Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Downton Abbey has monster ratings with U.K. third season premiere

I can't wait for Season 3 to be broadcast in North America! I know that we will have long hold lists for this one!
Published on Monday September 17, 2012
Toronto Star

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Nick Briggs/AP Elizabeth McGovern stars as Lady Cora, Hugh Bonneville as Lord Grantham, Maggie Smith as the Dowager Countess and Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary in Downton Abbey.
Paul Irish
Entertainment Reporter
The incredibly popular costume drama Downton Abbey launched its highly anticipated third season in Britain Sunday evening to huge ratings and positive reviews.
The show — described by some as Upstairs, Downstairs on steroids — was watched by an average of nine million people (a 36 per cent share of the total audience), according to BBC News.
Though the premiere’s viewership wasn’t as high as the show’s second season’s opener in 2011 (9.3 million) or that year’s Christmas episode (a staggering 11.33 million), viewers weren’t disappointed and critics were quick to praise the work written by Julian Fellowes and starring Hugh Bonneville.
“This felt like a programnme back to its best, the one we fell in love with back in 2010.” said The Telegraph. “The script was tight, the detail was there.”
After season two left some critics and fans disappointed, The Mirror said the show was “back on form.”
Giving the opening episode four stars out of a possible five, The Times asked the question: “Which heart does not guilty swell at the return of this blissfully undemanding nonsense??”
And although the miniseries is a huge hit in Canada, fans must wait until Jan. 6, 2013 to see the premiere of the third season.
In a nutshell, the show is a saga centred on a fictional, noble British family, featuring servants, beautiful costumes, sibling rivalries, skullduggery, drama and, of course sex, all set in early 20th-century England.
Television information website catermatt.com says that after viewing the first episode of the third season “it looks like Grantham’s fortune has already all but run out courtesy of what happened with the failed Canadian rail investment, and it raises all sorts of questions that many of these people have never been forced to ask before. For example, what (will there be to eat) when the servants have nothing left … how will some of these folks, so concerned with social stature, find a way to keep the illusion going. If the first two seasons were about the creation of the world, season three may in many ways be (about its deconstruction).
The Huffington Post reports “After Lady Mary and cousin Matthew’s troubled and two series-long courtship, the episode begins with wedding preparations - which did not run smoothly.”
“They spiced things up with enough flirty chat to make a viewer blush, and a nice bit of pre-wedding conflict over yet another surprise fortune for Matthew.”
This Sunday, Sept. 23, sees Downton Abbey in the running for several Primetime Emmy Awards in the U.S. battling Mad Men, Breaking Band, Homeland, Game of Thrones and Boardwalk Empire for best drama.

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