|Downton Abbey Season 3|
If you have avoided Downton Abbey thus far, I am equal parts impressed and sad for you. The brilliant British import about the twisted lives of the wealthy Crawley family and their servants hooked me last year when I marathoned through the first and second season. Set in the 1910's and 20's, the series capitalizes on escapism drama with a heart. Fans don't casually watch it. They LOVE it and make an event of it when it finally makes its way across the pond to America. Here's my problem. Season three debuts in Great Britain Sept. 16th. It doesn't come to America (via PBS) until January 2012. In the age of the internet, it is sheer stupidity to not air shows in the same time frame. Downton should take a cue from Doctor Who, a British show which now airs on BBC America on the same approximate day as in England. I love Downton Abbey, which makes it all the crueler that I know England has it first, and for four months. I feel the same way about Sherlock, another British import that airs months late in America. As a British television lover, I just think it's dirty. Check on the new trailer for season three here. The trailer features music from the choir used on The Social Network trailers.