Downton Abbey: Season 3 Premieres In the U.S. In January 2013!
Woo hoo! The dates for Season 3 of Downton Abbey have been announced! The show premieres on PBS on January 6 and airs each Sunday through February 17.
All is not well when Season 3 begins. The Great War may be over, but troubles at Downton are already brewing. Robert has serious financial issues; happily ever after may not be what’s in store for Mary and Matthew; and Violet may have met her match in Martha Levinson, Cora’s mother from America. Plus, Carson has a new footman on his hands (O’Brien’s nephew, no less). And what about the fate of Bates?
Sounds tantalizing doesn’t it? January can’t get here soon enough!
And speaking of Downton…
Congratulations to PBS’ Masterpiece for receiving 37 2012 Primetime Emmy® nominations, including 16 for Downton Abbey!
And congratulations to all of the nominees! The nominations were announced on Thursday, July 19, and leading the Masterpiece pack was Downton Abbey with 16 nominations, including one for Outstanding Drama Series. (The program won the Emmy for Outstanding Miniseries or Movie last year.) Other nominations in the Downton family include:
- Hugh Bonneville (Robert, Earl of Grantham) — Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series
- Jim Carter (Mr. Carson) — Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series
- Brendan Coyle (John Bates)– Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series
- Michelle Dockery (Lady Mary Crawley) — Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series
- Joanne Froggatt (Anna) — Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series
- Maggie Smith (Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham) — Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series (For this role last year, she won the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie.)
- John Lunn — Outstanding Music Composition For A Series (Original Dramatic Score) for Episode 6 (Check out the piece I wrote about John Lunn’s music two weeks ago.)
Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia was no slouch either with its 13 nominations, including one for Outstanding Miniseries or Movie. Star Benedict Cumberbatch, who turned 36 on the day of the announcements, scored a very happy birthday present with his Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie nomination, and his costar and partner in sleuthing, Martin Freeman (Dr. John Watson), was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie.
Other Masterpiece nominations in the Miniseries or Movie category include Judy Davis, who received an Outstanding Supporting Actress nomination for her role as Jill Tankard in Page Eight, and Emma Thompson scored an Outstanding Lead Actress nomination for her role as She in The Song of Lunch.
Over at BBC America, the Dramaville series, Luther, was nominated in the Outstanding Miniseries or Movie category, and its star, Idris Elba, got his second nod for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie.
And one of my favorite British actors, Damian Lewis (The Forsyte Saga), was nominated in the Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series category for his role as an American Marine in Homeland.
To see the full list of 2012 Primetime Emmy nominees, visit the Emmys website.
Just One More Episode of Inspector Lewis: Series V Left to Air
If you’ve watched the first three episodes of Inspector Lewis: Series V, then you already know that they are some of the best episodes of the entire series. The fourth and last episode, “The Indelible Stain,” airs on PBS this Sunday, July 29.
On a Sad Note
My condolences, thoughts, and prayers go to the families and friends of the people who were killed at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado on Friday. May those who passed rest in peace, and those who remain find peace.