‘Downton Abbey’ season 3: Emmy stories and finale filming

Downton Abbey” fans, we feel your pain. We know that it is going to be a long and in many ways insufferable wait until the series returns to PBS next year with new episodes — that is, unless you’re lucky enough that you are in Great Britain and you can check it out on ITV. Nonetheless, we have a lovely little story to share that should show you not only how appreciative the cast is about getting recognized by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, but also a bit about who is working together on the upcoming season 3 finale for the series.

Speaking to TVLine about a scene she was doing as Anna alongside Bates, Joanne Froggatt revealed that she had quite an interesting day when she first learned that she — alongside many of her fellow cast members and the show as a whole — were the recipients of nominations for the 2012 Primetime Emmy Awards:

”Brendan [Coyle] and I had just shot one half of the scene and then we broke for lunch. [During my lunch break] Michelle Dockery called and told me I was nominated, and I just screamed and jumped up and down in my dressing room. And then I didn’t see Brendan until we got back on set, so we were like, ‘We’ve both been nominated!’ So one half of the scene was shot pre-Emmy nominations and one half is shot post-Emmy nominations. In the [later] shot I have very red ears and a flushed face, so makeup had to spray me down with foundation!”

Thanks to the rise in the show’s ratings thanks to the arrival of Shirley MacLaine as a new cast member, season 3 of Julian Fellowes’ series is already shaping up to be the most-watched on record. It has found a way to be the rare British series to not just pick up a devoted following in the United States, but to have that following be built up of more than just one or two million viewers.

What are you hoping to see happen on season 3 of “Downton Abbey”? We want to hear from you below! To see where we feel Dockery stands out right now in the current Emmy field, be sure to check out our link here.

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