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'Downton Abbey' renewed for fourth season

By Matthew Dougherty,

The critically acclaimed Emmy-winning British show Downton Abbey has officially been renewed for a fourth season as the third season just finished in the U.K. and will premiere in the U.S. on PBS in January.

According to The Los Angeles Times, the fourth season will begin shooting in February with plans for eight more episodes as well as a Christmas special.

The Wrap reports that Downton Abbey executive producer Gareth Neame said, "Viewers can look forward to more drama, comedy, love, hatred, jealousy, rivalry, ambition, despair and romance.”

The show is produced by NBC Universal's Carnival Film & Television.

PBS has not confirmed yet if they will pick up the fourth season, but due to the show's popularity it is highly likely.

The second season finale was the second-highest rated program at 9 p.m. on Super Bowl Sunday last year when it aired on PBS.

No word yet on when the fourth season of Downton Abbey may begin airing in the U.K.

 
 

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