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Downton Abbey Season 3 Starts Tonight (PBS Masterpiece Theater)
PBS ^ | 1/6/13 | randita

Posted on 01/06/2013 1:57:11 PM PST by randita

The war is over, but intrigue, crisis, romance, and change still grip the beloved estate in the thrilling new season of Downton Abbey. Written and created by Julian Fellowes, with its all-star returning cast and Oscar-winning guest star Shirley MacLaine, Downton Abbey, Season 3 premieres January 6, 2013 on Masterpiece classic!

Post comments and predictions, please.


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Will Mary and Matthew get married? What will happen to Mr. Bates? Will Cora's mother and Violet hit if off?
1 posted on 01/06/2013 1:57:18 PM PST by randita
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To: randita

Are they introducing the zombies this season?


2 posted on 01/06/2013 2:00:32 PM PST by ClearCase_guy (Nothing will change until after the war.)
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To: randita

Well, if they dont bring back Lady Sybil I will be sorely disappointed. Killing her off was a headscratcher. Maybe it was a dream...


3 posted on 01/06/2013 2:00:44 PM PST by Dysart
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To: randita

I’m a big fan of the series but am disappointed with the addition of Shirley MacLean to the cast. I hope she doesn’t end up chewing up the scenery.


4 posted on 01/06/2013 2:01:49 PM PST by reegs
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To: ClearCase_guy

Please. This and Hell On Wheels is my only refuge fr zombie nonsense.


6 posted on 01/06/2013 2:04:53 PM PST by Dysart
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To: randita

Maggie Smith is wonderful !!

Such a classic, skilled actress playing it with just the right amount of humour.


7 posted on 01/06/2013 2:06:08 PM PST by llevrok (ObamaLand - Where young people go to retire.)
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To: Dysart

I fear that it wasn’t. Jessica Brown-Findlay is gorgeous.


8 posted on 01/06/2013 2:06:41 PM PST by Buddy Sorrell ( John Boehner is our Pierre Laval. We need a Charles DeGaulle.)
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To: reegs
...........am disappointed with the addition of Shirley MacLean........

May be the "jumping the shark" moment. We'll see.

9 posted on 01/06/2013 2:07:55 PM PST by llevrok (ObamaLand - Where young people go to retire.)
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To: reegs

Shirley isnt just annoying she brings down acting level for the entire cast. She overacts.


10 posted on 01/06/2013 2:08:11 PM PST by Dysart
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To: floralamiss

For your attention, my dear :-*


11 posted on 01/06/2013 2:08:31 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: randita

12 posted on 01/06/2013 2:12:40 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: llevrok
Maggie Smith (Violet) is wonderful !!

She is about my favorite in the series. What a great character.

13 posted on 01/06/2013 2:15:55 PM PST by Flick Lives (We're going to be just like the old Soviet Union, but with free cell phones!)
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To: Dysart

She wanted off the show to go on to other things, I read.

She was a cutie, but I didn’t like her husky voice. Someone that young should not have a voice like that.


14 posted on 01/06/2013 2:21:59 PM PST by randita
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To: llevrok

Put that in your pipe and smoke it!


15 posted on 01/06/2013 2:22:51 PM PST by merry10
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To: llevrok

Put that in your pipe and smoke it!


16 posted on 01/06/2013 2:23:08 PM PST by merry10
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To: reegs

Agree.

The series is successful enough without bringing on board a bunch of Hollywood has-beens.

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Maggie Smith is excellent in her role. She has some of the best lines and her facial expressions just enhance them.


17 posted on 01/06/2013 2:24:50 PM PST by TomGuy
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To: TomGuy

Shirley who?

18 posted on 01/06/2013 2:30:09 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: randita

I wish Netflix would get Season 2!!!


19 posted on 01/06/2013 2:48:50 PM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo....Sum Pro Vita - Modified Descartes)
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To: randita

The attitudes of the characters are too contemporary — servants treated with consideration, sitting around the dining table gabbing instead of scrubbing floors or managing the fireplace 17 hours a day, jetting off to the village for errands, marrying for love and not social position etc. The original Upstairs Downstairs was soooo much more realistic.


20 posted on 01/06/2013 2:51:09 PM PST by erlayman
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To: randita

We already watched ALL of season 3 online...


21 posted on 01/06/2013 2:52:28 PM PST by aMorePerfectUnion (Gone rogue, gone Galt, gone international. Gone.)
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To: randita
Thanks be that we can actually sit down for an enchanted evening at the manor without seeing Lenin's....oops, sorry, Obama's evil face every 15 minutes.

Leni

22 posted on 01/06/2013 2:55:03 PM PST by MinuteGal (Send a penny NOW to CNN, 1 Time-Warner Center, NY, NY 10019 for "PENNIES FOR LEAVIN!" (Piers Morgan))
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To: randita

My wife has been bouncing off the walls all day because she is so excited.

I promised I would give the show a try at least. Looks pretty decent.


23 posted on 01/06/2013 2:55:03 PM PST by VanDeKoik
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To: Dysart

What the hell? Thanks, creep! I had no idea anyone on here would actually give away any of the plot for season 3. Hope you’re happy.


24 posted on 01/06/2013 3:03:23 PM PST by FrdmLvr (culture, language, borders)
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To: FrdmLvr

I didn’t give away the plot to season three which no one, including me, has seen yet because this is the debut episode. You haven’t been watching the series or you would know she died last season. POS.


25 posted on 01/06/2013 3:09:03 PM PST by Dysart
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To: FrdmLvr

And yeah, pretty happy, and laughing at you, thanks!


26 posted on 01/06/2013 3:10:53 PM PST by Dysart
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To: SumProVita

I started watching Season 2 on PBS, but I got in a bit late. IIRC, the PBS website had the Season 2 episodes.

[I started watching the series Season 1 via Netflix due to posted comments.]


27 posted on 01/06/2013 3:13:54 PM PST by TomGuy
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To: SumProVita

We just watched the first episode of season 1 a couple of nights ago. I love great writing and this show’s got it.


28 posted on 01/06/2013 3:20:53 PM PST by jagusafr (the American Trinity (Liberty, In G0D We Trust, E Pluribus Unum))
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To: Buddy Sorrell

Yes to Jessica-Brown Findlay. Even Michelle Dockery is classy.
Why they brought in the looney New Age Shirley McLaine is a mystery


29 posted on 01/06/2013 3:23:09 PM PST by Steelfish (ui)
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To: Dysart

When did that happen? She was killed off? Guess I missed it.


30 posted on 01/06/2013 3:27:01 PM PST by Mean Maryjean
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To: Dysart

When? We just finished watching season 2 last night, all 9 hours of it, and don’t recall her dying!


31 posted on 01/06/2013 3:30:20 PM PST by Mean Maryjean
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To: Dysart

Would you mind telling me which episode that was in? We just watched the last episode of season 2 last week on PBS and she was very much alive. In fact, the family had just discovered that she was pregnant.


32 posted on 01/06/2013 3:34:56 PM PST by mollynme (cogito, ergo freepum)
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Will Mary and Matthew get married

I read somewhere that Matthew gets killed off in a car accident... I sure HOPE not! At least not, until Mary get pregnant.

33 posted on 01/06/2013 3:35:23 PM PST by SomeCallMeTim ( The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would hire them)
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To: Mean Maryjean

Without giving too much away, the Google search makes it seem like her demise is during Season 3 — which had already aired in the UK.


34 posted on 01/06/2013 3:36:15 PM PST by TomGuy
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To: randita

I guess you missed the spoiler from GB, where season starting here ended Christmas Eve or something. I don’t mind knowing. I love anything in old costumes, 1800-1900s.


35 posted on 01/06/2013 3:36:40 PM PST by libbylu
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To: libbylu

I know some of the spoilers. If you follow the news at all, it’s hard to avoid them.


36 posted on 01/06/2013 3:43:16 PM PST by randita
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To: randita

I thought Sybil married and moved away, going to have a baby.


37 posted on 01/06/2013 3:45:26 PM PST by libbylu
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To: libbylu

That is how Season 2 ended, yes.


38 posted on 01/06/2013 3:46:49 PM PST by randita
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To: Dysart

Sybil did not die name caller! The girl Matthew was going to marry did. Sybil married and moved away. She is with child.


39 posted on 01/06/2013 3:49:51 PM PST by libbylu
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To: Mean Maryjean

As far as I know, Sybil is still alive, married to Branson and pregnant. I don’t know where that person got the idea that she was dead. They might have her mixed up with Matthew’s fiance Lavinia Swire, who died of the flu in Season 2.


40 posted on 01/06/2013 4:19:24 PM PST by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: reegs

I don’t Shirley Maclaine.
Maggie Smith is pure gold.


41 posted on 01/06/2013 4:21:18 PM PST by mom4kittys (See you in another life, brotha)
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To: reegs

I don’t Shirley Maclaine.
Maggie Smith is pure gold.


42 posted on 01/06/2013 4:21:37 PM PST by mom4kittys (See you in another life, brotha)
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To: reegs

I don’t Shirley Maclaine.
Maggie Smith is pure gold.


43 posted on 01/06/2013 4:21:45 PM PST by mom4kittys (See you in another life, brotha)
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To: reegs

I’m not fond of Shirley either. I wish she had stayed out of this excellent series.


44 posted on 01/06/2013 4:30:35 PM PST by mickie (My grandson is a Marine...God Bless them all!)
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To: libbylu

Check out The Chronicles of Downton Abbey:A New Era on Amazon. You can read sections of it there. I was so fascinated I ordered a copy; exquisite photos. Amazing that everything is absolutely perfect, elegant and classy. Also learned that the episodes are not written that far ahead so none of the actors know what’s coming!

Maggie Smith is a jewel—she always has the perfect comback—her nuances are priceless. It’s unfortunate they had to drag Shrilly McLaine thru the landscape. As my father so often quoted “What you are speaks so loudly, I cannot hear what you are saying”. The difference is that here the actors have become the characters while ours often just remain themselves and overshadow any role. Betty Davis (who???) was always Betty Davis and Meryl Streep is always herself. Which is why I don’t waste my time seeing her movies—I’ve seen her already.


45 posted on 01/06/2013 4:39:16 PM PST by GoldwaterChick
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To: SumProVita
I wish Netflix would get Season 2!!!

If you're an Amazon "Prime" member, Season 2 is available free on Amazon's Instant Streaming.

46 posted on 01/06/2013 5:08:16 PM PST by Flick Lives (We're going to be just like the old Soviet Union, but with free cell phones!)
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To: GoldwaterChick

Agree.

Great actors and actresses become the character and make the audience believe they are the character.

Too may of the modern ‘actors’ and ‘actresses’ are, as you say, portraying themselves, with roles written for them. They are actually personalities, not ‘actors’ and ‘actresses.’


47 posted on 01/06/2013 5:12:38 PM PST by TomGuy
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To: GoldwaterChick
Check out the real story about the Lady who was the illegitmate child of a Rothschild and the Lord who helped discovered what the Muslim Brotherhood now wants to destroy in Egypt. The House in this show has quite a history

Andrew Lloyd Webber wants to buy the house and put his paintings in it since the current owners don't have the money to keep it up.
48 posted on 01/06/2013 6:15:48 PM PST by RummyChick
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To: libbylu

thank you.


49 posted on 01/06/2013 7:20:51 PM PST by FrdmLvr (culture, language, borders)
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To: FrdmLvr

So... Matthew won’t take the money that will save them... but, I bet he DIES before he can get rid of it... and, MARY will keep it!


50 posted on 01/06/2013 8:12:31 PM PST by SomeCallMeTim ( The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would hire them)
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