Downton Abbey doesn’t return to U.S. television until January 6, but producers revealed some details about Season 3 at the recent Television Critics Association press tour.
Money woes: The Granthams will see their luxurious lifestyle in peril, even as Mary and Matthew plan their wedding. As Maggie Smith’s Dowager Countess remarks, “An aristocrat with no money is as useful as a glass hammer.”
The good wife: While the family recovers from the turmoil of WWI, Lady Cora seems at ease with the new world order. “Cora is less afraid of the future than Robert is. She’s much less afraid of change. She’s less afraid of expressing that,” explained DA creator Julian Fellowes. “If anyone understands the world that’s coming, it’s Cora.”
First ladies: Fans are eagerly awaiting the arrival of Shirley MacLaine, who will play Cora’s forthright American mother and a sparring partner for Maggie Smith. Asked if she and Smith knew each other before, MacLaine joked, “We were lovers in another life.” We can’t wait to see these two grand dames swap barbs (and kisses?) in the new season.
Slow going: Though the show’s first two seasons seemed to breeze through the first part of the 20th century, Fellowes says Season 3 will stay rooted in the 1920s. That’s good—at the rate the show was going we expected Matthew and Mary’s courtship to be interrupted by the London Blitz.