‘Downton Abbey’ season 3: Check out some new cast photos!

Even though “Downton Abbey” will be premiering relatively soon in the United Kingdom on network ITV, the wait is going to be a pretty long one until the show airs season 3 in America on PBS early next year. So how about a few new photos to help ease the wait a little bit?

Ultimately, there’s really not that much here when it comes to story, even if it is rather nice to see another shot of two legends in Shirley MacLaine and Maggie Smith working together. We also have a photo of Bates behind bars, and there is also a lovely shot of a certain pair included for good measure.

Typically, British series are not often ones extremely popular in America outside of niche audiences, but Julian Fellowes’ historical drama has found a way to crack into the mainstream a little bit. The ratings for the show’s second season were astronomically better than they were for the first go-around, and the show’s plethora of Primetime Emmy nominations may only help to get the world out there even more. When you look at many cable series, they traditionally tend to hit their peak in popularity around their third or fourth season. We expect larger numbers this time around, but after that it will simply be a question of whether the show does enough to keep these viewers hooked from one year to the next given everything else that is happening on TV at the moment.

What do you think about some of these photos, and are you excited for the new season? If you have not yet seen some new teasers from the show and would like to, be sure and pay a visit over to this link.

Photos: ITV

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