: The money is gone.Want to know anything else about Season 3 of "Downton Abbey?" Good luck. The show's producers are reportedly so concerned about leaks and spoilers that the cast are asked to burn or shred their scripts after filming.... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/08/downton-abbey-season-3-trailer-more-marymatthew-drama-no-more-money.html

Downton Abbey Season 3 Trailer: Shirley MacLaine, Matthew and Mary Fighting, and More! (VIDEO)

Although Downton Abbey Season (or "Series," if you're British) 3 isn't set to hit the US until early 2013, it will air in Britain starting in September, which means the promos are already revving up. In this first full preview of the season, we get a glimpse of Shirley MacLaine as Martha Levinson, Lady Grantham's mother. Plus: Anna is determined to get Bates out of jail, the Crawley's have money problems, and Mary and Matthew fight. A lot. Sigh. So much for their fairytale ending. Did anyone... //feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/HWumwK8tzKc/downton-abbey-season-3-trailer-shirley-maclaine-matthew-and-mary-fighting-and-more-video

Downton Abbey Season 3 Spoilers: Edith's Love Life and the Wedding You've Been Waiting For

We know we aren't the only ones desperate for info on Downton Abbey Season 3. Thanks to some new spoilers from TV Line, we can now take a look into the romantic future of some of our favorite Downton ladies. Read spoilers at your own risk! For more on Wetpaint Entertainment's philosophy on spoilers, click here. First, everyone wants to know what Matthew and Mary's long-anticipated wedding will be like. But just because the will-they-won't-they duo has finally gotten engaged doesn't mean... //feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/sL9zO6vDdcg/downton-abbey-season-3-spoilers-ediths-love-life-and-the-wedding-youve-been-waiting-for

'Downton Abbey' Season 3 Scoops: The Crawleys' Major Financial Issue and Recovery From War

A sneak peek from the upcoming season which is shown at TCA summer press tour also features a talk about wedding, and an argument between Mary and Matthew. //www.aceshowbiz.com/news/view/00052441.html

'Downton Abbey' Season 3: Mrs. Bates' death solved and Mr. Bates' fate

Brendan Coyle, the honorable and stoic Mr. Bates on "Downton Abbey," spoke with a few reporters after the Television Critics Association panel for the hit British television program. And he revealed a few juicy tidbits about his character in Season 3. When asked if Vera's death/murder is resolved in Season 3, he states, "Yes. Yes, we do."Not many details, but at least there's confirmation of a resolution. Coyle also says of Bates, "He's a man just trying to survive in a very brutal predicament. The only hope he has are these moments with Anna in prison life."But he does confirm that Anna is not Bates' only visitor while in prison. And it also turns out prison isn't all bad -- the uniforms are quite a bit more relaxed than the normal period garb."It's like wearing comfy pajamas, it's a lot more comfortable," laughs Coyle."Downton Abbey" returns to PBS on Jan. 6, 2013.... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/07/downton-abbey-season-3-mrs-bates-death-solved-and-mr-bates-fate.html