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'Downton Abbey' preview: What to expect for each character in season 4

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Six months have passed since Matthew’s death when Downton Abbey returns tonight for a new season, and while Lady Mary — and much of the house — are still mourning the loss, life must also go on. And for some characters, 1922 and beyond will prove to be tough.

For details, click through our handy guide below where we tease the action you’ll see in season 4.

UPSTAIRS
Mary
Robert and Cora
Edith
Cousin Rose
Tom Branson

DOWNSTAIRS
Bates and Anna
Daisy
Alfred
Carson
Thomas

'Downton Abbey' stars tease new season on EW Radio: Sneak peek!

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Season 4 of Downton Abbey finally begins in the U.S. on Jan. 5, and to celebrate, Entertainment Weekly editor Jess Cagle sat down with stars from the show for a SiriusXM Town Hall chat that will premiere Dec. 24 at 6 p.m. ET on EW Radio (SiriusXM Channel 105). It will be available on demand immediately after it airs and will also replay throughout the week. Below are two sneak peeks with Hugh Bonneville (the Earl of Grantham) discussing how Matthew’s death affects both Mary and the family’s estate, and Laura Carmichael sharing what’s ahead for Lady Edith. READ FULL STORY

'Downton Abbey' teaser for U.K. Christmas special

Those English folks sure know how to torture we Downton Abbey fans!

Though the fourth season of the hit period drama won’t return to Masterpiece on PBS until Jan. 5, the UK’s ITV has already finished airing the latest batch of episodes and is now promoting the annual Christmas special. This trailer, which features the return of Shirley MacLaine as Cora’s mum, was released to help whet appetites for the two-hour holiday extravaganza.

Kind of spoiler-y if you haven’t seen the fourth season — not that anything will stop us from watching it or the new season.  READ FULL STORY

'Downton Abbey' renewed for a fifth season

This comes as no surprise, but it’s now official: Downton Abbey will be back for a fifth season.

Americans have yet to set their eyes on the fourth season of Downton Abbey, which is set to debut on PBS on Jan. 5, but across the pond, the season premiere scored massive numbers — 9.5 million viewers — for its UK network, ITV, back in September.

“We are thrilled to produce a new series of the show next year,” executive producer Gareth Neame said in a release. “We promise all the usual highs and lows, romance, drama and comedy played out by some of the most iconic characters on television. All the actors and makers of the show continue to be humbled by the extraordinary audience response and want to take the show from strength to strength next year.”

The fifth series will once again be written by Julian Fellowes and executive produced by Neame, Liz Trubridge and Fellowes.

For a peek of what’s in store in season 4, check out  the latest trailer here.

New 'Downton Abbey' trailer gives Edith her moment -- VIDEO

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As Downton Abbey fans learned last season, what was supposedly a light U.K. drama could get dark — very dark.

But it’s always darkest before the dawn — and in a new teaser trailer for the upcoming fourth season, that appears to be true as the Dowager Countess gives Mary a pep talk about continuing on. “You have a straightforward choice before you,” she declares. “You must choose either death, or life.”

Matthew may be gone, but romance continues in the castle as the new clips show Anna and Bates together, as well as Edith kissing her married editor. With one sister dead and another in mourning, is it finally time for Edith to have her shot at love?*

Watch the new clip below: READ FULL STORY

'Downton Abbey' scores its highest U.K. premiere numbers

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And so the temptation to look at online spoilers begins. Downton Abbey‘s fourth season debuted in Britain Sunday night and averaged 9.5 million viewers, according to ITV. That’s a huge 39.7 percent share, The Guardian reports, nearly twice the percentage of American audiences that typically tune in to watch the U.S.’s top program, NBC’s Sunday night NFL game.

The season 4 premiere was up half a million from the 9 million viewers who tuned in for the start of season 2 and season 3. The series premiere averaged 7.7 million in 2010.

Season 4 debuts Jan. 5 in the U.S. on PBS.

'Downton Abbey': Lady Mary calls her son a 'poor orphan'

When Downton Abbey returns, a grieving Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) finds herself uninterested in her son George — or wearing anything that isn’t black — despite Anna’s (Joanna Froggatt) attempts to cheer her mistress up. Watch the short clip below.

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Dan Stevens set to voice iconic 'Tomorrow People' character -- EXCLUSIVE

The Tomorrow People‘s artificially intelligent mentor now has a famous voice behind it.

EW has learned exclusively that Downton Abbey alum Dan Stevens will lend his voice to the Greg Berlanti-produced Tomorrow People, voicing biological computer TIM, a character first established in the ’70s British version of the show and originally voiced by Canadian actor Philip Gilbert.
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Romance, careers, and moving on at 'Downton Abbey': 10 things we learned about season four

It’s 1922 and all is not well at Downton Abbey. But how could it be? Still reeling from the loss of a few significant characters, season four picks up months after that fateful car wreck to find a house in mourning.

After airing a season four promo and some character specific clips, executive producer Gareth Neame took the stage at TCA alongside Michelle Dockery (Lady Mary Crawley), Laura Carmichael (Lady Edith Crawley), Phyllis Logan (Mrs. Hughes), Joanne Froggatt (Anna), and Sophie McShera (Daisy) to tease season four and beyond. The notoriously tight-lipped cast didn’t give too much away, but we were able to glean a few key takeaways about what is in store for both the upstairs and downstairs crew in this time of transition.

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PBS exec: 'Downton Abbey' will continue to air with delay in America; but will 'Sherlock'?

PBS president Paula Kerger today defended the often bemoaned American broadcast delay of Downton Abbey, which in past seasons has completed its run in the U.K. before premiering in the U.S, saying the network is hesitant to change a method that has worked well for them so far.

“I think as we have looked at this whole issue of spoilers and thought about how best to steward the property and also think about the viewership, we considered a number of factors in the scheduling of Downton,” she said during a panel at the Television Critics Association press tour, which concludes this week in Los Angeles. Those include, she said, attempting to avoid clashing with the slew of network premieres in the fall and harnessing the opportunities for word-of-mouth promotion. “The fact that word-of-mouth travels after it airs in the U.K. has actually benefited us … we kind of don’t want to mess with that if it’s working so well.”

That said, she admitted, “I will say to you … I think that as we look at scheduling programs that we are acquiring, particularly dramas, what I just described to you is not a hard and fast rule. … We’ll continue to look at each program as it comes up and then try to figure out if it makes sense to try to bring it very close to the broadcast window where it is seen everywhere else or does it make sense to schedule it at a different point and time.”
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'Grimm,' 'Criminal Minds,' 'Teen Wolf,' 'Downton Abbey': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room

Happy early Fourth of July, friends.

It’s that time of the week again! But before you dive in, a reminder to keep sending in those questions. (Spoilerroom@ew.com) Also, watch my Twitter for some fun announcements about a few Comic-Con panels I’ll be moderating this year and for more on EW’s overall plans for the four-day festival of frantic fun.  READ FULL STORY

'Downton Abbey:' Paul Giamatti joins season 4 as American playboy

Downton Abbey is getting another American visitor.

Sideways‘ star Paul Giamatti will appear as Cora’s playboy brother, Harold, in the season four finale, a rep for MASTERPIECE on PBS confirms.

He’ll be joined by returning guest-star Shirley MacLaine, who crossed the pond to play Cora’s brazen mother, Martha Levinson, in season three. READ FULL STORY

Season 4 of 'Downton Abbey' will premiere on...

Downton Abbey has an official return date: Season 4 of the period drama will premiere on Jan. 5, 2014. The series will then run for eight straight weeks, until Feb. 23.

Season 3 broke ratings records for PBS, becoming its highest-rated drama in history. Next season will air in Britain in the fall before coming to America, and will include the return of Shirley MacLaine as the moneyed and less-mannered Martha Levinson, as well as several new faces such as Tom Cullen, Joanna David, and Gary Carr (playing the show’s first black character), among others.

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