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Downton Abbey’s third season has already run its course in the UK, where it premiered on ITV on September 16, 2012.

Fortunately, we only have a couple days’ wait before the upstairs-downstairs British drama hits PBS’s Masterpiece Theater.

Downton Abbey Season 3 will premiere this weekend on January 6, 2013, and between the much-teased weddings, a “major” death, a “forbidden” affair, a hot new manservant, and the inevitable Mary (Michelle Dockery)-Matthew (Dan Stevens) drama, it’s already shaping up to be an emotional rollercoaster.

Even better, the Dowager Countess (Maggie Smith) will meet her modern American match in Martha Levinson (Shirley MacLaine), Cora’s (Elizabeth McGovern) mother. Let the snarky exchanges begin!