The cast of "Downton Abbey" season one
American audiences are still months away from getting to see the second season of the Emmy-winning drama "Downton Abbey
," but fans can already start looking forward to a third season as well.
announced on Thursday (Nov. 3) that it has commissioned a third "series" of "Downton Abbey," with eight new episodes [stop reading if you don't want to be spoiled on the timeframe] set in 1920-1921.
announcement came just days after the second season's penultimate "Downton Abbey" episode drew 10 million viewers to ITV1.
PBS will begin airing the second "Downton Abbey" season on American TV -- for viewers who haven't already watched episodes through a variety of illegal options -- on January 8, 2012. Note, of course, that PBS has yet to commit to airing the third "Downton Abbey" series, though it would seem to be a foregone conclusion.
The first "Downton Abbey" season was somewhat inexplicably treated as a Movie/Miniseries by Emmy voters and pulled off a string of upsets over HBO's prohibitively favored "Mildred Pierce," winning for Julian Fellowes' script, Brian Percival's direction and landing the big prize as Outstanding Miniseries or Made for Television Movie.