For those of us currently suffering from “Downton Abbey” withdrawal (and therefore suffering inexplicable longings for footstools, footmen, Dowager Countesses and really nice hats), here’s a date: On January 6, 2013, Season 3 will premiere on Masterpiece Classic on PBS, so start planning your viewing parties now. (That would be 62 days from now, according to PBS’ handy counter.) In the meantime, the run of Season 3 ended on British television just yesterday, though there will be a Christmas special (as there was last year) to wrap up the season. And will there be a season 4? Dan Stevens, who plays the dashing Matthew, has been hinting that he might not return, noting that “there might be other opportunities out there” (including work on Broadway, where he’s currently starring opposite Jessica Chastain in “The Heiress”). Julian Fellowes, creator/writer of the show, recently told The Telegraph, “I think I’d be surprised if there was not a fourth series,” which I think is a very British-understated way to say that hell yes, there will be a fourth series, but we shall see. Deadline.com notes that it’s all up to ITV, the network that airs “Downton Abbey” in the U.K., and that they ordered Season 3 around this time last year. Stay tuned.
A season 3 trailer; only mildly spoiler-y.