Ding! Ding! It's about to be on between Maggie Smith's beloved Dowager Countess on Downton Abbey and Shirley MacLaine's Martha, who will come on board Season 3 of this BBC favorite as Lady Cora's mother.
Over the weekend, at the American Film Institute’s 40th Life Achievement Award ceremony honoring MacLaine, TV Land treated attendees to a sneak peek at the first confrontation between these characters.
Will Martha be a match for Violet Crawley? It certainly appears that way:
Downton Abbey is expected to air in America some time in early 2013. While you watch, consider: Who will die on Season 3?