For everyone out there who loves Victoria in America, today’s season 3 premiere news is worth celebrating! This morning while at TCA, PBS and Masterpiece confirmed that the new season is going to start airing on January 13.
Why in the world are they announcing this so early? That’s a good question, but that’s just something that PBS has a tendency to do with some of the shows that they know are coming up far in advance. The one thing that is interesting here is that the US premiere date is being announced even earlier than it is for the UK — even if the Jenna Coleman series is airing on ITV this fall.
For anyone out there wondering why Victoria isn’t airing at the same time in America as it is overseas, one of the issues is that it has to be cut differently to air in a commercial-free format on PBS. Beyond just that, this is jsut the way that Masterpiece has done things. While occasionally you will get a show that airs a few hours later in America than in the UK, typically they air months after the fact. They did this for many years for Downton Abbey and they also do it now with series like Endeavour, Poldark, and The Durrells.
We will say this about airing Victoria in January — PBS sees this as perfect counter-programming against things like the NFL playoffs and also all the awards shows. It’s a series with a very different sort of pace and appeals to people who simply want great British storytelling. It’s a great under-the-radar show in America that is worth checking out, in the event you haven’t seen it yet.
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