Well, I just about dropped my teacup upon hearing this one — but in a very, very good way. Shirley MacLaine, according to a press release from the “Downton Abbey” producers and reported by the Los Angeles Times, is joining the cast of the show for Season 3 playing — wait for it — Lady Grantham’s very American mother, Martha Levinson. Does this mean she’ll go head-to-head with Maggie Smith in a battle of the heavily corseted, trumpet-voiced mothers-in-law? And how amazing would that be? Excuse me; I need to go find a fainting couch now.
January 30, 2012 at 11:53 AM