One of the hardest parts of being a Downton Abbey fan living in the US is the lag time between the British and American premiere dates. UK audiences get to see the season (or series, as those lucky Brits call it) months and months before there are even promos on American channels. So why don’t US and British outlets get together and air Season 4 at the same time?
Because if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, as PBS president and CEO Paula Kerger explained to reporters at a Television Critics Association event on August 6.
“We look at how we get promotion and buzz about it and that word of mouth has actually benefited us,” she explained, hearts breaking as she added, “We don’t want to mess with that if it’s working so well.”
Well, this delayed schedule might be working well for PBS — DA is the most-watched scripted show in the channel’s history — but its not working so great for us Downtonites. We NEED to see if Anna (Joanne Froggatt) has a Bates bun in the oven, if Downton’s heading for bankruptcy, and how Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) is coping after The Accident.
Despite our protests, however, it sounds as if we’ll just have to settle for the US premiere in January, roughly three months after Downton returns to British homes in September. Sigh. Pass the Season 3 box set, please.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter