Downton Abbey sneak preview of Season 3 Dec. 26 on Facebook

PBS has a Christmas present for Downton Abbey fans who can't wait until the Season 3 premiere January 6 for their fix. Photo: ITV

SAN DIEGO, December 24, 2012 — “Downton Abbey” fans counting the days until the Season 3 premiere on Sunday, January 6 will get a nice little Christmas present from PBS.

The network announced that Masterpiece Facebook fans will be able to watch the first 10 minutes of Season 3 of the Emmy® and Golden Globe® award-winning drama on its Facebook page beginning Wednesday, December 26. This sneak peek will be available at and at for two weeks before the season premiere on Masterpiece on Sunday, January 6, 2013 at 9 p.m. ET.

The preview shows the Crawley family at home in the spring of 1920 as preparations are made for the long-awaited wedding of Lady Mary and Matthew Crawley.

Last Friday, British broadcaster ITV announced “Downton Abbey” has been renewed for a fourth season. Season 3 has already airs in its entirety in Great Britain, where it had its best ratings ever, averaging over 12 million viewers per episode. Although PBS has not formally announced its plans for the fourth season, it’s unfathomable that “Downton Abbey” wouldn’t be back in the U.S. as well early in 2014. “Downton Abbey” is the highest rated show in the series’ 40-year history, with 17 million viewers per episode.

The fourth season will begin filming eight episodes, plus another Christmas special, in February 2013 for a fall premiere in the UK.

Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. Read more Media Migraine in the Communities at The Washington Times. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +

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Gayle Falkenthal

Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, MS, APR, is President of the Falcon Valley Group, a San Diego based communications consulting firm. Falkenthal is a veteran award winning broadcast and print journalist, editor, producer, talk host and commentator. She is an instructor at National University in San Diego, and previously taught in the School of Journalism & Media Studies at San Diego State University.


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